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    Devo and The Dummy Again

    It seems like many can't get to the old thread, although for some strange reason, some still can access the thread.

    I thought I'd start new new thread. I miss being able to see Devo's posts. I'm sure many others do too!
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    you all are gluttons for punishment!

    well... not a whole lot lately.

    did a house sitting gig for a buddy.
    gee... real rough... tend to his 2 greyhounds that he got thru a rescue agency
    drink his rum and coke
    eat his food
    watch his big screen tv

    altho i did end up schlepping my road bike and some things over there, on The Dummy, as I had a 5 day stay, complete with my typical roadie Velo Club Monterey Racing Team... blah blah blah...

    so last Sunday was a + 70 miler out in an area called Panoche, we rode to some place called Mercy Hot Springs...
    aint nothin out there! hot wind, thats about it.
    i was exhausted!
    monday found me reading a book, and just sitting around.

    tomorrow finds me in transit with my road bike to Davis, Ca
    for The Davis Double
    HOT HOT HOT

    if all goes well, it will be my 2nd Double Century so far for the year.
    if all goes well, maybe this year I'll finish 3 doubles... then i can buy a patch, jacket, etc... "California Triple Crown"

    like... what do i need that for?
    uhhh... i don't know... just another thing "to do"

    so today has been somewhat manic

    i've been wrenching here at home, tyrin to make a buck or two
    so i've been on this project rebuild, a new carbon fork, etc...

    then tonight's team ride
    when i'm coming home, a small hill, i'm powering along, big ring, and decide to practice some smooth power up the hill, when "BANG!"

    damn.... broke another spoke.
    i've been using some Williams Racing System 19's
    at The Solvang Double I broke a pulling spoke on the non-drive side.
    tonight, the exact same thing.
    so something is up with those wheels.
    maybe its my 175lbs of chunking heft!

    so here's some pics

    a shot or two of the current bike i'm working on...
    a shot of The Dummy loaded with my road bike
    a shot of The Dummy from last night, as i was leaving Trader Joe's here in Monterey.
    i noticed 2 surlys
    a 54cm LHT, and a CC

    2 girls on tour form SF to San Diego
    meanwhile my buddy Mati had rolled up, just finished a lab session, as he's in the Nursing Program at the local JC. of which i should seriously consider.

    so thats basically it

    bikes
    bikes
    bikes...

    off to Davis in the am

    HOT
    HOT
    HOT

    and a pic of my buddy's garage.... bikes, a dummy and an Elise
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    Devo,

    We love the "punishment", keep up the great posts!
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    Wow Devo, the Davis Double, that'll be hot won't it? I think it would be awesome if you did that on the BD hooked up to a boombox blasting tunes for everyone. You could ride with a cooler also. Something tell me you could do it and be far from the last finisher.

    I did a 400k brevet this past weekend and it was a totally psychedelic experience at the end. I was worked. One more brevet left--a 600k with 21,000ft of climbing. I'm definitely headed for the pain cave on that one.

    But almost more exciting is that my next cycling adventure will be a 5 to 7 day tour in Washington state on my Cross Check. I've purchased Surly racks front and rear. I'll also be swapping out the current townie bar for a flat bar. Pictures to follow.

    Continue to keep us updated on your exploits Devo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfltroll
    Wow Devo, the Davis Double, that'll be hot won't it? I think it would be awesome if you did that on the BD hooked up to a boombox blasting tunes for everyone. You could ride with a cooler also. Something tell me you could do it and be far from the last finisher.

    I did a 400k brevet this past weekend and it was a totally psychedelic experience at the end. I was worked. One more brevet left--a 600k with 21,000ft of climbing. I'm definitely headed for the pain cave on that one.

    But almost more exciting is that my next cycling adventure will be a 5 to 7 day tour in Washington state on my Cross Check. I've purchased Surly racks front and rear. I'll also be swapping out the current townie bar for a flat bar. Pictures to follow.

    Continue to keep us updated on your exploits Devo.
    yup
    HOT
    HOT
    HOT

    at the moment here in Monterey at 745am, its nice and foggy

    brevets: i've often thought of par-taking in the world of Randos
    21k of climbing... holy smack... thats my worst form... that is big long climbs, all i seem to do these days is want to settle in. some of the skinnies i ride with, obviously they love to put me into trouble on climbs. at 175lbs i have a hard time with tempo on any decent incline, typically i bog down, then they accelerate, which i simply cannot counter.

