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You Knew It Was Just A Matter Of Time ….before there would be a well–known celebrity on the package of pot. Today “Marley’s Natural” was launched, cannabis sold under the name of the ganja king Bob Marley. And Marley’s family is giving this new product its blessing. Check out this NBC report:http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/legal-pot/stir-it-bob-marley-headline-corporate-cannabis-brand-n250286.
You can’t move the pot from state to state --- that’s still illegal. But there are now two states legally selling weed, and Oregon and Alaska are about to join their ranks. Forty to fifty billion in sales is predicted
Munchies … new for Thanksgiving, a company that’s giving you the chance to snack on crunchy turkey, dressing and cranberry chips! I dunno if I would like them or not, but I’m always curious when they come up with something like this, always willing to try wacky new flavors. Look for them in a store near you. Would you try them?
Cranksgiving … speaking of Thanksgiving, Cranksgiving is coming up this Sunday. It’s a treasure hunt and food drive, benefiting Outside Inn, and it sounds like a lot of fun. Show up at VeloCult at 1pm…that’s when things get rolling. http://puddlecycle.com/cranksgiving/
Sneezing-- Had the chance to take the Bolt Bus up to Seattle over the weekend. You can’t beat the price: round trip for forty three dollars for me. I can’t fill up the Secret Service SUV for that and get up there and back, even with gas prices coming down. I managed to get an exit row, so I had all the legroom I could possibly want and even managed to fall asleep on the trip home. Free wi fi, plug in’s…there’s even cup holders for each seat!
One thing that was disturbing though – the woman seated next to me, while pleasant enough, coughed and sneezed for the entire trip. Now I’m not saying that you should travel when you are sick, but ugh, it was unpleasant sitting next to that for three hours. If you have a cold, keep the coughing to yourself, if ya can, on your next bus, train or plane trip. I wasn’t entirely grossed out until today by her coughing though. That’s when a co-worker found a video of a guy sneezing in slow motion. Yikes.
But probably the worst part in the aftermath of “guy sneezing” was that I got sidetracked by all the videos of animals sneezing…dogs, cats. Over the weekend, someone actually posted a video of a chicken sneezing. I should get a prize for “most time wasted on videos”, if they offered such a thing.
Will it ever stop raining? I know we’re only a few weeks into fall, but I’m already a little whiney over the wet.
I had just started riding my bike back to work, and got spoiled with all the nice weather in September, when riding was a pleasure. At the hour I ride to work through, riding in the rain is iffy, in my opinion. It is when all the drinkers are just leaving the bar. I want to give them every opportunity to see me, and give me every opportunity to stop. Wet wheels make for slow stops. Looks like I might get to ride by Friday this week. Let’s hope for dry.
I was checking out the Oregon Bike calendar for upcoming events we could talk about on “Bicycle Built for Tuesday”, and while there were weekly rides, they had no big ones coming up. Shouldn't be a big surprise, because of the weather. I know there are people who ride year round, but I suspect I'm not the only one who doesn't really like riding in the rain, for whatever reason. What do you do to keep motivated to ride when the weather gets wet? Any suggestions appreciated!
Bacon Lovers – Found the BEST thing at my local Farmer’s Market in Montevilla, and I have to share. You know how much Tim Hohl and I love bacon, if you listen to First Edition. This is out of this world.. Bacon Jam!! Its from Mee Mee’s Goodies, she a local jam entrepreneur. The jam tastes like bacon in a jar. And its out of this world if you use it on Corn on the Cob. Check it out here: http://meemeesgoodies.com/best-corn-ever/
Bicycle Built for Tuesday – The Cycle Oregon wave has washed up in Tygh Valley, third stop on the tour this year. The 2014 edition brings a few firsts for the ride: for one, they’ve actually stuck a wheel in Washington. The second, the climbing…at 34-thousand feet, it’s the steepest ride to date. Good luck to all two thousand in the saddle this year.
Bike Riders are Better – Its science, dontcha know!
Thanks to Huffington Post for coming up with this list which shows those of us who bike, are just cool humans.
Bike Me! – FINALLY rode my bike to work today, a major accomplishment. Its been at least a year, and maybe a year and a half since I could say that. Thelma (my new knee) and I made the 8 mile trip just fine. It took me a little longer than it used to, and I must confess, my bike jacket is MUCH snugger than it once was. Let’s see how things are at the end of the Bike Commute Challenge. I decided to do it this year, to get motivated and get over my fear of riding outside with my brand new knee. I’ve been on stationary bikes for months, and just started to venture out on the road. The fear is, I’ll fall off my bike, and screw up what took me more than six months to heal. Today, I faced up to being a little bit of a klutz, and took the plunge. If you’d like to join me, you can. Get some of the people you work with to join in too…it can be a lot of fun.
Oh, and speaking of FUN
...the annual Tour de Lab is coming up this Sunday.
AM Ride Report – This was something I used to deliver regularly, when I was riding. Items spotted on my way to work at 3am, or otherwise out and kicking in the middle of the night. Things seem to have changed since I last rode to work. The streets I ride are a lot tidier. Congratulations S.E. Portland for cleaning up your act. Not much to decorate your home with out on the street – only one couch (which was being used as a sort of clothes line) a baby recliner, a speaker box with no stereo and an ironing board. Who irons these days anyway? As far as wildlife – only a tabby, meowing at me. Sheesh, things are real quiet!
