November 12, 2010
Why The Cycling Dude Mattered, and Why I Am Damn Well PROUD OF IT!
Dear friends, and fans, of this blog, and anyone who stumbles upon it via Google, other Search Engines, or some website that still links to me....
It has been almost 3 months since I retired this blog to little notice, or fanfare...
But God, Fate, or something far more complex, had other ideas.
Earlier this week, on my other Blogs, I revealed to my small, but growing readerships, something that has been a part of my life since 2 weeks after I announced the closing of this blog:
This morning a comment was posted, to a 5 1/2 year old post on this blog, that brought tears of pride to my eyes, during this very trying time in my life.
This comment is the single greatest Honor that I have ever received for my efforts with this site...and makes all of it worth the effort.......
Nov. 12, 2010:
Thank you for honoring the shop I have grown up in and love. We are still an old time shop but are trying to keep up with the times with the Kopp's Cycle Website
Charles Kuhn - Owner
The Comment was left here: Kopp's Selling Bikes since 1891 - A story I posted in March 2005
Thank you Mr. Kuhn...I am grateful, beyond mere words, for your kindness. ;-D
As a History Buff there is one aspect of the Kopp's site that makes it very special, and extremely important:
The History Page.
Mr. Kuhn has written an absolutely wonderful essay, and included, a few amazing, and beautiful, old photos that will blow you away.
The most important of the photos is the one of the store (1901 !), on the main page, that entices you to read his essay.
There are other photos of some of their vintage Items for sale and other things including a letter from the 1930's, that can be seen on a seperate Photos link.
I hope he plans to share more of the store history on his site in the future.
Such a past should be proudly shared for all History, and Cycling, Buffs to enjoy, and not hidden away. ;-D
One more thing... As long time readers know I made a special project of highlighting the oldest cycling shops still in business, and that had an online presense, and had a list in the sidebar (Now found on Musings of a Mad Macedonian), and wrote a series of blog posts about them, which you can explore at your leisure ( Meet The Elder Statesmen ( and Women! ) ), and it pleases me no end that, at long last, that list can finally, finally!, have a link to a website for the Kopp's Store. ;-D
Out of respect for Mr. Kuhn, and his comrades on my list, I plan to keep the series going on Musings.
***UPDATE - 11/13/10***
I wrote Thank You letter to Mr. Kuhn, and he very graciously replied.
As well as telling him about this post, I wrote:
Sincerely yours, Kiril Kundurazieff
Thanks for the reply.
I use google to alert me of new posts that mention Kopp's and your blog post got flagged so I checked it out as well as a little of the rest, I will have to check out the links you sent.
I ask anybody that stops in the shop to let me know of any older outfits and so far none have.
I can tell you love bikes, cats and life and wish you the best of luck.
You seem to be someone who experiences life while the rest of us just live.
****MARCH 5TH, 2011****
Regular readers of this blog may remember those times, over the years, when I covered the cycling related work (Among other health related interests) of Randy Eady, of Glider Rider, founder of Kosharey Rhythms Therapeutics, and Seat and Feet, and writer of a blog for Children & Nature Network.
Our friendship goes back to 2006, and we finally met in March of last year.
My report of that day, complete with photos, and links to all previous stories, can be read, beginning here:
I'm listed on LinkedIN, as is Randy, and it was there that Randy did me the kindness of giving me my first "Recommendation", on Friday.
Kiril is a talented, responsible, ethical, professional writer. I've frequently relied on his technical writing skills (in numerous social media platforms) to represent a balanced and -- humorous -- perspective to expand/add tremendous value to the underlying message I'm delivering in health and sustainable lifestyle advocacy. Great work that can be easily sampled at various blog sites he maintains and supports.
A very cool Birthday Present, indeed.
Thank You, Randy, your support, and encouragement, means a lot to me.
August 15, 2010
When Asked, The Reader of The North American Bicycle Atlas Shrugged, and Replied, "Who is The Cycling Dude?"
JANUARY 5, 2003 TO AUGUST 15, 2010
HAPPY CYCLING !!
****UPDATE - 10/22/10****
The adventures of The Cycling Dude continue on my personal blog with an archive of posts that follows my cycling life into the future.
July 31, 2010
Cycling Dude Goes SPLAT! Bike Clings to Life in Intensive Care!
Not sure how many folks know I'm still hanging in there, but I wanted to tell you that despite the best effort of a local street in Long Beach, Ca....I ain't dead yet, and neither is my Trusty Steed of a decade, Cleopatra! ;-D
Hate to disapoint anyone, hee, hee! ;-D
My bike, "Affectionately knows as "Cleopatra", is over 10 years old, and in good shape for her age, having only endured one complete working on in all those years.
I was riding down a residential street, in Long Beach, last night, on my way home from work about 1120pm when, despite my lights, I somehow found a little bump in the road, at 5mph, that sent me head over handle bars to the pavement.
When I got up, and looked at the bike the front wheel, and part of the fork were lying away from the main bike, at a clearly unnatural position.
Clearly, we had a problem. ;-D
The Fork looked like someone had taken a saw to cut it completely thru.
Whether the bump caused this, or finished the job of a developing crack that I was unaware of, I do not know.
My left shoulder is so sore I can barely lift it to type, my left elbow has a scrape, my left hip is a little sore, too.
I had to carry my bike maybe 2 miles, along Xemino Ave. to 7th Street, to the bus stop.
(NOTE 8/2 7pm - Unless they moved Wilson High School further west I mistyped when I originally wrote Cherry! - I did not hit my head, honest!)
The people on the residential street where I took my little tumble didn't seem to notice the ruckus out their window despite one Dog expressing his opinion, and the home directly by me having lights on.
