Monday, October 23, 2006

Good Ol' Weekend

What a weekend! (Don't you find it odd that I started my introduction with a word that insinuates a question, though I end it with an exclamation mark?)

Apart from Michael Shumacher's extraordinary grand finale, I saw my Hindu and Gujarati friends celebrate Diwali (or Dipawali), a celebration of lights, their equivalent to the Christain Christmas. Quite correctly though, I didn't actually see and of my Hindu and Gujarati friends.

Tomorrow, the Muslims celebrate Eid - again its their equivalent of the Christain Christmas. I've always found it quite fascinating how the Muslims judge the position of the moon to the begining of a 30 day fasting period prior to Eid.

We had some friends over for the weekend and had a braai (the South African equivalent of a BBQ [for all my international readers]), enjoyed some exceptional weather and brilliant socialising.

For now - gotta get some work done.

Cheers for now.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

My Girl Mummy

My girlfriends name is Mummy! She's a real hottie! She's taught me some Zulu, though not much. Shes smart and funny, though she says that my jokes are boring. She is currently employed at Nashua Mobile - no, she doesnt fix cell-phones, neither is she going to get you a special deal on the New Samsung D900 with 3Megapixel camera. Oh no, she is a training facilitator. Thats right - a trainer.

For now I'm outie!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Google Page Ranking

I just cant take it anymore - google page ranking is driving me nuts - one would expect that if one were to type into the google text bar "stubborn-delon" and then click the "I'm feeling lucky" button, one would arrive at this blog space - not so!

Google has for some reason not even listed my blog in the normal search. This is upsetting.

So where exactly do you end up when entering "stubborn-delon" and then clicking on the "I'm feeling lucky" button - well, you end up at my old friend Waseem's Stumbleupon link to my site!

Props to Waseem for getting me recognized - google does'nt like me!

Much respect hommie!

No Chance to Cycle Today

Day 2: I did not get an opportunity to ride today - I feel odd about it, I did however manage to buy a water bottle for my ride - which I should once again mention is a Raleigh RC 8000, Shimano Tiagra equipped.

My short term goal is to become fit, to pedal effortlessly, to ride tirelessly. My long term plans are to complete a 100km race next year (the Highveld 94.7 more correctly, which is actully 94.7km long).

In the iterim, I must become acustomed to drinking more water and reamaing hydrated. I think it's too soon to start using supplements like whey protein and the like.

Oh yes, another short term goal is to get a pair of fancy-tight cycling shorts with padding for the croch. I must say, sitting has never been such an intersting occasion - trying to redistribute my weight on alternate cheeks after even a short ride - great fun as I'm sure you can imagine! Have you seen the width of the average racing seat? If the seat were any narrower, I bet that Lance Armstrong or the Landis guy (Floyd) would have to have it surgically removed from below his tonsils!

For tonight, I dream of my girlfriend - then my bike!

Adios, Au voir, ciao and Good-bye!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Bike Ride Alpha

Today marked my maiden bicycle ride. It was a thrilling experience, adrenaline coursed its way through my viens, perspiration collected on my back, my manhood ached as I still need to get some padded tights, an item I don't believe will add anything to my important street cred.

I don't think that I completed anything more than 5km's today. My stamina was quickly depleted, I'm now feeling lathargic as I type. The problem that I had was trying to figure out how to properly and effectively change gears for maximum efficiency. There was a point when I assume I was riding at a speedy 30km per hour - this could be wrong - I don't know.

To end, it was very exciting. My bike, my helmet, my freedom. My new hobby, sport and developing passion. Lance Armstrong yellow "Livestrong" band on my right hand, implies that I belong to a certain sect of sportsman - the cyclist.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

My new bicycle

I've just puchased a new bike yesterday. If you recall in a previous post, I mentioned that a good sport for me to persue would be cycling. I went out and did it - I purchased a road bike.

It's a Raleigh RC8000 - Shimano Tiagra Equiped, front forks and rear posts are carbon fibre. I believe that this is a good thing, because it provides for a more comfortable ride and makes the bike lighter (mine weighs 7.6kg).

Altogether, I'm elated. I took it for a bit of a trial ride around the block - I'm so unfit. I do however believe that I've made a wise choice.


Friday, October 06, 2006

Boring Guys; Monotonous Ties

Looking back at my deciscion to pursue a career in IT haunts me. The people I work with lack wit and creatitivity. They wear monotonous shirts, with screaming ties. I'm the only guy in the office who greets everyone in the monrning and who has an incling of style. I wear the multi-coloured, socially acceptable shirt and tie - the type of clothing that doesn't cause myself any embarrasment.

Not my colleagues though. Their male dominated IT industry, blue shirt on a daily basis, job suits them well, though they will all admit that it's hardly gratifying. My work bores me on most days - it's only the new customers I look forward too. But once that is mastered, it becomes a bore.

Anyways, I'm going down to the gazebo now for bit of a social with the colleagues. I forsee lots of fun - yeah, right!


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Waseems Advice

Following a recent discussion with my friend Waseem, I realised that my blog was primarily about technology. He pointed out to me that technology doesn't appeal to the masses - it doesn't provide them with content intriguing enough to return and read my blog again. So, I'm on a mission to bring some new and intriguing content, related to actual life experiences. Let me know what you think.

I celebrated my birthday last week, I'm now 24 years old. This partially entitles me to a reduced insurance premium on my car. I was in Durban for the week of my birthday, we went kite flying on the beach at Umhlanga Rocks and attended my best friends wedding. It was great, especially when my girlfriend and I danced the marangay. We did it perfectly, "no flops."

Tonight I go with my girlfriend and my family to Soweto. My grandmother is here in Johannesburg from Durban and she thought that dinner in Soweto would be a nice cultural experience. Besides that, my girlfriend is from a suburb in Soweto. I will post some pictures as soon as I can.

For now, I need to prepare for tonight.