Heading for Lake Merrit on Caltrain
I saw the running car at the California stop. I still love showing
it to people.
The poet explained that everything
is connected to everything else. She talked about mother earth's
pain as her pain.
The band was warming up in their
first number. The other participants were starting to attract
The guy in the hat was getting the
whole whoop spirit thing going. This is the kind of dancing you
want in your revolution.
I figured I'd power the band for a
while. I did it from one of the green bikes.
I'm so impressed that
RockTheBike.com has their own nameplate generator bikes. That's an
upgrade from the way things were for sure!
The woman in the next bike over is on some major bike pilgramige.
I should have taken her picture. Instead I got a picture of her
blog URL. Haven't checked it out yet....
Shake Your Peace was the bomb!
By now the party is moving for sure.
The lady talked about getting as
much of your power locally as possible. That includes stuff like
growing food and getting solar pannels on your roof. She has lots
of information resources that enable that kind of stuff.
The guy talked about some positive
feedback loops that climate change is enabling carbon cycling at
even higher speeds. Things like open water near the north pole
absorbs heat faster than ice. This means more ice gets melted
sooner. He thinks we have to cut way back on our emissions ASAP to
prevent things from getting even worse later.
Then the bicycles started gathering
for the ride...
About then I seriously regretted not
bringing my bike. Somebody suggested I see if they have any more
bikes they need volunteers to ride to "the omni", that being what
they called the venue for the rest of the evening.
My load was the rest of the chopped
fruit for smoothies. Two coolers, but the one between the wheels
was MUCH heavier than the other one. I think the idea was to put
it out during the evening. The red suitcase had to go because it
was the sellable schwag case. Same with the T shirts. I'm sure the
rest of it had good reasons for going.
I got the BICYCLE MUSIC FESTIVAL patch later in the evening. I did
the riding to say I was there for sure. We made the sale possible!
The lady at the door said I probably
should eat before going into the omni. Browsing looking for food I
saw that the old neighborhood hot dog stand had gone out of
business. Is that because McDonalds moved in across the street?
Did that happen because suddenly there's a hot food vacuum in the
neighborhood? What's the chicken and what's the egg? I ended up
finding this pizza place where Dora and Candy were hanging out. I
put away my camera and enjoyed the time we spent together.
It was a fun environment, but I
started getting this "I gotta get back to Mountain View" feeling.
It was getting late. Turned out I missed the last Caltrain to
Mountain View. Had to take a SamTrans ECR bus. It took a while to
find out they had moved the spot from where it used to be. Even
after I found the new stop it was still another two or three hours
before I got to my own front door.