Friday, November 30, 2007

Evel Kenevil Has Died

I am not kidding when I say I am upset. This sucks.

update:I just called my wife to share the news, and she said that she thought he had already died. cruel world where Dick Cheney outlives Evel Kenevil.

update2:If he knew he was dying, why-o-why did he not try to shoot himself over Snake River Canyon again in the RocketCar? He could have made it this time.

What's left for the future now? nothing good, anyway.....

update3:I still have the same Ross Eurosport (with front freewheel!) that I bought with my own goddamn money in 6th grade. Tomorrow I will jump a tray of 50 hotdogs off of my sons Skateboard ramp in honor of Evel on that blue bike..

Thursday, November 29, 2007

half-yard stare (haiku)

it could have been great
it could have been different
but it was the same

From the Ether

If you granted me more time,
I'd waste that too.

Headlines from the other Angle (eight words)

Missing Porn Star may have been a Student

Monday, November 26, 2007

From the Ether

Mr Jesus,
Please take Mr. Cheney to Heaven with you.
Let him run in your forever fields with his childhood dog, Blackie.
I don't want him to suffer any more down here.

The Turkey Bowl Video!!

It's posted!
KatRocket Keenly pointed out that I was the cleanest eater of the bunch. On review I think that's correct. See Mom! I learned Something!

Major League Eating - Chowdown - The Turkey Bowl - Full Competition

Posted Nov 20, 2007

The world's best eaters compete in a Thanksgiving feast.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

at the local drunken card game. 1am

SB: "I'm sorry I said that stuff. I was just trying to piss you off."
Leo: "Yeah, you really got my Irish Up!"
SB: "I thought you were Italian?"
Leo: I think that's why I'm so upset!"

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

boys fight (eight words)

a guy
just wants
to shit
in peace

thanks (eight words)

thanks for being you, asshole
no really.

Spike's MLE Chowdown 2: The Turkey Bowl

In celebration of the airing of Episode 2 of my Las Vegas Eating Adventure this thursday November 22, 2007 at 11am and again at 7pm on SPIKE TV, I invite all of you to blow off work for the day, invite your relatives over and eat and drink all that you can.

We will be eating 20lbs Whole Turkeys and cans of jellied Cranberry Sauce. I recommend that you eat something similar but in more enjoyable quantities.

If you missed the first episode you can see it here

I great this episode with excitement and nervousness. I havent seen it yet, but the quality of the first episode was wonderful. I ate during the first half of the show in the Undercard. We were given whole cans of jellied cranberry sauce to eat, and you may be surprised to learn that this was by far the most difficult food for me to eat in mass. Worse than Jalapenos. Really.

While I have eaten in sweets before (twice in Shoo-Fly), I believe that the Complex Carbs in the Molasses, while extraordinarily sweet, didnt realease it's full sugar rush at once. The refined sugar in the cranberry sauce was brutal, and I could feel the effects by the 4th minute. My wife said that the other eaters looked like they were having a rough time too. I cant wait to hear the commentary!

The main event is a whole Turkey eating contest. I've competed in this discipline once before and it's a great food to eat competitivley. It involves hand skill to find the most meat on the carcass, jaw strength to chew the food up enough, and considerable swallowing strength as even moist Turkey is drier than most foods at high speeds.

The big questions to be answered:

Will Japanese HotDog Sensation Kobayashi be able to overcome the Jawthritis he's been hobled with this year.

Will American Eating Champ Joey Chestnut, be able to defeat inspired upstart (and current Turkey Record Holder)Pat Bertoletti?

Do you get sleepy after eating a 20lbs Turkey?

Monday, November 19, 2007

He Said, She Said

She Said: "Did you get your hair cut differently? It looks really good lately"

He Said:"Naw, it's the same haircut...I think it's just falling out in a more pleasing pattern now..."

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I was tagged

Originally uploaded by steakbellie.
I was tagged....and I have a headache.

I have been tagged by Blanche to write about certain topics in blocks of 8. The first four of any list are easy, 8 took some thinking.

