Hmmm…Something’s Happening Tomorrow…Can’t Seem To Recall What It Is…

07.6.2007 | 10:53 am

I know there’s something happening tomorrow. Something that’s supposed to be a big deal. Something I’m supposed to remember. I think it’s even something I’m supposed to care about. But I just can’t seem to remember what it is.

I hate it when that happens!

You know, my memory’s usually pretty good. If something’s worth remembering, I generally have no problem at all keeping it in my head.

Did I leave the iron on? No, I haven’t ironed anything in months. Is it the big project I’m about to kick off at work (the one that’s made it difficult for me to post on a frequent basis for the past couple weeks and will continue to make it difficult for me to post daily for the next couple months)? No, that’s for sure not it — I can’t get that thing out of my mind even when I want to.

Oh, I know what it is. I need to do my B7 Challenge weigh in and Time Trial! No, that wasn’t it (though I definitely do need to do it, and so do all the other people in the B7 Challenge). It feels like maybe I’m getting close, though.

Maybe it has to do with the race I was thinking about doing tomorrow. No, that’s not it. Although that kind of rings a bell.

Oh, I’ll bet it’s that I need to renew one of Susan’s prescriptions. No, that can’t be it; I’ve got the prescription right here and I haven’t forgotten about it. Though that does strike a chord, like it has something to do with what I’ve forgotten.

Sheesh, what can it be?

Oh well. It must not be very important, or I wouldn’t have forgotten it.

Does anyone have any idea what’s going on tomorrow that I ought to remember and possibly even be excited about? I could sure use some help here.

PS: Congratulations to the Ugly Jersey Contest Winners! Here are the jerseys I’ve chosen:

Grand Prize: “PAC Tour Photo Album Jersey”
It’s two different shades of neon green. It’s got black and white photos. It’s got teeny-tiny text captions.

It is, in fact, the ugliest jersey I have ever seen in my life.

Congratulations to jeelmblad, who gets either a cool Fat Cyclist Special Edition Banjo Brothers Messenger Bag or Commuter Backpack. Email me with your address and which size you want.

Oh, and I’m not advocating anything, but I’ve always been curious: I wonder how small of a lump of material a jersey would make if melted down into a blob? Just curious. Oh, and be sure to send pics.

First Prize: “Really Tacky Skinsuit With Haphazardly-Placed Logos”
When I go to a bad movie or read a lousy book, I often find myself trying to imagine the meeting in which the ill-fated project was greenlighted. This truly-horrible skinsuit causes me to do the same thing, but I find myself flummoxed. How did someone decide this gauzy white material would make a good jersey in the first place? And then how did they decide to arrange the logos? Random X/Y coordinate generator perhaps? Remarkable.

Congratulations to rkay122 who both posted this picture and sagely observed that “This should just be downright illegal.” You, my friend, win Julia’s really awesome “Fat Tire Journal” jersey, which inspired this contest. Email me and I’ll have her send it to you.


  1. Comment by TeeBone | 07.6.2007 | 11:06 am

    There’s professional bull riding of versus. Could that be it?

  2. Comment by TeeBone | 07.6.2007 | 11:11 am

    scratch ‘of’ insert ‘on’… sorry.

  3. Comment by Brewinman | 07.6.2007 | 11:14 am

    I think I read somewhere that the Guinness World Record people were putting out an open call to see how many dopers could be gathered in one place at the same time. Then they were all going on a little bike ride. But I may have mis-read…

  4. Comment by Nathan | 07.6.2007 | 11:26 am

    Anyone else notice that the writing on the side panels of the translucent skin suit will be upside down when the rider is on the bike? Sort of like the “iscovery” on the back/side of the Disco riders.

    At least the bottom half is black. Next on Opra: when white bibs go bad.

  5. Comment by chtrich | 07.6.2007 | 11:30 am

    Once I saw that PAC Tour jersey I knew it was a sure winner. Nothing is uglier than that!!
    For what you’re forgetting – I’m going with what Brewinman said.
    Or it could be your anniversary!

  6. Comment by lowrydr | 07.6.2007 | 11:33 am

    Now them’s some real winners there. Now I know why I don’t wear Jerseys. Good luck with what ever it was that you posted about Fatty (as if). It’s 90+, think I’ll go for a ride.

  7. Comment by UltraRob | 07.6.2007 | 11:38 am

    I’ve been having the same nagging thought that there’s something I’m forgetting. I keep trying to convince myself that it’s because I had a night flight back from Alaska the night before last. It was a five hour flight and the flight attendants couldn’t seem to do anything without turning the cabin lights on. I did weigh myself for the B7 and it’s ugly and I’ll do the TT next week. I have that planned so that’s not what I’m forgetting.

