<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/7547347658/” title=”kidney stone by esquimauxpie, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7270/7547347658_f071e53f46.jpg” width=”500″ height=”374″ alt=”kidney stone”></a>
Pissed out and retrieved another kidney stone last night. Strangely there wasn’t much pain at all. The other morning I felt a familiar twinge and thought I was going to have one of those weeks but started drinking a lot of water. The same last night and I guess it must’ve already been through the kidney. The crystals in this one are darker than the last. Don’t know what that means.
In other news, for the first time in 7 years I’ve been able to watch the tour de france, thanks to the internet. I’m getting torrents of the SBS australia highlights show, and the full (UK sport or some such) coverage if I want. Fantastic to see again, although SBS’ style has become increasingly commercial, and the race-coverage itself seems highly orchestrated — spending a bit too much time of the tourism cha-ching cashola.
I don’t know what the official policy is, but I’m under the impression that SBS have a hiring policy where they hire people from immigrant backgrounds – as in their parents migrated from somewhere else. Anyway, it’s good to see/hear that SBS must also think of country australians as an underprivileged group deserving special consideration, because <a href=”http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/kate-bates/blog/126450/why-wiggins-is-a-sporting-hero”>Kate Bates</a> is doing the inteviews on the Tour this year. They talk funny, they use strange expressions, they’re usually from poor background and if you thought they were weird, then take a look at their parents — rural australians. Let’s help them.
I have respect for the riders because it’s such a painful sport to devote yourself to, but when they’ve been having these big crashes and they’re all lying on the side of the road or whatever, they do look kind of pathetic, like upside-down turtles. Also, Peter Sagan: doping -> without a doubt.