I put the parts that I got from Mandy’s dad on my road bike today. This only includes the cranks/bottom bracket (they’re splined!!) and rear derailleur. I might put the front derailleur on, but it’s a braze-on, and I only can take clamp-ons… which means a 10-20 dollar adapter. That might make sense if I were going to be using it all the time, but the front derailleur won’t be needed when I eventually convert to a singlespeed/fixie… mmm…. one gear….
I also cut the seatpost down about 4″, which shaved some MORE weight off of this steel-framed, steel-wheeled beast. But the cranks are feather-light now, as is the rear derailleur, which probably is negligible. First on the list of upgrades is the seatpost. The one that’s on it now is a beast. Also, the seatpost for my mountain is on its last legs… It went CRRRAANK when I hit a big bump last time I went riding. Next on the list is wheels. But they’ll probably be 700c, and I’m not sure if the brakes that are on it right now have enough reach. That probably means rear brake caliper, and front fork and caliper. This’ll give me 4-10mm more standover (which I would appreciate, because my legs are short). Well, all this planning makes me wonder if it’s all really worth it. I mean, I bought the frame for 80 bucks. or was it 100… Either way, I suppose the goal all along WAS to make it a singlespeed/fixie, so it probably does make sense. at least to my justifications. TOPIC CHANGE!
There’s a guy driving around outside my apartment on the rim of his front-right wheel. Sounds great. ANOTHER TOPIC CHANGE!!!
I went to church today. by myself. Mandy wasn’t there because she was at the hospital, which meant that I drove down to south denver for a church that I’m not really too comfortable at. It’s a nice church, but I don’t feel like I fit in. I guess it’s that I feel like I have to talk there, which I am not inclined to do with people I don’t know. I figure, the less I talk, the less of an ASS I make myself out to be. Or is it that I just don’t want to divulge my thoughts to people that I don’t know? Whichever reason it is, that’s how it is. But the real reason why I brought up church was to bash on some crappy movies! Who’s with me!? Well, the dude that was speaking really likes the movie “titanic”, or “the titanic”, or something. He showed the scene that was where that girl… uhh… the main character, goes up to that teeny-bopper-crush-magnet Leo, and they have a little conversation about flying. Well, I had never seen the movie before (to my credit, I might add), and jumping in on the movie however late in the film did not add to its acceptance by the snob-crew that is myself. The dialogue is painful to listen to. ‘ “Trust me.” “I trust you.” ‘ Yeah, great one, writers. Way to think that one over. I think the dialogue was written by fifth graders and lincoln elementary school in chicago, IL (I made that school up, but there probably IS a lincoln elementary school in chicago, IL). Also, when Leo says “The ship is going to suck us under” how does he know that it will? Has he been in many other shipwrecks of large vessels, climbing to the rear of the ship, waiting until the last minute? He seems like he’s had experience with this kind of thing, and I believe that if this is true, the shipwreck was not caused by a drunk, power-crazed captain, but Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio’s presence. He just wanted to show off. Anyway, back to the matter at hand, the movie is horrible, judged by the 2 most played scenes of the movie. And the music sucks too. Actually, so does the CG. How come leo and whatever woman look so big during the titanic flyover? Is it because someone forgot the scale of the titanic? It’s like they were on the prow of a regular yacht. Yeah, it was made so they would look prominent, but seriously, they can’t be as big as the bridge. I know, all you people will just say I’m being negative and snobbish, and you’re right. But I’m also right that it’s a cheesy, poorly-written love story movie, which grossed a bunch of cash, because a good number of people don’t know what a good movie is. There I said it. Even after I wrote all that, I still want to keep going. Maybe I should watch the whole thing, so that I can write a scene-by-scene synopsis of why I hate it. But then i’d eat up however long it is of my life, watching a really dumb movie for 13-16 year old girls.
I had to rant about it. The snob made me do it.
Well, that’s about it from my neck of the woods. See you guys later this week. Happy 4th of july.