This was too good not to share. The lines are awesome– and this is probably representative of the activity at the RNC:
Can’t we all stop fighting and just get along??
Coffee? Tea? Or…..
I believe he needs a spot.
So, this past weekend I got another bicycle. Yeah yeah, I know. Like I need another one. But this one is kind of a rare find and vintage (is mid 80’s vintage now??)
Hand built frames. Campagnolo front derailleur. Cinelli handlebar and neck. And a later addition of black royal gram compe 400 brakes.
It was being sold for a song, and I couldn’t pass it up. So now it’s mine.
Of course, I took it out for a bit of a “shake out” ride on Sunday and kind of screwed up the back tire. And the front stem needs tightening (and a slight derailleur adjustment is needed).
So right now the baby is with Casey (my favorite technician) at my local bike shop. When he saw it his eyes got big and he said, “Where on earth did you get this peach??”
He gave it the once over and adjusted some small things. The headset needs adjustment, and he recommended some new tires (the original ones were a bit gnarly). We’re gonna install some new vintage pedals too, that I ordered from eBay. I will never use the clip pedals that are on the bike now.
Overal though, it’s in great shape. I can’t wait to really ride it!
Ok, if I’m gonna be a firework, I wanna be a whole goddamn display. Like the video posted at the end.
This weekend was the Aquatennial celebration here in Minneapolis. Don’t ask me what it is or why– it’s just a summer celebration. And it culminates in a huge firework display that is fired off from the Central Ave bridge over the river.
It’s sponsored by Target, set to music, and is rated as one of the top 5 firework displays in the country.
You know, it’s tricksy. Tricksy and false.
*** prepare for rare political rant ***
Normally I like to keep my blog on the windy side of care. Stories, events, hot menz– you know, lighter fare. But after the press coverage of the RNC this week I feel I have to at least address it.
Because it honestly makes me sick to my stomach.
First off, let me say that I didn’t watch more than two minutes of the convention in real time. I saw the shouting match on the first day and said, “Nope.” And then I saw about 30 seconds of Drumpf speaking last night as I flipped the channel (honestly I thought I was just tuen BF in the news).
It was revolting.
Same speech as a hundred times before. “We’re gonna make things better– I’m not gonna tell you ‘how’ because I have no real plan– but AMERICA!”
The rest of the RNC I saw in sound bites and small news clips. Some interview snippets on my news feed.
Equal parts sad and frightening.
This is one half of our democratic process in action. One half of our country has devolved into fear mongering, hatred, bigotry, and zealotry.
The best quote that I saw on my news feed was, “If you’ve ever wondered what you would have done to stop Hitler in the 1930’s– well, nows your chance.”
This has now turned into the most important election in our country’s history. The future of the supreme court hangs in the balance, as does the future of civil rights, environmental policy, election reform, the middle class, education……
It is us versus them, and we absolutely cannot let “them” win.
And something tells me this is going to be a harder fight than it should be.
Trump is a repugnant, bigoted narcissist and truly represents only the top 0.1% of America.
The republicans have spent years cultivating a base full of the uneducated, religious nut jobs, and white supremacists. They’ve also gerrymandered districts, suppressed voter rights, restricted polling places, etc. all to sway things in their favor.
And they have two more weapons in their arsenal: the Green Party and the Libertarians.
These two delusional parties thing they can somehow ramp up enough momentum in a presidential election year to propel one of their unknown candidates into the whitehouse.
Never. Gonna. Happen.
As dissatisfied as the average American voter is with our current choices, they aren’t going to risk everything on an unknown. Not at the level of president.
But maybe at the level of state legislature. Maybe try that first, huh? And not go for the whole kit and caboodle? Kay thanks, bye.
I’m worried that the die hard Bernie Babies are going to throw away their votes on a Jill Stein and thus pave the way for Trump.
I’m also worried there will be corruption in the voting– vote tampering or machinations to block the poor and people of color from voting.
Or another “Florida”.
These are troubling times indeed.
While I do tend to enjoy summers in Minnesota, I just enjoy them a bit less when they are this hot. And this humid.
And c’mon! We’re under heat alerts fer cripes sake!
The worst part of all this though is that the Red Ribbon Ride in Minnesota gets underway today. Those poor bikers!
To combat the ugliness of the RNC, I give you these:
And then something completely NSFW–
Keep scrolling– it’s worth it
Oh my damn. Yes– so much yes.
So, I have this program called Movavi which allows me to capture video playing on my computer. It’s kinda cool and works pretty slick.
It also enables you to make personal copies of videos that you can’t seem to copy easily. From various sites. Ahem.
But it also comes in handy when, say, you stumble across a video that was ripped from the live feed of a certain recent musical performance that you might want to keep in dvd form for posterity.
Or some such.
I also gained some skill in using iMovie and editing– specifically with detaching sound and syncing the audio with the video.
I feel accomplished.
I just wish the ripped video had been of better audio quality. It is a bit disappointing, but at least it’s an historical record.
And it does bring back all the feels.
I got mah drum corps fix this past Saturday. Well… mostly. Until the storms rolled in.
Minnesota can’t seem to have anything nice. This event has had weather issues almost every year.
But I got to see all but the Blue Devils and Minnesota Brass. So it wasn’t a total washout. And the corps I came to see– the Cavaliers.
I marched with the Cavies (back in the day) and ever since their design team changed, they’ve been struggling a bit. This year is the first year where I feel like their show is exciting and supremely designed. And talk about timing!
They have props that have newsprint slogans with big red bullhorns on top– even the uniforms have newsprint graphics. They use handheld bullhorns throughout the show– even the snares do some fun percussive voice stuff with them. They use old recordings of wartime speeches and the horn line sings on the field at one point and they chant “Get In Line!” And ….
Let’s just say there is a LOT going on in this show. So much nuance. So many graphics and details.
They have even done a clever job of blitzing social media with images and information about the show– campaigning as it were. And driving buzz.
And naturally they have shirts for the show. Which I had to buy:
Here’s a better picture of the boy from Sacramento whom I met in Denver: