Friday, August 27, 2010

Down on the Street - San Diego Car Lot Edition

Some sort of vintage British Armoured Car was spotted a few months back when I was down in San Diego for the Electra catalog studio shoot. This photo has been languishing in a file on my desktop for a few months. And since I have nothin' better to say at the moment, here's another installment of my Down On The Street.
Far more useful and maneuverable than a tracked vehicle. How fun would this be - especially with even a fake weapon mounted on the turret. Don't you f-in' dare cut me off, you tool.
Equally fun playing around in the Ocotillo Wells Off Road Recreation Area, although you'd have to hope for a good A/C system and an updated (read: non-British) electrical system.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Chew With Your Mouth Closed

For some reason, early-90s "shoegaze" band Pale Saints just reminds me of hot summer weather. Here's a perfect song from twenty (gasp!) years ago:
One of those tunes that I will never tire of.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Attention To The Carlsad, CA Street Maintenance Department

Dear Fine City of Carlsbad, CA:

Please have your Street Maintenance Department remove the two abrupt bumps in the bike lane, located northbound on Coast Hwy, adjacent to the Encina Power Plant.
note - they don't look like much from this vantage, I hastily snapped the photo so as not to get blood on my phone

You see, these bumps are not all that obvious when riding your bike. Especially when your at mile fifty or so of your fifty five mile ride. Even experienced riders can lose their edge when fatigued - and two sharp rises in the road are not expected when the rest of the road is in near-perfect condition.

Riders of all levels can lose control when their bikes, sending them careening towards the pavement. Contact with which can create...

broken helmets...

broken bike parts...
and, worse of all, broken (and missing) skin...
I'll heal quickly, but replacing the helmet saddle and wheel will cost me several hundred dollars. I accept the risks inherent in road cycling and realize that I need to be aware of the road ahead. However I also expect the roads to be maintained at an adequate level. It wouldn't take a crew of two to three city workers more than a couple of hours to remove and patch these spots.

Please fix this section of road before more cyclists are injured.

Thank you,

Chris H.
Carlsbad, CA

Saturday, August 14, 2010

And So It Begins...

Day one of the move starts right about now. Or as soon as I get off the computer and start piling our junk into the trailer.

Yes, we're moving frugally, borrowing the antiquated Electra pickup and tandem-axle trailer. Thankfully the move is only 6.5 miles, so we don't have to be super-careful with the packing and we can (and will) be able to make multiple trips.

Loggin' off for now. Thanks to our neighbor with the open wifi - our DSL was turned off yesterday.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Gone Fishin'

Figuratively-speaking of course. Although I do want to buy some gear so that Celeste and I can try to catch some fish. But that's a topic for some other time.

Anyway, due to being extremely busy at work, traveling and getting ready for a move next weekend, I've been neglecting this blog. Oh, and not coming up with anything relevant to write about doesn't help matters much either (not that that's stopped me before).

So, sorry for the lack of fresh pixels here, I'll be back - eventually.

In the meantime, enjoy the fine bloggage on the links just to the right ->