Thursday, January 14, 2010

Day 1

The travel day concluded with my Mom and I successfully arriving at our hotel in Baltimore. 5th trip here in 2 years. Thankfully, we stay for free through an organization called the Livingston Foundation. The Livingston’s set up a suite at a nice downtown Baltimore hotel for cancer patient’s needing treatment at Hopkins. Their young son had died with leukemia and this was one of the ways they honor him.

After getting settled, I headed to Light cycles to rent a bike for the 6 day that I’ll be here (if you click the link, notice their description of where they’re located). That bike shop was great. Reminded me of many back home…more like Klunk than anything else except they had tons of really nice carbon road bikes. After looking around a bit, I saw what I was looking for:
There’s a sweet spot in my heart for steel bikes and this one was gorgeous. I always really liked LeMond bikes.

Anyway, the owner of the shop Penny, was amazing. She was just getting back from the state capital, having spent the day lobbying for a 3-foot law for cyclists in Maryland. She said her other big issue has been health care reform over the past few years. Needless to say, we had a lot to talk about. What a hero; total shirt-off-her back small business owner.

I woke up early today and found myself disappointed to learn that the ground coffee I had might not work in the tea-maker disguised as a coffee maker in the hotel. Bollocks. Oh well, I jumped on the LeMond and cruised around downtown Baltimore at 5:30am looking for a French press. Yes, that’s what I just said; 5:30am, looking for a French press. Maybe it was just an excuse to go ride the bike around on empty, dark city streets at 20 degrees? After riding to all the little artsy coffee shops I knew of, I finally found one at Caribou coffee…returned back to the hotel and enjoyed a wonderful cup of the black. Next, one of my 2 breakfasts that I’ve been having over the past month, while on a low-iodine diet:
My appointment at Hopkins was for 1pm. Basically I showed up and took a pill. In the past, I've drank it with a straw, so this was a little less fun but certainly painless. I wonder if I'll set off any detectors at the airport next Tuesday.


Nico Toscani said...

That Lemond looks Just awesome. Go ahead and crush it Baltimore. Then double it. I know you can handle the iodine, homie, cause you are a good man- and thorough.

Magda said...

leave the mark of professor burns wherever you go in baltimore. hang in there my love. we can't wait until you're home again.

CockPuncher said...

Oh Professor...You are gonna stomp it hardcore in Baltimore! In fact, I am pretty sure I am hearing tiny little cancer wrists snapping all the way back here in the Lou.

My art has been commended as being strongly vaginal which bothers some men. The word itself makes some men uncomfortable. Vagina.

Oh yeah?

Yes, they don't like hearing it and find it difficult to say whereas without batting an eye a man will refer to his dick or his rod or his Johnson.


See you soon, man. Hang tough....Punchor

Dan said...

I was talking about my rug.

Sandbox/Gino said...

Prof, I betcha Breslin doesn't get any free hotel stays when he goes places.

So how's Baltimore? All my time in MD and my Baltimore experiences were only many trips through the 895 tunnel and a visit to the inner harbor and the aquarium.

Mason Storm said...

Oh Sanp PROF you are going to crush it homey! Can't wait to see your ass in the Bia for some crunchy ass gravel grinds!

Trail Monster said...

Well it's now day 2...did you ride? Run? I didn't. I did however, consume 2 bottles of TTM Imperial Pale Ale last night, slept late this morning, made my own shitty coffee and now sit in a boring ass cubicle looking at the same damn chinese chica on the free calendar from Happy China. Then a small dream came to my mind...Do chinamen visit chinesemen?
Hey your in Baltymoar go for a ride, it's almost spring and you have a VIP pass, maybe catch the train with your bike to DC and snap some wrists of a half dozen F'tards running that cluster fuck.

Doctor said...

The Chinaman is not the issue. Give em hell Professor