    375 miles and 21k of climbing? I'd say that is probably about like Monterey to LA.

    days of touring? that sounds a lot nicer...
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    Davis Double

    HOT
    HOT
    HOT

    ya... HOT!

    my buddy SAG'd out around +100 miles, succumbed to the heat
    leaving me and another buddy to finish up.

    our start time was 515am
    the early morning was nice
    once the sun popped up, on came the heat.

    big long pace lines, rolling at speed, i was happy to be up front of the train, helping steer things along.

    however, my buddy's, buddy.... not comfortable with group skills, he'd slowly roll back.
    while I'd keep close to the front...

    blah blah blah

    Davis Double done!
    the heat was off the hook

    with SOC done, my dad's passing away, now behind me
    those 2 events had put me with at least 6 weeks of little to no training.
    which is really another way of saying that I hadn't put in any decent miles.

    save for:
    a ride from LA to Malibu, then to Ventura with The Dummy
    a ride from Saticoy (Ventura), up and around the back side of Lake Casitas, Ojai, and back.
    then a +70 mile road ride the the weekend prior to Davis, out in an area known as Panoche. a VCM Racing Team training ride, in the heat, that had left me EXHAUSTED!

    Cliff and I finished Davis at around 10pm.

    a 17hr double!
    the longest double of my life!

    and not too far from some very typical days on The Dummy making long jumps with a big load.

    The Rivendell Reader was floating around
    and sure enough an article on The Dummy
    a quick read...
    ok... ya.... the crew at Rivendell using a Dummy, cool.

    Davis is a bike town
    its a college town
    college kids everywhere on bikes

    Davis Amtrak Station
    Sunday, the day after the double
    i laid 1/2 asleep on the benches in 95F heat, in the shade
    once the train arrived, pull the curtain, and crash out 1/2 asleep to San Jose
    the bus ride from SJ to Salinas, was packed.

    putting a nice road bike under the bus, had me a bit concerned
    until, i told myself, "its a 5 year old road bike, and its a BIKE... don't fret."
    so i chilled out.

    arriving in Salinas, the bike was fine.
    the ride from Salinas to Del Rey Oaks, was sort of uncomfortable, as i had a way too huge of a load in my Chrome Kremlin messenger bag.

    today, i feel good.
    rest day

    chores, etc...

    Hemet Double Century is probably going to be my next double.
    which is about 5 months away!
    huge time!
    that will be the 3rd for the year, qualifying me for The California Triple Crown

    not that I'm so much aimed at external validation, or "achieving a goal", as much as, its the first time that I've had the time off of work to allow such a thing.

    its one of those things, where, once i go back to work, i can envision myself regretting not doing these rides. in a micro sense, they are as if mini-vacations.

    vacations, with buddies, from my current sabbatical
    a vacation from a 2yr vacation?
    give me a break huh?
    well... that seems to be the gist lately.

    plus to drop a few races in there with VCM Racing.

    today i received notice from the King City Ranger station, that Indians Rd is now open.
    i've got a craving to try The Hunter out with those CDW bags, and spend a few days up top of Big Sur, in the back section of The Ventana Wilderness and Ft. Hunter Liggett.

    so i've got "ants in my pants"
    i've got a bike i need to finish up this week. the sooner the better.
    then i think its "down range" for me.

    lately I'm feeling that i've got a little too much of this Townie Lifestyle going on.

    too much of big screen TV's
    too much of big giant dogs
    a little too much rum
    too much of trains, and cars
    too much of "Sport", and all its glamor and trappings
    all the while
    what i really crave is to simply be outside somewhere
    where maybe in the middle of the night the only man made sounds would be from a jet high overhead...
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    A friend moved from centraly NY to Davis, naturally took up biking. I hear it's flat flat flat as well as hot hot hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg
    A friend moved from centraly NY to Davis, naturally took up biking. I hear it's flat flat flat as well as hot hot hot.
    It was really hot during the weekend! Who can't get the old thread up?
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    I can't access the old thread. Bummer. Devo just needs to start a regular blog.