I folded the bike as you see in the 2nd picture, slid my right arm thru the spokes to grip the fram, and staggered off to try and catch a Long Beach Transit Bus to my OCTA connection.
Staggering up Xemino I was passed by a dozen cars, and 2 bicyclists.
The nice looking cyclists even waited at the same corner I did, for a light, but didn't give me a 2nd look, despite the condition of my bike, and my moaning in pain. ;-D
I talked the Long Beach Bus Driver into a ride to the stop where I always catch the bus back to Santa Ana, across from the VA Hospital.
The OCTA Driver didn't grasp the seriousness of my situation, and why I told him the bike would not sit on the rack, but needed to be allowed inside the bus.
He had to call his supervisor, even though he, as the last bus, could have taken me on without extra OK, and his skeptical tone in talking to the super pissed me off, and so I waved the 2 halves of the bike at him, asking him if he noticed anything the matter, and if need be I'd talk to his super.
I told him that I'd been riding busses 40 years, more than 4 times longer than he'd been driving them, and seen more than he'd ever imagine in his philosphy, so don't even get me started. ;-D
Upon arriving home I hugged the Kitties, fed them got in the shower, then fed myself, and checked my e-mail, before heading to bed.
The Kitties are really good nurses, hee, hee! ;-D
My shoulder, while extremely sore, shows no sign of bruising as of this evening, but I am considering x-rays to be sure nothing serious happened.
I may have gotten off lucky where the bike is concerned.
This morning I took pictures, and took them to the shop at the REI, in Huntington Beach, for an initial opinion.
I may only need to get a new front fork, and not have to go without a bike for long.
Most importantly I won't be faced with the prospect of having to go without, or buying a new bike
They told me that, to have a better idea, I'd need to bring the bike in so they could look at the poor dear, then order a fork, keep the bike there for a week until the part arrived, and then install it.
I'm look at spending close to $100 for parts, and labor.
I may have to put this off for a few weeks, due to other things going on, but I can still take the Long Beach bus on that leg of my commute in the meantime, so I am fine with that.
***UPDATE - 8/2***
Thank you, everyone for the advice, and support!
I got there at 1pm, was out by 315 or so.
They took xrays of my shoulder, and the area above my heart, near the shoulder.
I also was given an EKG.
No broken bones.
Just Muscle Sprain up the wazzoo. ;-D
The fact that I could raise my arm straight up, despite the pain, was a positive sign of recovery beginning to them.
The sore butt cheek was more muscle soreness.
I would not have been walking if there had been a broken hip or other damage.
They told me to take some Advil, Tylenol, or Motrin, for the pain if I feel the need, and gave me some fliers about Home Care of the Sprain, and the Elbow Abrasion.
I showed them pictures on my Camera of my "In Home Nursing Staff", and gave them a report of their treatment, and they praised them for their good work, and encouraged them to keep it up. ;-D
July 25, 2010
Hi! I'm Alive, Remember Me?
Anyone miss The Cycling Dude? Notice I was gone?
When last I checked in I was in the midst of a Medical Testapalooza, and about to go on vacation. ;-D
Nikita, on his blog, was handling all the blogging in this household this month, and things just got more interesting by the day. ;-D
I just kept up with my Doctor appointments, and went to work, as well taking a day trip to LA, Venice Beach, and the Santa Monica Pier. ;-D
Oh, and I got a chest cold, and resulting cough, with the cough refusing to go away to this day.
Among the things Nikita blogged about:
The biggest event of the month so far, however, was a little bit of Domestic Upheaval that has been onging since July 11th...
Yup, I'm a Father, again. ;-D
And, like any Father with a baby in the house, all of a sudden, everything revolved around the little one. ;-D
I am riding the bike 5 to 10 miles a day, on work days, as part of my commute, and even rode my bike, one night, from work, all the way from Long Beach to Santa Ana, about 22 miles. ;-D
***Medical Update - August 6th***
Tilt Table Test, today, is Latest in Effort to Understand What Happened with My Seizure:
First the Bad News....They did not drug me to the gills, or turn me upside down, as I was led to believe. ;-DI was sorely disappointed. ;-DThe Good News....They DID fill me with something that made my heart rate go up, and they DID set me, head up, at a 70 degree angle for a while.In the quest for signs of Neurocardiogenic Syncope (Mimics a Seizure)....I did not faint, in fact the doc (The Cardio Docs Partner), her hospital assistant, and I, chatted the whole 2 hours.My results were negative, the test was a completely normal event....In other words....BORRRING. ;-DI'll have a follow-up meet with the Cardio Doc himself, and will let the Neuro know the results, and see what he thinks.A couple of weeks back I met with the Neuro, who said that there was no sign that my brain was the source of the SeizureI will probably stay on the Anti-Seizure Med until the end of the year, as a precaution.The idea is that over the last 2 months of the year the regular dosage will be gradully reduced to nothing.1 event is worth looking into, 2 events is a trend, and of serious concern, so if I have another episode, in the next 5 months, I will let the Neuro know asap.Maybe I just had a 1 time fatigue, and stress induced, faint, and no real seizure at all?
How soon will I return to regular blogging?
I don't know.
A lot of things going on, and to think about, particularly the fact that Nikita's blog is going gangbusters, my other blog is also getting new attention, and there are a ton of respected, well known, knowledgeable, cyclists with blogs, out there, that do more than I will ever be able to do, to spread the word, and have interested audiences this blog has never had, in over 7 1/2 years, or ever will.
June 28, 2010
Well, OK, Tests say my Heart is Behaving, and I Can get back in the Saddle
Since I last reported in an MRI was on the agenda, and later so was a Treadmill, and a Holter Monitor.
