Sarah and I each got new (to us) bikes this weekend.  The City of Madison Police Department Auction was held on Saturday.  Sarah got a Gary Fisher Tassajara mountain bike. I bought a Schwinn Woodlands mountain bike.  Total for the two bikes:  $42.20.  Both bikes need two tires and at least one new cable.  Both of my derailleur cables are cut.  Sarah’s rear brake cable is shot.  The Schwinn has a bit rust on the frame, but I should be able to sand that off and coat the exposed metal.  Sarah’s bike is reasonbly rust free, but needs a new saddle.  I also had to cut a chain lock off her bike (which took about ten minutes, owing more to using a hack saw, vice grips, and pliers instead of a bolt cutter that I don’t have).  Once we get new tires, tubes, saddles, racks, panniers, fenders, and cables, each bike will have a final cost of around $120.  I’m planning on using my bike as a winter commuter which will let me retire my Schwinn Sprint for the winter.  Sarah will most likely ride the Tassajara this winter to save her cruiser from the road salt.

Gee, I wonder why children today are fatter than historically children have been.  I’m sure that Cheeseburger Fries (60 calories, 6 grams of fat per fry) served in school cafeterias have nothing to do with that disturbing trend.

One of my favorite lines in the Cheeseburger Fries article above deals with the guy "who is known in the business for his expertise with developing breaded coatings."  How do you put that on your business card?  Breaded Coating Guru?  Chief Breaded Coating Scientist?  If that isn’t enough of a surreal thought, the next sentence is almost better:  "In the past Moore worked on breading projects like onion rings, jalapeno peppers, seafood and even French toast sticks (in effect, adding breading to bread)."  I wish I could be a fly on the wall during the corporate meeting where the decision to add breading to bread was made.  How could anyone come out of that meeting with any idea other than to get out of that company as quickly as possible?

It’s clear that the Vikings defense is not much better than last year.  (Which also makes it plain just how bad last year’s defense was.)  The Vikes got some of the personnel they needed in the draft last year, but they desperately need a linebacker or three with speed between the sidelines, a better free safety, and a corner back that is even merely average.  The defense has stopped the opposing offense (as defined by forcing a punt) exactly eight times combined in the last three weeks.  A good defensive team like Carolina forces seven punts in one game.