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Posted on June 28 at 12:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The class is taught by Claire Nolan, an Albany resident who runs the Albany branch of the Troy Bike Rescue and is certified with the League of American Cyclists. She has a copy of the Effective Cycling book, and has given us handouts and pamphlets that condense that material. I believe the John Allen booklet is one of them.

From: Bicycle school

Posted on June 10 at 4:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Celtics continue to flummox the statisticians

From: The Celtics blew game 3

Posted on April 27 at 12:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I skipped the movie because it got lousy reviews, but Cameron Crowe's music instincts are almost always perfect

From: Music for motion pictures

Posted on April 9 at 12:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A member of the Troy Bike Rescue passed along this helpful list of things to check over before biking.

From: Getting ready to bike

Posted on March 26 at 11:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

There's definitely a time and a place for Gwen Stefani.

From: Music for a Bad Mood

Posted on February 25 at 1:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I've corrected it. Thanks.

From: More Olympics

Posted on February 16 at 3:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My friend Paula writes:

"I couldn't wait for the movie [Windtalkers] to come out as I had always been interested in this story from WWII. The Native American Lakota language was the only code our enemies couldn't break. Only Hollywood could make a movie out of these all-but- forgotten heroes and make it all about the white guy assigned to protect a Code Talker. I wanted to scream 'It's not about YOU!!!'

Another great sports movie 'Chariots of Fire'

From: Watching 'The Blind Side'

Posted on February 16 at 3:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My friend cabot writes:

On the olympics:

1) The luge thing was ridiculous. The track/committee officials blamed it on "human error". Duh. Any crash is human error... but it should result in a guy sliding down the course for awhile and then stopping, possibly injured but not dead. It is absolutely the fault of the track officials that a slider could actually be hurled off the track in a crash. Now, that being said..... it was also ridiculous that they moved the start farther down the course. This is a world-class competition in which the best of the best should have an advantage. The harder the course, the more skill it demands, the more likely the best will win. So shame on the Olympic Committee twice... once for making a track without basic safety features to keep crashes from being fatal, and then again for moving the start down in a tacit admission of guilt and also preventing the best from standing out like they would on a harder track.

2) Wait... ski jumping awards style points? Why isn't it just whoever jumps farthest and lands on their skis wins? Can you imagine the long jump with style judges ("wow, a world record distance from Carl Lewis but he windmilled his arms a little too much and that cost him in the judges eyes, Bob. Looks like he will have to settle for Bronze"). Ridiculous.

3) I also like Bode Miller... he always leaves it all out on the course. Some guys you can just tell are trying not to get hurt but Bode always lays it on the line. And the Downhill is the kind of event where the "style points" are built in. Yeah it's about how well you ski and how strong you are, but it's also about heart. And you don't need a judge to tell you whose is bigger... you can tell everything you need to from the clock at the bottom (as well as watching the racer).

4) Figure skating is ridiculous :)

From: Olympic Fever

Posted on February 16 at 3:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My friend Hanna writes:

"I can't believe you haven't seen Friday Night Lights. Add it to your Netflix queue."

From: Watching 'The Blind Side'

Posted on February 16 at 3:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My friend Adam contributes:

"Chariots of Fire
Bull Durham
Raging Bull

And for one quote, alone:

A League of Their Own

*Jimmy Dugan: Evelyn, could you come here for a second? Which team do you play for?
*Evelyn Gardner: Well, I'm a Peach.
*Jimmy Dugan: Well I was just wonderin' why you would throw home when we got a two-run lead. You let the tying run get on second base and we lost the lead because of you. Start using your head. That's the lump that's three feet above your ass.
[/Evelyn starts to cry/]
*Jimmy Dugan: Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!
*Doris Murphy: Why don't you give her a break, Jimmy...
*Jimmy Dugan: Oh, you zip it, Doris! Rogers Hornsby was my manager, and he called me a talking pile of pigs---. And that was when my parents drove all the way down from Michigan to see me play the game. And did I cry?
*Evelyn Gardner: No, no, no.
*Jimmy Dugan: Yeah! NO. And do you know why?
*Evelyn Gardner: No...
*Jimmy Dugan: Because there's no crying in baseball. THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! No crying!

From: Watching 'The Blind Side'

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