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Hella long time

February 25, 2017

I know a guy that knows a guy who just reached his 17th year as bike messenger in Seattle.

seventeen years is a long time. 

congratulations 39

 

 

 

i don't get downtown much these days but when i do    it's not the same city.  there are 50,000 more people working in the core than there were when I quit 6.5 years ago.     


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baskets full of unused potential XVII

February 19, 2017

in the absence of anything

meaningful

helpful 

crucial 

there's a Katy Perry song to fill the void

 

 

 

consider using 700c wheels on a frame designed for 26" 


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orange whip?

February 17, 2017

XXL long sleeve jersey screaming out for an orange whip? to be screened onto the left sleeve

those in-the-know   know

helium filled alien bovine RAGBRAI  invasion   ca 2017


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bird by bird

February 16, 2017

if a donated bike is stolen before it's tallied on a clipboard, does it make a sound?

February 14, 2017

NON SEQUITUR LATHER. rinse. repeat.

February 13, 2017

my kid junior junior has an electric ninja turtle toothbrush that shouts out encouraging messages about fighting cavities but when the batteries were depleted to the point of exhaustion the bristles would no longer rotate and the digital audio sample was reduced to one syllable on repeat and that repeating sound has an unmistakable uncanny resemblance to Ali's laugh. 

and that's why I found this picture of his bike because that toothbrush makes me laugh thinking of Ali laughing and it's not a non sequitur if on his old bike above that's my old CETMA rack that I sold to him and that's my bike with that same CETMA in situ below in front of that building with the writing on the wall that's no longer there because it's just another construction site where another 5 story condo will appear with mixed used street level retail where hopefully the Hugo House can come home someday in a way.

if you had a megaphone what would you say?

if you had some spray paint what would you write on the wall? 

 

she's like that with everybody

she was like that with everybody


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spinning

February 10, 2017

you've got to rearrange

February 8, 2017

day by day  it’s hard to see the changes you’ve been through

 

doing the same thing

expecting the same results

 

the limited range of motion

repeated repeatedly within the parameters

 

keeping it together         somehow

hanging by a string

 

over and over and over

and over again

 

the first stop this morning

was the last stop last night

 

it’s cool until it isn’t     then

it isn’t cool

 

right shoulder bag     for years

skeletal system compensated

 

a full bubble

off plumb

 

off kilter   cockeyed   straight-up crooked

got used to it    ignored it     rolled with it  

 

it was cool

until it wasn’t

 

then it wasn’t cool

 

 


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hot seats

February 3, 2017

"The 2018 United States elections will mostly be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. All 435 seats in the House and 33 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested. 39 state governorships and numerous other state and local elections will also be contested."

 


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boop & beep

February 3, 2017

thanks for the T-shirt Sally

it's good to catch-up face to face or side by side beer for beer

 

 


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immediate delivery gratification

January 31, 2017

4291 deliveries paid out $382   horseshit

 

this from Steve G is a great way to stay away from the NY Times 

this from Cat is a great way to keep all the horseshit in the NY Times in perspective and there's plenty of commentary out there


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taken out of context and put back in

January 26, 2017

 I know a guy that knows a guy and he got his hands on this Fat Chance Yo Eddy that rolled into a small nonprofit community bike shop with its original aqua-fade paint job obscured by that homely rattle can camo you see above. So that guy took it out of context and spent quite a bit more money on the new paint job seen below. 

 I have this old school Burley trailer that collects a lot of dust these days but it used to move dynamic loads of kids around town. And I know a guy that took the Burley out of context out in the snow deep in the Olympic Peninsula with a static load of camping gear. 


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horseshit aka "alternative facts"

January 25, 2017

 there goes the neighborhood XXXVI

here's an actual fact: you can't swing a stick in Seattle without hitting a new townhome. Which is why it's so comical to me that someone felt the need to freckle Columbia City with these signs and why I felt fine liberating one for my own use. I walked to the Ale House spinning it and it was accurate in every direction. 


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go North young man

January 22, 2017

 

the 2017 RAGBRAI route is taking shape


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the audacity of hope in hindsight

January 17, 2017

8 years later  

how does hope look in hindsight? 

 

if you're only 3 years old

it looks like a Barack Obama basketball found in Beer Sheva park 

 

call me in 2020

we'll talk about 2024


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SEO mobile friendly social media presence

January 15, 2017

Sorry, we're CLOSED

January 12, 2017

when I finally quit this nonprofit shit once and for all    I am not going to open a bike shop

or maybe it's already open in my garage but it's always closed 

I wrote this bit years and years and years ago and it keeps coming up like acid reflux 

because it's still true

When I finally quit this messenger shit, once and for all, I’m going to open a bike shop. A big bright historic space with huge store front windows and high ceilings and wood floors. With passive solar heating in the winter, and well placed shade in the summer. I’m going to work there all the time, six or seven days a week. The shop will be beautiful, stocked with every bike tool ever invented. French, Italian, Japanese, you name it, I will have it, hung neatly on the shop walls. Everything in its place. A place for everything. I will have two Campagnolo Cork Screws with Cherry handles. I will have seven different kinds of bike tool bottle openers. I will have four brands of headset presses. The 3000 square foot work space will have work stands and tools for 5 full-time mechanics, so I can work on 5 of my bikes all at once.  Two air compressors enclosed in sound proof cases. Truing stands bolted down to work benches 42.5 inches off the ground. I will have two Phil Wood spoke cutters/threaders. There will be cement floors and drains built in so I can hose it all down when the kegs overflow or the chainlube explodes or the cat pukes or the shit hits the fan. I will have shop dogs and shop cats. The bike book library will be monumental. The furniture will be well designed, attractive, comfortable and functional. There will be no non-dairy creamer. The coffee will be good. The beer will be cold. There will be wholesale accounts with everyone and everyone. Paul, Phil, Chris, Grant, Brooks, Mavic, Moots, Sachs, Sidi, Swobo....

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what he said

January 12, 2017

did you get your elk?

January 4, 2017

Seattle is now that bullshit Frasier skyline

December 31, 2016

8 years later


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