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    I'm locked out of the other one too; home/firefox and work/ie both

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfltroll
    I can't access the old thread. Bummer. Devo just needs to start a regular blog.
    i need to use my website better!
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    I can get there using Chrome. Here's the addy: Devo & The Dummy
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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigred67
    I can get there using Chrome. Here's the addy: Devo & The Dummy
    I thought I wasn't able to get there with IE. For all apperance, the website had stopped loading. Then I noticed IE's phising filter was still scanning the page. Perhaps try disabling that or just waiting longer. The threads are long so it can take some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JunkShip
    I thought I wasn't able to get there with IE. For all apperance, the website had stopped loading. Then I noticed IE's phising filter was still scanning the page. Perhaps try disabling that or just waiting longer. The threads are long so it can take some time.
    Yes it take forever to load!
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    strange
    i use a Mac, Safari, etc...
    comcast DSL
    and/or just a neighbor's WiFi

    pretty fast
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    strange
    i use a Mac, Safari, etc...
    comcast DSL
    and/or just a neighbor's WiFi

    pretty fast
    The old one was just really photo heavy. NTTIABT
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    Alright - Devo & Th Dummy - Book II. I was wondering when the next chapter would begin.
    I just rode my first century this past Sunday in Santa Fe - hard to imagine doing a double. It was funny to see how serious some people took the race/ride. My buddy & I are already thinking about next year but ride it on my (sometime in the near future) BD w/ portable tunes cranking & a cooler of Dale's Pale Ale. Just to keep things in proper prospective & festive.

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    The Dummy is sitting, at the moment...
    as luck has it...

    or rather
    for me it seems that my life has these moments of ebb and flow
    sometimes, I have a million things going on at once, then suddenly, everything is calm

    sometime ago, a buddy let me fly along with him in his plane.
    he's a commercial pilot
    and had flown A-10's when he was in the military
    so we have something in common, other than bicycles, that being, some sort of military mindset

    anyways... I've been interested in aircraft for a long time.
    so Bill took me for a flight
    one of the things he had said to me, was "if you are doing nothing, there is something wrong"
    in that, while flying, there is always something to be going over, double checking things, looking around, reporting observations, etc...
    you should always be doing something, you don't want your mind to lull away...

    in a way, i've taken that sentiment into my Lifestyle
    that is so say, "you should always be doing something."
    not necessarily "on the go"

    like today, I've decided to just relax, i spent the day reading, sitting outside with the neighbors in the sun, light chit chat, light yoga, a nap...

    yesterday I spent a considerable amount of time on the computer setting up logistics
    this time for The Eastern Sierra Double
    this time, I think I may attempt it on The Hunter 29er with Vulpine 2.1's

    i have a hard time changing my road bike
    it has a nice integrated bar and stem, a deda alanera
    standard gears, and a 23/11t cogset
    in the day the 23t was a bailout gear
    however, these days, climbing is my bane, at times akin to riding a single speed
    in that my strategy often is to run as much momentum into a hill and power up it as much as i can.

    blah blah blah

    on and on about road bike form
    what i really need to do is change the setup, and use a 100mm stem, with about 6deg of rise, and use a 25t cog, if i really was desperate, change the 39t chainring to a 38t

    why i sold off my compact crankset? i have no idea. obviously bcz i never thought i'd be thinking of actually using it... duh...

    with The Solvang Double done
    with Davis Double done
    both doubles, my buddy not comfortable with the pace
    me thinking, that maybe i should take this opportunity to try out 200 miles on a MTB
    and the 29er a perfect setup?

    this weekend, the local club, i think we have a 100 miler scheduled, so I'm going to feel that out.
    if things roll along comfortably, i think Eastern Sierra will be on The Hunter.

    really its just a matter of being able to do the hours
    and
    metering the nutrition
    time and resource management
    energy management
    momentum management
    where to make your investments.

    very little of this actually has anything, specifically to do with The Dummy
    really, things are very relaxed for me... at the moment.
    when my Life is fully of Dumb excursions, I know I'm busy.

    I'm glad to be off that road bike.
    its not that I'm not comfortable on it
    its more like, I simply do not prefer the nervous high strung nature of being on a road bike.
    i get tired of constantly picking a line, dodging small road debris, like shale pebbles on hot asphalt, bunny hopping over cracked sections of road, etc...
    i like being able to roll over things, and not worry.

    yesterday i rode the hunter for 3hrs, felt perfectly fine, in fact, made some decent attacks at speed, a big long pull, etc...

    i bit the bullet and ordered a new set of Sidi Dragon II Carbon SRS!
    awhile ago, i bought some new Ergo's with carbon soles, wow! those are swank road shoes

    the Dragons i'm using now, i'm on about the 4th set of soles. the msrp is about $70, which, in my opinion is outrageous. I end up begging/pleading/bartering some kind of work-off the tab kind of deal.

    i suppose with the new shoes it will be much the same.

    long rant about nothing in particular
    other than i'm on a kick about doing Doubles.

    in that light
    IF i can do Eastern Sierra on The Hunter
    i may aim at Grand Tour
    then the Fall Solvang Double

    that would give me 5 doubles for this year.

    plus VCM Racing is giving me "the vibe" to actually....uhhh.... RACE!

    and then there is my counter-culture Devo, tuggin my heart strings to tour, and/or simply get away and camp.

    for now... being that Eastern Sierra is in 2 weeks, I'm satiated.

    peace...d
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    Either that or...

