Mobile Randomness

Returned the #rental today and took some me- time meandering through the #downtown #core.. my old #office of #discontent.. from my #youthful days of bike courier work.. saw the strip of #asphalt where I skidded sideways.. and the run I made that pushed my #heartrate 15bpm OVER my threshold.. channelling Graeme Obree (inspiration!!!!).. and the ringing in my ears from living too loud.. and always always always being chirpped at ‘Hey, ‘sixer.. head over to Amocon and grab…’ those were the #carefree days.
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i have always felt that #repair instead of #discard was better but its a #concept that has been lost, apparently, over the years… #sewing .. #fixing.. #building your needs with your own hands. I’m building my #boat with my own two hands.. and i’ll be #pedalling it around the world .. promoting #sustainability and #selfsufficiency
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was in the #boatshed for a brief spell today and, after a bit of #cleanup i decided to ‘tack down’ the #transmission and #captains #chair to see how it laid up… and for the first time in this project, i see how much space i have to deal with in the #cockpit… not a lot but about 48” more than i anticipated.. 48” of clear, unplanned space for #kitchen.. and #relaxation #station… is gonna be cool…
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tis the #season to think… #reuseable #wrappings.. we’ve been using fabric bag and sheets as wrapping for the big day for years and now is the time to think about turning #christmas #sustainable
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as i #hunker down to start the #build of my #pedallo.. my pedal powered boat.. i bear in mind…. #mothernature nature takes no #prisoners. Thankfully, at the pictured harbor, only 94 boats (no hoomans) were harmed.. but it is clear indication to the power of the sea in that this devastation took place within a #protected harbour.. and this fact is never far from my mind/ heart with my plans.
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some of the weirdest discoveries in the Ocean Clean Up recent work.. https://ift.tt/3tx0XAG .. bike helmets.. what do we do with them once they expire?!?? Share and comment.. while i will have a helmet with me.. i wont be wearing it while i pedal in my boat 😉
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Videos from the World

I’ve posted this a couple times to Instagram now… my own musical composition running in the background with… The Transmission spinning away!!!

This is *kinda* meaningful for me as I’ve had the idea to use a URTURT= Unified Rear Triangle.. early era full suspension mountain bike tech that had a diminutive rear triangle composed of drop- outs, chainstays, “seat stays,” and bottom bracket all as one unit that, then, was sprung against the mainframe to completely avoid “Chain Suck” caused by the compression/ rebound of the rear suspension on other styles of FS bikes.. most popular of the style were the Trek “Y” and Gary Fisher Joshua bikes  instead of direct drive for ages.. ever since watching some of the pedal powered boat videos that proliferate my youtube library.. and here it is.. spinning away.

One more task striken from the plethoric “To Do” list.

And a little note…
The other day my van snapped it’s “serpentine” belt.. and while I can understand mechanicalistic things.. I’m afeared of working on The Car as.. I might do something to break, damage, or render useless that garagantuan hunk of metal and plastic. 

Luckily the belt snapped 30′ away from The Workshop/ Boatshed so we pushed/ pulled and/ or limped the car back to the ‘shed and started searching for a mechanic that could come and do the install.. after I picked up the part, obvie.

While the van was on the blocks, so to speak, I was out and about on Suburbinator and Feltie.. and that felt SOOOOO good.

I don’t mind spinning in the darkroom and I am working up to spinning three hours every day.. but spinning is nothing like riding on the road and I guess I kind of forgot the feeling, TBH. I mean, the last time I was out on the road I was spinning out towards Cochrane on the ONE (HWY 1/ Trashcan/ Trans Canada HWY) and it was far less than fun with the construction and cars and… and.. and.. 

This time.. out on Suburbinator was.. smooth and I felt like I was sailing down the streets again.. like I did when I was younger.

I was spinning past people having a conversation and I heard them speaking (not their words.. just.. I heard their voices).

Driving a car is totally insular.. you are insulated. Pirsig said it in “Zen..” when he mentioned the difference between car drivers and motorcyclists.. saying that car drivers pass through as though watching scenes on a TV screen while motorcyclists are immersed in the world through which they pass. Interesting that he made the “screen” connection even back then…

And of interesting note is the terms we ascribe to different modes of transportation and their ownership.. like- I’m a CYCLIST.. I am, also, a MOTORCYCLIST (past, and hoped for in the future). The words have more meaning and depth than “Car Driver” .. even the more ownership based “Motorist” is too vague.. it borders on the owned method of transportation but as it includes all motor vehicles it is far too vague.. as a “CYCLIST” I am part of and inclusive of My Bicycle.. as a motorist.. the connotations are different.. more ambiguous.. less about personal ownership and determinism. That’s something that has been going through my head for 40 or so years of being a CYCLIST.

Mobile Randomness

#vegstock at home….

as a #retired #souschef, part of my goal with this project is to #educate towards #simple and #effective ways folks can tune up their #culinary skills while saving $$ and being #sustainable… and i’ve wanted but been unable to start for one reason or another… so, here we go with The Start… it’s simple enough… for #homemade vegstock

basically- when you peel an #onion.. when you #trim #celery (or.. you know when celery gets too #wilty?? freeze it dont chuck it) dont junk the scraps.. #freeze them.. freeze garlic skin and scraps, carrot skin and scrap ends/ bits.. even pepper scraps (red.. green.. any colour of sweet pepper). Freeze all that till you have a bunch and go on to step two (which will come later).

#fyi .. last night my garlic bulbs had rotten segments.. dont save those and i chose to junk the skins as there was mold on the inside.. thats just nasty and can cause… badness (thats a technical term 😉 ). so, rule of thumb: scraps good, rotten bad.
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#love #snapping #cables.. especially when the activity that caused the snap was a slide along pavement caused by a runoff grate in a #parkade…

the last couple days, however, have reminded me how much i LOVE cycling.. sure, i #spin every day or two but there is nothing in the world that compares to sailing down the roads.. silent.. no exhaust.. passing by people and hearing them talking… oh, and the occasional #protein #lunch that sometimes catches you by surprise.
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Mobile Randomness

#love #snapping #cables.. especially when the activity that caused the snap was a slide along pavement caused by a runoff grate in a #parkade…

the last couple days, however, have reminded me how much i LOVE cycling.. sure, i #spin every day or two but there is nothing in the world that compares to sailing down the roads.. silent.. no exhaust.. passing by people and hearing them talking… oh, and the occasional #protein #lunch that sometimes catches you by surprise.
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