This Sunday morning is one of the great spectacles of sport: Paris-Roubaix, the cobblestone classic. It is a magnificent race, and any casual cycling fans (I know there are a few on the board) who mostly tune in to cycling only for the TdF would be well served to pay attention.
We've just come through the equally magnificent Tour of Flanders, won by Fabien Cancellara, and Cance is a narrow favorite this Sunday. Guys like Greg Van Avermaet and Sep Vanmarcke (guess where they are from) are also in great shape and could easily take a win. Van Avermaet's teammate, American Taylor Phinney, will probably be in a breakaway at some point to play the tactics that are part of what makes this race so exciting.
To get some fabulous background on the race, you can read this rundown by @inrng, who is the best cycling blogger in the business. His archives are stacked with great material on many races, both analytical and atmospheric. Cyclocosm specializes in race video recaps, which are some of the best highlight packages in any sport anywhere.
Here's his recap of last year's thriller.
Should be a great race.
My in-laws' computer is on the verge of dying, and I'm trying to help make sure they don't lose all their files if this happens before they're able to get a replacement computer. They are getting an external hard drive to back up all of their files to, but they are pretty computer illiterate, so I'm going to need to help them with the process. Since they are in northern Michigan and I'm in Ohio, I'll need some sort of remote desktop service so I can connect to their desktop. I'm looking for something that is free (no biggie) and requires no downloads (that's where I'm not so sure)? I thought I had heard of totally web-based services like this, but I haven't been able to find one - maybe I'm mistaken? I use TeamViewer extensively where I work, but that's no good for this since that would require a download. If it comes down to it, I suppose we'll just have to work through a download, but I would prefer to avoid that if an alternative exists.
I want to piggyback off of the Family Fame thread below, as I found it an interesting read. I'm fairly surprised that nobody was related to Kevin Bacon, however. So my question is, what celebrities have you carried out a conversation with?
I have had most, if not all, of my celebrity encounters through working at various bars.
I did a shot of Jack with Don Vito from Jackass. A few weeks later, he was in jail for groping some 12 year olds at a shopping mall.
I've met both Pryor and Gordon Gee in the last few weeks. Pryor used to be a regular at my bar until a bounty was placed on his head in Columbus. Gee made a promotional stop at the bar during senior crawl. Before all is said and done, I may end up meeting Gene Smith as well, as the business I've started has been contracted to work an OSU athletics booster event in August.
I worked with a girl who won the Real World Road Rules Challenge, prior to the show actually airing. That was the only season of that show I watched, as it was cool to watch the thing play out knowing she won. She quit pretty promptly after she received her $250,000 (although after taxes, I'm sure it was not that much...).
I've met DMX. A good friend of mine had to take $5,000 out of our cash drawers, put it in a paper bag, and meet him in a motel parking lot before he would perform at our bar. I did not envy that task.
I hung out with Braylon Edwards and Josh Cribbs when Cribbs hosted a private party at our nightclub. Braylon was actually a really cool guy. He did end up getting drunk and walking off by himself down High Street.