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    i need to use my website better!
    .... you can point the URL to a prefab blog page, like blogspot or wordpress.

    Drunkcyclist did it, and I did mine (then generally forgot about it) and it works great. The formatting is taken care of, you can do your own look and feel, or use prefab ones. The site has spell checkers, pic embedding, and draft saving and all sorts of handy tools. I used to hand code mine, and it was always a big mess because let's face it, I'm an html hack. I have no idea what I am doing when it comes to code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    .... you can point the URL to a prefab blog page, like blogspot or wordpress.

    Drunkcyclist did it, and I did mine (then generally forgot about it) and it works great. The formatting is taken care of, you can do your own look and feel, or use prefab ones. The site has spell checkers, pic embedding, and draft saving and all sorts of handy tools. I used to hand code mine, and it was always a big mess because let's face it, I'm an html hack. I have no idea what I am doing when it comes to code.
    I should devote time to the project.
    i have an iMac, and a MacBook
    space at apple and space at GoDaddy
    i've used Sandvox
    and of course iWeb
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    Cool Devo, glad to hear you are motivated!! Reading your "dribble" helps me become motivated...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy B
    Cool Devo, glad to hear you are motivated!! Reading your "dribble" helps me become motivated...
    sunday we did 122 miles and a bit over 5100ft of climbing
    in about 8hrs, on The Hunter 29er

    reading the Planet Ultra website, Eastern Sierra has an 18hr limit, and about 10k of total climbing.

    i know i could do it on The Hunter, but maybe not in the 18hr time limit.

    i've opted back to the road bike.

    Monday comes around and we are out on a recovery ride about 3hrs of spinning
    and one of my friends starts up with this talk about "being in shape"

    my retort on "bicycles as Sport" goes along these lines.

    sport is just that... its sport... its entertainment
    all the training that goes into sport is really just that... training
    but for what?
    for most, its for a Sporting Event
    in the Recreational Sporting Event scope of Lifestyle

    the Reality is
    training can ultimately be for Reality

    that being
    there is no need for "motivation"

    indigenous peoples knew nothing of "exercise"
    they simply did the things they do Naturally

    that is to say
    in another pathetic analogy
    you know those Border Collies?
    how crazy happy they are?
    how they are the Champions of those crazy dog games, where they run in relay, etc...

    its not that they "train to be Champions"
    rather than they are simply "happiest at that which they do"
    the "Champion" is a by product

    in the Military i was trained
    the method was to use negative reinforcement
    i went for years with this Mind
    to discipline myself, stay motivated, and aim for a goal

    then the reality hit me one day as i watched a Border Collie fetching a tennis ball.

    that dog is good at it because they love fetching a tennis ball.

    so i worked on reprogramming my mind.
    that is.... I simply love being on my bike

    in fact
    at this point
    100% hands down, it is THE most fundamental aspect of my life

    at this point
    The Bicycle, the way i live my life, is 100% Bicycle-Centric
    not as a "hobby"
    but as a Lifestyle
    the simplicity of it
    the lack of confusion
    that is... i have extremely few things in my life to distract from "my Bicycle Practice"

    in fact
    pedaling is The Primary thing in my life
    everything else is secondary

    honestly

    pedaling a bicycle is The Core of my mindset

    how does the saying go?
    when you find your seat, Zen becomes Zen (?)

    its not often
    but every once in awhile, a new cycling buddy comes along
    and i tell them
    "to know me, is to know me on The Bike"
    in those moments, when we pedal together
    that is sacred... in my book at least
    the way people work together on bikes...
    to me...
    says just about everything

    the dynamics that unfold, pretty much sums things up

    for me... the way a person lives their life via the bicycle... it pretty much gives me a snap shot of whom they are. as if, that is their cover letter or resume
    not that i'm about to be assessing people, passing judgement, etc...

