2016: Cranksgiving was yesterday. Cranksgiving's a scavenger
hunt type game. The idea is to turn in as much food donation to
charity as you can carry on your bike. At the beginning they
give you a page of places to shop, grocery stores as near as
half a mile and as far away as ten miles. It's competitive, with
prizes for the winners in categories such as speed, cargo
hauling, and other. You could help your score a lot by doing
things like doing selfies with sharks fans (25 lbs. food credit
on your score). The net effect was a bunch of bicyclists buzzing
around the area buying all the pasta, canned chile, and tuna
fish. It all turned into a huge volume of stuff in a coffee
shop. A great time was had by many. I didn't take many pictures
because I was really busy moving forward my teams (Virginia and
I) score. That was my big food donation to charity for the
holidays. Here is a picture of our bikes taken just before we
headed from the last store to the finish line.
Not long before
the November 8th election: I'm working on that "How to vote?"
question. California has a record 17 voter initiatives. Figuring
out how to vote feels like being a legislator. Here is a cheat
sheet if you're wondering who cares about what:
So far I'm yes on 59 and 67; no on 65. Yes on V in
Mountain View. Jill Stein/Baraka Ajamu (Green Party) at the top of
the ticket. Mourning the lack of Greens on the lines of other
races and blaming top two for that.
2016: I installed this sticker on my beater bike and took the
picture while listening to public radio. They said "Bob Dylan just
won this year's Nobel Prize for Literature." Yup. I saw him live
here in Mountain View. Too bad it was back before I got good with
my camera. I'd have taken pictures like I did when the Dixie
Chicks came around if I could have. It's still true that Helium is
an inert gas.
Thomas L. Friedman definitely gets
it on how deep and systemic the problems with consumer culture
are. Hot, Flat and Crowded explains a lot of the problems and
puts them in perspective very well. I think his rose colored
glasses obscure his view in some ways, but that's a minor bone
to pick. For sure he's collected a lot of stories that are worth
reading into his narrative. Yes, they do add up to a real need
for change in the United States. Reading it, I was glad to see
evidence of a journalist with mainstream pull "getting it."
This website is
an effort to share my search for happiness with other people. It is a large
maze of pictures and words, and if you hunt around you are bound
to find something interesting sooner or later. Click the
pictures to see what is behind them, scroll when you feel like
it, and maybe you will find an enjoyable echo of my bliss.
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