|Bald Eagles in Kenner along the river levee bike path.|
|Not a fan of this setup|
|No, that's not how it works.|
|A few minutes at Zotz before heading home|
|This was clearly an engineering disaster that never should have happened. How do you take down those|
cranes and demolish the building in the middle of downtown?
|New plumbing to replace the blown-out section|
of 110-year-old water pipe under Spruce Street.
There was a whole blow-up at the cyclocross race over in Lafayette last weekend. I was kind of glad I hadn't gone. An invisible grass-covered hole just after the start took Kenneth down and apparently he got up and started cursing at the race director and such, which put the race director on the defensive, which just made things worse, and I guess they argued about who should have known about the hole and who should get his money back and that kind of thing. Not that unusual, really, but I guess it went on longer than normal and maybe started to escalate. With all of that going on, the woman from ULL who was there because it was being held on university property inexplicably freaked out and called campus police, which made everything ten times worse and I guess must have freaked Kenneth out, being one of only a couple of black guys there, with an unknown white police officer and all. His team stepped up to defend him against some sort of fear of racist actions that, as far as I can tell, didn't actually materialize, but I guess it's easy to jump to conclusions nowadays when there's a white police officer questioning a black man, and they all left which left only one or two riders for the Cat. 1/2/3 race, which was then cancelled. They then posted something on FB calling the promoter's behavior racist, which I think was a bit of a stretch, if not flat-out libel, under the circumstances (I called him on Monday to find out what the hell happened) since he apparently wasn't the one who called the police or asked Kenneth to leave, and I have to assume he isn't entirely insensitive to the issues involved since his girlfriend is mixed race. Anyway, after a LAMBRA conference call Townsend posted kind of long reminder on the LAMBRA page about course design and proper conduct at races that was kind of a sensitivity training reminder at the end, which I read but didn't comment on and which predictably led to a lot of back-and-forth commenting as always happens on social media. I decided to stay out of it on Facebook since I wasn't there and really, it would have been pointless. The area racing community for the most part, and certainly in New Orleans, has always been welcoming to anyone interested in racing, going back at least 30 or 35 years when Carl Cook and Kendrick Perry and Eddie Padilla were racing here. I lost track of Carl and his son a long time ago. I suspect they moved because of work. Anyway, the whole thing reminds me a bit of the Mike William incident back in the 90s with the crash in the sprint, foul language in front of spectators and children, accusations and subsequent disqualification from the series. Of course, in this case some colorful words after such an unexpected kind of crash are understandable, but the whole thing should have been resolved with a couple of apologies, a refund, and a handshake.