In a completely shameless copy cat posting of the ABES ride report, following is an accounting of today’s ride. Gathering at the tower were Jac, Curt, Hans, Rob, Jim, Werner, and Ron. Rob immediately shredded the peloton with an astounding hammer into the wind down Hwy 12 S at 29 kph – with his FIXIE! Animal. Never the less, all arrived, without casualty, at Schellenberg’s for hearty fair and heartier chatter. First order of conversation was to berate Brian for not prominently displaying his honorary MIT membership photo for all customers to envy and admire. After a puzzled “Why would I want to do that?”, said photo was on display at the cash register on our way out (a suitable reminder that Schellenberg’s is after all a commercial enterprise, not our clubhouse?). Curt, fresh from the Hockey Dad circuit and finally able to join a ride, reported on his continuing dream job of brewing all manner of fine lagers while fully funded by research grants. Which produced various retorts and protests about the lack of invitations to sample, test, and otherwise consume all purported production. Never have I seen such enthusiastic and willing research volunteers…name the time and place Curtis! The various versions of Bin Laden’s demise received a thorough review. The joys and challenges of marrying off the children were covered. The entirely anticipated and predictable “conservative crush” in Provencher was noted and we discussed the bizarre report that local NDP candidate Al Mackling, perhaps confusing St Pierre, Isle de Chene, St Malo, and Ste Anne for QUEBEC, actually thought he had chance! Yes, Al, and Miriam Toews is preaching at the Steinbach MB Church on Sunday (although he did get my vote as a no-other-reasonable-choice vote and for saying that he’d donate his MP’s salary to MCC – Yes, I voted NDP, it’s ok, I can ride alone the rest of the season).