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The Blues Analysis



Author: poem of William Matthews Type: poem Views: 16

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What did I think, a storm clutching a clarinet

and boarding a downtown bus, headed for lessons?

I had pieces to learn by heart, but at twelve



you think the heart and memory are different.

"'It's a poor sort of memory that only works

backwards,' the Queen remarked." Alice in Wonderland.



Although I knew the way music can fill a room,

even with loneliness, which is of course a kind

of company. I could swelter through an August



afternoon -- torpor rising from the river -- and listen

to Stan Getz and J. J. Johnson braid variations

on "My Funny Valentine" and feel there in the room



with me the force and weight of what I couldn't

say. What's an emotion anyhow?

Lassitude and sweat lay all about me



like a stubble field, it was so hot and listless,

but I was quick and furtive as a fox

who has his thirty-miles-a-day metabolism



to burn off as ordinary business.

I had about me, after all, the bare eloquence

of the becalmed, the plain speech of the leafless



tree. I had the cunning of my body and a few

bars -- they were enough -- of music. Looking back,

it almost seems as though I could remember --



but this can't be; how could I bear it? --

the future toward which I'd clatter

with that boy tied like a bell around my throat,



a brave man and a coward both,

to break and break my metronomic heart

and just enough to learn to love the blues.





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Small answer is to get out there and start rdiing. There are plenty of training plans available that can give you more specific workouts, so I'll let you choose which one best fits your schedule and time constraints.But what I can tell you is that all involve rdiing nearly everyday (if possible) and gradually ramping up your mileage as you get closer to the event. From my memory of the century training plot that was published in Bicycling magazine, I reflect the highest ride in their 2 month training schedule was about 60 miles and that occured about 2 weeks prior to the event.The 11,000 feet of climbing is going to be a bit of a challenge unless you have some excellent base fitness. Accordingly, your training rides must have plenty of hill climbing. Also, I hope that you have a relatively lightweight road bike (don't try this event on a mountain bike, you'll be sorry!) with a triple chainring. If you don't, that's probably the first thing you'll want to get.Besides the training plot and proper bike, I'd highly recommeend getting proper clothing (jersey, bike shorts, gloves, helmet, etc.) and finding proper food and energy drinks. While I'm sure the century will have food/drink stops about every 20 miles, you'll also want to make sure that you have your own supply that you've by now tested out during training rides. Nothing is more devastating than getting an upset stomach because your stomach doesn't like the energy drink the centure organizers are providing (if they do at all).In summary, you have two main objectives in the next 2 months to ensure that you survive this century:1) Condition yourself to survive the century get fit, get your body used to rdiing for hours on your bike2) Get the right equipment and gear, and make sure that you've tested out all your equipment (and food/drink choices) prior to the event.Excellent luck! x x

| Posted on 2013-11-18 | by a guest


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There is a company cealld Auto Nation that owns some Mercedes dealerships. They are also known as Champion Auto Group in some areas. Google Auto Nation and look at opportunities. That is one way. I will warn you that they may not pay too much. Some positions such as parts and service advisors are on pure comission. One reason I did not go to work for them and there are other reasons. With you being young, it would be a good learning ground and a start. Also, just use the direct approach. Go into dealers and hand them your resume. Try to talk to their human resources people or managers of departments. If they see you are interested, they could hire you. Good luck

| Posted on 2013-11-15 | by a guest


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If you've really won the state coiapmhnships twice back to back, you've done enough to get sponsored right there usually at least by your LBS or something. Where do you get your bikes? Do they know you race and that you've won state twice? I'd start there You have to 'sell' yourself to get sponsored Take to the reps at the races, let them know you'd like to ride for them question them what more you could be doing to increase your appeal to sponsors like themselves. Remember, everyone from 12-30 that rides a bike with any frequency dreams at least occasionally of getting paid to do it so you really need to make yourself stand out as a rider and as an advertising commodity. The more known and respected you are in your riding convergence, the more likely you are to get noticed and attract potential sponsors.Typically, you want to place together a highlight film of sorts that you can use to show off your skills and send to people for whom you want to ride but be realistic about it too. The chances of you winding up on Team Maxxis before you've got National exposure are pretty slim. Do you strictly race or do you ride freestyle and street as well? There's way more money in street and freestyle right now as oppsed to racing so that will play a part as well. Companies spend money where they make money.Also, and some people will take this negatively but, there's more money in mountain bikes. BMX is ridden nearly strictly by kids and kids dont make huge money. A lot of the kids who ride a $500 BMX bike have a Dad who rides a $5000 mountain bike. Companies place way more sponsorship money into mountain biking than they do into BMX so you're facing more competition for sponsors' dollars. I mean Nissan alone place up $250,000 for the QashQai Challenge BMX doesnt attract that kind of $$. If you dont by now, you may want to get on a 26 and start developing your skills there as well If nothing else, it's another facet of your riding that you can 'sell' to your sponsors. x x

| Posted on 2013-11-14 | by a guest


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I just started renadig your books about booking, and love em!Yesterday got a kick out of your rant about silence, Sartre, and loud rock music in Booking Pleasures. (p 81)Your comments on Scully & Jobs are very timely too.ThanksMike

| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest


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Hello Mr. Romanowski,I am currently a 10th grade MLB who will be strntiag varsity next year. We didn't make the playoffs this year, so we are already working out for next season. I read your book, and I am trying to increase my speed by doing lots of squats, and sprints. I'm only 5 11 - 195 lbs. But I'm hoping by picking up some more speed I can ring a few bells next year.Why I am really writing to you is to get the Super Soup recipe you used, and shared while with the Broncos. Our team stays on campus Fridays after school, and the boosters feed us a meal before our game. It would be great if I had the recipe to give to the mom's, so they could make the soup for our team.Thank you very much,Thomas

| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest




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