Reboot. Recharge.

When all else fails, just shut it down for 5 seconds and turn it back on. Just like new!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Proper dog walking etiquette

First off, I don't have a dog, nor do I want to have one. Sure they are cute and furry, etc. But they stink, and you have to walk them.
There are lots of dogs in my neighborhood.

Some people walk their dogs on the leash; others let their dogs walk with them, off the leash. Most are good about picking up the poop, and some aren't and it enrages me when I find dog poop in my yard.

Well, lately, someone has taken to dropping off their poop bag in our lawn waste barrel. Each day there's a new plastic bag in the barrel, filled with crap.

So, what's the etiquette? Our lawn waste barrel is in our driveway, and so the person is walking down our driveway to drop the bag off. The barrel is not at the top of the driveway with trash in it. Am I wrong to be pissed? I think it's extremely rude!
Some dog owner please fill me in....

Spin Cycle 10/25/07

SO SORRY for the late post!!!! Time is getting away from me.....

I had a request for the music that I used to teach to this week, and so for that reason, I had my first repeat of a playlist in over a year!
I used the music of the Afro Celt Sound System, a very high energy, fast paced music that is GREAT to spin to. The Afro Celt Sound System is an amazing ensemble of musicians who combine the driving beats and textures of Africa, with the haunting sounds of the Celtic fiddle. It doesn't sound like the combination would work, but it really does.
Here is a link to my blog for the Spin cycle from August 24, 2006, the last time I used this playlist:
Afro Celt Sound System.


Thursday, October 18, 2007

Spin Cycle 10/18/07

No rhyme or reason for this playlist - just songs that were deleted from last week's playlist. Both classes were great, 23 students on Wed night and 18 students this morning.
A true dichotomy in the music, starting with Guns N Roses, Welcome to the Jungle and ending with Shiny Happy People, REM and Better Way, Ben Harper.

1. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses
2. Dude Looks Like a Lady - Aerosmith
3. Maneater - Nelly Furtado
4. Stiched Up - Herbie Hancock Featuring John Mayer
5. Walk Like an Egyptian - The Bangles
6. Should I Stay Or Should I Go? - The Clash
7. September - Earth, Wind and Fire
8. Lady Marmalade - Labelle
9. No Rain - Blind Melon
10. Get Off This - Cracker
11. Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
12. Get the Party Started - Pink
13. Shiny Happy People - REM featuring Kate Pearson (B-52s)
14. Better Way - Ben Harper

Friday, October 12, 2007

Spin Cycle 10/11/07

Sorry for the late post.
I used a song in this week's ride that I used to ride to, and sort of lost for a while, but found again recently with my "CD importing into itunes" project.
It is a 12 minute song by a band called Percy Hill, from New Hampshire. They were an excellent band, very jazzy and improvisational, that got lumped in the jam band category. I really appreciated their music, and was disappointed when the band sort of fell apart as a few of the members left and went on to other musical ventures.
The song is called Sooner or Later. Given that it is a 12 minute song, it gave me the opportunity to really mix the choreography up. It started on a hill for 2 minutes into a flat for just over 2 minutes into jumps for just over 2 minutes, into a flat for just over 2 minutes, up to a run for 2 minutes and back down to a flat to finish. Good stuff.
The ride also included songs from Phish, moe., George Benson, and Aretha Franklin. A truly diverse ride.

1. Oh Lei - Commotion
2. Like the Way I Do - Melissa Ethridge
3. Witness - Roots Manuva
4. Sooner or Later - Percy Hill
5. Since You Been Gone - Aretha Franklin
6. On Broadway - George Benson
7. You Can't Hide - Maktub
8. Tailspin - moe.
9. Two Princes - Spin Doctors
10. Birds of a Feather - Phish
11. Steve McQueen - Sheryl Crow
12. Reelin' in the Years - Steely Dan

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Spin Cycle 10/04/07

Last week I spoke about the 200G music hard drive in my computer. I have been loading in music that I have forgotten about, simply because there was no room on the ipod, or in itunes for that matter.
When I first started teaching Spinning, I made all of my rides on cassette tape. With technology, I then moved on to burning CDs, around 1999. As I was gathering up some more music to put onto the music drive, I found one of those Spinning CDs, that Rob named, Spinning with Sharon S, Vol.X (Rob actually did the burning end of the CDs, and I picked out the music)...
I found Vol 7. That's what we spun to last night and this morning.

I am really beginning to like my Wed night class. The students work their tails off, and I've been seeing numbers steadily go up. Last night there were 19 students, and for the past 3 weeks, I have actually had more students in my Wed eve class, then my Thurs morn class.....weird.....

Here's the playlist:

1. She Thing - Salt N Peppa
2. Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
3. We Gotta Love Thang - ?, I don't know the artist...
4. Walking Backwards - Jiggle the Handle
5. Funky Music - Wild Cherry
6. Whippin' Picadilly - Gomez
7. Praise You - Fatboy Slim
8. Rough and Tumble - Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
9. That's the Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson
10. Now That We've Found Love - Heavy D
11. Boogie Shoes - K.C. and the Sunshine Band
12. Here Comes the Breeze - Gomez
13. Can You Feel It - Karl Denson's Tiny Universe