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Tue, 31 Aug 2004
I am obviously slack - 11:45
So I did not get out for the cotter/uriarra loop on the road bike this
morning, and this is strange as I really want to go for a ride. Part of it is, I
admit, the really heavy rain last night probably had me convinced it would be
a bit damp. Mikey did the loop and has
since called all of us who didnt soft. If I can get some
lca stuff (ghosts minutes, and agenda for
the next meeting) plus a resonable amount of work at work I would like to go
for a ride during the day. However I also have to visit the bike shop, as more
bits broke, need replacing, etc. Bike equipment really doesnt last, though I
suppose that may have something to do with the regularity with which I ride a
Sun, 29 Aug 2004
Ghosts is over - 22:02
On the whole ghosts worked very well, and I believe helped the lca 2005 crew
understand a lot more about wha gos into running this conference we have.
We had a rather large number of people at the ghosts session, I wonder if
maybe this was a bad thing. It seemed a times we did not need quite so many
people. One thing I noticed is the ghosts session was really for the new lca
team to be able to learn from previous organising teams. Thinking about who
was present I dont really see that we could have left many out. Maybe if the
LA committee were not so strongly reccomended. For future ghosts I wonder if
maybe just the LA president and Treasurer would be enough.
I suppose LA was strongly represented at the meeting due to the fact Rusty and
Mikal are both on the committee and both lca people also, Michael Davies as
the 2004 Lead organiser was necessary and also is on the LA committee. Mark
Tearle was there from Perth but mostly there as the LA treasurer, we already
have Tony Breeds on our lca crew from Perth. So looking a it this year the LA
committee was almost all there by necessity, so bringing AfC and Stewart in
for LA to meet afterwards kind of made sense.
The thing that strikes me is we had ~ 20 people in the meeting room all
weekend, fortunately it worked well for us, we got through almost the entire
agenda and people did not interrupt with out reason. However it just seems
busy with that many people there. Also with the LA meeting at the end of the
weekend before everyone flew out there was a bit of rushing and possibly some
things left off the agenda or not discussed that should be. I think a large
part of why the LA thing happened was due to the make up of who would already
be there. I would be nice to be able to avoid that in the future for ghosts if
possible I think.
I dont mean it as a criticism really as it did not impact heavily on us this
weekend, more just something to think about for the future. As for the lca
crew, we have a whole lot of new ideas stemming from this weekend, and some
action items and the like. One thing that is very important is we need to be
more active in getting the word out into the community and the pulic at large
abotu this conference and what is happening. Time to send a lot of people
What is happening to these magazines - 21:41
Okay so after sitting in meetings all weekend in preperation for
lca I have not been out on the mtb or road
bike all weekend and have to admit I could use a ride. It looks like the rain
may be setled in for all of tomorrow now also which may stop me.
Anyway I purchased a copy of the magazine Ausralian Mountain Bike, it appears
my subscriptiuon ran out as it did not arrive at work the past few weeks,
anyway I was told by a few friends in the past two weeks that this issue was kind of
abysmal, I was hoping they would be wrong and all that, however I think this
time I have to agree, the only articles I found interesting this issue were
the columns by Jim Trail and TTfH (Tony Fathers), and to some extent this may
simpy be because they are friends.
I think the thing that turned me off in this issues was simply nothing grabbed
my attention, most issues a least one or two stories/articles manage to look
good and turn out to be good reading, I suppose I should try to quantify why
this time nothing grabbedmy attention and usually something can, I think I
will instead simply leave my brain on downtime tonight however.
Kind of no longer saturday - 00:10
So the first day of the ghosts session went well.
Stewart missed his first
flight to Canberra, Pia and Jeff ended up arriving this morning.
Rusty were a few minutes late, but hey
it took me a bit of time to set up the networking and power and such in the
meeting room. We did not get through the entire agenda, but hey the discussion
strayed as it is wont to do. On the whole the day went well, though looking
through the minutes I was taking all day we have a large number of new action
Sat, 28 Aug 2004
BOB United Flight - 23:56
The subject of the recent united airlines flight that was directed back to
Sydney after taking off there due to a sick bag found on boad with "BOB"
written on it came up at the pub talking with
Martin Pool and some others. I
mentioned another mtb rider I had met at a
recently had been on that
flight. Niki Gudex was on that flight and
about the experience on her
cyclingnews.com diary (with some
photos of dumping fuel and such). Bruce Schneier
flight and the strangeness of it in a recent
Fri, 27 Aug 2004
Pubbage and no business talk - 18:45
So a few weeks ago Pia asked if we had
planned any social gathering on the friday night before ghosts for the people
who had arrived in Canberra already. By social gathering she of course meant
rock up to a pub and chat.
Anyway, though I live about 50 metres from
All Bar Nun I only really go there
about once every three months if that, and dont really go to pubs much. Too
busy mtb riding or something I guess.
I said sure lca crew and other
ghosts attendees in Canberra by friday night could rock up to All Bar and sit
around chatting about all things unrelated to lca and LA.
So now the reason for this whole spiel, the amusing part is,
Jeff decided they had to attend
the SLUG meeting and are now not arriving
in Canberra until around 11pm.
Ghosts starting to gather - 11:45
This weekend the Ghosts of lca meeting is
happening, for those of you outside the lca
world (ie most of you) each year we gather some of the organisers of previous
conference organisers and some LA people
at the venue for the coming conference to talk to the new organising team and
work out stuff for the conference.
Anyway this morning Mark Tearle (LA Treasurer) arrived in Canberra at 6am on
the red eye from Perth. AJ
(Anthony Towns) will be arriving later today, as will most of the other people
attending from outside Canberra
(Michael Davies, Anand
Kumria, Ryan Verner, Pia Smith,
Jeff Waugh, etc, etc). This is
going to be a pretty busy weekend.
Hurty Andrew - 11:15
So this morning we had our ritual friday morning Bilbys mtb ride. This time we
which being one of the Canberran mtb mecca destinations is a lot of fun.
My bike computer said 26KM and 1hour 24min by the end of the ride.
I wonder if I should maybe feel bad for Andrew Rowe, I did a rather enjoyable
gap jump over a gully at Majura and he decided upon seeing me do this that it
was not so hard so attempted it. Andrew was riding his single speed rather
than his Orange Duallie and unfortunately came to grief, landing about 10 cm
short his back wheel bucked up and threw him over the handlebars.
Breakfast and coffee and all that at the pickle after the ride calmed him down
I hope, he has since said he squealed pretty loudly in the shower.
Thu, 26 Aug 2004
Why an online diary? - 19:35
Well everyone is doing one and I am a sheep. Or something. In reality in the
lca crew we decided to run an
agregator to collect all the online diaries from the crew that were for
lca. So I guess I need an online diary thing.