Saturday, February 28, 2009

Loom Up

While driving west on Highway 71 towards Bastrop County, noticed this loom uip from a massive brush fire. 200 acres at the time, heavy winds. Evacuations in progressive and defensive ops- smoke was so thick in area and fire was moving so quicky Kris and I were not in a safe position to photograph it. At time of writing, fire is less then 10% contained, is rapidly expanding, and has consumed 10 homes, 3business, and 4 vehicles.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wrecked On Nat Geo This Saturday!

This Saturday, February 21st, the National Geographic Channel (Nat Geo) will begin airing episodes of the hit series "Wrecked: Life in the Crash Lane", previously only exclusively shown on the SPEED network.

There will be two half-hour episodes starting at 8PM EST, and re-airing at 11PM EST.
This is my favorite show of all time. It's about a family owned towing and recovery business in the Chicago, IL area. They have a fleet of over 70 trucks, and 100 staff. The cameras follow them to some very interesting incidents, and it's fascinating to watch how they handle them.

They specialize in heavy truck recovery, and it's amazing the situations these trucks get into, and O'Hare has to get them out of.

They have an awesome fleet including two heavy duty rotators.

They are very safety oriented, very busy, and very fun to watch. There's more to the towing industry then meets the eye, and watching these pro's will prove that.

The show's been picked up for a second season starting in May on SPEED, and a diecast version of an O'Hare flatbed is on it's way.

Tune in!

Monday, February 09, 2009

My New Mountain Bike

I have loved to bike in urban areas since I was a teenager. Biking is one of the few forms of excercise that I actually enjoy doing, especially since I love to explore which drives me to pedal farther and farther.
Since my injury, and because of it, I've gained over 40 pounds. Those who knew me knew how skinny I was, and now not so much. On the move down here, the movers couldn't fit my beloved bike, so I haven't taken advantage of the Austin area's numerous cycling oppurtunities.
Since I'm unemployed right now, my mother was kind enough to purchase this mountain bike for me. We have this AWESOME sporting goods chain down here called Academy, and I got it for only $159. It's dual suspension as you can see, and I can't wait to hit the streets and try it out. The brand is Mongoose, and the model is the 26" "Domain". One day, I hope to figure out how to get my beloved Specialized Hard Rock Comp down from NY here to Austin though.
I hope to take my first ride tommorow, and I will keep you all advised. I'm also hoping that I shed some pounds, I really miss being "Sticks".