This post on my other blog, last week, tells the details of taking those tests:
I've been riding my bike again, for one direction of my work commute, 5 miles, and last wednesday night, before my vacation started, I rode the full 22 miles from Long Beach to Santa Ana. ;-D
The upshot of the tests seem to show that my heart was not the cause of my seizure, and I can get back in the saddle, and ride, as well as walk, and hike, as part of an effort to fight high Bad Cholesterol, and lower my weight.
June 08, 2010
We Won? Really? Well, I'll Be!
I don't blog about bicycle racing much at all but, as regular readers know, I love history! ;-D
This morning a very cool story has come out of London.
President Jacques Rogge has presented an Olympic gold medal to a Belgian cyclist - 62 years after he won it, The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Eugene Van Roosbroeck, 82, and his two team-mates - 81-year-old Lode Wouters and the late Leon De Lathouwer - were blissfully unaware they had won the team cycle race at the 1948 Olympics in London.
The trio simply got on the bus after the 194 kilometres ride while the judges sorted out who had won the medals....
Van Roosbroeck said that the trio weren't even aware that medals were awarded for the event, which was officially started by the then Princess Elizabeth, now Elizabeth II.
"It was only afterwards that we heard we were the best team. None of us thought that there was a medal awarded for the team event.
You can read the rest of the story, here. ;-D
June 05, 2010
Still no Bicycling, But I DO now Have Proof I have a Brain!
The last 2 weeks have been interesting, around here, as I continue going to work, and begin to get some test done in order to get a handle on what happened to me as discussed in my last post.
This post, on my other blog, includes an eyewitness account of my May 7 Seizure.
I had to lay very, very still as this huge, noisy machine spent 15 minutes, or so, mapping what passes for my brain. ;-D
After it was all over I was given a very cool CD with 174 images of my head, and brain, in Black & White.
Let me tell you, it was immensely gratifying to know that I have a brain, afterall, considering some of the things I've done, or not done, in the first 50 years of my life. ;-D
Sitting here, at home, looking at all the images of my head, and brain, was absolutely fascinating.
What it all means, including the notations, I have no clue yet.
Next up will be a Cardiac Work-up.
Once that is completed I will meet with the Neurologist, again, so he can explain what the results all mean, and then I can plan for what to do next.
See, see, bicyclists are NOT brainless! ;-D
Well, this one isn't, at least, hee, hee! ;-D
About that image on the right...
No, no, no, I was NOT wearing one of those night light contraptions one can strap to their head when cycling at night!. ;-D
If you are interested this post has a link to the music the tech had me listen to during the procedure, as well as a song parody I was inspired to write. ;-D
Thank you to everyone who has sent me well wishes, and encouragement, the last 2 weeks, it means a lot to me.
May 18, 2010
Where I've Been the Last 3 Weeks and what about the Future of Cycling Dude?
Besides not doing much in the way of cycling, aside from 6 mile daily commutes to, and from, work, I found myself spending the first 4 months of the year focusing on those sides of my blogging that have been getting actual readers, and comments (Cycling Dude has had few legitimate comments, or links from other blogs, in the last couple of years, and I quit accepting Trackbacks long ago because all I got was Spam.), as opposed to just folks passing thru on a Google Search, and quickly moving on, or people (Especially all you folks from Communist, and Third World, countries!) trying to butter me up for their own advertising (Or other, more, nefarious) purposes when it's clear that they haven't really read the blog, or took note of its lack of real traffic, and readers.
You can see that some of my more recent posts, here, have combined my love of cycling, with my other blogging interests, such as cats, photography, and hiking/walking (My trip to meet my friend Randy, in San Clemente, managed to combine all 4 quite spectacularly, hee, hee! You really SHOULD read the 3 part report, if you haven't already. ;-D ).
I've been Bike Blogging since 2003, long before most activists, and industry insiders, thought paying attention to ordinary folks like me, or using blogs, and other social networking tools, themselves, was even worth their time. ;-D
I am proud of what I've done, the prominent Bike Bloggers who told me they got their start by being inspired by my early work, the debates I've stirred, the correspondences, the local newspaper stories about me, the quote in a book, the few requests to test products and blog my thoughts, the invite to a film screening, the speaking engagements I've done, the bits of recognition, and support (Including publicity at events across the country from one friend.) I've gotten, and am honored by the few folks who have become my friends, and that, in a few of cases, I've had the honor, and pleasure, to actually meet in person (You all know who you are!), over the years. ;-D
In addition to the evolving success of my other blogging efforts, here, and here, something happened, on May 7th, that has me wondering if it's safe for me to still ride my bike, and has me wondering if continuing this blog, even if I do keep cycling, is worth my time, and effort.
Let me explain:
At work on the night of May 7th, around 1015pm, I had a sudden bout of confusion while handling a call (I'm a Directory Assisitance Operator), as a blinking light on the screen would not turn off, and I heard a supervisors voice when there should not have been one.
The next thing I knew was awakening in a hospital emergency room, about 11pm, and was told I had a Gran Mal Seizure.
This scared, confused, and concerned me, as you can imagine!
I'd had brief moments of confusion before, but always attributed them to being tired during a long shift, and always passed the call to a supervisor.
This, obviously, was different.
8 1/2 hours, 2 removals of blood, several other tests, and a cat scan later, I was finally cleared to go home, with a prescription to fill, plans to see a neurologist for a battery of tests as soon as possible, and orders to stay home the next 3 days, at least, and rest.
My Cat, Nikita, played nurse all week, making sure I rested, took my meds, and visited the Doctor.
I am scheduled to see a Neurologist on May 27th.
I visited my personal physician, last week, and also went to Hoag Hospital for an EEG.
