Shameless Self Promotion

June 28, 2011

As my new show; The BOB STERRY ATOMIC SUMMER SHOW is coming up in a few weeks; July 17th; I am seizing this moment to remind anyone who by chance alights here that it is a cabaret style performance of songs from Randy Newman, Tom Lehrer, Jacques Brel and others. They will be intersected by harmless wit from myself. It will be both humorous and dark in turn. Faint hearts should be assured that there are wine and pastries in the interval.

A perfect Sunday can be had thus. Breakfast, Attend some spiritual activity (buy books a Powell’s), have lunch, come to my show, cocktails and dinner in the Pearl.

Totally extemporaneous style, anonymous invisible target guest, and an extremely low budget cannot prevent this show from filling the hole left by Opra and other waning talking head shows. My people are ready to talk to your people.

Easywiz and Others…

June 14, 2011

Any male of a certain age is likely to become familiar with the pharmaceutical shorthand for 6,7-dimethoxy-2-[4-(tetrahydrofuran-2-ylcarbonyl)piperazin-1-yl]quinazolin-4-amine. Hytrin or Terrazosin. Prescribed to relax enlarged prostate glands and enable a sturdy flow of urine. Marketed under various names, Flomax is one, the water treatment facilities of senior facilities are replete with its metabolites. The name Flomax being virtually an onomatopaeia I wondered if there might be other generic names we could devise. Here is my draft list, I invite your suggestions.


…and so on. Perhaps if we gave our drugs more friendly and functional names we might feel better about having to take the wretched preparations.

Pioneer Century

June 5, 2011

I would have loved to be able to claim that I completed the Pioneer Century ride organized by the Portland Wheelmen. In their wisdom the wheelmen decided to offer other supported distances for mortals like myself. And of course riding a single speed fixed wheel bike is not exactly a good ideas for long distances that include a hill longer than 400 yards. But the 32 mile ride had only a few little slopes and using my technique of sprinting up the hills to hold cadence as long as possible proved workable. In fact it often surprised multi-derailleur riders who had just swooped past me on the downslope only to have me whiz past on the up slope as they changed down a cog or nine or even chainwheel.

It is a great event. hundreds of riders whizzing about the countryside around Canby. All ages, shapes and sizes, proving that cycling is a truly egalitarian activity. Superb weather greeted us all whatever distance we chose, and the mood everywhere was happy and celebratory.

And thanks to the drivers of the county who tolerated long lines of riders on narrow roads. Thanks to all the volunteers who chopped fruit, schlepped water, gave directions, fixed bikes for free, and generally made it the huge success it was.

Next year I might just try a longer distance. I’ll have to speak to Loretta…