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Time for a Rocket Ride

My life is slowly getting back to normal.  I got the cast off my foot a week ago, and while I still need a walking boot and crutches or a cane to get around, I’m at least a bit more mobile than I was.  It is still tiring, especially in the heat, and now that I’m trying to put some weight on it, there is a fair amount of pain by the end of the day.   Things are improving though, and I hope to be walking unaided by the end of the month; middle of September at the latest.

Despite what happened to get me into this mess, I’ve decided that I still want to keep on riding motorcycles.  I’ve gone back and forth a little on this, but I think I always knew that I wasn’t going to give it up.  I almost bought a bike a friend had for sale, then decided it was too soon and that I should wait.  My resolve lasted a couple of weeks, when I fell in love with the Triumph Rocket III.

Previously I have been riding a Suzuki Boulevard M90 (1500cc), and I really thought the only thing I would like more was a bigger Boulevard.  The M109 (1800cc) is a pretty cool looking cruiser and I was toying with the idea of waiting for the 2011 models to arrive and get one.  On a whim though I decided to check out the local Triumph dealer, and found a new 2008 Triumph Rocket III they still had in stock (this link goes to the 2010 model, but it is very similar).  It has to be one of the most audacious bikes I’ve seen, a 2300cc three cylinder beast with a very unique look.  At first I was worried that it would be too big for me, I mean it has a bigger engine than my car (literally). After checking the specs I found that it weighs 20lbs less than did my Suzuki, and had a seat that was less than an inch higher.  I read a ton of reviews where everyone marveled at how well such a monstrous bike handled.  And to be honest, I’m kind of an Anglophile (don’t tell my friends down at the Irish Pub). So, I decided to take the plunge and am in the process of buying this thing.  The dealer is going to hold it for a month for me, by which time I hope to be able to ride again.

I’m hoping to still be able to enjoy the fall riding season, and not be killed or maimed in a crash.

So, wish me luck, I’ll likely need it.

Blood on the Road

Ok, that title is way over-dramatic, I was just trying to grab you attention.  I didn’t really bleed much, just a little road rash on my hand, arm, and knee.  If you are one of the rare visitors that read this blog, then you probably already know what I’m talking about.  That’s fine, you don’t need to read it all again.  I like to write these as a journal I can look back on later.

A few posts (and many months ago) I wrote about getting a motorcycle and rediscovering my love of riding.  Since then, I actually bought a new motorcycle, a shiny blue 2009 Suzuki Boulevard M90, and I have been loving the hell out of riding all over the place.

On Tuesday June 1st, I was on my way into to work on I-435 in KS.  It was a nice morning, a little on the warm side, but I decided at highway speeds it would be cool enough to warrant wearing my leather jacket.  A few miles after I set out someone a couple of cars ahead of me made an aggressive lane change to get out behind a trash truck.  This caused a chain reaction of people slamming on breaks, myself included.    The car behind me however, was not paying enough attention and did not slow down.  I caught just a glimpse of it in my side mirror before the impact.  I’m not completely sure what happened, but I know I flew through the air a ways then rolled down the highway a bit.   I looked up to see a car almost on top of me, but the lady driving it managed to swerve around me, as did the next car behind her.   I was in pain, panicked, and disoriented, but I manage to drag myself off the pavement onto the side of the road.

I pulled my helmet off and started to look around.  There were cars stopped everywhere, but I didn’t take in too many details.  My right ankle was twisted at an unnatural angle, and everything hurt.  I made sure I could move everything but my right foot, and was a bit relieved that I could.  Several people were already running to check on me, including one that was a retired Oklahoma Sheriff.   He made me lay on my back and held my head and neck still in case there were any spinal injuries.

I asked someone to get my phone from my saddlebag, and I called my wife to let her know that I had been in an accident and didn’t seem to be in danger of imminent death.   The ambulance arrived and took me to the hospital which was quite an experience in itself.  It started with a nurse in the ER telling me I should have told her that I had been in a bicycle wreck instead of a motorcycle accident since motorcycle riders deserved what they got.  Either the pain and trauma from the accident, or the painkillers they gave me made me very sick, and I guess my heart rate dropped dangerously low while they were resetting my ankle.  I remember screaming during that, but not much else.

I had to have surgery to put a screw in my ankle.  I continued to have nausea and vomiting from the pain meds, so it was a pretty miserable couple of days in the hospital.  It wasn’t helped by the fact I was sharing the room with a young, good-looking guy who happened to be in the half of the room closest to the door.   While I could hear the female nurses talking to him at length, they didn’t make it past the curtain to see me very often.   In fact, by the time I went home Wednesday evening, they still hadn’t even bothered to clean the road rash on my arm and hand.

