Sunday, October 29

Triple Chicken Foot Cd Release

featuring three cooks and one long beach bike buddy.
come to the Old Town Pub this Friday, November 3rd
to help them celebrate.

Wednesday, October 25

LAPD Bicycle Brigade (circa 1904)

No, not Mack Sennett's "Keystone Kops." The real deal. They're approaching 5th Street on Broadway.
(Photo found on Old L.A. Photos blog).

Sunday, October 22

Code Black

A word to those traveling east on Wilshire Blvd, near Curson: the Tar Pits are busting out all over, and best to mind your puddles, or be blessed with a christening of goo.

I can't really say I was that upset to find viscous lumps of tar all over my pink pants after hopping up a curb through what appeared in the dark to be a regular old water puddle. There is something magical about the La Brea Tar Pits being right here in the city, bordered by an art museum, a pseudo-utopian housing project, and a magnificent east/west corridor. Learning about these pits in science class as a young midwesterner, I imagined them to exist in the Middle of Nowehere. To find them jammed into the urban environment, paved over and embellished with dramatic sculptures of mastadons, was an odd surprise.

It's unfair to blame nature for curdling up out of the ground when you least expect it, but if you want to save your pants from getting extremely soiled, it's a good idea to steer clear of tar puddles.

Thankfully, last night, a generous old time fiddler was on hand with a flask of Tennessee whiskey. Jack Daniels managed to cut the tar pretty well, though further experiments later at home involving degreaser, rubbing alcholol and WD-40, found the latter to be the big winner for tar removal. The bike needed a cleaning anyhow, but this is the second pair of pink pants to be consumed by street stains.

Friday, October 20

Street Signs and Solar Ovens

Featuring some of our very own bike buddies, this thought-provoking exhibition curated by the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest starts this weekend and runs through December 31st. Stay tuned for an organized ride to it on November 19th.

Sunday, October 1

Tall Bike Trailer and Cello

Somerset showing his skills riding to the life can be so car free event. the weird thing, it looks strangely natural.