This is what I know so far...
My Doc told me that my Blood Work showed that I have very Mild Anemia.
Iron Deficiency Anemia is the most common type of anemia throughout the world.
The Doc told me to increase the Iron in my diet, and set up a follow-up appointment for a month from now.
I was given the OK to go to Hoag Hospital, for an EEG, and so decided to dress appropriately for the occasion. ;-D
My choice of attire was a huge hit at the registration desk, and most particularly in the Neurosciences Institute itself. ;-D
A very nice lady, named Tracy, was in charge of administering the EEG, with the help of an assistant, and was very reassuring, and helpful, during the entire process which, including the 20 min. EEG itself, lasted 50 min.
Tracy asked me questions about what led up to the incident, and the incident itself, about my own health, and the fact that I had a cycling accident in the mid-90's which involved hitting my head on pavement, and a short period of nerve damage that was treated with medication, and my family medical history (Dad was a mental patient for 18 years until his death, Mom Died of Diabetes, and Leukemia.).
I then had 6 small electrodes stuck on my head, with a mild abrasive cleanser, and conductive cream, and an electrode cap, and was instructed to lay back, stay still, close my eyes, and relax, even take a short nap if I wanted (I didn't manage the nap.).
The recording procedure included something called phonetic stimulation...a flashing strobe light given in 10 second increments.
After all was done I was told a hospital Neurologist would examine the results, and in a week all conclusions would be sent to my Doc, and the Neurologist I am scheduled to see, and I might not know more until my meeting with the Neurologist.
While at the hospital I picked up all sorts of flyers, and pamphlets, that will help me understand about EEG'S, and seizures.
Looking over this stuff was quite entertaining for Nikita.
He climbed up into the top of his cat tree, and settled down to read.
He, and I, learned a lot of interesting things.
Depending on what part of a human brain is affected a person can have symptoms such as changes in concentration, muscle contractions, body jerking, or numbness, and tingling.
These events can last from just a few seconds to up to 3 minutes, and sleepiness, and confusion afterwards can last longer.
I had a Generalized Tonic Clonic which involved full body shaking, a loss of awareness, and the appearance of unconsciousness. Once I awoke I was confused, and sleepy for a time, afterward, at the hospital.
The Electroencephalogram (EEG) recorded the electrical activity in the brain in the form of brain waves.
The idea is to see if my noggin had any abnormal electrical activity going on inside it.
Some folks might consider my poetry, songs, humor, opinions, and other blogging, including the bike blogging, and my strong stances against Critical Mass, and on various cycling issues that angered folks, over the years, as proof enough, without the need of any ol' EEG, but what do they know?
Um, hee, hee! ;-D
Anyway, now that the initial excitement is past, and I settle down into the routine of taking my Anti-Seizure Meds twice a day (The Generic form of Keppra, called Levetiraceta - 500mg), and finding out what Iron rich foods I should start eating more of, we can both get back to our regularly scheduled Blogging....
Will that blogging include this blog?
Would anyone even notice, or care, if it didn't? ;-D
I am seriously considering retiring from the field, with my health, my honor, my pride, my reputation, and my dignity, intact.
If I still am able to ride my bike I can still blog about my cycling jaunts, here, if I choose, or on one of my other blogs instead. ;-D
Even if I don't blog (Including Photos, & maybe videos, too.) about my own bike riding here on Cycling Dude, I could still blog about issues, and news, I suppose, even though I'm not the most knowledgeable, or connected, and also spend the rest of the year just doing one post each, on all the links in my sidebar, as a way to spread the word about them.
But if no-one reads my posts what is the point of spending my free time doing them when my other writing/blogging interests are on the upswing, and show the potential of leading me somewhere I never could have dreamed when I took up blogging in 2002?
I have Flckr, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, accounts, and a Flip Cam, and new Powershot A1100 Camera, and if I am going to learn to use them all to my advantage for my blogging, and writing, interests, then I am going to do so to further the success of those interests, and talents, of mine that people find interesting, and worth their time to check out, and encourage.
I know this line of thinking may come as a shock to those fans, and friends, who still stop by, from time to time, and enjoy my efforts...
All I can say is thank you for caring, and for your support, encouragement, and friendship.
Mere words can't express what that means to me.
It's been a wonderful ride.
(If it wasn't cloudy today I might have tossed my bike on the bus for a trip to Newport Beach, this evening and, after a short walk, a Sunset Photo of us both at Inspiration Point, gazing out to sea, to include with this post, but Mother Nature has no interest in co-operating.)
April 26, 2010
Bike Sharing comes to Denver
Bike sharing is a new way for people to get out of their cars, and use bicycles to get around town.
It is a world-wide phenomenon.
The idea is that you pick up a bike at a bike sharing station, in the city, and drop it off when you’re done, at the same one, or another more convenient.
Talk about a simple, clean and affordable program!
Now one has been set up in Denver, Colorado.
It was formed with the encouragement of the mayor with the notion of supporting, and carrying out certain aspects of city transportation plans.
With over 350 miles of bike routes, and trails, in the area they believe the program will be quite populare with natives, and tourists.
On their FAQ Page they list 14 benefits to Bike Sharing.
April 11, 2010
Pedaling Exercise Bikes to Criminal Couch Potatoes
Over at About Bicycling, David has discovered the latest effort by the Lovable Sheriff Joe Arpaio to ingratiate himself with the inmates of his jail, and Civil Liberties activists across the nation. ;-D
To paraphrase a misquoted Marie Antoinette...Make them ride Bicycles! ;-D
He added managing prisoner behavior by wiring the TVs in the prison to exercise bikes that power the sets when pedaled to his bag of tricks!