So now I’m home with my screwed up ankle, and bruised and battered body.  My shiny new bike with about $1000 worth of aftermarket accessories is trashed.  I’m waiting to hear back from the insurance company as to what payment I will get on all of that.  The big challenge ahead is maintaining the positive momentum I’ve had going for awhile.  I had been dieting and working out over the last few months.  I had lost 30 lbs and was up to running a couple of miles, which was quite an accomplishment for me.  I had some big plans for road trips other activities this year, and now all of that is put on hold for 3-4 months, at least.

My normal workouts are out of the question, and I can do no weight bearing on the ankle for 2-3 months, then I will be in a walking cast for awhile.  Of course the crutches are a workout on their own, and I may be able to manage some upper body workouts once things straighten out a bit, but I imagine I will not be able to achieve the same intensity of exercise again for some time, if ever.  There is no guarantee I will be able to run, or even walk without considerable pain once all is said and done.  That coupled with being homebound for a lot of the summer sounds like an invitation for weight gain; I’m going to of course try not to go off the deep end, but who knows.

All my vacation and road trip plans are pretty well wiped out as well.  I’m not sure at this point if the bike is salvageable, and if it is, I’m not sure if I will want to ride again.  I hope I do, but it was the most frightening and painful experience of my life, one that will continue to pain me for many months.

So, that’s where things stand now.  I came out very lucky considering; my injuries could have been a lot worse.  I will just have to see how things progress as I heal and find out what my options are as the joyful experience of wrangling with insurance companies continues.

MC Chris, Whole Wheat Bread, and I Fight Dragons

Hey, this is Mike and the bands listed above are going to be performing at The Granada in Lawrence, KS on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009. I’ve made contact with I Fight Dragons and have made tentative plans to interview them. I still haven’t heard back from MC Chris yet, but hopefully I can interview him as well. If you’d like to meet up and go to the show, feel free to send an email to wancus_at_gmail.com (replacing _at_ with @ of course).

Also, I’ve added a couple pics from Dragoncon on main page slide show. Sorry about taking my sweet time getting those posted. For more Dragoncon pics check out my Facebook gallery.

Sorry to Disappoint

Sorry folks but there will be no show this week…hey quit cheering!!!!!

There were many trials and tribbles…no…tribulations this week and we wimped out decided not to record.

Have no fear we will be recording this  coming week and you will be able to hear our dulcet tones invading your brainmeats soon.

To take your minds off the despair you’ll be feeling over not having our show to listen to why not catch the Land of the Lost marathon on Sci-Fi Monday.

Hope you all have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

WANC has been De/Re Rezzed

I’ve wiped out the old site and recreated it more or less from scratch.  I was able to preserve most of the posts and comments, but users and media were wiped out.  So, if you had registered on this site before, you will need to register again.  I will be restoring the actual podcasts over the next few days if all goes as planned.

Flannigan Squeezes by to Victory

With nearly 1300% of the votes tallied, We Are Not Cool is happy to announce that they are declaring Flannigan the Colon Gnome as the New President of WANC. Though there were some amazing swings in the votes, in the end the plucky Gnome pulled ahead and defeated the closest competitor Doz by a single vote. The turnout was truly amazing. Even though the most recent episode of WANC only had sixteen listeners, over 200 votes were cast in the presidential race.

While there are some grumblings of voter fraud and other shenanigans, it is believed that Flannigan’s refusal to participate in negative campaigning may have turned the tide in his favor. Jason, who oversaw the voting has assured doubters that the voting was completely fair, honest and accurate, just like everything else on the Internet.

This is a historic moment in podcast history as it is the first time that a non-human has been elected president of a podcast. Not much is known of Flannigan’s stand on major issues, though he has several times mentioned that banning the production of curry was high on his list of priorities for his first term in office.

Wanc 30: Tropic Thunder

Mike and Jason discuss stuff before heading off for a Midnight Showing of Tropic Thunder.

*Note: This is horribly late in getting out. It would have been really cool to release when Tropic Thunder was first out, but I seriously dropped the ball on it. What do you expect, its not like we’re professionals or anything.

