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bring me your poor your tired your pictures of worn out pilderwasser items worn out in situ

August 30, 2014

Bret in ABQ  photo


as pilderwasser HQ slowly recovers and recoils and rebuilds better than ever two zipcodes deeper south I need some filler some motivation some confirmation. I would like to see some photos of shirts and jerseys and merino wool sweaters in situ. Shaggy in Milwaukee and Jason in the Bay Area and hey Matt Case how about something from PDX and Bill Brady what about you too and you two too. 

peace be with you

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where the streets have new names

August 29, 2014

there is a place for everything but everything is not in its place

August 25, 2014

it used to look like this and I knew exactly where to find things

now it's all in random milk crates, boxes and plastic bags

she's tidied up and I can't find anything 

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98178 is the new 17-1463

August 21, 2014

Rainier Beach is the new Friday

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eight-one-five 5 years and or 5 days later

August 21, 2014

that's Shaggy at the WestSide 2009

and on 8/20/14  Shaggy said this:

"Wow what a treat to receive $39 plus postage and handling's worth of time-capsuled spew printed on touch it it's real it's cheap paper in the mail. A big ol' thanks to you mr. official imprint for the trip down I was livin that dream then I'm still livin that dream now holy shit mason looks so young Lane. I would guess the timing of it all bein so close to 815 day seems coincidental till I note the senders affection for the days of yore still a day I adore woulda gotten it then but it looks like it got returned to sender for amendments and do it different next times that got fixed up but only by the 19th of august. just another monday until the gift of printed gab and the men's medium still slim still fit after all these years all those beers showed up like Michael J Fox at the pinewood mall unexpected unannounced is it the future or the past it's all the same to me . But can I wear it for work? things are a little different here on the third coast my boss might have thought it was a great work shirt in 2000 but that was then this is now he only sees me twice a week his choice not mine and when he does I look all 1999 rookie at Rainbow Courier in Columbus OH with the collared shirt minus the necktie and the mountain bike but still it seems like I might make better tips in a collar not a dog collar but I'm on someone's leash isn't it his? I didn't make tips then but my dick still stank."


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out the window

August 21, 2014

do what you love

the money will follow

that thing you love

out the window

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4 ex Seattle messengers getting drunk in Reno

August 20, 2014

8-19-14 photo via Tom Chapel 

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structural spackle & urban renewal

August 19, 2014

pilderwasser HQ in the midst of upheaval a subtitle to the urban renewal just a gentrification side effect of the Central District's recent popularity as long-time-rental houses like ours get fake-as-fuck facelifts and sell for five-hundred-thousand dollars with a half gallon of spackle here and 32 tubes of caulk there they're on and off the market in 6 hours or less. seriously.

moving another zipcode or two further south to the last frontier of affordable housing: Atlantic City.

back in the day the interurban railway connected Atlantic City, Hillman City and Columbia City to downtown Seattle as well as many other neighborhoods north and east of the CBD. then they tore it all out to make way for the future, the automobile, the gas-powered bus. the future comes full circle     again.

as we hurry up and wait to move to another house I'm living in my own private urban renewal up to my elbow in Pantone 17-1463 Tangerine Tango all over my favorite picnic table. I recently learned it was Pantone color of the year for 2012 and as usual I'm so three-years-ago but upon further review I was actually years ahead of the trend and I'm sticking with it for another fresh coat because it still works for me and I'll ride it into the ground until I can't ride it anymore until the trends come back around

full circle       again. 

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so do la fa mi do re, so do la ti do re do

August 18, 2014

it keeps on spinning

August 16, 2014

where my mind is where is my mind?

August 15, 2014

When I was an underemployed hourly legal messenger I had plenty of down time to sit around and among other things get some reading done and keep up with The New Yorker each week. But that's no longer the case.

The TV by Ben Loory was published in the April 12, 2010 issue of The New Yorker and, no joke, just last week I actually had a chance to read it.

It's the all-time greatest piece of short fiction that I've read in the last 7 to 10 days.

Multiple snippets of it resonate and will stick with me like taking the kids down to the bus stop seven hundred times, and he drives the bus to school. Drunk, sober, hungover, on acid, pot, cocaine, uppers and downers, or nothing at all—it doesn’t matter in the least—


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these are a few more of my favorite things

August 11, 2014

these are all Christy Hardin photos from within on and around RAGBRAI because it never gets old it comes around every year and thank you Chris Murray for the heads up      that's my RB-1 the one that carried me across Iowa in 2007 2008 2009 and 2011 and now under new ownership it's getting a few more RAGBRAIs to notch in its lipstick case

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gunga galunga

August 11, 2014

after 4 days away

I am now re-calibrated


so I got that goin for me

which is nice

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these are a few of my favorite things

August 5, 2014

how to get back to the office with all this coffee?

August 5, 2014

the team from Seattle won the Ultimate Urban Utility bike thing


I voted for the bike from SF


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August 4, 2014

 every little thing in Seattle -even in the Central District especially in the Central District- is getting expensive and average joes have to pack up their homes and work spaces and move South or North or East or West

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appreciation for and attention to detail

August 4, 2014

Chris Murray photo

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make a new plan, Stan

August 2, 2014

got my hands on this book yesterday as it was delivered to my doorstep straight from Jason Gardner at New World Library. (he's kind of a big deal) 

It's almost three years old but more and more relevant every day. I'm behind the curve on a lot of things but so far ahead of the new-bike-culture-curve it's like I'm behind again. 

with 50 chapters there's something here for everyone and all in an attractive little package with rounded corners. 

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dynamic equilibrium

July 31, 2014

it's not a sign post in the distance to sprint for

it's not a plateau to rest upon

it's a "daily battle against the accretion of tiny entropies"

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June 5, 1999

July 30, 2014

A coworker of mine has photocopied flyer on the wall in her office, it's a poached image of Messenger 29 and all it says is

Alleycat Race

June 5, 1999

In May of 1999 I made a stack of those 11" x 17" photocopies and Devlin and I put them up in bars and bike shops around town. The posters were intentionally vague as it was mostly a word-of-mouth thing and those that actually showed up to race or party knew someone that knew someone.

However at least one of those posters paid-off when a rep from Red Bull called me (on a land line) to offer me cash and product for the race and party. We weren't asking him for prizes, he somehow found out who was doing the alley cat and got the number for Wa Legal and gave us $200 in cash and cases of Red Bull and suggested we use some of the money to buy vodka because that mixed with his energy drink was all the rage in 1999.

The winner of the race (Mike Dodge) got $100 cash and a trophy while 2nd place (Brad Lewis) got $50 cash. With the $5 entry fees we had enough cash left over to buy vodka, two kegs of Elysian beer and plenty of hot dogs with matching buns and such.  It was a party more than a race. Just one of the many raging parties that took place at that 19th Ave East house.

 Tim Mason used to ask questions that went a little something like this: "why race in local crits and win a box of Clif Bars when you can race in alley cats and win cash and prizes and plane tickets all over the world??"

Today when I look at this photo from the end of the race it makes me stop and think and do a little gut-check check-in and kind of count on my fingers how long ago 1999 was. How many of these people have since passed away? (here's to Brad and Devlin) How many of these people are now attorneys? What the hell is that guy doing now? Where is she these days? and so on and so on.

I delivered one of those alley cat flyers to Bike Works in 1999 when Adam Smith worked there and it has been on various walls in various rooms ever since. Into Adam's hands then adopted by Suzanne and now on the wall in Tina's office. That little flyer brings me full circle.

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