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2008 July 06 — Why Now?
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Le Tour de France

Yes, the cycling race is on, started yesterday, and runs for three weeks. This is the year [again] when there absolutely, positively, unequivocally will not be a drug scandal [again].

Well, there are a lot of major riders who don’t seem to be available for this year’s tour, so maybe there has been some progress, but history doesn’t argue for that. History says that the teams will have figured out some way of avoiding getting caught doing whatever they are doing that they think will give them an edge. C’est la vie.

If you are someone who does care, you can check the official Le Tour de France site [in English], the BBC’s Cycling page, or NBC Sport’s Tour page.

At least we now know the real symbolism of the maillot jaune [yellow jersey]. It’s for all the drug tests you have to take.

July 6, 2008   Comments Off on Le Tour de France

Tropical Storm Bertha – Day 4

Tropical Storm BerthaPosition: 18.6 N 48.9 W. [10 PM CDT] Updated
Movement: West-Northwest [285°] near 20 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph.
Wind Gusts: 75 mph.
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 85 miles.
Minimum central pressure: 994 mb.

Bertha is slowly strengthening and has a bit more northernly motion this afternoon.  It is expected to reach hurricane force Monday, but should encounter higher wind shear in the next day or two which should limit further development.

July 6, 2008   4 Comments