I hope you and your loved one(s) found a way to express yourselves in a less-than-consumerish fashion on this dorky, but harmless holiday. For us, the big evening involved me riding down the hill for take-out Thai, and a less-cheap-than-normal bottle of wine. Good times.
This may surprise some of you, but I really enjoy Valentine’s day. I have wonderful, cycling wife that I love dearly; I relish any excuse to celebrate our fantastic relationship (even though she thinks Valentine’s day is stupid). Factor in the hour I spent bike commuting to and from work and I think that makes for a pretty damn good day.
Full disclosure: I saw one of our readers/neighbors as I rode into work this morning. He said that he preferred Anne’s posts because she was more positive. Since I’m nothing if not a crowd pleaser, consider this my effort to be a good, perky, American (even though it’s debatable how good that really is). So, how’d I do, Dave?
Happy Valentine’s Day.
I opened my Gray Lady this morning to find I wasn’t the only one smitten by the bike. This time, it’s the Times with an early November Valentine for our neighbors to the South. It is a good read and don’t have a lot to add, other than:
- I’m Jealous: Why can’t my city do better? Why can’t we live in Portland?
- My friends know how to get to me — four of them sent me this article.
- The article is pretty shallow. The article emphasizes high-end frame builders and how Nike and Columbia sell cycling products, but lacks info about the large number of cool shops, amazing resources like BikePortland.org, and the other businesses who cater to regular cycling folk.
- It’s the Times’ most-emailed article. Hey, you crazy politicians take that. The nation is indeed interested in bikes as modern transportation alternatives.
- The PDX buzz is nearing an unsustainable level and I’m concerned about a hype fallout. I remember when all the college kids were moving to Seattle in the early 90s because of the music (and later, the dot.com scene). I got so sick and tired of meeting people from Virginia whom had moved to Seattle because they heard it was cool. And then they decided it wasn’t, but hadn’t got around to moving to the new IT town.
At least we had jobs here, back in the day. I think the reality of BYOE (Bring Your Own Employment) in Portland might not be so kind to this generation of hype gypsies.
- If you think I’m dead wrong on #5, keep in mind #1. Envy isn’t always fair or rational or …
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After date night, I attended an amazing lecture by Lawrence Lessig at Kane Hall. On the way home, when I should have been thinking about things like hybrid companies, government regulation, and our broken intellectual property system, I found myself moved to conduct an impromptu bike-basket photoshoot. As much as I wanted concentrate on Supercapitalism, etc, I was smitten by the beauty and function embodied in my Wald #585! Continue reading →
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