12.15.2014

snapped these shots heading into work...


waiting for the bus out front of Archives


friendly exchange as I snapped a few shots
was bummed to hear that he had a nicer bike that got stolen
it was an Alpine
bike thieves suck


photos from the DC Bike Party's HOLIDAY HUSTLE!


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no shortage of Santas at the DC Bike Party
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yes... we all need to focus more upon ourselves and less upon others... but what is our responsibility to others

this photo of me with Brian Baker out from of Dag Haus in the mid to late 1980's has nothing to do with this post
but when I scanned for Haus... I saw this image of the kid who allegedly took the blinky light

driving home from the grocery store I saw a man walking his dog
the dog was doing that thoughtful prance
looking for the perfect spot
I could tell from the owner's body position that there would be no effort to pick up the dog's poop

sure enough...
I make my pass in my car just as this wonderfully muscular beast of a dog took a dump leaving a poop the size of a small dog in someone's Cleveland Park front lawn
sure enough
the dog owner was walking by the time that steamer touched down on earth

not effort to bag the poop

so I honked... and then considered looping back to give a shout out to this older gentleman with the over sized dog
but no... I kept moving forward
as my words would not do anything other than initiate conflict
I do not need any more conflict in my life
I have enough conflict in my life

but this incident is not the only incident of its type

last night as I was rolling up to a party on the border of Mount Pleasant-Columbia Heights I passed two people on the sidewalk
as I politely passed I thought I recognized one of the people as a kid who lives up the block from me
a kid I have seen riding an assortment of bikes... bikes that he does not appear to be the original owner of

I roll past them then pull up to a No Parking sign that seemed like a good enough place for me to lock up my bike
as I am in the city I try to be alert to my surroundings
I glanced at the two people on the sidewalk with half my attention while the other half of my attention locked my bike

without my concern I went about my business as I witnessed in my periphery this young man... a kid in his late teens lean over to a locked bike as he passed
without giving the action my complete focus I thought
ah... cool... that kid is turning off another cyclist's blinking light

as I finished locking my bike I stood upright and saw the form of that young boy in his late teens
he looked like he was trying not to be suspicious as he put something in his pocket
it happened rather quickly
as he walked past I brought those actions to my full attention
then I questioned what I should do

here is this kid... just ten yards down the block
and I hesitated
as I have seen this kid on an assortment of bike and already shared with him my notion of "bad karma bikes"
and walked away always reminding myself
I have my own kids... let me focus on them

but...
it is not just about helping this kid to make the right choices
it is not just about helping this kid stop making the wrong choices
it is about stopping a kid from stealing my friend's shit

but no... the moment passed and I did nothing
as it is complicated
this young man is always polite and respectful
polite and respectful to me... with no change in behavior

really... how will my words help to change his behavior in the future?
in fact...
he could be spiteful and loop back and steal all the lights on all the bikes to make a point

I have not seen his father in a while
it would be nice to have a casual run in with his dad to have some man to man talk
but again
what makes me so sure that my words will be taken well

how would this father respond to a virtual stranger coming up to him and telling him that his son is a thief?

Stolen\Thie\and Karma on the Gwadzilla Page
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http://gwadzilla.blogspot.com/search?q=thief
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Bike Haus Bike Ninja!


yes... spotted on the streets of Washington DC
A BIKE NINJA!

Haus and Ninja
Haus  brings up an amusing shot of me with Brian Baker of Dag Nasty
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12.13.2014

Matthew 7:1


judge not lest ye be judged

or something to that effect
I am not very religious
but Matthew is my Confirmation name

I see this guy driving this eye sore around downtown
seems a little odd

Dr. Mario? Pixlr? and Why does my nose run when I ride?


Why does my nose run when I ride a bike?
Outside Magazine has some answers


 what is PIXLR?
free photo editing?
web based?
I need to try this


 I have not had a chance to play Dr. Mario since getting humbled
and well... the black and white Game Boy style screen and the keyboard controls
well... did more than messed with my mojo
totally confused me

Elisa another Smithsonian employee
another Folklife-Folkways office mate

Smithsonian on the Gwadzilla Page
and then totally random... Gwadzilla search for Office

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the other day I called my dog a son of a bitch...

I felt no remorse... not because he had done something wrong
but because he is a son of a bitch 

this is an old shot of Didg
funny... he and Nina got along in the beginning
but there is not much bonding between these neighbor dogs
oh well

Didg
http://gwadzilla.blogspot.com/search?q=didg

starting to wade through my photos from the December DC Bike Party


Julie having fun at the mid ride pit stop of the December DC Bike Party
Julie brings up some Gwadzilla Randomness


good catching up with friends at the DC Bike Party
friends does not bring up much on the Gwadzilla Page
but... a photo of me with long hair and mention of Lucy Brown makes it worth a glance
Friends on the Gwadzilla Page


lots of Santa fun at the December DC Bike Party
odd that a scan for Santa on the Gwadzilla Page brings up more on Santa Cruz and next to nothing on St Nick!


funny... I always want to get a Julie and her gaggle at each DC Bike Party
they always up the fun factor with their costuming 



12.11.2014

Walk with the dog and an old friend


I thought this was a metal film canister
turns out it is a receptacle for the disposal of used razor blades

while my younger son Grant had soccer practice in the cold I went ahead and took an urban walk with the dog
to make things more interesting I took this walk down Memory Lane
catching up with my old friend Mehmet of Woven History

Mehmet had a small rug shop at Eastern Market next door to the long since been gone Big Wheel Bikes on Capital Hill
Mehmet bought the property that the bike shop occupied... renovated the space... and expanded
ah... change

instead of bike rides
there are magic carpet rides

Woven History
Big Wheel Bikes

good catching up with an old friend

Strava




December DC Bike Party... not just the last DC Bike Party from 2014... but the last DC Bike Party until April 2015!

DC Bike Party Holiday Hustle

Paul Snapped some shots at the December DC Bike Party
not only are his shots good
Paul gets his shots on the web before most people are home from the bars

some wonderful Gwadzilla Randomness
Paul
and DC Bike Party



Santa and December



Strava Data

then this shot by Matt... of course... I will have to add the shot of him after I get the images off the camera


12.06.2014

OVER... SO OVER... Ricky D begs the question... "Fat Bikes? OVER?"


Portlandia: Over

Ricky D saw an article in the Washington Post on Fatbikes
this main stream recognition has him considering his love of fatbikes
in the WaPo
in the "Lifestyle" section of the post
you know...
lifestyle.. gay-straight-trans-or fatbike