a nice message from Mr Rogers...

Mr Rogers...
if I could learn one thing from Mr. Rogers
that thing should be to hang my stuff up and put my stuff away when I enter the house
that would make my life so much more easy

and now
that nice message from Mr. Rogers

and this

Spock... Leonard Nimoyhas left the Universe... LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!

yes... live long and prosper
wonderful words

Leonard Nimoy Dead at 83

Star Trek was a big part of pop culture in the world I grew up in
favorite episodes?
maybe "a piece of the action"
"trouble with tribbles"


no one told me it was going to snow....


a my brother Marc beg

Gwadzilla Strava for his XC Ski in RCP


Snow Etiquette... it really does not snow enough that Snow Etiquette

photos of me and a random woman from Woodley Park
photos by me and that random woman from Woodley Park 
that random woman's name was Elizabeth
I connected with Elizabeth because we are in the same tribe
at that moment we were both cross country skiers

Snow Etiquette... it really does not snow enough in this region that Snow Etiquette is known

actually... here in Washington DC there is very little ETIQUETTE
which goes to figure why there is so little SNOW ETIQUETTE


What is the Etiquette?
What is Snow Etiquette?
Is there Snow Etiquette?

yes... there is snow etiquette
I am not sure if I know the correct snow etiquette...
I am trying to sort out the snow etiquette
people should try to understand that there must be some sort of etiquette that pertains to snow

in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area we are thin on both etiquette and snow so the notion that people would behave under an unwritten code of rules that pertains to snow is unlikely
it may be asking too much
this is the land of the self important
this is an area where civil behavior is far from the norm
so it is unlikely that we would see sensible behavior that benefits the masses rather than the individual... especially when in the situation of a great snowfall like this
something that happens so rarely

it is my understanding that in the Northeast there is all sorts of "snow etiquette"
the unwritten rules of snow are known
proper behavior is known from what happens when someone departs their dug out parking space for their car
appropriate action is known when someone is in the woods hiking and they come across cross country ski tracks

but this is not the Northeast... this is the Mid-Atlantic
worse than that... more specifically
this is Washington DC!
 over the past many days during SNOW-POCALYPSE 2010 I have been able to duck away from the family and into the woods for a quick ski
the conditions have been mixed... snow at its best... but the mixing of cultures has of course has had a clash
the shared trails do not have a shared vision

I understand... these are shared trails... I understand
I understand...
the hiker does not want to break trail in the deep snow
but even that lone horse took the beaten path created by the set of cross country skiies
I understand... yet I think there could be some sort of unspoken agreement

when I am hiking... I hike where others hiked before
in some cases... I would guess that I may have stepped on a cross country ski trail when hiking or walking the dog or taking the kids sledding
but... when there is an option... maybe people could resign themselves to taking the walking trail versus on the cross country ski trail

the foot steps create post holes that disrupt the effort for the skies to slide
it makes it more work and it makes it less fun
it also makes the effort to use proper form more difficult... if not impossible

what is to be done?
should each skier try to express this to each passing walker or snowshoer?

I tried to share the word... but it is awkward
the transactions can be uncomfortable
it is not that the cross country skier has more right to the trail
it is more that they should have more right to the trail made by the other cross country skiers or even for those trying for laps or loops
they should have the right to swoosh on the trail that they broke

I did a loop where I broke trail... then when I went to backtrack on my own tracks... there was a set of hikers stomping where I had worked so hard
where they wrong in their actions? well... no... but it still sucked

snowshoers are the worst.
snowshoers are way the worst.

the snowshoe is designed to move on top of powder
yet so many of these lazy snowshoers walk on the packed cross country ski track
making larger than Sasquatch size foot prints
indentations that are destructive to the line created by the xc ski for the xc ski

it is odd...
snowshoers want to walk in the snow...
yet so many snowshoers choose to walk in the packed area where there is less snow
the snowshoe is designed to float on top

do the hikers or the snowshoers' know their impact on the xc ski experience?
more than likely not
do they care? would they care if they knew?

more than likely not

these are not the times known for etiquette
these are the times where everyone is concerned about themselves
not holding the door open... not thanking others for holding the door open for them

the times when a person leaves a note for denting or scratching a car in the parking lot may be behind us

laws are seldom followed without the threat of punishment
adults behave like children
children who only behave if the threat of punishment is eminent... when they know they are under the scrutiny of their parent's eye
red lights do not get the same response when officer friendly is not on the corner

in Washington DC they have taken to having traffic police at major intersections during afternoon rush hour to facilitate flow
these officers do little more than have the cars stop when they are supposed to stop
then allow people to go when it is their turn to go
otherwise people will just "block the box"

with people existing in this fashion... why would we think that there would be etiquette... much less snow etiquette

which has me stopping before broaching the question... What right does someone have t
o the parking space that they dug out after they drove off?

