V.19 No.29 |
Weekend Hangover for July 25th 2010
Tour de France
V.19 No.29 | 7/22/2010
Trail-a-Week: Foothills Open Space
V.19 No.30 | 7/29/2010
Lance Armstrong Will Not Win the Tour de France
At this point, that's old news. Everyone who follows cycling (and pretty much everyone who doesn't, as well) has long since come to terms with the fact that the once-unbeatable Armstrong is, at this point, old. In his own words, he's “just not fast enough.” He has acknowledged that, “ Lance Armstrong is over in about four days,” joining the rest of the world in celebrating and mourning his last race.
So why does this matter? Cycling always was and always will be bigger than just one man, right? The Tour de France this year is coming down to the wire, with a mere 8 seconds separating the current leader, Alberto Contador, from the second-place rider, Andy Schleck. The next stage, taking place in the Pyrenees on Thursday, promises to be drama-filled.
Still, at least here in America, there's Armstrong. He of the superhero name. He of the gravity-defying odds. He of the Livestrong organization. Armstrong captivates our collective imagination because of his story, because of his proto-American attitude and, perhaps, most of all, because of the way he refused to quit.
There are more than a few people the world over who do not believe that Armstrong accomplished what he did by legal or fair means. The constant hunt for him in the French press has gotten plenty of attention in the past, and just this month Andrew Corsello wrote a damning piece for GQ (which doesn't appear to be online in any version other than PDF for the iPad) where he claimed that Armstrong has lied so vehemently and for so long, he has no choice but to continue the lie.
So why does it matter that Armstrong will not win the Tour de France? It matters precisely for the aforementioned responses: People the world over, not just in America, react viscerally to Armstrong as a person and as a symbol. His story sparks people's hopes and dreams and the accusations against him spark our fears and nightmares. Beyond the overt symbolism, though, he matters as a person, too: He is a seven-time winner of the Tour de France, a feat unmatched in history. He grabbed all of his victories in that race on successive trips. And he did all of this after being diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer. When he arrives on the Champs-Élysées, it will not be as a champion, almost against our expectations. And that's worth watching.
V.19 No.19 | 5/13/2010
Eight Tacks for Trailside Tact
V.19 No.17 |
The Daily Word 04.29.10: Lance Armstrong, Louisiana oil spill, Hollywood's small right wing
300 acres alight in Cimarron.
Lance Armstrong is riding the Tour of the Gila, which began in Silver City.
Body found in a North Valley ditch on the street where I grew up.
Feds deploy an ad campaign to discourage meth use on reservations.
You can keep your job after 10 arrests if your dad is the Bernalillo County deputy manager for public safety.
Around New Mexico, groups prepare to protest Arizona's immigration law.
Obama's not sure Washington can pass immigration reform this year. He needs cooperation from Republicans, he says.
Massive oil spill off the coast of Louisiana is way worse than expected and could be washing up on shore by tomorrow.
Space balloon crashes in Australia.
The top psychiatric pharmies of the last decade.
Life is hard for conservatives in Hollywood.
Scared of mice? Call your lesbian friend.
V.18 No.49 |
The Daily Word 12.03.09: Sex, Books, Pot
ABQ father who shot infant in head gets attacked in court.
Comcast to buy controlling share in NBC from GE. My first thought? How will this shake out in a "30 Rock" plot?
Road rage toward cyclists escalates; man convicted of using his car as weapon against two on bikes.
New York Times releases its Best Books of 2009. Of which I've read a half. As in, half of one of these books: Jonathan Lethem's Chronic City. Honestly, I think it's so-so. But it takes place in New York, so there ya go.
Here's their 100 Notable Books of 2009. A Village Life is good. Don't read Lark and Termite. It was terrible. You can read NYT's Michiko Kakutani's review here. She loved it. She should change her name to Michiko Crack-utani.
New York lawmakers vote down gay marriage. I'm starting to lose faith in all things New York.
Update: Male athletes like to have sex with a bunch of ladies.
Clean energy in New Mexico? We don't have the technology!
Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood arrested for domestic assault. The 62-year-old had been cheating on his wife of 24 years with a 20-year-old. This report says that the young one was the victim. Also, Ronnie Wood looks like my meemaw.
Some stoner do-gooder donated a jug containing $1500 worth of pot to Goodwill.
It's Julianne Moore's birthday.
Against Me! • punk • Award Tour at Launchpad
HAH! Happy Arte Hour at National Hispanic Cultural Center
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