10 Years And Going

bcrdukes.com v2.5 has been up and running for well over 10 years and going.

A big “Thank You” to my loyal readers who enjoy the mindless banter, voracious rants, and colourful language. Truth be told, I have considered, time and time again, to shutter this blog for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest reasons is that I simply want to move into a more private life and to seek something else to concentrate on. I’ve put a lot of hard work and dedication into sharing the things I love, but what I find now is that I need to find a deeper and more different dimension of what that meaning is, and how to share that with my readers. After all, life goes on. Right?

Alas, a few final snapshots of my visit back home in Vancouver. Good times meeting up with my close friends chatting about bikes, cars, and coffee (and expensive ass shit no one can afford.)

Mhilo Shop in Chinatown. It’s a dog’s life.

Don’t Argue! Pizza


49P


Starbucks Reserve with my pals

Back in shitty ass Toronto, lunch with my colleague @ Los Chicos Brasa Peruvian Charbroiled Chicken. Pretty good stuff. Dat ceviche…sweet Jesus.

New Year’s Eve Dinner @ the new Congee Queen Mississauga

And to end the year off, I leave you with this message. Happy New Year’s, everyone.

Wise Words

The Porsche 911 is the reason why people work 16-hour days and eat nothing but peanut butter sandwiches for 2 years straight. It’s that good.

– Rennlist Member

And I agree. But that’s because I’ve done it. And will do it again.

Want

So I went grocery shopping and came across this in a dedicated hot-pot aisle (seriously, a fucking hot pot aisle.) Pay close attention to the demographic of the image portrayed and how much fun it is for them having hot pot. It looks like an elegant and posh affair. The reality is, hot pot fucking sucks, okay? It’s a shit tonne of work and you smell awful afterwards. Nobody dresses up for hot pot, unless you’re some kind of punk ass Communist overseas brat driving a Lamborghini Aventador with the license plate “I <3 JuJu." The package below is a lie, and a complete waste of time. This is not what hot pot looks like.

Spent some time in Vancouver. Best city in the world? Fuck, yes. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise because they don’t know shit.

Spade – This used to be a Starbucks. I think it was the first one I went to when I was in high school, and I felt all fancy and smart when I ordered a cappuccino. Boy, was I stupid back then (and now!) Third-wave look; Second-wave appeal.

Taste & See – Caught them before they shuttered their doors for good on Saturday. A matter of lease-end, politics, permits, and a vision for a future. I hope they open up again, and soon.

Family dinner @ Sushi By Yuji. He looks tired, but was happy to see us as we haven’t been around in a while. Food isn’t as wowing as it once was, but hey, it is what it is. The sparkle and shine is no longer there.

Bringing my 2012 Cannondale CAAD10 back to life with a new groupset – 11-speed Campagnolo Potenza. This is what happens when an Italian comes to America.


Full Campagnolo Potenza 11-speed groupset (I think 11-25 cassette and 50/34 compact chainrings @ 170mm crank arms)
Custom HED Belgium C2 wheels with Sapim spokes and Ultegra hubs w/ Michelin Pro 4 Service Course tires
Mish-mash cockpit consisting of 3T, Deda, Fizik, Thomson, and Selle Italia
Missing: Bottle cages and pedals (fuck)

Coffee chat and shenanigans @ Depot (Timbertrain Coffee’s roasting facility) in Grandview-Woodlands. Despite what people and the Internet tell you, I can assure you that it is NOT in Strathcona. All these bitches out there are trying to capitalize on this Strathcona craze. As a Strathcona OG, I disapprove of this nonsense.

My Christmas wish came true (yeah right.)

On an unrelated note, my old 1979 Yamaha SR500 cafe racer popped up for sale on Craigslist, mostly unchanged, save for some mileage.

Merry Christmas to all you jerks, liars, lazy asses, and good-for-nothing freeloaders.