  8. Comment by MAJ Mike | 07.6.2007 | 11:54 am

    Tomorrow is the one morning of the year i start drinking at 9:30 AM EST with some friends. We are watching something on TV at the time…

  9. Comment by Mehera | 07.6.2007 | 12:01 pm

    It would be cool if it were your anniversary (though not if you forget it!) because tomorrow is 7-07-07 and they say record numbers of couples are planning to GET married then.

  10. Comment by Mrs. Coach | 07.6.2007 | 12:07 pm

    Tomorrow is my meeting for girls camp, and I’m making crepes, but I can’t remember why.

    btw- you should do the porcupine hc, its usually lovely and they do have lots of good food (for you and your fam) Plus with all that weight you’ve lost, you’re sure to win!

    Plus, Saul Raisin will be there, physically anway. Its awesome that he’s been able to come back after that brain injury, but I keep hearing funny stories about him. He probably doesn’t remember whats going on tomorrow either. But at least he can blame his forgetfulness on missing part of his front temperal lobe, whats your excuse?

  11. Comment by TG | 07.6.2007 | 12:11 pm

    I dunno what it can be, FC. Do you need to have your tires rotated? Your oil changed? What have you done EVERY July for the last plentysix years???

  12. Comment by Bitter (formerly known as Lissee) | 07.6.2007 | 12:11 pm

    Wow! I forgot about it as well. Completely slipped my mind.

    Thanks TeeBone, because of you, I realized it starts on the 8th. Don’t know if I’m going to tune in or not.

  13. Comment by Bitter (formerly known as Lissee) | 07.6.2007 | 12:15 pm

    Wow, the part on the 7th is in London! Hmmmm, maybe I’ll check in online when I’m not doing something else.

  14. Comment by Rick S. | 07.6.2007 | 12:17 pm

    Your forgot the night ride last night up AF Canyon. While getting ready in the Pine Hollow parking lot, I slipped some beef jerky in Dug’s rear jersey pocket. I snickered to myself all night waiting for one of the Timpooneke bears to attack. That would have been the prank of all pranks.

  15. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 07.6.2007 | 12:26 pm

    You forgot to pre-register for that hill-climb. No day of race registration!?!?!? I guess I’m out.

    As for that other thing, at the rate things are going, a couple years from now the only people that are going to be able to participate are those that are absolutely new to cycling.

    Poundsand:”Hmmm, so it says here that in 1982 you rode for the ToysRUs under 12 team, eh?–Well, we’ve heard reports that there was some ‘you know what’ in the after race orange juice. I’m afraid we’re going to have to exclude you from riding.”

  16. Comment by Clydesteve | 07.6.2007 | 12:46 pm

    The 1st Place entry (“really tacky skinsuit”) reminded me of a race kit I saw at the convienence store. A group of 50-somethings were out riding last Saturday when I was hauling hay for DW’s horse, and should have been riding. They mostly had tacky faux race kits on, but the worst was this guy in a white one.

    He was pretty saggy anyway, and his white tacky jersey was kind of see-through, and dirty-faded plus dirty stained and needs-a-wash-saggy. But the worst was his white bibs: very saggy (too many rides since the last wash) dirty, stained, and kind-of see-through. White make shadows in places where none exist on black shorts.

    My wife’s comment: Bleech! Don’t ever get white riding shorts! Nowhere to look – Everyplace I look on that guy I had to look away!

  17. Comment by dug | 07.6.2007 | 12:48 pm

    coincidentally, tomorrow is MY anniversary (#17). you were gonna buy me something. or do something nice for me. or, you know, something.

  18. Comment by Bob | 07.6.2007 | 1:27 pm

    The white jersey is ugllier than most, but the green one that took the grand prize looks decent. The lack of symmetry bothers me, but the colors fall within the range of normal for bike jerseys. Then again, I wear tube socks when I ride.

  19. Comment by Clydesdale | 07.6.2007 | 1:30 pm

    Mrs. Coach wins!! Very good!

    I believe after the changing of the Household Cavalry that the French are going to ride around London under the shadow of about 600 monuments to the Duke of Wellington calling him a doper and that he was cheating when he thrashed Napoleon. Similar to what Armstrong did to the Tour riders for 7 yrs. I wonder if they will dig up some doping stories about him? They could find some interesting ones about Prince Albert I bet!

    My pick for tomorrow – Wiggins, for the yellow shirt – Valverde

  20. Comment by LanterneRouge | 07.6.2007 | 1:53 pm

    Perhaps you were invited to my niece’s wedding tomorrow and forgot to fly to Indiana.

  21. Comment by DOM | 07.6.2007 | 1:53 pm

    The white skin suit obviously cools very effectively and appears to have room to carry a spare near the waistline. I don’t see why you don’t like it. Before anyone gets up in arms, I’m not being mean, I’d say the same thing if that was me in the picture. In fact, that’s why I don’t wear skin suits.

