Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Don't fall in that pothole! Vote YES on Prop 1

That time I biked on the street ON the Ballard Bridge. Let's NOT fix this.

I was going to update you on my epic adventures but I need to stop and be POLITICAL for a minute. Oh no! Is she going to discuss Bengazi or Bernie? Nope, I ain't.

What I am going to talk about? Prop 1. What is it? It's a Levy asking all of us to fund the road. Oh no!! Don't make me pay $12 a month on improvements. I already spend $150/month on coffee because I can't brew my own, lazy.

A lot of media has circulated how we should all vote NO. Let's go deeper in the mind of the no.

So, a lot of people are saying that it's not transparent, we don't know where the money is going
Where is the money going to go. In one word, ROADS. The very road you drive your beep beep on. Did someone tell you that the money was just going to fund evil bicyclist? Well, look at it. Sad to say, Seattle Times actually had a very nice graphic. I know, Seattle Times, ughh.

Are you too lazy to click that link. Here, I did the work for you.

Where it the biggest chunk going? ROADS for you car! Don't let the bridge fall on you or from under you while you enjoy total and complete freedom in your car.

What else? Infrastructure to get stupid bicyclist off your ROADS

and...ROADS! Getting people off your special road so you can drive you car in complete freedom.

ROADS! Re-timing the lights so you can press down the accelerator and crash into another beauty salon. 

more.. ROADS! Especially to bring in those "Made in not USA" automobile parts to fix your car.

What is so hard to understand? It's about the friggin ROAD where you drive. What is so hard to understand? Oh wait, you need to do more internet research. Let me help you, I have an almost degree in library science. Type...type...type...keyword search (the only advanced way to do REAL research)...found it!

OMG!! What happened. Well, it rhymes with "pinche way". One person is on a personal campaign to get you to vote no. ONE person. As of today 10/28/2015 and additional $175,000 on this NO campaign. Why are you trusting one person with all the money? Think for a minute people. Isn't everyone against the 1%, the "man". I mean, look! $325,000 could get one a wild party or do real good in the community. How many tiny houses would that fund for the homeless at Nicklesville? Not only would you give someone a home but you would give kids skills. I thought I would give you the most adorable picture ever. Why is she in the road? It's so dangerous. WHY?? Someone is able to teleport and not telling.

In the meantime, keep doing your "helpful" keyword searches and complain on Facebook local pages. I will be over here teaching kids mad teleporting skills!.


Don't let the 1% win!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Seattle Central District Greenway Phase 1/#Coffeneuring trip 3

As required by the law of #coffeneuring I must make my trip to find coffee somewhere. A plain black  cup of coffee is really a lost art. People put too much junk in it to even taste the coffee goodness. So, when you ask for a plain cup give me something good, don't just make  mediocre coffee. With that said, let's get to our adventure.

I decided to try the Central District Greenway. So far Phase I is mostly completed. Let's get to mostly.

In order to get to the beginning I have to get through and around my hood where we have ZERO bicycle infrastructure. NOTHING! I thought I should remind you just in case you missed it the first time. I have to bike on part of Rainier Ave that is poo. So I make it to the beginning of Phase I (Jackson/25th). I managed to get there by biking north on 31st, which is fun once you get to the top and you can wheeee all the way down Jackson. I made sure to be careful because the road was wet and kinda slippery. I love the woman sweeping all the leaves into the road. Thank you!

Now that we can be certain that I did not fall off my bike while making a right on to 25th I was surprised and pleased to find a brewery on the corner. Sadly they were not open because I would have happily had a beer at this point than another cup of coffee. Mr. Peyos already made me a cup of coffee so I was set.! They were closed but the outdoor seating was covered and looked inviting. I can't wait to go back with Mr. Peyos and our kids. 

I'm off.....

My all time favorite part were these buttons in the street so I don't have to park the bike like a maniac, run and press the button and return to my bike. When you press the button, suddenly lights flash, and rainbows are displayed to mark you as the most important person crossing the street. No rainbows but the flashing lights were fun. Thank you for making me look less crazy, at least here. Around Rainier Ave. I have perfected my technique and either utalized the older kid to press the crosswalk button or dismount my bike and run to press it myself. I know, my bike could trigger the sensor, NOPE! Doesn't always work. 

Everything is fine until I get to the section where I have to turn on E. Columbia. Put a street sign there. I had no idea that it was E. Columbia until I turned and saw the street sign a block later. Then you have to get across 23rd Ave. Say a prayer during the week because, GOOD LUCK. The fancy button is not here yet because 23rd Ave. still under construction. This rules out using it with my daughter on her own bike. The best solution will be to turn right on 23rd, ride north until Union and cross the street to rejoin the Greenway. 

I'm confused....
Why would I want to do that detour? Well, you want to press another bike button of course, this one gets you across Union. It's a big middle finger to the people driving west on Union because that means they HAVE to stop. I pressed the button and waited. This caused so much confusion. A guy who had the green driving on Union seemed so perturbed by my waiting, he stopped and waved me through. You know what? I was not going to go. I was waiting for my light for me to go.
I was talking to the pedestrian to my left so I didn't take a great picture of my bike beg button. 

My destination: Ada's Technical Books. I wanted to try my luck at coffee. Not to be mean but it was not all that desirable. I know he used a cone but I get cone coffee all the time at home from Mr. Peyos and he makes an excellent cup. My guess, I was suppose to fill my coffee with sugar, creamer and more sugar. