Following My Folly

In 2011, I donated my car and pledged not drive for ONE YEAR while helping my community and inspiring others to drive less and bike more, with nothing less than a Colorado-built, styled to the max, commuting marvel.

From 2013 and beyond, I discuss bikes, bedlam, beer and beautiful adventures- plus the occasional rant.

I'm the New Belgium Brewing Company's 2011 Tour de Fat "Car for Bike" trader in San Diego, CA.


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nprfreshair:

Laurence Packer loves bees. "Passion is a bit of an understatement, maybe I’m obsessed," he tells us.  His book, Keeping the Bees: Why All Bees are at Risk and What We Can Do to Save Themexplores what exactly bees do and why its so important that we protect them. In today’s interview he explains how pollination can affect fruit and vegetable crops: 

"A nice, economically valuable watermelon that’s large and quite round and not malformed requires a couple of thousand pollen grains to be deposited. And that might require seven or so different visits of a bee to the flower.

In California, where these studies have been done in the most detail, there are 40 different species of bees that will perform that service. If not enough pollen gets onto the watermelon you get a [misshapen] one. And if you don’t get any pollen, you don’t get any watermelon at all.

Some crops are entirely dependent upon pollination. Others don’t require pollinators at all, such as cereal grains. Others are pollinated by the wind, such as grapes. But most of the tastiest products from plants — such as most fruits and vegetables — these require pollination for the development for the fruit or the vegetable, or at least for the propagation of the vegetable plants through seeds.”

Photos: Sam Droege/Flickr and Wayne Boo/Flickr

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ladiesagainsthumanity:

RUTH. BADER. GINSBERG. 

via @sethdmichaels

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bicycleart:

I need your help: I need a nice graphic logo for local cargo bike project! So if you can help me or know somebody who can please contact me. It doesn’t have to be a professional logo - just simple and clear. You contact me via tumblr, or twitter, or facebook or by eMail
Thank you very much!
btw: of course you can share this pic so we can reach more peoples!

bicycleart:

I need your help: I need a nice graphic logo for local cargo bike project! So if you can help me or know somebody who can please contact me. It doesn’t have to be a professional logo - just simple and clear. You contact me via tumblr, or twitter, or facebook or by eMail

Thank you very much!

btw: of course you can share this pic so we can reach more peoples!

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dogshaming:

We need to talk. Please, have a seat.

I heard a loud crash from our bathroom and discovered our Dogo Argentino, Baron, had somehow managed to completely break the seat off of the toilet.

Oops…. My bad…

dogshaming:

We need to talk. Please, have a seat.

I heard a loud crash from our bathroom and discovered our Dogo Argentino, Baron, had somehow managed to completely break the seat off of the toilet.

Oops…. My bad…

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m0to:

Yay bikes! This is pretty much a normal street in Stockholm #operationSweden

Soon, I will be in the land of Vikings, bikes, and my love! Look at some of what’s in store, courtesy of m0to!

m0to:

Yay bikes! This is pretty much a normal street in Stockholm #operationSweden

Soon, I will be in the land of Vikings, bikes, and my love! Look at some of what’s in store, courtesy of m0to!
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essenceandqi:

It’s summertime! Days filled with sunshine and fun are on the agenda, but make sure that you keep yourself hydrated. A glass of fresh coconut lavender lemonade is the perfect way to welcome the season! This refreshing drink is perfect for sun lounging and cooling off in the warm summer weather. Tropical, herbal, sweet, and satisfying!
Get the recipe HERE.

Putting this one one the “oh-mah-gahhhd-I-need-to-test-this!” List!

essenceandqi:

It’s summertime! Days filled with sunshine and fun are on the agenda, but make sure that you keep yourself hydrated. A glass of fresh coconut lavender lemonade is the perfect way to welcome the season! This refreshing drink is perfect for sun lounging and cooling off in the warm summer weather. Tropical, herbal, sweet, and satisfying!

Get the recipe HERE.

Putting this one one the “oh-mah-gahhhd-I-need-to-test-this!” List!

(Source: captain-foodfunk)

Bike to Work Day is This Friday, May 30, 2014, SAN DIEGO!

