Monday, March 31, 2008



likes to sit

and stare,

and lay in the shade.

Uschi also

investigates the river rock pile,

newly planted trees,

and especially

the mud created from planting the trees.

What ??

I can spring

and sprint

across the yard

and leap from the eucalyptus tree.

But mostly I like to


and stare.

I'm Uschi-Swirl.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Vladi By The Pond

Ready for a swim.

We wonder why V gets mud on his face,...

and his belly.

Who is that looking at me?

What's that over there?

A yellow corkscrew willow.

(wag, wag, wag)

What Next ?
(wag, wag, wag)

These Eucalyptus and Madrone cuttings
are doing well, in the mud.

I then threw a mud-ball into the water,...

What was that,...
(wag, wag, wag)

I'm going in after it,...

pat, pat, pat,...

Hmmmm ?

Maybe I'll look for another way around.

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Tree Delivery

A box of trees arrived and Uschi was quickly
on hand to "help" unpack them.

Hmmmm, what do we have in here?

I'll check the inventory,...

Helloo-oo-oo ?

Looking good down there,...

This Loblolly Bay Tree is unique.

Uschi does a final inspection, before

looking for a new adventure.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

TitanFlex Adoption

Thursday March 27, 2008
marked a major step in the long process
of the adoption of our newest family member,


I have been working closely for several months
with Airo-Series, Inc. to build me a new bike,
a TitanFlex ST-700c. This week we flew to

San Diego to pick-up "Airo-Steed."

This is the only photo you'll see of sunny San Diego,
because this trip was all about the bike and I had the
opportunity to ride in the ...

San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel

for an aerodynamic fitting.

I was able to pedal in the same place as...

Armstrong, Cancellara, Leipheimer, Miller, Hincapie,
Horner, Landis, Basso, Botero, Julich, Schleck(s), Popovych,
Newby Fraser, Fuhr, McCormack, Stadler, etc. etc.

Who have all made the pilgrimage to the San Diego Wind Tunnel
to enhance their position in order to maximize performance.

The goal is to dial in a position that
is the most aerodynamic, yet comfortable.


Lots of #s and imaging systems,
(a Lavs dream come true)

The crew was AMAZING !!

This is the propeller that creates the 25 mph+ winds.
(It can generate laminar wind speeds in the testing section
of up to around 250mph for low speed aero-space testing)

My friend Nate also went down
to test in the tunnel.

More to come on this new family member.
(when the boys meet "Airo-Steed")

This was the longest time we have ever been
away from the boys, two nights. We put out lots
and lots of dry food as well as several water bowls.

Upon returning home,...

Uschi and Vladi ran right over and expressed their
displeasure (with their ears) at being alone for so long.

Guys, that wasn't cool.

Tanji was angry with us,...

and ran out into the kennel,...

I don't want to talk to you,...

I mean it !!!

Just two of their many empty dry food bowls.
They must have eaten the entire time we were gone.

We gave the boys a feast right away, so

U & V got over our absence.

T was grumpy for a few hours,
but after a good walk and meal,
he is curled up next to us again.

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