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Gary Fisher on Bicycling

Firstly I just want to say that I am not trying to promo Gary Fisher bicycles with this short clip, but more specifically bicycles and bicycling in general. It is a clip of Gary Fisher talking passionately about bicycles (but of course promoting his own line of bikes). I just think it's a great pro-bicycle may make you want to ride a bike (if you don't feel like it already). I do not own one of his bikes nor have I ever ridden one, but I have seen images of his somewhat new longtail, the Transporter (pictured below) now you, the regular visitor to this blog, should know that I like to promote cargo bikes of all sorts, which to me make the most sense for urban transport. To learn more about the transporter click here; if you'd like to know who Gary Fisher is click here.

Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#319 & #320)

#319: two freshly baked loaves of whole-wheatPullman-style loaves of bread, a canvas bag containing a few books and other things, an 8-quart plastic container (which earlier contained raw bread dough but now hold 4 chicken fingers).  

#320: a Fender Stratocaster in a hard-shell case, and Chinese take out food.

Bicycles, Prosperity, Economy

I came across this old advert here and thought it was interesting enough to share (I wonder it's date and what it was originally intended for)...whatever the year or its intent, it seems just as relevant today (if not more so).

Five Quotes from Joseph Campbell

"If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be."
"I think the person who takes a job in order to live - that is to say, for the money - has turned himself into a slave."
"People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances without own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive." 
"We're not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes." 

Front Yard Broccoli in the Morning

OK, so I know that's a hokey title for this post...but the photo is what it is. This morning, just before I left for work, I went out to the front yard garden--coffee cup in hand--to see if rabbits had a buffet last night (they didn't...yet) and was taken by how the sun was reflecting off some of the plants with little dew drops still hanging on them. So I snapped a few photos; the one you see is a favorite...just thought I'd share. Not only do I find it beautiful, but in another few weeks that plant will provide food for my son and I. And that's the true beauty of it. Sustenance.

Employee Meal 6.8.11

Caramelized vegetables with hand-mixed toasted curry tossed with steamed brown rice.

Simple Curry Powder Yield: 1/2 cup 3 tablespoons ground cumin 3 tablespoons quality chili powder 2 tablespoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground fenugreek 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Mix all the spices thoroughly and store away from direct sunlight in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Home.

Chilled Blueberry Soup with Espresso, Triple Sec, and Yogurt Garnish

This is a very simple and refreshing warm-season soup that is both refreshing and nourishing. I do not have a typed recipe for this (though I do have pictures) and these are the ingredients that I used:

Orange juice, coffee, triple sec, sugar, a small amount of cornstarch, heavy cream, yogurt, and of course fresh blueberries.

The process goes something like this:

Make a sort of velouté with orange juice and triple sec (or other flavored alcohol of your choice). Thicken it with a cornstarch slurry, sweeten it with sugar (or honey), and flavor it with coffee. Add fresh blueberries and simmer them for just a couple minutes. Shut the flame off and add a bit of cream. The key is to balance the flavors...too much sugar will make it taste like a dessert, too much cream will make it too rich to eat, and too much alcohol will make it too harsh. Anyhow, the next thing you do is puree it in a blender and chill it.

Once thoroughly chilled it can be garnished in any number of ways, but for this r…

Public Art...Wheel Sculpture and Yarn Bomb (updated)

On my way to work the other day I noticed two artists assembling the above piece. It's on the corner of Allen and Franklin and would have caught my eye anyhow but because it was being built out of bicycle wheels I stopped and talked to them (figures, one of the few times I forgot my camera...I would have liked to have their picture next to their art). The wheels, they told me, were donated by Rick Cycle Shop, which is located across the street. They also mentioned that it would be up all summer for the many outdoor events our city hosts (click here for a sample listing). 
Then on my way to work this morning I couldn't help but notice the below yarn bomb on a couple bicycle racks on the opposite corner. Given their rainbow colors I'm assuming they were placed here in honor of the Pride Parade yesterday. 
I mentioned to the bicycle wheel artists that I would post a photo of their art on my blog and told them how to find it...not sure if they are reading this (or if the yarn bo…

How To Simply Live

The title of this post is a question not a statement, and I pose it mostly to myself. It could easily be rearranged to say How to Live Simply and have the same meaning. To live simply and to simply live are one-in-the-same in my opinion...and I'm still trying to figure out how to do this. I go through phases where I don't think about it that often but I've been currently pondering it again. Because to me--in the spead up techo-world in which we currently reside--this is very difficult at be in the world but not of it (and I often think of this Bible passage). Anyhow I recently read this pdf document titled The Art of Living Simply (click hereto download it). I believe it is a synopsis of the book, Voluntary Simplicity, by Duane Elgin...and if you've never read the book and are interested in living simply I highly recommend it. Sometimes I really think that I complicate things in my life that do not need to be complicated; it's in my nature. I'm tryi…

Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#318)

An acoustic guitar.