Thursday, April 29, 2010

Who are you and why are you reading my blog?

Ok, so because I'm a "wicked smaht" Mechanical Engineer, (or at least it says so on my college diploma). Ages ago I installed Google Analytics to keep track of the throngs of fans I have out there, to determine where they are from, how they find my blog and what they are looking at while on my blog. I guess I did this to boost my ego and add a sense of importance and significance to my life, or I was just bored.

Anyhow, over the last couple of months I've noticed a few odd trends. The first, being that my comment boxes were being filled out by spammers trying to spread "adult entertainment" and sell "male enhancement materials." And as a result I've had to go in and delete them.

The second thing I noticed was the increase of international visitors. Typically my readership is Mass, the rest of New England, NY, PA, NJ and then a few outliers in Colorado and California, along with a few Canadian visits and Israeli. Which seems to make sense, most people I know are in those areas, or at least the northeast is within the realm of the ECCC Blogosphere.

(What is the freaking deal here?)

But now, my readership has greatly expanded, to France, Spain, the UK, Pakistan, Australia, Belgium, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Russia and the Czech Republic. And I have to ask myself, who the hell are these people and why are they reading my blog? Are my thoughts really that profound? I'd like to think so, but the odds are not. Granted I can assume that some of the European ones are people I know or ECCC'ers on term abroad in Europe, so that's understandable. But who the hell do I know in Pakistan, or Russia?

So, if you are reading this from some place outside the Northeast, or don't actually know me, please leave a comment and explain why you're here (just refrain from promoting your "adult entertainment" or "male enhancement" products).

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I Wanna Ride My Bike! (!אני רוצה לרכב על האופניים שלי)

Ugh, it's starting to get frustrating. I've been soo busy that I rarely make time to ride nowadays. I mean, I've been riding, but just not as much as I want.

Allow me to explain. Since my last post, I got into the habit of riding in the HaYarkon Park on the Road bike 1-2 times per week, with a big ride (100-150km) on the weekends and perhaps rip around the Jerusalem hiking trail on my mountain bike an additional day or two. But after 2-3 weeks of this, things started to change due to my new internship and my increasing number of "social gatherings" at night, which have really hindered my desire/ability to wake up at the ass crack of dawn to ride before work.

However, it's not all bad, Cousin Eyal, took me for a MTB cruise along the HaYarkon river once, and that was fast and fun. Other Eyal took me out to Ben Shemen, a couple Saturdays back and I got to rip some SWEET Singletrack for the first time in ages. The next day was a beautiful 120km romp on the road with Ian and his buddy out to Modi'in and back to TLV. But after that things went downhill, I didn't ride on Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day, a serious thing here, not just an excuse to barbecue) or Yom Hazmaout (Independence Day) and followed that up by getting a horrible flu.

The aforementioned flu was so bad, that the first day I basically only ate a piece of bread and to sit up straight to get out of bed required real will power. So, I basically spent 4 days last week trapped in the apartment, and I missed a road race because of it, which sucks because the races aren't that frequent here like back home. So I didn't get to ride for 10 days. But Yesterday, I went on an easy, but pleasant mountain bike ride with some Italian Christian Sport tourists who were following the Gospel Trail to the Sea of Galilee. So, it's now Tuesday, and I'm finally feeling healthy again, and all I want to do is race or go ride some singletrack, and I can't really do either because I don't have a car.

Argh.

At least the weather is nice.