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I think I overthink things I think

September 17, 2014

I prefer simple solutions, clean lines and no bullshit. Like taking the hypotenuse through the park.  Like shaving with Occam's razor once a week or so. Like wearing a black t-shirt.

Sometimes complications to the simple life are unavoidable, sometimes they're comical and sometimes they really suck.

Take a track bike and weld on a derailleur hanger so you can use it to mount a chain tensioner to run it singlespeed. Roundabout backtracking waste of time fucking-it-up when it was fine to begin with.

Take a garden hose to water the flowers and go out a buy a $43 attachment that sprays in 7 different patterns when all you really needed to modulate the flow of water was your thumb   which was free.

 

I found the simple life  aint so simple


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a taste each day & everything'll be A-OK

September 15, 2014

another Christy Hardin photo because it's fucking awesome and because I know her and I know that guy in the bib shorts with the tan lines and the head band and because it's important to get a little RAGBRAI into your daily life each day you're living


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something for everyone, anything for someone

September 12, 2014

this is my sister's movie

you can see it on the big screen September 27 in Seattle

look for it   at film festivals near you soon


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fast friday

September 12, 2014

today's my Friday


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dig dirt

September 10, 2014

four years ago this week I set down my Nextel and walked away

and I never thought I'd be eating dirt     in Rainier Beach  today

 


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ultimate urban utility bike for real really

September 9, 2014

the guys at DANK bags sent me this photo today  

 

and this is the Seattle team's winning bike design from the recent Oregon Manifest urban utility bike thing and as you can see the similarities are uncanny


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are YOU my bucky?

September 7, 2014

 

that's Bill Brady an exclusive dealer of pilderwasser apparel in and around the 50112  in the month of July 


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arrows point the way

September 6, 2014

in this photo from Bret in ABQ I'd like to draw your attention to the DANK bags toptube pad with a pilderwasser design silkscreened on it some time in the last 7 to 10 years as well as Bret's bottle cage set up for rides along the coffee-beer continuum. 


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loaded painted red

September 2, 2014

764-HERO : high-flange Campy hubs   ::

36 hole three-cross : child-proofing the home

 

taken out of context   then    put back in

then taken out   and     put back in again

and again and then again someplace else

that hub is the only Campy thing I own 


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bring me your poor your tired your pictures of worn out pilderwasser items worn out in situ

August 30, 2014

Bret in ABQ  photo

 

as pilderwasser HQ slowly recovers and recoils and rebuilds better than ever two zipcodes deeper south I need some filler some motivation some confirmation. I would like to see some photos of shirts and jerseys and merino wool sweaters in situ. Shaggy in Milwaukee and Jason in the Bay Area and hey Matt Case how about something from PDX and Bill Brady what about you too and you two too. 

peace be with you


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where the streets have new names

August 29, 2014

there is a place for everything but everything is not in its place

August 25, 2014

it used to look like this and I knew exactly where to find things

now it's all in random milk crates, boxes and plastic bags

she's tidied up and I can't find anything 


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98178 is the new 17-1463

August 21, 2014

Rainier Beach is the new Friday


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eight-one-five 5 years and or 5 days later

August 21, 2014

that's Shaggy at the WestSide 2009

and on 8/20/14  Shaggy said this:

"Wow what a treat to receive $39 plus postage and handling's worth of time-capsuled spew printed on touch it it's real it's cheap paper in the mail. A big ol' thanks to you mr. official imprint for the trip down I was livin that dream then I'm still livin that dream now holy shit mason looks so young Lane. I would guess the timing of it all bein so close to 815 day seems coincidental till I note the senders affection for the days of yore still a day I adore woulda gotten it then but it looks like it got returned to sender for amendments and do it different next times that got fixed up but only by the 19th of august. just another monday until the gift of printed gab and the men's medium still slim still fit after all these years all those beers showed up like Michael J Fox at the pinewood mall unexpected unannounced is it the future or the past it's all the same to me . But can I wear it for work? things are a little different here on the third coast my boss might have thought it was a great work shirt in 2000 but that was then this is now he only sees me twice a week his choice not mine and when he does I look all 1999 rookie at Rainbow Courier in Columbus OH with the collared shirt minus the necktie and the mountain bike but still it seems like I might make better tips in a collar not a dog collar but I'm on someone's leash isn't it his? I didn't make tips then but my dick still stank."

 


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out the window

August 21, 2014

do what you love

the money will follow

that thing you love

out the window


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4 ex Seattle messengers getting drunk in Reno

August 20, 2014

8-19-14 photo via Tom Chapel 


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structural spackle & urban renewal

August 19, 2014

pilderwasser HQ in the midst of upheaval a subtitle to the urban renewal just a gentrification side effect of the Central District's recent popularity as long-time-rental houses like ours get fake-as-fuck facelifts and sell for five-hundred-thousand dollars with a half gallon of spackle here and 32 tubes of caulk there they're on and off the market in 6 hours or less. seriously.

moving another zipcode or two further south to the last frontier of affordable housing: Atlantic City.

back in the day the interurban railway connected Atlantic City, Hillman City and Columbia City to downtown Seattle as well as many other neighborhoods north and east of the CBD. then they tore it all out to make way for the future, the automobile, the gas-powered bus. the future comes full circle     again.

as we hurry up and wait to move to another house I'm living in my own private urban renewal up to my elbow in Pantone 17-1463 Tangerine Tango all over my favorite picnic table. I recently learned it was Pantone color of the year for 2012 and as usual I'm so three-years-ago but upon further review I was actually years ahead of the trend and I'm sticking with it for another fresh coat because it still works for me and I'll ride it into the ground until I can't ride it anymore until the trends come back around

full circle       again. 


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so do la fa mi do re, so do la ti do re do

August 18, 2014

it keeps on spinning

August 16, 2014

where my mind is where is my mind?

August 15, 2014

When I was an underemployed hourly legal messenger I had plenty of down time to sit around and among other things get some reading done and keep up with The New Yorker each week. But that's no longer the case.

The TV by Ben Loory was published in the April 12, 2010 issue of The New Yorker and, no joke, just last week I actually had a chance to read it.

It's the all-time greatest piece of short fiction that I've read in the last 7 to 10 days.

Multiple snippets of it resonate and will stick with me like taking the kids down to the bus stop seven hundred times, and he drives the bus to school. Drunk, sober, hungover, on acid, pot, cocaine, uppers and downers, or nothing at all—it doesn’t matter in the least—

 


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