A quick trip to the desert for some camping and mountain biking September 2018.
After selling my full suspension bike, I had the opportunity to re-assess my needs as a cycler. I wanted to ride faster, to look less lame and simplify the machine getting me down the trails. A hardtail seems perfect, and I couldn't be happier. With a box of new parts, this stumper is gonna be the perfect bike.
There happens to be a master mechanic, specializing in Porsche for the last 40 years nearby...and the mechanics finishing up were more than happy to allow us to wander around their salvage yard. We were in flip flops, practically begging for Tetnis. At least we got to check out some rare cars, that were once precision engineered and sophisticated...now completely mangled.
Having a baby is actually not as much work as you think...its more a use of common sense, and regular maintenance. Since we're expecting, were gonna have to tinker under the hood of the newbie. That meant that our changing table needed an update, since i built the original on the roof of our apartment building in San Francisco. The key features on this piece of furniture, are a solid surface top (for easy cleanin'), fabric "drawers" for easy reachin' during the oil changes, and a standing height of 36" (since mobility is key, when dealing with newborns).
I bought a car off of my neighbor, and intended to use it to commute to Denver over the summer for a teaching gig. With a small budget, and some elbow grease...we hot rodded it. It's currently too low to park in the driveway, but handles great. Some more work needs to be done to the paint & bodywork, and Im scouring craigslist for a fresh set of shoes. Ive also got a DIY window tinting kit to play with soon too. Stay posted for photographic updates...and I'll keep on scrapin.
The local library is a pretty nice place, and they have this incredible mural. Every time I see it Im impressed, but today i decided to get up close. This is the description i found of the installation.
"Mary and Lafayette Miller from their wedding photo in 1862. A composite photo of nine miners, including a tall young miner in a white shirt, Harvey R. Eddy, who was the only miner on the mural living at the time of the dedication. He attended the dedication and was interviewed on a supplemental tape, a copy of which is now in the Carnegie collection."
I like to think that I carry a water bottle (everywhere), because I have embarked on a singular campaign to save the earth. The reality that I come around to, is that i want my precious devices to remain dry. Sitting here at my desk, a pint glass leers at me with mischievous bubbles from my peripheral. The subconscious worry that comes with an open container, is almost too much to handle. The re-usable bottle is a symbol of resourcefulness. Its an advertising medium. I've used mine as a hammer, in times of despair. It all boils down to the fact, that even as adults...we can't be trusted with a drinking cup. No matter your age or skill level, never forget to keep a lid on it. Go forth proud, with your stainless steel/double walled/bamboo bottomed vessel, and may your gadgets be forever moisture free.
This is my favorite time of year...Autumn. It marks the end of a great summer, and gets you anxious for the ski season. The colors are amazing, the evenings are crisp, and pasta gets put on the menu at our house a lot more often. Let it snow.
A big part of my process involves sketching out ideas quickly in a moleskin. These are usually teeny, tiny, little baby sketches that I will re-visit in greater depth...if its a good one. Its a nice way to start the day too, since I spend so much time using one of my many apple devices. thanks steve...i think.
Downtown Lafayette is chock full of street art, with a healthy dose of sculpture. These are just a few of the permanent installations on south public road, and they make me smile every time i ride by them. enjoy.