Feb 21

This is my first ride of the season. I just got back my Element, which I’m turning into a touring bike. They installed new gears on the bike, to facilitate a better touring experience. I thought I’d give the bike a spin. It is definitely heavier than by Trionfo, and the fatter tires make for a touch more resistance, but otherwise, the bike worked well. The greatest difficulty is the last 3 miles, which has hills (Bellmonte Dr.) up to about 14% grade. The bike handled well, even though I was just a slight bit tired. I followed the Orting trail, but once I get past Orting, I get off the standard trail and onto a back road that is considerably more hilly, but also more scenic. I’m ready for more. I’ll soon have to take my Trionfo off of the trainer and get some better distance rides in.

 

 

 

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Feb 21


Das Leben der Andern (The Lives of Others) ? ? ? ? ?
A German made film that has English subtitles, this extremely well done movie won not only international acclaim, with the winner of the Academy Award for best foreign language film of 2006, but also considered the top conservative film of the last 25 years, according to National Review. It is the moving story of a artist being held under surveillance by the Stasi in the former DDR (East Germany). It is a witness of the realities of state control of one’s life, and even one’s thought. I fear that telling the plot would ruin the film for subsequent viewers. I must say that this is a must film, especially in the US as we have increasing state surveillance all intended on protecting us from Terrorists and the like. Though the film is rated R, there is minimal scenes that one would find even remotely offensive. Bill Buckley Jr. shows good taste in calling this one of his favorite films of all time.
 

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