    I just happen to be in a spot in my life
    where the culmination of all my actions
    has brought to a pinnacle
    my Bicycle Practice

    and that
    out of everything
    is my greatest wealth

    by luck
    or perhaps, the residue of design
    The Bicycle has given me the medium to discover simplicity, peace of mind, and self sufficiency.

    it has actually shown me things like...
    "whatever i have, if i cant haul it on The Dummy, obviously its too much"

    i mean to say
    I dont have a cupboard with 20 coffee mugs.
    i use 1 mug

    i don't have clutter
    i have simplicity
    which gives me the time to do NOTHING
    or
    to GO RIDE
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    its not that a person should develop discipline to train
    rather than to nurture the love of riding a bicycle.

    don't be strict and discipline
    love to ride your bike

    wow... thats pretty dam hippy dippy.....

    lates...d
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    Good points.

    Quote Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo
    sunday we did 122 miles and a bit over 5100ft of climbing
    in about 8hrs, on The Hunter 29er

    reading the Planet Ultra website, Eastern Sierra has an 18hr limit, and about 10k of total climbing.

    i know i could do it on The Hunter, but maybe not in the 18hr time limit.

    i've opted back to the road bike.

    Monday comes around and we are out on a recovery ride about 3hrs of spinning
    and one of my friends starts up with this talk about "being in shape"

    my retort on "bicycles as Sport" goes along these lines.

    sport is just that... its sport... its entertainment
    all the training that goes into sport is really just that... training
    but for what?
    for most, its for a Sporting Event
    in the Recreational Sporting Event scope of Lifestyle

    the Reality is
    training can ultimately be for Reality

    that being
    there is no need for "motivation"

    indigenous peoples knew nothing of "exercise"
    they simply did the things they do Naturally

    that is to say
    in another pathetic analogy
    you know those Border Collies?
    how crazy happy they are?
    how they are the Champions of those crazy dog games, where they run in relay, etc...

    its not that they "train to be Champions"
    rather than they are simply "happiest at that which they do"
    the "Champion" is a by product

    in the Military i was trained
    the method was to use negative reinforcement
    i went for years with this Mind
    to discipline myself, stay motivated, and aim for a goal

    then the reality hit me one day as i watched a Border Collie fetching a tennis ball.

    that dog is good at it because they love fetching a tennis ball.

    so i worked on reprogramming my mind.
    that is.... I simply love being on my bike

    in fact
    at this point
    100% hands down, it is THE most fundamental aspect of my life

    at this point
    The Bicycle, the way i live my life, is 100% Bicycle-Centric
    not as a "hobby"
    but as a Lifestyle
    the simplicity of it
    the lack of confusion
    that is... i have extremely few things in my life to distract from "my Bicycle Practice"

    in fact
    pedaling is The Primary thing in my life
    everything else is secondary

    honestly

    pedaling a bicycle is The Core of my mindset

    how does the saying go?
    when you find your seat, Zen becomes Zen (?)

    its not often
    but every once in awhile, a new cycling buddy comes along
    and i tell them
    "to know me, is to know me on The Bike"
    in those moments, when we pedal together
    that is sacred... in my book at least
    the way people work together on bikes...
    to me...
    says just about everything

    the dynamics that unfold, pretty much sums things up

    for me... the way a person lives their life via the bicycle... it pretty much gives me a snap shot of whom they are. as if, that is their cover letter or resume
    not that i'm about to be assessing people, passing judgement, etc...

    I just happen to be in a spot in my life
    where the culmination of all my actions
    has brought to a pinnacle
    my Bicycle Practice

    and that
    out of everything
    is my greatest wealth

    by luck
    or perhaps, the residue of design
    The Bicycle has given me the medium to discover simplicity, peace of mind, and self sufficiency.

    it has actually shown me things like...
    "whatever i have, if i cant haul it on The Dummy, obviously its too much"

    i mean to say
    I dont have a cupboard with 20 coffee mugs.
    i use 1 mug

    i don't have clutter
    i have simplicity
    which gives me the time to do NOTHING
    or
    to GO RIDE
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    totally obscure rant

    its not that a person should develop discipline to train
    rather than to nurture the love of riding a bicycle.

    don't be strict and discipline
    love to ride your bike

    wow... thats pretty dam hippy dippy.....

    lates...d
    I keep thinking back to when we were like cavemen and hunter-gatherers. If we wanted something to eat, we had find a twig to bust out the stone tool and whittle the twig down to a point, stalk and skewer our dinner, cook it, and enjoy. To do the same thing today, I have to go to work, fix a few things, fabricate a few things (things other people made, mind you) install them fix them whatever, wait for the check to show up in the bank, get money from the ATM, give it to the lunch truck and enjoy.