Is it fair for a person to put safety cones or chairs to reserve a parking space?

what is fair?
what is the snow etiquette to this issue of the ownership/possession over a parking space because that person dig all the work to dig it clear?

1 comment:

danaceau said...
The breach of etiquette that annoyed me the most: X-C skiing in a park with a No Dog rule. I don't care that people sneak in to walk their dogs. I DID care that they did not clean up when the dogs pooped directly on the ski tracks!

Lance's bike in one of the "collections" rooms... not yet on display

Night at the Museum... only in the day

there are certain aspects of my day to day job that are interesting
currently working as an IT Specialist at the Smithsonian has its perks
interesting people and interesting stuff
not much money
but a cool place to work

the other day when working on a machine in one of the back offices at the National Museum of American History I saw this bike hanging on the wall
it seemed obvious... it was either someone's high end commuter or it was Lance Armstrong's bike from the Tour de France

sure enough... it is Lance's bike
not currently displayed
I think they are waiting for Mark McQuires bat and Rosie Ruiz's running shoes

it would be an interesting display
"Cheating in Sports on through the Ages"
as long as there has been competition... there has been cheating

last week Lance was in a drinking and driving episode in Aspen Colorado
it was a minor accident
Lance had his girlfriend take the rap

Lance Armstrong on the Gwadzilla Page

although I have not seen the exhibit yet
I did see this larger than life image of Georgia Gould on her mountain bike at the Olympics
apparently there is a current exhibit with Georgia's bike and Tony Hawk's skateboard
guess I need to take a moment and enter the museum proper instead of wandering the back hallways and offices 

Congratulations to Georgia Gould!
Georgia on the Gwadzilla Page

Gwadzilla on Instagram


Bike Coop... the Mount Pleasant Bike Coop and then a Polar Bear and Frosty the Snowman

The Mount Pleasant Bike Coop..
I believe that this is part of the Mount Pleasant Farmer's Market

Ian... of course

Good idea, Jack On Fire.
“The Daily Show with Ian Svenonius. Glad we solved that problem. #spiv #thiswouldbeverygoodTV”
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the Salad Days documentary spoke about the music... the Positive Force documentary talked about the activism... I think some people are waiting for a movie to tell the stories about "the scene"

Steve... Steve Verges aka Squint

Steve would be an interesting topic for discussion when talking about the DC Punk scene and its members
there is legend... there is lore

it is hard to tell what is fact and what is fiction
there may be some truth to some of these stories
while other stories were falsehoods the first time they were told and have not become any more true by being told more times 

Steve is a complicated character

I do not know Steve's story
it is not my place to tell his story
Steve is quite the story teller
it would be cool to hear Steve's perspective of each story

Steve has told me some stories
I have heard many stories about Steve

it would be interesting to hear Steve's account of various stories
like... the Mount Pleasant Riots?

there was more to the scene than the bands
in fact... for so many people it was as much about the scene as it was about the music
it was not just a music scene
it was a cultural scene

what is this book?
Rich Boy Cries for Momma

I have not read this book... but I am to think it is telling stories of this era
my guess... Steve may have been a part of the action discussed in this book
and of course... names have been changed to protect the innocent and the not so innocent

Rich Boy Cries for Momma on Amazon

Trailer for the book Rich Boy Cries for Momma
and the Facebook Page
then Pintrest

as said... Steve is a complicated character
I am not trying to script a documentary
I am not trying to write his biography
but I am trying to express that Steve is a very complicated character

Steve is a good guy... we have been friends for decades
in my teen years... I will admit.. I was more happy to be on his good side than his bad
but over time we have grown to develop a lasting friendship
we have always had a peaceful relationship with mutual respect

hanging out... riding bikes... going to punk shows... chilling at parties...
an assortment of encounters over the years
yes... Steve was a DC bicycle messenger
which fulfills mention of Steve on this "bicycle blog"

the path of Steve's life has been an interesting one
unlike so many of the kids in the DC punk\hardcore scene
Steve was not from the upper middle class surrounding suburbs
Steve's youth... well.. I do not know the story of Steve's youth
but I do know that Steve's youth was "colorful"
whatever colorful means

jump to present day...
Steve served his country in the US military... Special Forces
during this time Steve tutored\mentored a group of men in Afghanistan
after Steve's time in the military Steve went to Georgetown University
impressive? yes... impressive for any man or woman

Steve shows me a claw of a golden eagle that was a gift to him from these men in Afghanistan (I think it was Afghanistan)
Steve is as proud of this talon as he is of his degree from Georgetown

in our discussion Steve showed me some videos of how men (and woman, but less frequently woman) use eagles to hunt 

part of the complexity that is Steve is his above average intelligence
it is all very complicated 

enough on this... it is awkward writting about my friend Steve
as I do not want to offend him
all I want to do is share the information
document the passage of time
tell part of the story

rants on previous posts

two Facebook Pages pertaining to DC Punk\DC Hardcore Music