He saw that half of the inmate population was overweight, many, um, consiberably.
He decided that if inmates want to indulge in their favorite pastime - watching TV - they would have to pedal for that privilege.
It's actually working out rather well, so far.
As expected opinions from the citizenry is heated as the comments show.
I say...You go, Joe! ;-D
Read the story, and comments, on David's Bicycling Blog
March 31, 2010
WSJ Can't Keep a Secret, Rats Out Popular Bike Blogger! Pass it On!
In 2007 one of the most popular voices in Bike Blogging first took to the internet.
Yesterday, with the help of a willing, and eager, snitch, a tower of the Mainstream Media revealed to all the world the identity of The Bike Snob.
A mystery that even The National Enquirer, and Matt Drudge, could not solve has been solved by Jason Gay of The Wall Street Journal.
Imagine that! ;-D
Over his nearly three years of obsessing over, satirizing and deftly puncturing the sport of cycling, the anonymous blogger Bike Snob has made his worldview clear. He loves to ride his bike. He wants you to ride, too. Just maybe not on those florescent wheel rims. Or pedal against traffic. Or with your helmet on the handlebars. And even if it's not fashionable, he'd like you to consider using brakes.
Such style and safety points are well known to the readers who log on daily to the Bike Snob's sharp-edged and fetishistically detailed Web site...
You can read the whole piece, here, and you can read more from the The Snitch who helped break this story, one Eben Weiss, who, after revelling in his complicity, moves on to considering switching the focus of his blog to Gardening, followed by a fascinating discussion of "a landmark legal decision that may very well negatively impact the world of cycling forever."
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March 26, 2010
Summit in San Clemente 3: Drumming Up a Healthy Brain, Helped by Pizza and a Dollop of Whiskey
Surviving a car accident, and 7 Brain Surgeries since 1992, barely covers it. ;-D
Don't worry having brain surgery doesn't automatically lead you to take up playing with Bongo Drums on some isolated beach, in staid Orange County, with a crowd of Dope Smoking, half naked, hippies.
While that's a scene right out of the fevered wish-fullfillment dream of a writer for The OC Weekly...HIS taking up of drumming did not lead Stephen down THAT particular path toward enlightenment, and better health. ;-D
Yes, there are youtube videos, and photos, of dancing on the beach, with colorfully clad men, and women, but this is drumming, and dancing, of a healthier, and more interesting, nature. ;-D
As I wrote in Part 1, Mr. Dolle, of Dolle Communications, is a Neuroscientist and Percussionsist, a Facilitator and Consultant.
His interests include using the rhythm, music, and language of drumming for health, wellness, movement, and sensory integration, in the interest of improving mobility, balance, and gait, and reducing stress.
Drum Circles may sound like New Age Nonsense, to some, but as I've come to learn, this week, athletic teams, businesses, and corporations think this stuff is well worth exploring, and utilizing.
Randy, Stephen, and I continued on our walk, along the beach in San Clemente, until we arrived at the San Clemente Pier, where we settled don to a lunch of Pizza and Whiskey, at Cassana's Diner. ;-D
Well, OK, it wasn't ALL Whiskey. ;-D
Randy had brought a bottle of Cream Liqeuer, hidden in a brown paper bag in his shoulder pack, so we could toast our "Historic" meeting.
Since Cassana didn't have Coffee he went next door, and brought some cups of coffee back. ;-D
He then proceeded to, um, liven up our Hot Coffee, a wee bit (Twice!), when no-one was looking. ;-D
This was the first time in 25 years that I had even touched coofee, spiked or not! ;-D
We continued talking, occassionally taking note of the passing female members of Bikinidom Assembled, and I remarked on how screwed some would be, so far from their cars, if they suffered the embarrassment of an unfortunate "wardrobe malfunction". ;-D
The Return to our car was notable for 2 feline sitings, one set in a gully next to trail, and one set in stone, and you can read the report, and see the pictures, on the blog of my Cat Nikita...Street Seens 15: March Madness - San Clemente Weirdness Edition (8 pictures in all)
Since 1996, Stephen Dolle has been a tireless champion on behalf of initiatives in the neurosciences, most notably for the neurological disorder, hydrocephalus, which he sustained following a 1992 auto accident. He had earlier developed and patented a computer-based shunt monitoring system, the DiaCeph Test, for this condition.
Dolle Communitcation describes itself as "specializing in drum circle facilitation and neurosciences consulting in health & wellness, corporate teambuilding, sports training, personal communications."
They offer "individualized DiaCeph monitoring for those with the disorder, hydrocephalus, and are a past developer of diagnostic and assistive apps for use in the management of cognitive disorders"
"Professor Mac's" site is a site overflowing with information, articles, fun facts, videos, and slide shows, that inform, and enlighten, as well as entertain, in a sometimes humorous, very easy to understand fashion.
He believes in using audible rhythm to aid mobility, attentiveness, and wellness (especially in neurological disorders).
Stephen's 30-year career spans his work as a nuclear medical imaging technologist from 1976 to 1990, and an actor in film and theatre for 3 years in the 80's.
After his accident, and surgeries he started work that got the attention of the Food & Drug Administration.
The activities, and organizations, locally, and nationally, that he's been involved with is lengthy.
The site has sections on issues of Public Policy & Law, Science & Technology, Music & Entertainment, his DiaCeph Test, and Hydrocephalus Shunt Monitoring.
