Charity Bike Rides

it's tough to find good pictures for this...this will have to do

Recently I participated in two charity bike rides, one 50 mile event called Go the Distance for Autism and one 100 mile event called Bike to the Beach. I don’t have a personal connection with autism, which is what both events were raising money for, and honestly any cause would have been fine. I would have ridden for no cause. I rode for me, I wanted to do it. I completed a 30 mile bike ride the previous year so I had some experience with going long distances. There are tougher things to do in life than ride a bicycle, if you stop moving your legs while running you stop, if you stop moving your legs on a bike you still move. Also it’s fun to bike and fun is good.
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Game of Thrones Recap: Mother’s Mercy

stannis...you're going to have a rough time

Season 5 Finale Show vs. Book Storyline Parallels
Arya – Has more material left in the books.
Jon – Caught up with the books.
Sam – He has tons of material left. Maybe they’ll shorten his never ending boat ride to Oldtown.
Tyrion – New territory for him, he’s progressed passed the books.
Dany – Caught up with the books.
Jaime – His entire storyline is different.
Bronn – He shouldn’t even be in the story.
Sand Snakes – I wish they weren’t in the story.
Brienne – Her entire storyline is different.
Stannis – Still alive in the books. Hasn’t engaged Boltons yet.
Sansa – Her entire storyline is different.
Theon – There’s a little more material left, especially if you read the pre-released chapter.
Melisandre – Caught up with the books.
Davos – His entire storyline was thrown out when other characters weren’t cast.
Cersei – Basically where we left off in the books, one more chapter of material.
Littlefinger – Where did he go?
All the Tyrells – Thought I spotted the Queen of Thornes during Cersei’s walk of shame, but it was just a tart.

I’ve read the books, but I won’t spoil anything by bringing up new material for show watchers, but I will make references to the book. There will be spoilers for this episode though, duh.
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Game of Thrones Recap: The Dance of Dragons

people react differently to the games of meereen

I’ve read the books, but I won’t spoil anything by bringing up new material for show watchers, but I will make references to the book. There will be spoilers for this episode though, duh.

Melisandre’s fire senses are tingling and disappointed she didn’t start the fire. You’d think she’d have a resistance to fire. Before Ramsay attacked she gazed into her fire for visions of the future, but when all she saw was fire she thought nothing of it… Apparently Ramsay was able to sneak up on this entire army in the middle of the night and burn down multiple tents, destroy their food supply, kill hundreds of horses, and cause general mayhem undetected because he’s from the North and knows the land better than them… which is ridiculous. I knew it was too good to be true when Ramsay left Winterfell, he should have died, but this psycho can’t be killed.
Stannis – “Capture last night’s guards, either they fell asleep or they conspired with the enemy.”
Discipline reflects leadership. His army is only good at defeating untrained wildlings.
“Find out the truth and then hang them.”
I didn’t see any trees at this campsite, how will the be hanged without trees? They don’t know the land enough to find trees either because they aren’t from the North.
Davos – “Forgive me your grace, I never claimed to be a military man, but things aren’t looking good and we should retreat to Castle Black.”
Their position doesn’t look good, but at least they can eat the horses; Ramsay was kind enough to cook them well done.
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Game of Thrones Recap: Hardhome

run away! white walkers

This episode diverged from the book in many aspects but it’s still easily the best episode of Season 5. Usually episode 9 is the climatic battle scene, but it appears they nudged it up to episode 8. I’ve read the books, but I won’t spoil anything by bringing up new material for show watchers, but I will make references to the book. There will be spoilers for this episode though, duh.

Jorah – “Your Grace, I want to say-”
Khaleesi!
Daenerys – “You will not speak.”
She needs someone to replace Barristan, just forgive Jorah bear already.
“How do I know who you say you are?”
Uh, I don’t want to be offensive here, but 7 Gods just look at him Khaleesi! Of course he’s the Imp!
“If you are Tyrion Lannister why shouldn’t I kill you?”
Because she can sell him to a cock merchant and make a fortune!
Tyrion – “I killed my mother on the day I was born and killed my father with a bolt to the heart.”
Dany killed her mother in labor too and honestly that shouldn’t even count as “murdering” his mother. Also Tyrion 100% shot his dad in the stomach and not the heart.
Tyrion – “I am the greatest Lannister killer of our time.”
He should have taken credit for killing Joffrey too, I mean he was accused and found “guilty” during his trial, he could potentially boast of three kills here.
Dany – “So I should welcome you into my service because you murdered your own family?”
He’d fit right in with her then! She allowed her brother to be killed and technically killed her own mother, baby, and husband.
Tyrion – “Your grace, it’s too soon to know if you deserve my service.”
Jorah’s reaction to Tyrion’s quip is my favorite part of this strong scene.
Jorah – (Hey that’s Khaleesi you’re talking to! You were supposed to be a gift!)
Tyrion – “Killing and politics aren’t always the same thing.”
There’s only a strong correlation.
Daenerys – “So you want to advise me? Very well, what should I do with him?”
Tyrion – (I bet he regrets punching me now!)
“He’s no longer the man that was once spying on you. He’s deeply in love with you and I suspect would do anything for you.”

jorah of the many faces
Jorah – (Is he sticking up for me? Is it working?! I love you Khaleesi! Look at me!)
Tyrion – “He did not trust that you would be wise enough to forgive him.”
And he was right…
Daenerys – “So I should kill him?”
7 Gods she’s insane.
Tyrion recommends banishing Jorah from the city…again. Despite not being the nicest traveling companion, Jorah saved Tyrion from drowning and now with Tyrion saving Jorah here they should be considered even. After being escorted out of the city Jorah checks his greyscale, AGAIN! Yes it’s still there Jorah and it’s probably better you don’t stay around Dany when you’re contaminated with greyscale. I still think he’ll get banished a third time.
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