Bike to Work Day (B2WD)  is this Friday, May 30. Friday morning, join me and THOUSANDS of San Diegans on bikes and get rewarded with tangible goodies when you stop by one of 97 pit stops around the county (From a FREE Bike to Work Day t-shirt,  Free “fuel” with free snacks from local restaurants and B2WD sponsors, and plenty of high fives).

**Some of you work from home— no worries!  Come out anyway!  See how you can incorporate your workout into being a fun ‘commute for your health’ new ways to get around, new faces to meet, happy ways to do business by bike versus by car, and see new ways to get around (new 7-mile bike loop and other bikeways here).


Register for the chance to win (MORE PRIZES). If you haven’t already,
register for Bike to Work Day and log your bike trips in TripTracker. You will be automatically entered to win one of many great prizes, including the grand prize – a new bicycle!When you continue to bike to work and log your trips throughout May, you will be entered into the final Bike to Work Month prize drawing. Logging your trips also helps provide important information about biking trends and shows support for bike facilities. *It’s not mandatory to register to participate but the data supports biking in SD County!

Every trip counts. Did you know every bicycle trip you make helps SANDAG plan for the future? SANDAG and San Diego State University have partnered to manage the Bike Counter Network. Thirty-seven strategic locations in the San Diego region have bicycle and pedestrian counters that help SANDAG better understand the region’s patterns associated with walking and cycling. This data will support the development of improved measures of cycling and walking safety, health benefits of active travel, and traveler preferences for various facility types. Remember – every trip matters!

To register for Bike to Work Day, log trips, or for more information, visit
511sd.com/iCommute or call 511 and say “iCommute.” Visit the iCommute bike webpage for helpful bike safety tips.

Let’s ride!
The iCommute Bike to Work Team

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nprfreshair:

Poet and memoirist Maya Angelou died today at the age of 86.
In 1986, she spoke with Terry Gross about choosing to be mute as a child after she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend and the moment she tried to speak —- 

"Mrs. Flowers, a lady in my town, a black lady, had started me to reading, when I was about 8…I was already reading, but she started me reading in the black school and I read all the books in the black school library. She had some contact with the white school, and she would bring books to me, and I would just eat them up. When I was about 11 and a half, she said to me one day — I used to carry a tablet around on which I wrote answers —  and she asked me, "Do you love poetry?" I wrote yes. It was a silly question from Mrs. Flowers. She knew.  She told me, “You do not love poetry. You will never love it until you speak it, until it comes across your tongue, through your teeth, over your lips, you will never love poetry.” And I ran out of her house. I thought I’ll never go back there again.  She was trying to take my friend.  
She would catch me and say, “You do not love poetry, not until you speak it.” I’d run away and every time she’d see me she would just threaten to take my friend.  Finally, I did take a book of poetry and I went under the house and tried to speak, and could.”

You can listen to the rest of the interview here. 
Photo via PR Newswire

nprfreshair:

Poet and memoirist Maya Angelou died today at the age of 86.

In 1986, she spoke with Terry Gross about choosing to be mute as a child after she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend and the moment she tried to speak —- 

"Mrs. Flowers, a lady in my town, a black lady, had started me to reading, when I was about 8…I was already reading, but she started me reading in the black school and I read all the books in the black school library. She had some contact with the white school, and she would bring books to me, and I would just eat them up. When I was about 11 and a half, she said to me one day — I used to carry a tablet around on which I wrote answers —  and she asked me, "Do you love poetry?" I wrote yes. It was a silly question from Mrs. Flowers. She knew.  She told me, “You do not love poetry. You will never love it until you speak it, until it comes across your tongue, through your teeth, over your lips, you will never love poetry.” And I ran out of her house. I thought I’ll never go back there again.  She was trying to take my friend.  

She would catch me and say, “You do not love poetry, not until you speak it.” I’d run away and every time she’d see me she would just threaten to take my friend.  Finally, I did take a book of poetry and I went under the house and tried to speak, and could.”

You can listen to the rest of the interview here. 

Photo via PR Newswire