Summit in San Clemente 2: Exercising the Mind, Soul, and Body, Head to Toe, Strolling the Beach
If you are arriving late I invite you to read part one, where I meet Randy Eady, and Stephen Dolle, in San Clemente, Ca., then come back as we head to the beach for an afternoon stroll. ;-D
While the beach, sand, and surf, were full of people...
the paved San Clemente Beach Trail was also busy with walkers, joggers, and cyclists of ages, and all types...
as well as people being walked by their Dogs. ;-D
This trail is just 1 of 8 trails spread out throughout the city, and those other trails are ones I hope to explore if I can get to them by bus, and/or bike.
The ocean surf was cool to see in action, and what was equally fascinating was the foliage along the trail, the dirt, and wood, step paths (some public, most private) that take people from the cliff tops to the beach, and back again.
Um, hee, hee! ;-D
Anyway, where was I?
The cliffs themselves are an entertaining feature of the landscape, in both natural, and unnatural ways.The variety of foliage from flowers, and cactus, to weeds, and trees, placed their beauty, from top to bottom of cliffs pockmarked with a natural craggynbess that was marred in a few places by man-made graffiti, carved into the sandstone rock over the years, and so weathered, in many places, as to be un-readable.
We had a lot of fun finding ways to pose with, or without, the cobblestone pad, and even to let the pad, alone, be the star on the steps against the cliff face.
At one point, as I posed for a photo...
we came very close to losing your humble correspondent due to an, um, unfortunate lack of balancing ability on hiis part. ;-D
The Glider Rider Bike, in all its forms, from toddler, to adult, is a bike without pedals that encourages the rider to use their feet, and the motions of walking, to balance themselves, and propel the bike forward.
The stories I've written, linked in Part 1, are a great way to introduce yourself to the bike, and then explore the website to learn more about the recreational, and therapeutic uses for the child version of this bike.
Randy had images of the new, older child, and adult versions and I found them quite interesting.
In the video below, you can get a brief look at the larger bikes.
It was a while before I learned that the bike was just 1 side of the work that Randy is doing.
"True prevention and health promotion practices build and sustain a person’s resilience and fortitude.
Yet, it sometimes requires something different than access to current services for health."
"Balance is my element. Mobility is my passion!
I love freedom of movement and experiencing the world from the different perspectives of a balanced center" he says.
Thru several programs they call Back2Life, O2B4Again, and Ancient Walking to Primal Rhythms, they are "bridging the divide and integrating traditional medicinal practices with the rigors of scientific, evidence-based research"
The video on the Seat and Feet site is an entertaining, and informative discussion, and demonstration, of some of the things they are working on.
On his Ko Sha Rey website one can learn more about what Randy, and his work, are all about:
His work has "led to therapy protocols and research that provide answers to natural healing processes associated distinctively with bio-energetic stimuli for chronic and degenerative illnesses for which traditional medicine provide nominal support such as PTSD.
As creator of the Ancient Walking to Primal Rhythms Program, he is the developer of numerous therapeutic garden designs that offer evidence-based symptom relief...
The website introduces, and explains, the various holistic, recreation-based therapy programs, in brief written and visual, ways that help readers better grasp the complex issues, and concepts, under discussion.
They aim to bring "Symmetry and Balance to Wellness" through their concepts of "Integrative Health and Rehabilitation, for all generations".
As mentioned earlier Randy was in San Diego for a speaking engagementat a convention.
The convention was Environments for Aging 2010, and he spoke on Monday morning.
His topic was something he called "Innovative Sensory Designs that enhance Human experience: Primal Rythyms - Designing a Garden Garden Setting for Therapeutic Continuum of Movement".
I know, I know, sleep inducing... ;-D
But as I sat thru his chat, at the Carl's Jr., he made it reasonably understandable to this scientific illiterate. ;-D
And the description in the Conference Preview Guide describes it this way:
"Therapeutic gardens are emerging in many environments across the country and perhaps you would like one in your location as well.
This session highlights Ancient Walking to Primal Rhythms, a program that features a movement continuum framework of labyrinths, tai chi, and an oriental foot-centered hydrotherapy technique known as Ashiyu.
Shown to help participants deliver selfcare and healing, the program initiates a calming reflex that allows the body to meditate and the mind to move."
You can visit the website here.
Now that Randy has me safely back on solid ground its time to continue on down the beach, and to introduce you to Stephen as well. ;-D
***UPDATE - 3/29/10***
Now that the conference is over Randy has sent me a link to a wonderful Slide (15 slides) Presentation, from his event, that "talks about rhythmic movement helping the immune system."
Summit in San Clemente: Cycling Dude Meets Glider Rider to the Sound of Beating Drums
Well, OK, we didn't have the drum, but we DID meet with a drummer! ;-D
Let me begin at the beginning...
Aside from 2 homeless men, with all their worldly possessions, sleeping on a couple of benches, the #57 Bus on break, and a Mall Security car in the empty parking lot, there is at first only the just arrived True Blue Catering Truck, with 2 Hispanic Ladies inside gossiping away, as they prepared their food, to keep me company for the 45 min. until the #1 to San Clemente arrives.
By 730am I arrived at the end of the line in San Clemente, and decided to do some exploring for the 90 min. before my friend arrived.
I spotted a group of cyclists, from a local YMCA I was told, preparing to ride around Camp Pendleton thanks to a Special Military Pass one of them had obtained.
This would not be even remotely like the ride the general public has been allowed to do again, since early 2005, good news that I was instrumental in making public, and clarifying, at the time, thru e-mails, and phone calls (Here was Pre-access rte - 2004, then here the good news in 2005).
As I made my way to the side trail to the beach I was passed up by the YMCA Riders. ;-D
An easy, quiet, walk down narrow, paved, paths to the beach leads to an encounter with the areas namesake...
and spectacular views of the beach, sand, and surf.
As you can see, in one of the above pictures, many cyclists rig their bikes so as to transport their boards to, and from, the beach.
