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A Horrible Day – Its always a tough one, when you have to break bad news to people. And that’s part of our job, so you have to find a way to do it, and leave the sadness in the right place. I try very hard not to take the sorrow of the day home with me to my beloved and our family. One of the ways I do that is watching videos, ones that will make me laugh out loud. Found this one, hope it will give you a chuckle.
My on air partner Tim Hohl and I watched a good cat video too – you can never go wrong with those!
If you have a favorite Kangaroo or Kitty vid, send a link along to First Edition. We often need to laugh off some of the gunk that collects in our synapses after a day like today.
Have You Looked Yet? I did this morning for the first time, since Wall Street went wacky, at my 401-K. Grateful I’m NOT retiring tomorrow, and also grateful the hit wasn’t as hard as I imagined. For me, its better to deal with facts, so I took a look at my account. For others, ignorance might be best. If you can stand it, wait a few weeks till the China connection sorts itself out. If you’re like me, and you just have to know…don’t do anything rash, take a peek….then go to the above mentioned videos. Every little bit helps.
Stress Reduction – Now we’re talking. There is a new trend, adult coloring! I love it. As a kid, I remember my favorite crayon was violet red, and I used it often. Research shows we tend to calm right down when given a coloring book and crayons….or whatever you want to use to get inside or OUTSIDE the lines. It is a throwback to simpler times, and if you loved coloring as a kid, its likely to work well. I’m going to get a coloring book this afternoon!
I Want To Go To School With This Cat – My 40th High School Reunion is coming up in TWO weeks (all hail the ’75 Chieftains of Columbia River High School) and I’ve been fondly looking back on those days so long ago. We never had critters come to class though – and after seeing this cat in Colorado, I think we missed out!
Speaking Of Cats – and we were…how about this? How patient is your kitty? Is he, or she, willing to become a bread lion? Or do you just go with doughcat? Up to you!!!
Bike Ads – Yeah, it seems like a no-brainer, but its actually Gary Courter’s baby. He is the one who came up with the idea of putting ads on bikes. You’d think in a place like Portland people would be lining up to get in on that. Not quite yet, although he has people willing to put the ads on their bikes. Gary is still looking for advertisers. I’m willing to bet this is going to take off. It was fun having him on First Edition’s “Bicycle Built For Tuesday” this morning. We wish him well
Baseball, From a Dog’s Point of View – You know how much we like baseball, but I doubt you’ve seen a ball park like this. Someone put a “Go Pro” on a pug, (the official Los Angeles Times Pug, to be precise) then turned him loose in Dodger stadium during Dog Day. The rest is history:
Meet the Minions – Saw the first review for the new Minions movie. I fell in love with the stumpy yellow mumblers after watching the TWO “Despicable Me” movies. Sounds like this one is going to be something my crazy family and I will enjoy
Bike month update – The first of May I challenged everyone to try biking to work. I also said I was going to ride three days a week. Both of those statements, I sincerely meant. Unfortunately my three days a week has turned into once a week, and maybe running some errands by bike. Don’t know about you, but whenever I make any grand pronouncement in my life, there’s usually something waiting in the wings to sidetrack me. I rode yesterday, and even did a couple of errands by bike. I’m going to take my cue from this encouraging blog entry from Bikeyface. Just try two, miles that is.
I’m going to keep that in mind the next time I start beating myself up for not riding more.
I did experience a “first” on my bike yesterday – riding my purple bike to go shopping at Costco. If you’ve never had the pleasure of riding up to that big warehouse store and easily finding parking, try riding your bike. The bike rack is right there in front. It also keeps any overspending in check, because you can only haul home what you can get on your bike! Smart huh?
Ban Fart Stench – Loved talking on the air with the very clever Peter Walters today on the show. He managed to write a very tongue in cheek letter to the editor of the East Oregonian, making a point about the Pendleton City Council adding the smell of marijuana to its nuisance ordinance. He stated that the smell of farts should be added to that list. His letter is quite funny, and I am hoping people got the joke. It certainly got Tim and I giggling. Do you have any idea how many fart songs there are on Youtube? Now I do.
Happy Bike Month – Its May First…and it’s the start of month-long celebrations of everything “bike” across the country. Within the month, its Bike-To-Work-Week, Bike-To-Work-Day and in Portland, the kick off for Sunday Parkways. There is a long list of activities you can take part in, if you bike. And if you don’t, it’s a great month to start. The weather is cooperating nicely, the flowers have put a definite spring tinge in the air and there are a myriad of reasons why spending time on a bike is good for you, all the way around. I invite you to join me, in making a committment to ride this month. I'm riding three days a week, can you do better than that??
