Thursday, May 29, 2008

Funny Grocery List

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ride of Silence [PHILADELPHIA]

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Yesterday in memory of my friend, George Gonzalez, I rode my bike in silence with many other Philadelphians who lost a loved one in a bicycling accident. The "Ride of Silence" is an internationally organized 12mph bike ride that forces the public to recognize, "Share the road" mentality. I'd like to talk about honestly what I experienced while riding the 8 mile trek through Center City. First off, I couldn't help but break at red lights provoking motorists (especially cabs) much angst and frustration. I know it is immature, but hell, it felt good considering. I did talk a couple of times, sorry. I rode with George in spirit, which resulted in taking the happening in stride, breathing and enjoying the scenery. Thanks, George. Riding in silence with hundreds of people makes a powerful sound. All you hear are pedals. The funniest part of the whole venture was at one point someone nearly got "doored". Anyone who even only occasionally rides their bike in the city has had a doored or near doored experience. It's terrifying. Considering there were hundreds of us riding with police escorts trailing behind a large sign encrypted "NO MORE BIKE DEATHS" - you'd think that ignorant mother fucker would have seen us coming!? That's funny. At the end there was a speech. Looking around I noticed all the different people who had come to honor a loved one, there were a lot of us. Some people were serious looking bicyclist, with all the required gear. Others were not wearing helmets. I was a not wearing helmet person. Some bike messenger types. People were smoking. People were old. Everyone seemed to like riding their bike. The worst part was after the speech when we were asked to raise our bikes for 45 seconds if we had lost our friend/family member in a bicycling accident in the last 12 months. Nearly everyone did. It's scary how much people don't pay attention. George was 26 years old when he died. A good person I would have liked to know longer.
For more info go here: http://www.rideofsilence.org/
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Sunday, May 11, 2008

I HEART BOB, 3:00 book comic

New comic from the 3:00 book. Boob pun with Bob Barker.

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