Promo: Skepticality

  • We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again. The Middleman is made of awesome and is one of the best shows on TV.
  • Doctor Who, Also made of awesome.
  • NBC has many of its shows available online.
  • We wax nostalgic about the good ol’ days of TechTV, before G$ shot it in the head to make room for more cleavage and fart jokes.
  • Morgan Webb from TechTV now does a 5 minute daily videocast called WebbAlert.
  • Castle Wolfenstein changed the landscape of computer gaming, now it may be coming to the big screen.
  • Tron was a groundbreaking movie in the early 80s, now after 26 years, we may get a sequel with Tron 2.0.
  • Not enough Heroes in your life, check out the Webisodes if you have nothing else to do with your sad existence.
  • Fringe, a new paranormal investigating secret agency show coming out in a few weeks. It’s on Fox, don’t get too attached to it.
  • Boston Legal is returning. Shatner’s Bitch celebrates.
  • Potential Challenger to Google appears out of nowhere, Cuil, mediocre searches, but awesome PR. I’m rooting for them in case Google turns evil on us.
  • Cassini Probe finds lake of liquid Ethane on Saturn’s Moon Titan. We also discuss lightning on Titan, but I find no source for this, so perhaps we were wrong.
  • Conspiracy theories abound as the White House is briefed on something Phoenix found on Mars. Announcements are supposed to be made soon, but I’m hearing nothing.
  • China promotes is image at the Olympics by replacing talented young singer with a cuter stand in.
  • Insulting, Sophomoric, Inappropriate, and Wrong. Tropic Thunder was everything we hoped and more.

Want to Help Out Some Authors?

Listening to podcasts is a big part of my life. I spend many hours a day listening to this free content and have actually had coversations with some of the podcasters. The awesome thing is that many of these podcasters are also authors and give the books they are writing or have written away as free podcasts. Hell some even give away a free PDF of the entire book!

Tee Morris from TeeMorris .com is doing exactly that with his next novel and so is Phillipa Ballentine from Chasingthebard.com . They are doing this to promote…Well I’ll let Tee explain that to you:

Award-nominated podcaster and Fantasy author Philippa Ballantine (of Dragon Moon’s Chasing the Bard) and I are feverishly working on a new spin on an old promotion. Following in the footsteps of other podcast authors like Scott Sigler and Matthew Wayne Selznick, “Double Trouble” is the first time TWO authors are collaborating to get both their new books — The Case of The Pitcher’s Pendant: A Billibub Baddings Mystery and Digital Magic — up the charts on Amazon.com, on the same day. Pip and I have been in the middle of a powerful media blitz and are not slowing down. This week we are offering up PDFs for downloading.  From our respective websites, we will be making available for download Digital Magic and The Case of the Pitcher’s Pendant. The PDFs are the complete novels, and we’re giving them away for free in order to promote “Double Trouble” coming on 08.08.08 on Amazon.com.

If you would like to offer up our works on your blog or podcast feeds, please feel free to put the following URLs into your feeds:

http://teemorris.com/BB-PitchersPendant.pdf

-and-

http://www.chasingthebard.com/dm/digital_magic_freepdf.pdf

Thanks, everyone, for giving me a moment of your time, and we look forward to seeing you on 08.08.08!

Enjoy the Ride,

So If you could please help these two fine folks out, that would be awesome. You’ll like their books and podcasts.

I appreciate it and so will they.

WANC Crew is Safe!

Good to know .

Raise a Cup for Joe

April 1st, a day known to most for pranks and jokes, a time to get one over on friends and colleagues, and to watch your back less they get you first. For many in the podcasting world the day has a much more somber meaning though, April 1st 2007 was the day Joe Murphy lost his battle with leiomyosarcoma cancer. There is a certain amount of irony there, because Joe was a man (or perhaps a large kid) with a great sense of humor, and I’m sure even he would get a chuckle out of the coincidental date of his passing.

Joe was a regular on the Farpoint Media fleet of podcasts, Dragon Page, Slice of Sci-Fi, Wingint, The Kick-Ass Mystic Ninjas, and no doubt others I didn’t catch. I always looked forward to hearing him, and he always made me laugh. All of us listeners got to follow the events of his diagnosis and the appalling speed with which it took him. He faced his fate with humor and a cheerfulness which spoke volumes about the character of the man.

So here on the anniversary of his death we at We Are Not Cool would like to take a moment to remember him and thank him for the laughter. We encourage everyone to donate the Joe Murphy Memorial Fund (see the link on the upper right of this page), and to visit the website to see what they are doing to help raise awareness about leiomyosarcoma.

Here is a tribute podcast, the memories of those that knew him best. Take a listen and raise a glass for good old Mason Rocket and Randy Innuendo.