  22. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 07.6.2007 | 2:06 pm

    Both tops are worthy prize winners. Altho I did not associate Rkays top with bike riding I thought he had just won a wet t-shirt competition.
    Seeing the PAC tour top just inspired me to mention one of our riders Andrew Puddy has just returned to Oz having just completed this years PAC. He won the best allround rider award (or something along those lines) and was given a trophy which required it’s own seat on the plane. Had a great time, met some great people, qualified for RAAM but won’t be doing it and did not see any bears.

    My tips. Millar in yellow tomorrow and at the end McEwen in green, Evans in Yellow, Rogers and O’Grady in the top 10, Lancaster best first time rider and Gerrans best all round nice guy. Oh look at that they are nearly all from Oz. My other tip being an eternal optimist (obviously) is that cycling will be the big winner as this marks the start of it’s return to premier sporting status.

    Happy Anniversary Dug and Mrs Dug.

  23. Comment by Yukirin Boy | 07.6.2007 | 5:14 pm

    truly … err… UGLY
    worthy winners

  24. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 07.6.2007 | 5:55 pm

    My guess is “ler tooer dee chemical*”. Our telecast of the prologue starts at 11pm and runs 4+ hours. It should be a bomb. Oops. Bad turn of phrase.

    *chemical is a pseudonym for France. Just like Birillo is a pseudonym for pin cushion.

    That disgusting skinsuit has another feature that has been overlooked. It’s a genuine cycling skinsuit, not a triathlon body suit. I think the hacked off sleeves just finish off the package nicely. Gross.

  25. Comment by Big Boned | 07.6.2007 | 6:25 pm

    Yeah, I’m having trouble remembering about anything important happening tomorrow too. I just can’t seem to care about that little race across the pond. All the nuts in charge and the cheaters in the peloton have ruined it for me. Not only will I not watch it, but I couldn’t care less who wins…
    BB (and today that stands for Bitter Bicyclist)

  26. Comment by KeepYerBag | 07.6.2007 | 7:13 pm

    The ‘festering finger’ jersey was ugly (ok, maybe more boring than ugly), but considering the product description I guess they had no choice but to go for drab.

    I’m having the steel plate in my head replaced tomorrow, but you didn’t know about that. Hopefully, after the upgrade I’ll be able to sit under a ceiling fan without drawing an arc.

    Coincidence? I used the word ‘flummoxed’ myself just a few days ago.

  27. Comment by Doug | 07.6.2007 | 7:44 pm

    It dosn’t matter if you can remember whats happening tomorrow, most of us will be watching T.V. around 11 am. Even if we don’t really want too!!!
    Nice jerseys!!

  28. Comment by bikemike | 07.7.2007 | 3:36 am

    it’s international dryer lent filter cleaning day.

  29. Comment by baudoinb | 07.7.2007 | 4:30 am

    It’s the day we use that titanium tubing as hypodermics, so whatever, the big thing is we can’t remember we will be raring to go and at optimal performance level

  30. Comment by LanterneRouge | 07.7.2007 | 7:36 am

    My tour predictions:

    1). Guy I don’t know wins the prologue
    2). Guy I don’t care about wins the whole thing
    3). Race I used to love sinks into irrelevance.

    RIP TdF

  31. Comment by Alberto | 07.7.2007 | 10:43 am

    Nothing. Absolutely nothing was on today that you forgot about yesterday. Funny how we could have the same feeling here in Spain. It was so much of nothing that for the first time in I don’t know how many years I actually forgot to watch it! (Di I miss something?)

  32. Comment by RoadRash | 07.7.2007 | 5:13 pm

    Yeah I’m jaded on the TdF too. We did not even bother to upgrade our cable to Versus/OLN or whatever U.S. channel is broadcasting this year.

    But then I go out and ride my solo Saturday route 1.1 mile per hour faster than normal. Is it at little TdF adrenaline flowing thru my veins? Or should I be tested by WADA too….?

  33. Comment by Megan | 07.8.2007 | 11:28 am

    I love that even though you avoiding mentioning it by name Google Ads still associates this post with it. Kinda like all the Assos cycling gear ads that are always on here.

  34. Comment by Anonymous | 07.8.2007 | 11:47 pm

    Don’t make the mistake of thinking that cheating is a new thing for the Tour. They’ve always had cheats, its part of the game. In the opening stage of the second ever tour, 200lb of nails had to be removed from the course. One year the lead rider was poisoned. One year places 1 through to four were all disqualified. numerous riders have been disqualified for taking a train. I the 60’s a rider crashed because he was so doped up he couldn’t pull the brakes on hard enough.

  35. Comment by Mrs. Coach | 07.9.2007 | 12:34 pm

    In case anyone was curious, my crepes turned out awesome!

    And it was *so* worth it to upgrade to the DVR for July, just to be able to rewind and replay Robbie’s sprint over and over and over again. He is my absolutely favorite sprinter!

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