Saturday Morning… about to take Rowan to his job, and go back to work ourselves… Rowan’s cousin Jake rolled in yesterday around 7:30, having missed his train back to Olympia. He hung with us for the evening (watching ‘The 300′) and I got him down to the station this morning. Jake is growing into a wonderful young man. He arrived back from Hawaii Monday with his dad Peter. They had a nice 3 week stay on the big island….
It seems the world is topsy-turvy lately. This rich are getting bailed out (again) while the not so rich are having to scramble. I wonder how long the arcade of mirrors can keep going?
The whole corn scenario with bio-fuels is such a boondoggle. Food prices up, and really corn will not do the trick. Look at this: The Ethanol Scam: One of America’s Biggest Political Boondoggles (thanks to Peter Webster for pointing this out..)
Bicycles anyone? The World Of Bicycles! Time to get them out if ya got one… and if you don’t have one, get a used one. Good for the environment, good for you, and the world slowssss down.
On The Menu:
Let’s change it together!
My old friend and ex-bandmate Nels Cline playing with:
Wilco – What Light
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Apple Computers, from ‘Think Different’ advertising campaign
Everyone knew it was impossible, except for one idiot who went ahead and did it
Marcel Pagnol, film maker, 1895-1974
“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours”
Richard Bach, from Illusions
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
William Hutchinson Murray
“Don’t just have a nice day, Create Yourself a Great Day!”
“Here we have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil.”
President George W Bush, State of the Union, 31 January 2006
“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the human race.”
H G Wells
“On Earth the problem had been with cars. The disadvantages involved in pulling lots of black sticky slime out of the ground where it had been safely hidden out of harm’s way, turning it into tar to cover the land with, smoke to fill the air with and pouring the rest into the sea, all seemed to outweigh the advantages of being able to get more quickly from one place to another — particularly when the place you arrived at has probably become, as a result of this, very similar to the place you had left, i.e., covered with tar, full of smoke, and short of fish.” —
Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
“People are looking for places where they’re not constantly being confronted with cars. It’s just like non-smokers seeking smoke-free space.”
Franziska Eichstaedt-Bohlig, German Green Party
“Watch any TV show, listen to any radio program, look through any magazine or newspaper and you will come across ads showing how cars will make you cool, sexy, popular, respected, at one with nature, safe, etc. The car and oil industries spend billions of dollars each year to promote a benign image of driving, but the function of all this is to assure profits and manipulate consumers, and nothing more.”
Go By Bicycle
“If you see someone you know while riding, it’s easy to stop and say hello. Bicycles create public space, enhance street life and build a sense of community”
Go By Bicycle
“The Endless Ride”
The farm dog runs beside me as I pedal on my way
Redwings chirp above my head, I guess to what they say
Three thousand mile a summer, I’m riding all I can
The sun shines down upon me, it has made my body tan
If I can just keep riding, thru wind and rain and sun
I might return to that special place, where I think that I begun
– Harley Kilby
Circle upon circles,
The cycleman moves,
One pump up and one pump down.
Only orange and yellow butterflies mark his passing.
– John Loesch
“I wrote this in my head on a short 3-day tour on my way back home – it was a gorgeous day and at one point I was literally surrounded by a 100 yard cloud of butterflies.”
There were cathedrals falling out of your eyes
And your arms were the handlebars
I held in an abbreviated dream of crushed petals
Strewn across the limpid avenues.
I said, I have poems for you
But my words were lost in the wind.
I said, I love you
And you drifted into sleep.
And so I said nothing and rode you in and out of the rooms
Where we had stretched the boundaries of the soul
Like an endless sheet
And I felt you waking up between my legs.
– Noelle Kocot
Pedaling on streets
full with traffic, and drivers,
not always seeing
you on their right, on your steed.
Make no sudden move, or die.
One, bike, two, bikes, three
bikes, more! Six bikes, seven bikes,
my garage can not
hold more! What a huge amount!
Time for an Ebay account!