    Now let me ask this question. Was it easier to do A or B? How much of the Earth's recourses were used in the process?

    I think of what happens when the proverbial bomb drops and all this 'civilization' goes away. How would I cope? How would others cope?

    I see around me all the time, folks trying to make every little thing in their lives easier, when in fact they are making things harder, not to mention missing out on much of the process of living. I'm guilty of this myself, but I'm trying to be more aware of it, not just live on autopilot.

    I'm not even sure I remember how to skewer my own food and eat it anymore. Somebody showed me how to clean fish what I was younger, but that was like 30 years ago. If the bomb hits, I'll probably have to become a vegetarian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    Now let me ask this question. Was it easier to do A or B? How much of the Earth's recourses were used in the process?
    Well, there is the whole die by age 30 w/ the skeleton of a broken-down rodeo rider thing, but yeah much lower carbon footprint for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    I keep thinking back to when we were like cavemen and hunter-gatherers. If we wanted something to eat, we had find a twig to bust out the stone tool and whittle the twig down to a point, stalk and skewer our dinner, cook it, and enjoy. To do the same thing today, I have to go to work, fix a few things, fabricate a few things (things other people made, mind you) install them fix them whatever, wait for the check to show up in the bank, get money from the ATM, give it to the lunch truck and enjoy.

    Now let me ask this question. Was it easier to do A or B? How much of the Earth's recourses were used in the process?

    I think of what happens when the proverbial bomb drops and all this 'civilization' goes away. How would I cope? How would others cope?

    I see around me all the time, folks trying to make every little thing in their lives easier, when in fact they are making things harder, not to mention missing out on much of the process of living. I'm guilty of this myself, but I'm trying to be more aware of it, not just live on autopilot.

    I'm not even sure I remember how to skewer my own food and eat it anymore. Somebody showed me how to clean fish what I was younger, but that was like 30 years ago. If the bomb hits, I'll probably have to become a vegetarian.
    as usual, I've been on a kick
    yesterday i had just finished a book, "The American Indian Wars"

    at the moment, I've been in this rhythm
    a training rhythm i suppose
    that being, wednesdays are typically my do nothing day
    which has turned out to be my day of sitting around and reading

    this "thing" that has occurred
    i mean to refer to what we commonly know as Modern America
    is surely less than 300 years old

    it was not very long ago, when there were no interstates
    now days the buzz word is "sustainable"

    its kind of like my rant about what is Natural
    there was no such thing as "exercise"
    the movements, The Way of Life was natural

    what we do now
    i really do not think is Natural
    my feeling is that The Thinking Ape as gone ary
    either that or sheer genius, in method to enslave the populace without discrimination, en mass

    however
    every once in awhile
    amidst our follies
    we come up with something decent

    The Bicycle
    i feel is a pretty good stopgap measure
    however, most people do not feel that we are in dire circumstance

    just today as i was out on The Dummy, running errands
    the cars zoom by
    i think to myself, "why do i have to be subjected to car exhaust"
    oh bcz its a Democracy, majority votes to drives cars

    outside Trader Joes
    a girl from the ACLU collecting signatures.... for something.

    i mean... heck.... i don't want to breath that junk
    put a hose in the tail pipe and back into a window already...
    (thats a bit too crass)

    so cars zoom by
    they try to race in the parking lot
    i lock the bike at the bike rack
    walk right into TJ's and grab, coffee, 1/2 & 1/2, and some "baked cheese crunchies"
    all in a pre-meditated route
    while the car drivers have just barely made it into the store, and for the most part, bump around getting caught up in the nuances of small items.

    ok... i get it.
    i don't "shop"
    i'm not the go look around inside a store, kind of guy

    i'd rather marvel over a murder of crows flying circles in a thermal over head, than the latest sales, or tabloid

    there ain't no way we are ever going to get away from "this townie lifestyle"
    we are infirmed to this Utopia

    i sit here with MacBook and Baked Cheese Crunchies from TJ's
    when 300 years ago, the Ohlone could have just as easily been eating roasted grasshoppers, and talking about when Coyote and Raven made the world.
    www.AsanaCycles.com
    "Bicycle Lifestyle, realized." D.G.

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