8 passions in my life
My wife & kids
Bicycle Racing
Competitive Eating

8 things to do before I die:
See the Tour de France
Win the Wing Bowl (i know...i know...but you cant stop your heart)
Pay off my house
Take my family to Scotland, Hungary & Germany
Write a book
Stand on a Glacier
Ride my bike 200 miles in a day (I've done 100 miles half a dozen times)
Run a Marathon in under 4 hours

8 things I often say
I Love you
Go to Bed

8 Books I read recently
On the Road (original Scroll) - Kerouac
The Glass Castle -Wahls
Water for Elephants
Catch-22 (Reread) - Heller
Galapagos - Vonnegut

8 songs that mean something to me
It had to be you - Harry Connick Jr
Thunder Road - Bruce
Say What! - SRV
I will be heard - HateBreed
Head Up - Deftones
Low Self Opinion - Henry Rollins
Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
Strength - The Alarm

8 Qualities I look for in a friend
Sense of Humor
Big Cans

8 people who I'm passing this on to
Steve Caratzaz
Mega Munch
Wing Kong

Friday, November 09, 2007

On The Road

On The Road Cover
Originally uploaded by steakbellie.
I dont read alot, but I read enough to know that I am a slow reader. I jealously watch my wife fan through books in a sitting or two. How can she possibly take the information in that quickly and understand it???? I must be painfully selective in what I read, because it's a committment possibly of weeks or even months to finish a single book. Does it mean I dum? Probably.

My favorite Author is Kurt Vonnegut, although ironically his books probably only rate 4th or 5th with me on most influential. Charles Bukowski means alot to me too. The books that had the greatest impact on my life are: Catch-22, The Bible & On The Road.

If a book can be considered 'Chick Lit' than you can say that Jack Kerouac's On The Road is written for late-teenage-dreamer-boys. Not that you have to be in that group to enjoy it, but that's probably it's most receptive audience. The book is written in a very free style and there's a chance you'll just hate it. I didnt realize until my most recent reading that it had completly effected my writing style all these years since I first read it.

The book is based on a series of Road Trips that Jack Kerouac had taken accross America with his now famous friends: Allen Ginsberg, Neil Cassady, and William S. Burroughs and was published in 1947. All of the names were changed but it's easy to research who's who.

The book also has some myth and legend surrounding it and it's cast. The story goes that Jack Kerouac wrote the book on speed, in a two week period, furiously typing on a single long piece of paper, a scroll.

The Original Maniscript
Originally uploaded by steakbellie.
Most of that is true....well the scroll part anyway. He actually spent many years taking notes and writing small 30 page short stories about the characters. The scroll was the first complete draft of 3 that would be needed between editing and publishing. You can imagine how crazy the publisher must have thought he was to deliver it in a hand typed continuous roll of paper!

For the 50th Aniversary of the published work, they have released the original draft in book form. It is a similar story to the Final, but has the names of the actual people still intact, and has a few additioanl scenes that were omitted because of excessive drug use and some Homosexuality.

For me, the biggest obstacle was that this version is written without paragraph breaks, or even chapter breaks. Each page looks identical, double justified and goes on in one long long stream of consiousness. In regular life I will rarely read anything that doesnt have paragraph breaks, my eyes get lost on the words and pull in too much information at once. Surprisingly, I was able to get through the book anyway, but with alittle more care than usual.

If you havent read 'On The Road' I recommend that you get the final version in papaerback, hop on a bus or train, and go somewhere while you read it. The story remains frantic and beautiful, and will give you a glimpse of that burning blood we had as teenagers....the desire to get out of whatever you were in and never look back.

If your already a fan, than you will find this new version, very interesting as it also contains lots of analysis between the various versions of the story and wordings and some insight into the actual events behind it.

I only regret that I finished it.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Where were you when the music stopped? (eight words)

The Lonely Wingette
Originally uploaded by steakbellie.

Years from now,
we still
wont have

This Shouldnt Be

Study: 1 out of 4 homeless are veterans

Where are the Comapssionate Conservatists? Where are the people with the 'Support Our Troops' bumper stickers? Shouldnt helping these poor men and women, be a part of our War Spending?

Monday, November 05, 2007

Oprah Wept.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Kissel (eight words)

in some ways,
I miss the

Thursday, November 01, 2007