Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Chilly Hilly 2010

DSC00946 This organized bike ride marks the start of the season for bike rides in the Pacific Northwest and is one of the biggest organized events in US (~6000+ riders showed up for 2010). Its a 33mile ride looping the Bainbridge Island of WA, organized by Cascade Bicycle Club.

This was my first organizedDSC00960 bike ride since I started biking last summer and I must say, I enjoyed it thoroughly. The route has everything to offer from spectacular views of Seattle skyline and Mt. Ranier to quad calf busting hills.

33miles isnt that long a trail for a weekend ride but Chilly Hilly needs some preparation for sure. The total elevation gain is a little shy of 3000ft over several hills, and the weather in the month of Feb makes it more fun.

This year people say that we had the best weather, just the right temp and partly cloudy with no rains.

I saw several riders who struggled along the way because of insufficient preparation or first ride of season. This ride definitely requires some preparation else you might end up with a ice pack for the upcoming days.

Cycling Timelapse & Video (Chilly Hilly 2010) from Garrett Wesley Gibbons on Vimeo.

The ride lives up to its name. Its chilly and its for sure is hilly and at the finish line you get to eat some delicious chilly.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Green Zone

How about if I open a statement with something like “If you don’t agree to me then you are ignorant

Well that's exactly how Time(magazine) is promoting the movie Green Zone.

If you’re not gripped and terrified by the movie, you haven’t been paying attention

…n i think that’s a lame attempt to make people agree with ones own opinion.

Well to speak for myself I was waiting for this movie, I stepped out of office approximately 2 hrs earlier just to watch the movie on its first week. P. Greengrass impressed me with the last 2 works of his in the name of Bourne and Matt Damon, there's no question about his abilities to act. So you cannot say that I wasn't paying attention if I wasn't “gripped or terrified” by the movie, because I was not.

Time (magazine) states:

Greenzone has fullness of character, a density of detail, a cunning mystery plot and so much stuff blowing up that audiences might not realize they’re seeing an Iraq war film. They’ll be too scared stiff enjoying themselves.

None of it is what I felt. In the name of mystery any dumb ass can figure out that Freddie will kill Al Rawi. The fuck up that happened in Iraq war is no news or surprise to anyone today. At one point the author of article says, that Matt Damon goes Rambo, go and watch Rambo. Matt Damon wasn’t even close to being a one man army.

The story had a great potential but turned out to be a sheer disappointment to me. I gave up on Newsweek last year primarily because of Fareed Zakaria and his stupid opinions and I think I will be giving up on Time soon because of Joe Klein and this kind a promotion of big banner.

Original Article from Time is here.