It’s all downhill from here.

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This whole gif file as an introductory image to each post thing has wormed its way into my heart.

And as long as I’m including the black magic that are moving pictures, I should probably also include this one of Marianne Vos winning her seventh (!) World’s title on Saturday;
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Holy lord, that lady is an absolute monster.

A very nice monster, but a monster nonetheless.

Of course my money was on, (as it always is) my friend Meredith, as she undertook her fifth swing at the top step;
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Photo courtesy of Kris Claeyé.
Sadly, she didn’t emerge victorious, but will always be the champ in my house.

The elite women’s and men’s races were totally insane- (despite the fact that there were no barriers, save for the occasional fallen racer);


I would very much have liked to see them in the flesh, and it may happen again at some point in my lifetime, but for now I have to catch whatever footage I can on the web and sit at my desk with frites on the stove and all of the windows open for authenticity.

In news of complete and total self promotion, it was shortly after Paved Magazine shuttered its operation (and it was with that, that Joe Parkin Has Nice Hair was never heard from again), Mike Cushionbury from Dirt Rag Magazine got in touch with a request that as long as I was untethered, I ply my craft in their pages.

I was reluctant, because I think of creativity, especially when it comes to writing, as a reserve. People like Ferrentino can crank out gem after gem, but I’m lucky if I can strain out one simi-buffed turd a month on this site, let alone in a magazine that people actually pay for.

Alas, his talk was too sweet, and I finally caved. So from here forward, please enjoy my new feature, ‘SWTPYITFB’;
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I’d tell you what the acronym stands for, but as the title states, two people can keep a secret if two of them are dead.

Suffice to say, it’s only applicable to a small percentage of the readership anyway.

Anyway, if you would be so kind to buy an occasional issue, it means that I can pay to heat my house and buy an occasional bag of groceries, because I’m fond of life’s extravagances.

I’m also fond of great photos, and as I was looking through my Flickr favorites collection yesterday, I came across the following shot by David Hogan;
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Have you ever found an image that illustrates everything in life you possess, and furthermore, everything in life you want to possess?

It’s like that.

In news of advertisers in the Maximo Supremo section, and their various goings on, from Philip of The Upright Cyclist I got a bit of news regarding a winter sale they have going down;
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Unless you’re already super attractive, (as it seems all of the UC models are), their wares have been known to increase one’s visual appeal by upwards to 29 to 38 percent;
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It’s science.

Finally, in one last burst of self promotion, it is with great excitement that I present this fairly accurate breakdown/interview regarding Saturday’s FVK art show with the Bay Area’s own Jenny Oh for KQED;
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I was honored to be approached by KQED, and I thank them for their time.

This has been a long time coming for me, and I look forward to it with great anticipation.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please take a couple of minutes to read this post.

Also, if you’re in the neighborhood, swing by Saturday night, or any time Tuesday-Friday for the next sixty days.

During the opening I can promise you beer, and art, and smiling people, and babes of all genders.

Unfortunately, the only thing I cannot would be a grandma taking a digger into the mud.

When it comes right down to it, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s real art.
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19 Responses to “It’s all downhill from here.”

  1. Ken February 5, 2014 at 6:07 am #

    Mud is a good way to avoid… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYtXuBN1Hvc

  2. Crank February 5, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    Dirt Rag took a dive when they went glossy. If you took scissors, and cut out all the advertising, you aint got shit. Karen screwed that thing into the ground, Maurice let her do it, and there are a ton of badass pubs out there that would love a nonasskissing approach to their readership. Do you feel like you need to take a shower after working for them? I would pay twice the price for a dirty gritty photo rich trail heavy pub with top level sponsors and nonindustrykissass reviews if…..shit. Was I ranting? Sorry. Remember that Disney flick where lemmings were tossed into the sea, and everyone followed?

    • Stevil February 5, 2014 at 8:01 am #

      Don’t sugarcoat it. Please elaborate on how you really feel.

  3. Maurice Tierney February 5, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    Happy to have you on board mister Kinevil, although a bit bummed I am not around for the art thingy Saturday.

  4. Ben February 5, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    No kidding, what did happen to Joe? Completely vanished, no response. Maybe he’s looking into barber shops in Belgium…

    • Stevil February 5, 2014 at 9:38 am #

      I actually received a text from him yesterday. Or perhaps someone claiming to be him…

      • Ben February 5, 2014 at 9:59 am #

        Hard to confirm identity via text. Can’t see the hair.

  5. Case February 5, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    One of my favorite bars in Seattle, the Comet, had an acronym above the bar, “TQJCYFC”. I spent many a day and night trying to work it out, then I finally caved and asked the bartender. “That question just cost you fifty cents” he replied. Then he demanded the change and popped it into a jar with the rest of the stupid questions. I miss that place.

  6. trama February 5, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    Free beer and art hell yeah. Will glance at bike rack to see if a venereal Rio situation happens, I doubt it. Watched Henry V again, loved the part about tennis balls.

  7. Double D All-Time February 5, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    Duuuuuuuuuude. You have to see this. Upon peeping it, the first person I thought of who would truly appreciate it is the one they call Stevil. The second person that came to mind was Beelzebubba himself…

    http://www.metalinjection.net/black-metal-history-month/black-metal-kittehz

  8. AJ February 5, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    Distinct, memorable faces… In a great way, some of your drawings remind me of Egon Schiele’s stuff, especially his approach to “the grimace.” Keep on with it.

  9. AK February 5, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    Go the the art show! For real. I am not kidding. This is serious. Not like the last time. That wasn’t serious. This, is.
    If you are in the Bay Area and don’t go to the show, all of us that can’t make it will be mad. Then sad. Then mad again. And maybe back to sad. Or not. It’s up to us.
    Anyway, are you still here? Then get the crap out of here and start planning your attendance to the NowheresvilleSF show. Now.

  10. Rick February 5, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    Stevil, Personally, I’m glad to see you contribute to Dirt Rag. Without them, Pennsylvania, and much of the east coast, would get no love at all.

    Sure, they’ve changed, but such is life. I look forward to reading your bafoonery with them.

    • Stevil February 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

      Thanks. I appreciate that, and I’m looking forward to seeing what develops. Plus they pay in a timely fashion… That’s something I’m not used to at all.

      • bikenerd February 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

        They pay? You?

        • Stevil February 6, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

          So far, so good.

  11. devin February 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    Going to have to subscribe somewhere else now that you have taken you talents to the east coast? Have always enjoyed Dirt Rag,, now it just got Stranger…

  12. Tman February 5, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    Time to get another Sub to Dirt Rag!

  13. Bobo Clown February 6, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    Dirt Rag is a great magazine and I am stoked you will be contributing! Looking forward to seeing you this weekend at art show. Keep up the good work!