missed it.

Clint... I have always like Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood gave a speech at the RNC Convention last night
he rambled on... but he was moderately entertaining in a conservative sort of way

in the end... he did not really say anything
he just brought his star power to support that ticket and to try and discredit the current administration
give it a look and a listen... and you decide

Clint Eastwood at the RNC Convention

and the above photo was the Obama response to Clint talking to an empty chair

I like her basket!

and her European sensibility

photos of nothing... photos of something

Photos of Nothing

THIS SATURDAY! Stage One of a Messenger Stage Race

East Coast Messenger Stage Race
info on FACEBOOK

Adam and his box bike...

the man behind the curtain
the Dr. Frankenstein to my Frankenbakfiet!
the person I built my orange bike with the wheel barrow with

yesterday after work and before getting my younger son from school I rolled past Adam's house on Capitol Hil
poked my head in... asked if he wanted to join me for lunch
no time for lunch... but we drank some tea
I stole a banana
and then I joined Adam on his cross town ride

Adam was in a time crunch to pick up his son Theo from "school"

Adam built his own Dutch style Bakfiet by cutting two bikes in half and then reconnecting them with a long metal post
extending cables with tandems cables and housing
later Adam added an electronic assist

it is not neccessarily about fitness... it is more about a car alternative
yes... a car alternative
living CARLITE! 

Adam's path to pick his young pre-school age son from school was pretty much half way my route to home before I had to get my school age son from school

we rode together... breaking apart... selecting different routes
the big box bike does not zig or zag the same way a standard bike does
cutting lanes is not always the best option

Adam is comfortable in traffic and comfortable on that big bike

it was a serious hustle
I was working hard to keep pace with Adam
Adam paid closer attention to the laws and spent more time queuing up with the cars

I worked to put myself where I was most safe while trying to maintain momentum

it was the standard game of Cat and Mouse
zipping ahead and getting caught
I would bi-sect the traffic circle by cutting through the park
while Adam would go around
in most cases we arrived at the other side at the same time as the other

a few times I sprinted ahead and busted a few lights to get enough of a gap on Adam so I could ready myself with the camera

then after the digital snap of the digital shutter I packed up my camera and got back on the bike
again hustling to catch up and keep pace

from Capitol Hill to Georgetown
at Adam son's Theo's school we were a few minutes early
Adam made a call... I think the kids were off campus
pick up would be delayed
the desire for the photo of the father picking up his kid from school did not happen
well... it did not happen on this day

no time to wait
no more time to hang out
I had to focus on my own pick up schedule 
we said our good byes and went our separate ways


inspired by Adam I got home and pulled out my Dutch style box bike 
with the aid of several bungee cords I was able to strap my younger son Grant's 24 inch wheel mountain bike to the wheel barrow
it was a tough slog with all that weight on the bike
but I made it to my son's school and was able to surprise Grant with a post school bike ride home

to my pleasure...
I went inside the school to handle some parent business with the front office
when I got outside most of the kid were gone
even Grant

Grant had pulled his bike and helmet from the wheel barrow and was taking a lap around the school

we took "the city way" home
a route that I created to take the boys a tad longer home from school
while avoiding some of the more major hills
no major hills down
no major hills up

Grant begged to alter the route
but I refused
my legs were lacking a certain amount of snap
the three week long vacation out west was also a vacation from the bike

that said...
I need to get on my bike and find my legs



image from here

Nokia Ad... not sure what they are selling... but I am buying

 Nokia Ad... watch it.

saw it here

lone wolf...

an old friend of mine packed his bags and moved over seas
man... I did not see that coming

apparently he is making it work

I bet it was not easy... I am certain there had to be some major adjustments
complicated with the kid thing
but I think his kids have adjusted to the move as well

this man is living life on his own terms by his own rules
sure he has to play the game
but... in the end... it is on his terms

Fat City Ride!

a guy loses some weight by riding a bike is now going to go show off his new and improved self by riding to the fattest cities in the United States

DC Bike Messenger... Nomadic Bicycle Messenger...

Cassandra (Sandy Sandra Sandstone?) has done that messenger thing in a variety of cities
right now she is calling dc home... or at least home base


Watch Georgia Gould Kick a Guy in the Nuts!

focused... totally focused...

Sue Haywood looks to be enjoying her retirement

same day as DCCX... but if Martinsburg WV is more local... this may be for you

Poorhouse Cross on FACEBOOK

Sean on Conn.

who can deny...

Stormtroopers are COOL!

I need to get in the habit of setting up the slackline

Wrong Way on a one way... while on the phone...

trail map for Keystone's Mountain Bike Park

from my table at lunch while on vacation in Santa Fe

almost... but not quite the shot I was "shooting" for

a few shots from the Bike Lane on my short direct ride home from work

you give a man a fish.... he eats for a day

you teach a child to fish... he has a memory for a lifetime

DCMTB's cyclocross clinics... I need to get on the bike


is the Tontine a dying tradition?

I have spoken about the "tontine"
this is not my tontine to speak about

SM100 aka Shenandoah Mountain 100
good randomness here!

good luck to any and all racing this weekend!


nice... very stylish

Cesar Milan... The Dog Whisperer in Amsterdam

Stacking rocks in a tributary of Rock Creek


nice work Phil Marques

Lynn Gaggioli

a few photos of bicycles rolling down Mount Pleasant Street


Chris Akrigg is of a Danny Macaskill LEVEL!

Watch this video!

apparently Chris is mortal
crashed and on the mend
(and I am not certain... but I think that is Chris Akrigg winning the Red Bull Drome in London Event in the previously posted video)

I was sorry to hear of Ron's loss... hearing it first hand gave me strength

Ron Green is an exceptional individual
although I do not know him well
I always enjoy our encounters
our greetings as we pass or the few words we exchange when we have a chance

I had heard that Ron's son had recently passed away, but had not known the circumstances
so... when I ran into Ron I asked him to give me the details
the death of Ron Green's son was a senseless tragedy
another gun related crime where people allowed things to escalate to an unnecessary level

it should not have played out like that
things went too far
no one would have thought that that nightmare would become a reality
yet... Ron Green remains positive

although deeply saddened Ron remains positive
seeing his son in his grandchildren
staying strong and staying positive as an example to his family
 Ron is the patriarch of his family... the "Lion King"
and The Lion King has his "pride" and the Lion King displays his "pride"

I feel I have a great deal to learn in this world
knowing someone like Ron Green helps me to try to be a better person!

thank you Ron for being so positive and so strong
good luck to you and yours in the future
I am truly sorry for loss
I wish that day had never happened