Thanks, by the way, to Pokey Pedaling SP in Wisconsin for my bike report icon.... and you'd better believe I'm a pokey pedaler these days, but I get where I'm going
We Are NOT Number One – No longer is Portland first with two wheels. Bicycling Magazine is out with its annual Best 50 Bike Cities, and we’ve been demoted to number 2! Minneapolis squeezed us out. Maybe we had it coming, we were poised for a fall from grace (and our lofty bike seat!) Here's a quote from one of the many comments on the list: "Portland ain't nothing but a street in Minneapolis". Huh?! Enjoy Minneapolis -- we're coming for ya next year!
The Portland Century?? The ride is this Saturday, with coming up on Saturday with three new routes and a new starting line. This year, cyclists will begin at University of Portland and for the first time all of the routes go into Clark County. Traditionally, the route for the Portland Century has traced backcountry roads in Multnomah county ...the very steep hills near Portland’s Bull Run Reservoir. This year, the ride will cross over the 205 bridge, going as far as Ridgefield and LaCenter before crossing back over into Oregon via the Interstate Bridge.
Can we still consider this the “Portland” Century? They bill it as “Portland’s signature ride”...and yet it looks more like the “Ride Around Clark County”.
The Winner! We told you a few weeks ago about the bike design competition, put on by Oregon Manifest -- and the winner is: the Seattle bike, “The Denny”. It was the bike I voted for! What’s not to love: features include a removable electric motor, tires with tiny bristles, a carbon fiber belt instead of a chain and removable handlebars that double as a bike lock
Fuji Bikes is expected to put a version of the Denny into production, though details won’t be clear until next spring.
The competition ran for seven month, pairing up design firms and bike-makers in five cities: Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.
Bye Bye Bike and Hike -- One of metro area’s long established and largest bike shops has closed its PORTLAND store. Bike and Hike will continue to operate stores in Milwaukie, Beaverton & Hillsboro.
Declining sales could no longer support the 75-hundred square foot space on southeast Grand at Oak. Bike AND Hike’s owner says he’s working to find his Portland employees jobs at his other stores.
Not up for a Century? “BIKE MILWAUKIE” is sponsoring a tour of Milwaukie’s parks as part of its monthly ride series. The 10 mile ride starts and finishes at Milwaukie City Hall, making a counter clockwise loop through the city.
Muppets on bikes in Milwaukie
Do You Want To Build a Spider Gun? Sung to the tune of "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman", this instructional video answers the question, how can I get rid of that scary creature hiding in my bathroom without killing it! Believe it or not, putting a spider gun together is quite involved!
Keeping Your Bike Safe -- If you'd like to make your bike less vulnerable to thieves, there is a way to do it. Register it with Bike Index https://bikeindex.org/. Many bike shops do it for you now when you buy it, but if you've had your bike for a number of years (like I have) its nice to have the same protection. You will need to know your bike's serial number to register it properly. You can also upload photos to go with it. Its also a good site to check if you are buying a used bike, to make sure you aren't buying something that's been stolen. And cops can check it too, when they confiscate a bike, to see if it belongs to someone.
The Saga of the Scale – Didn’t feel right not to give you the final chapter in the story of the Bathroom Scale! Yes, this is the same scale that sat out on my corner in Montavilla (the neighborhood where EVERYTHING disappears from the corner, if you set it out overnight…even used toilets!). When we last left our working, and perfectly functional scale, it was in the KPAM Lunchroom. That’s another place where unattached or unclaimed items will magically disappear. (Sometimes even your sandwich!) You will also recall I was offering this scale up to the universe as my way of letting go of all the silly trials and tribulations I (and many people I know) put themselves through over what the number says on the scale. We will NOT be dominated in our thoughts, words and deeds by such an object….oh NO! In the case of this particular scale though, it has taken up a lot more time than I would have liked. Finally, after a couple of weeks in the lunchroom here at the mighty AM 860, it showed signs of taking up permanent residence. I grabbed it, feeling responsible for everyone’s misery at having to look at the darn thing, and put it in the bags I was taking to Goodwill.
Finally got to the drop site a couple weeks ago and handed over, without ceremony, my three bags of clothes “I’ve-been-hanging-onto-because-they’ll-fit-someday” – can anyone relate? I felt very free as I drove away, leaving behind all of that stuff that had cluttered up my life, and knowing my scale was FINALLY gone! I breathed deep breaths, experienced great joy, there was a rainbow in my path – ok, I’m exaggerating about the rainbow – but it did feel good to get all of that taken care of.
So, a week ago, I’m rearranging the back of my SUV so I can get four humongous bags of potting soil in back, and you will NEVER guess what I found. Or you will guess! Yup, that damn scale!! Could not BELIEVE IT. It must have fallen out of the Goodwill bags, or I have a magnet attached to my rear end that pulled it out. Take your pick. I did laugh pretty hard when I saw it.
You will be happy to know it is finally gone. The next day, when I came to work, I tossed it into the dumpster. I tried to avoid that by passing it along to someone who could use it, but apparently no one really wants a scale, let alone me. Sorry, I added to the pile of trash our planet has to deal with. But the good news is that scale isn’t haunting me anymore. If it shows up at your house, I’m sorry.