Release The Monster – A new study is out that shows if you are stressed out at work, preforming cardio for at least 30 minutes, three times a week, will make you less burned out. I know, duh!? But still, isn’t it nice to have experts say you’re right. Remember how much fun it was to just get on your bike and ride when you were a kid? That’s the idea! The group “People For Bikes” is having some fun with the“stress-relief” aspect of riding:
Grow Up and Ride – When I grow up, I want to be like THIS Terry: 71 year old Terry Taylor has been riding since 1944 and his nephew has put together a documentary about his life. Love his attitude, he says in the clip in the article, he'd rather die from a fall off his bicycle than a fall out of bed in a nursing home. Ride on!
Have fun, go play, ride a bike this weekend…..
Pitty the Fool – who doesn’t fall for this girl! I read the story of Mira the Pit Bull in today’s Huffington Post.
My heart melted. She’s lived at the shelter in Middletown, Connecticut for FOUR YEARS! Can you imagine? Bet you can’t. Now, this shelter sounds like a decent place. Mira has toys, a soft bed, a roof over her head and daily walks. She was nutritious food and staffers who want to pet her. But she doesn’t have what I think all pooches want and need – a human to call her own, and a forever home. Hoping that this column in the HuffPost will get her some attention and what she deserves.
I volunteered for a little over a year at the Oregon Humane Society and still do what I can to support the organization. I walked dogs. And my favorite dogs to walk, hands down, were the pit bulls and pit bull mixes. They were fun, they were playful, and they were eager to please and wanted cuddles so much. I love to share that with people because I believe the breed is misunderstood. And all too often, misidentified; I have seen people label a threatening dog a pit bull, even if it has no markings of the breed. In the news business, reporters are sometimes the worst offenders, taking the word of a witness and repeating it as gospel “yeah, it was a pit bull that attacked a ____ (fill in the blank). All that does is perpetuate the stereotype that these are dangerous animals. Pit bulls are no more or less dangerous than any other dog. Just recently, we reported a tragic story of a smaller dog, attacked and killed by a larger dog. The larger dog was reportedly a pit bull. Now maybe it actually was, I don’t know, I wasn’t the reporter on the story. But I always wonder when I hear it reported, if they got the breed correct. And yes, it does matter. It breaks my dog lovin’ heart to see pooches like Mira languishing in a shelter because potential adopters are afraid of her, simply because of her breed. Ok, climbing off my doggie soapbox now!
You Know You’ve Arrived When… you are being followed on twitter by your idols. I thought I would go over the moon when Jim and Patty started following me. If they sound familiar, its because they are the dynamic duo that became the Original Coffee People. Jim and Patty are still brewing it up, on Fremont and other spots around town (newly opened store in Northwest!), if you’re interested in stopping by. They make a killer milkshake too! But my latest head turning "oh-I-can’t-believe-he-knows-my-handle" is Dave Sims. If you are a Mariner fan like me, I don’t have to introduce you. If not, he’s the voice of the Mariners on Root Sports. All those Felix Hernandez tweets are paying off! Now, if I could just wear a hat as well as Dave can, then I’d REALLY be something!
Recycling Scarlett Letter – That’s what the folks in Seattle get when they don’t do composting, a red tag is stapled to their garbage cart. It lets everyone in the neighborhood know you are BAD! From a recent Atlantic Monthly article:
“If the city's waste management contractors encounter a house, apartment, or commercial property with garbage contains more than 10 percent recyclables or food, they tag the garbage bins with a bright red sticker. "I'm sure neighbors are going to see these on their other neighbors' cans," one contractor told NPR earlier this week. "Right now, I'm tagging probably every fifth can."”
In July, those red tickets turn into fines. Now granted, the fine isn’t much. A buck for each household and up to fifty dollars for an apartment building, but it adds up. I think they are hoping public shaming does the trick. Maybe their food composting efforts make more sense than the city of Portland’s. I still can’t get over the fact they want you to throw meat scraps into your compost. (Those have never gone into ANY compost pile I’ve ever built!) I also can’t get the rest of my family excited about it. I can barely get them to recycle. If I have to argue one more time about what plastic can go into the bin, I will scream. So I am letting sleeping food scraps lie where they are….under the rest of my garbage. But woe be to us if the public shaming approach works in Seattle and Portland tries it. I’ll be the red ticket house for sure.
Ride For Your Life – New report out today that says even if you ride just a little bit, you are lengthening your life by a lot. Exercise has a stronger impact on living longer than maintaining a healthy weight. Now don’t get them wrong at Cambridge University. The researchers say losing weight is also very good for your health. But it appears even obese people who are active have a nearly 50-percent lower mortality rate than non-obese individuals who just sit around. So hop on that bike and ride!
Forgetabout Snowmageddon – What about the KALE! Apparently New Yorkers were totally freaked that they wouldn’t be able to get enough of their favorite fancy green when the
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/