Beginnings Of My July Distraction. “The Fox Is In The Hen House Now!”

# 158 – Tuesday, July 8th

It all started so innocently, this obsession. I trace its beginnings back to Chicago and the cabal of mountain bikers I rode with. Outside our professional lives, we were all bike crazy, joyfully seeking any and every excuse to pack up the bikes and hit the dirt. That is, until the mid-summer olio of  heat, humidity, poison ivy, and biting insects conspired to put a kink in our enthusiasm. The perfect elixir for our malaise ? The twenty-one days of pain, passion, grit, and hysteria that’s the Tour de France. Le Tour’s daily forays narrated by the inimitable pair of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin, sparked unending debates and provided the impetus to . . . just go ride, and let the summer soup of misery be damned. I’m still an avid mountain biker, and over the years, my thirst for everything Le Tour has only compounded, and yes right after I post this missive, I’ll watch stage four, grab my bike, and I’m off to my favorite singletrack.

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These images were taken while watching  NBC Sport’s coverage of the third stage of the 2014 TDF.  Frankie Andreu and James Startt provide the best and most entertaining tour commentary out there. Featured on Bicycling Magazine’s website it’s Tour Talk with Frankie and James.

“The Fox Is In The Hen House Now!”. A classic Phil Liggett euphemism for when a rider exploits a situation for his own benefit.

Thanks for reading.

Charles

 

 

 

Distracted with Focus and Music Safe as Milk

#68  – Tuesday July 3rd

When July rolls around, it’s time for the Tour de France. I readily admit I’m a bit obsessed with the Tour, but fortunately,  due to the time difference between France and Arizona the action is concluded by mid-morning and I can turn my attentions away from bicycle racing and back to the studio. These two canvasses are receiving the bulk of those efforts, with the remainder of studio time going into the website, reconfiguring the painting portfolios, and adding a larger section dedicated to the sculpture. A very good week.

The Soundtrack to this week’s post: Safe as Milk by Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band. Recorded in 1967, the band featured Ry Cooder on guitar and Taj Mahal on percussion. In 1982 Don van Vliet (alias Captain Beefheart) stopped recording music to focus on painting.

Thanks for reading.

Charles