June 29, 2010

hey, baby there’s a vampire moon
scaling the sky
shine in your room
your eyes are open
you got nothing to do
come outside and play with me
follow me down to the bushes dear
no one will know
we’ll disappear
i’ll hold your hand
can i walk you home?
can i walk you home?
can i walk you home?


I call this a ‘surprise air’. Or, alternatively, ‘air to face to surgery ward’.

June 21, 2010

A particularly nice collage of shadows of trees as cast by starlight and moon…

June 21, 2010

that had inked a swaying and mysterious motion on the sidewalk under these feet one boozy and wandering evening.

a motioning of a direction of an intent that no person could guess the reason or rhythm to which it all stood for or meant.

another of those things unnoticed by most but still secretly eddying and edifying case and causation to infinity;

a fractal flowering of the significance of potential and the importance of the hidden and unbidden things that truly matter.

and I saw it and so said hi.

You can tell its gonna be hectic cause RawHide’s got them fur chaps on again.

June 21, 2010

Now Jeff Goldbloom has played a fair number of quirky and nerdy scientist type characters in his career. There was The Fly, there’s Jurassic Park, there’s that one where everything gets blow’d up by space aliens, and then, before all of that came to be, there’s his breakthrough role as RawHide in one of my all time cult classic favs, Buckaroo Banzai.

Hell yes, he is, in fact, decked out in fur chaps and a sweet, old skool, red c-boy shirt. F-uuuuck. Only shitty thing about road riding is the total lack of fur chaps.

Check out the closing credits to this film below. When I was a younger man, around 13, I was so enamored with this movie and the music that accompanied it, that I figured out how to plug the family VCR into a cassette recorder so that I could dub a copy of the track. I took that thing with me and nerded the hell out with it that same summer, absconding my Aunt Ellen’s original Sony Walkmen so I could keep the beat alive in and around the lovely community of Rexdale.

Tunes For the Bike Experience, Vol. 6

June 20, 2010

The golden sunlight of you.

Hahaha….indeed. “Fantastic fan, rocking, rocking, floating on”. I’ll say. Such a great track and who can’t love this guy raving his face off in some sunshower?

you bring light in…
you bring light in…
you bring light in…
you bring light in…
you bring light in…

to a dark place
walking in light
glowing walking in light
gold ring around you
the hues of you
the golden sunlight of you

cool wind following
following after you
rising for you
your skin beautiful
everything comes natural
fantastic fan
rocking rocking floating on

Works every time!

June 19, 2010

Reducing overlap to expand the quiver.

June 10, 2010

Its been a long time since I did much mountain biking. Probably ten years or so, but I always loved it. After wounding my knees I got all anxious about riding in the dirt, and especially uneven dismounts. You know the kind; when you bail but manage to get a leg under you to run out of it. That there technique is critical kung-fu for not smashing your teeth out. But it was worrying about those kinds of falls on rebuilt knees that kept me on the road and safe.

But, 2 years post left knee fixing, things feel burley enough to throw a leg back over a mountain bike again. So I purged one of my road bikes and will put the funds to something squishy. Maybe 5 inches of travel. Not so far away from an XC bike that I’m putting it in a truck to get it to the top. You don’t drive your bike to ride your bike – not from the trailhead, anyway.

I swapped out all the choice parts from my racier roadie to my 12 year old one and I’m pretty psyched with the outcome. This thing feels like a pretty serious crit weapon.

– C’Dale aluminum. Nice and stiff. Harsh on 100k, but there’s Advil.
– Circa 1999 Shimano 9-speed Ultegra. Still works just fine.
– A new 11-26 cassette. No way I’m riding a straight block!
– Thompson Elite seatpost with setback.
– Fizik Arione saddle.
– Dedaccia stem and bar combo. Wide and beefy.
– Easton EA 90 Aero wheelset paired up to Michelin PRO2 rubber.
– Look Carbon Keo pedals.

Here’s a handy slideshow. The original bike gracing the vistas of Maui, the racy one that got cannibalized and sold, the beer fueled operation mid way through, and the final FrankenBike.

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