Once back at Carl's Jr. I settled down to await the arrival of the person I'd come to meet.
The rest of this tale will be interspersed with the many photos from the rest of the day, as we chatted, and then later walked, and chatted some more along the beach in San Clemente.
Vacation Begins with Meeting with Friend of this Blog
Last Saturday was a great day for me, full of interesting conversation, some walking along the beach, photography, pizza, and whiskey dolloped coffee. ;-D
I had the great pleasure to finally meet Randy Eady, of Glider Rider, Seat and Feet, and Ko Sha Rey Rythms, a supporter of this blog, and someone who I have blogged about many times over the years, and also Stephen Dolle, a Neuroscientist & Percussionist.
I will be blogging about the day, sharing pictures, and about the work of both men, soon.
March 17, 2010
Vacation Time Means Time for a Bike Ride, or 2!
My first vacation of the year is fast approaching!
It begins on Friday, and last thru the 29th.
I plan on getting out, and about, with hikes, bike rides, and other things, including blogging.
The last few weeks have been simply amazing over at Nikita's blog, and this has meant I've neglected this one, and I hope to get back on track.
I want to take a couple of long rides, like I have not been able to do in a year, and have been a popular feature of this blog over the years.
March 08, 2010
A Life Long Cyclist Turns 50
Early in the morning of March 5, 1960, my Mother postponed breakfast...at my insistence...and she, and my Father, went to the Hospital where I made my Grand Entrance into the world at exactly 8:33am.
My Mug Shot was taken 30 minutes later.
No, I then didn't hop on a tricycle, and pedal the 10 miles home. ;-D
During my first 6 months of life I had other interests than bicycling if you can believe it! ;-D
In fact I learned to walk, talk, and was potty trained, before I rode a tricycle for the first time. ;-D
There are more pictures, and thoughts, some humorous, some serious, on my other blog:
March 01, 2010
About Bicycling Readers Share How Cycling Changed Their Lives
David Fiedler writes a popular column that is quite informative.
Recently he reached out to readers:
A bike is a simple machine, but it almost seems to have magical powers . . . an amazing ability to literally change people's lives. It's a device that's good for getting to school or buzzing around town, sure. But a bike is also something that can restore health, restore sanity, reduce traffic and help the planet in the process.
If you have a powerful story to share about how bicycling changed your life, we'd love to hear it.
February 22, 2010
Cyclist Doing Detto Pietro Vintage Restoration Looking for InfoIn March 2007 I did a story on one of the oldest Bike Shops in the world.
Detto Pietro, of Milan Italy, opened for business in 1895.
I added a link to their website in my Elder Statesmen, and Women, of the Industry List in the sidebar (Stories about the inductees can be explored here.).
The other day I received an e-mail from Matt, of the blog Bike Nelson, alerting me to a project of his.
The various photos of the vintage bike he is restoring are cool, especially the one showing off the bike in its entirety.
He gives a little backround on the bike, and his pland for it, and a list of Component Parts.
He is asking for any help, and advice he can get from other cyclists.
As he writes on his blog:
"Repeated attempts to contact DP and find out more about the frame results only in returned, undelivered emails. Internet research finds very little information or documentation about Detto Pietro frames from the 1980's. They seem to be more well known for cycling shoes and helmets and the days of bike racing seem to be a lost period of time."
Read: Detto Pietro Restoration.
February 16, 2010
If You Kiss Twitterdom Assembled Good-Bye Will Your Followers Notice?
I had a few a few hundred followers of my couple of hundred Tweets, over the past year, and I regularly checked out a couple hundred of my fellow Bike Twits, but nothing really came of it all.
Every post I made on this blog got posted as a Tweet by The Cycling Dude, but few people noticed, even when the stories deserved notice.
My stats showed little traffic from Twitter.
So this morning I deleted the account.
No announcement, or fanfare, just POOF! Gone!. ;-D
My Cat has more followers, and more interaction on Twitter, as well as more traffic from Twitter to his blog. ;-D
February 12, 2010
Vertebrate Watching By Bicycle
As part of the blogging my Cat does, at Meowsings of an Opinionated Pussycat, he posts photos of Cats that I encounter on the street while riding my bike. ;-D
So far all the Cats I've encountered have been in Long Beach, and the variety of situations I see them in is a varied as the breed of Cats.
Most of the Cats are Indoor Cats who also are encouraged by their Humans to hang out outside, but I have seen what I believe were Ferals, as well.
In fact, there is a Colony of Ferals along the cliffs overlooking the beach , in Long Beach, and I've taken pictures of them for a future report.
I thought I'd share a few of my Cat Pics, here, plus a couple I took on the Santa Ana River Bike Trail, in Santa Ana, of a Squirrel, yesterday.
When the Cat on the right saw me it tried to interest its pal in the interloper with the Flashy Box, riding a bicycle...but the other Cat apparently couldn't have cared less. ;-D
I couldn't decide whether this Cat had a Death Wish, or was just too comfy in the sun to move until it was absolutely neccessary. ;-D
This Cat came out of the yard with the intent of strolling down the sidewalk, and around the corner to another house, until I came along causing it to rethink its path...slightly.
It backed up, into the yard, crossed into the next yard, close to the house, until it reached the sidewalk where it was turning, entered the sidewalk, turning its back on me, and walked down the street to its destination without a backward glance. ;-D
From the top of the hill, in this huge yard, it calmly surveyed its surroundings.
You can not ride the length of the Santa Ana River Bike Trail, in Orange County, without encountering Squirrels at almost every stretch.
