1. I'm a 'retro-grouch'. Still haven't owned a bike with disc brakes. I was probably THE LAST person to start buying CDs. And only got my ipod last year.
2. I love to make fun. Of you, your mom, myself, anyone at anytime, so with people camping out front of Apple stores to pay $399 for a phone? Ahhh, too easy.
3. I hate phones, hate them. Don't answer them.
So I finally stepped into 2008 and got an iphone. I still prefer to NOT TALK, I'm the strong, silent type, you know? But man this thing is awesome! It needs a name, it's ALMOST as cool as my bike (don't let my bike know, it might go and break down on me).
So, we had the Bicycle Master Plan meeting. I have another show coming up (that I should be putting my work together instead of sitting here).
last week: getting buzzed by two different Jettas with roof (bike) racks. on two different days. NOT COOL. I'm willing to bet that they do not ride their bikes on the road, that's all I'm gonna say, besides they were college aged 'bros', and prob don't own spandex.
this week: going to see a fat retiree about an obnoxious print shirt (I'm going to Flordia).
so this will be a test on how well I can maintain this junk drawer of a blog.
go ride your bike... take off the computer, don't worry about the miles, go jump some curbs, practice bunnyhops, ride with a smile because you like to ride.
Can't make the planet 'greener' when you're chasing people off of the streets.
I mean we look at bullying in schools. But the roads? Look at your local D.A.. How (or do they?) prosecute bad drivers? We have a system of checks and balances, for cyclists, the Justice system has failed MANY !
one day, there will be an accident. an errant driver will be yanked from their car, and 'accidently beaten'.
then, slowly, this same 'accident' will happen across the country.
eventually, motorists will show some respect, and exercise more caution, and more parents, friends, spouses, and kids will arrive safely on their bike.
About two months ago, after the local bike coalition meeting, the topic turned to the usual driver harrassment towards cyclists. I think I almost offended some with my opinion, until the last meeting when there were more stories shared, by cyclists who normally (or never have?) experienced such hostile driver behavior, then there seemed to be an agreement.
Guess it's always a 'NON-ISSUE' until it personally affects you. THEN you get involved.
Here's one of those life lesson moments. I've ALWAYS been a passive person. My size helps me avoid most confrontations. And I've been a big kid, well, since I was a kid.
In seventh and eigth grade I got shoved around ALOT. By alot, I mean every hour of everyday. I didn't realize it's because I wasn't assertive. Until I finally snapped.
There was this ninth grader. His locker was next to mine. He was tall, really tall. I was big, but he had half a foot on me. He was THE player on the basketball team, I was a punk ass skater with a bad haircut. In between each class, as I stopped at my locker, he was there, there to shove me into my locker, knock books out of my hand, shove me into people just passing in the hall, throw my books into the trash, on and on, everyday.
Finally, as he shoved me into my locker, while his friends laughed, I snapped. Completely flipped.
I came up behind him, pinned both his arms behind his back, and ran him head first into his locker, repeatedly. Until his friends pulled me off of him. He had no idea what to do, he just grabbed his books and left.
I never had a problem with him, or anyone, for the rest of my time at that school.
People are generally stupid in their simplistic ways of social interaction. If you were driving along, and in the lane to your right, there was a big Hells Angel on a motorcycle, would you drift into his lane? maybe run your car past him within two feet? merge into him? or make a quick right turn into his path of right-away? Seriously doubt it. Why?
Well, because you have an expectation of how that confrontation will play out. And you ALREADY KNOW, that eventually you'll loose, maybe right then and there, or later with some of his 'friends', and it's just not worth your time, or face,to mess with him. In fact it's worth paying extra attention as to NOT piss him off.
But that dorky guy in tight spandex pedaling next to you? What's he gonna do? My hope, is he pulls someone from their car. Sometimes you need to treat people like kids, if they can't share and play nicely, then maybe they need a toy taken away, or some 'quiet time'.
I do not live in a cycling paradise. Some days I see no cyclists, other days maybe five or ten if it's a nice day.
The scene is not big, if there is a scene at all. For being the Capital city it's actually quite pathetic.
Online expands the community. You're not the only one who loves to ride, you're not the only one who rides in the snow, or the only one who commutes everyday, in the rain. maybe in your city, but not in the country or world.
there's alot of enjoyable blogs out there, little treasures to be discovered, and some really good people behind them... for my weekend brewing pleasure I recieved this in the mail!
From Bikes & the City. A great blog, that makes me wish I had the daily cycling culture that exists in SF.
But I love riding in my city, just as much as I love good coffee!
Stoked 3. March 2011
Injustice for All. UAG, March 2011
Dead Presidents Lounge. January 2011
Last Call. Marketplace Gallery, December 2010
Send2 Show. UAG, November 2010
The Wine Bar & Bistro. November 2010
Dead Presidents Lounge. November 2010
Townsend Cafe. October 2010
unDead. UAG, October 2010
Townsend Cafe. September 2010
Members Only. UAG, August 2010
Danger!. UAG, July 2010
People's Choice. UAG, June 2010
Marketplace Gallery Fundraiser. May 2010
The Yellow Show. UAG, May 2010
ConTEXT. UAG, April 2010
Rosen Gallery. April 2010
SLICK. UAG, March 2010
Infinity & Beyond. UAG, Febuary 2010
ARTributes. UAG, January 2010
Small Works. UAG, December 2009
Art for Animals. Spencertown Academy, November 2009
Fresh Produce. UAG, November 2009
Myth Conceptions. UAG, October 2009
Tag! UAG, September 2009
Utopia. UAG, August 2009
Off the Wall. UAG, July 2009
People's Choice. UAG, June 2009
Vacant Artist Project. TNO, May 2009
Grand Tour. UAG, May 2009
Loose Threads. UAG, April 2009
Issues. UAG, March 2009
The Blue Show. UAG, Febuary 2009
New Beginnings. UAG, January 2009
Stokes Gallery Show, December 2008
50/50. UAG, December 2008
Futura. UAG, November 2008
Buried City. UAG, October 2008
Dream Wheels. UAG, May 2008
Dirt Rag/Rays MTB Park
-photo contest finalist
I sold my car. I ride my bike where
I need to go. I take pictures. I say dumb things when I manage to get one of my big feet out of my mouth. I'm
about 3 cases of beer shy of entering in the clydesdale class. Technology
challenged, a retro-grouch. Bad luck
follows me everywhere. Don't ride close, you might flat after me.
libertyonbikes (at) aol.com
This next year?
I swear I'll:
A. drop some weight
B. make a few more races
C. offend another ten percent
D. keep putting my feet in my mouth.
E. find a jersey that fits properly