They live in the trees, and bushes, on the east side of the trail, and frequently dash across the trail, traffic be damned, to explore, and play, among the rocks on the west side of the trail, & even go down into the channel when there is no water there to trouble their pretty little heads. ;-D
With the river raging, full of the water run-off from the recent rains, this little critter came out to take a peek, running across the trail just in front of me. ;-D
I guess my point, with these photos, is that there is more to a bike ride than just how fast you can pedal, and how quickly you can get from Point A to Point B...if you will only keep your eyes peeled on your journey. ;-D
Wanna see more of my photos?
Go here, and explore the archive of stories: Street Seens: Cats Outdoors, Thru the Daddy Cam
February 01, 2010
Does that Cop You Just Pedaled Past Really Know Bike Law?
I just came across an interesting essay, by Damien Newton, of Streetsblog LA, that rips a a CHP Officer who writes a column for a Whittier Newspaper, a new one for his ignorance, not just in the writing of his original column that has some blatant misinformation on cycling law, but for the ignorance of his respose to criticism, that came in, from the cycling community, in a follow-up column.
Maybe the Whittier Daily News and other newspapers that syndicate Officer Al Perez's column, "Ask a Cop," ought to consider changing the name to something else. Maybe "Ask a Cop, but not about bicycle laws." Or, "Ask a cop, but be prepared to do your own fact checking."
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January 30, 2010
Will First Lady's Obesity Campaign Be Good for Safe Routes to School Efforts?Bike Portland addresses this issue in an interesting blog post in which he talks to the State Network Director of the Safe Routes National Partnership, Robert Ping. Ping works out of an office in North Portland and is the former Safe Routes to School coordinator for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.
January 27, 2010
Taking the Camera Along to Help the Cat with His Blog
Effective New Years Day my 12 year old Cat, Nikita, began to run his own blog, Meowsings of an Opinionated Pussycat, after over 7 years as a co-blogger on my blogs. ;-D
One ongoing series of posts is a collaborative effort.
I take the camera along on my travels, keeping an eye out for Cats outdoors...doing whatever Cats choose to do outdoors, whether Ferals, or Indoor Cats who venture outside.
You have no idea how many Cats there are roaming the streets until you start deliberately looking for them. ;-D
It has been absolutely fascinating to encounter the Cats, and take notes on what I see, and learn.
The Cats, so far, have all been in Long Beach, seen on my afternoon commute to work.
Nikita incorporates my notes into his commentary on the scenes depicted by the pictures, and readers are loving it. ;-D
Street Seens 3: The Lady and The Rogue - 4 Photos.
January 15, 2010
Happy New Year! Um, Sorry, I'm Late...
Happy New Year!!
Party, Party, Par..., um, hey, where did everyone go?
Yet, again, the success of the new blog for my Cat, Nikita, pre-occupied our time the last 2 weeks.
7 posts since the start of December is way below my standards.
Not that anyone noticed I was missing, and sent out a search party. ;-D
My Averages forTraffic have stayed the same:
85 Page Loads, 71 Unique Visitors, 69 First Timers, 2 Returns.
Sadly, when most of those coming here are via Google Searches that's not hard to do.
I had my Annual Physical, last month, and the results were a mixed bag.
Cyclist Needs Help Identifying a 70's Era Bicycle
I got an e-mail recently from a man looking for information.
Hank needs help identifyng a bike:
I recently acquired an old 10 speed with no identifying marks.
It has a 23" lugged frame, 27' chrome steel wheels made in France, Kenda 27 x 1 3/8 gum walls, an English, Wrights leather saddle (unsprung), a Japanese 3 piece crank, and Shimano shifting components, stem shift and drop handlebars with brake levers for two hand positions, very intricate center pull brakes.
The underside of the frame downtube (connecting bottom bracket to fork tube) has two heart shaped braze ons.
These are where the cable stops and cable guides attach so I assume they are to mark the correct attachment locations.
There are braze on brake cable stops on the top tube and each one combines a guide hole about 3/4 inch from the actual stop.
I'm guessing it is a 1970's standard ten speed bike and it is fairly heavy so I doubt is was a racer, but it is a very nice riding bike.
The gears and brakes work perfectly.
I'm just curious to know what "brand" it is.
Now, THIS is an Interesting Bike!
This is an interesting Bicycle, seen at the Palm Beach Art Fair, and the humor comes from what my friend Randy Eady, of Glider Rider, says in his description of it:
"Talk about seeing a bike transformed: this one is made from a wheel chair and one crutch....gotta love that symbolism!"
Yes, indeed. ;-D
December 30, 2009
No, The Cycling Dude Didn't Crash His Trusty Steed into a Parked Car...
Or get lost while Bike Commuting, either!
The last 2 weeks saw my Cat take over the computer...
As this year comes to a close I've been thinking about where I want to take my blogging in 2010.
As regular readers of my other blog know my cat, Nikita, is my Co-Blogger.
He did a lot of posting this month, what with the annual visit to the vet, his 2nd YouTube Video, exchanging Christmas Gifts with fellow Critter Bloggers, and hosting Carnival of the Cats.
After 7 years I finally decided to set him off onto a blog all his own, in the new year, and the last week has been taken up with setting things in motion at the new blog.
I will return to Bike Blogging in the new year.
December 17, 2009
Well, Doggone, Santa Takes His Bike on Fishing Trip
OK, these are just plain silly.
Not to mention unsafe. ;-D
Damn, but that's a big poodle! ;-D
Hope the Shark was a Vegetarian! ;-D
China's Online People's Daily Shares 4 Pics of Santa Claus on Unique Bicycle in Germany
Funny, fun, cool, and interesting are words I'd use to describe this bike. ;-D
Not sure I'd want to try to ride it in SoCal traffic during rush hour, or any other time for that matter, though. ;-D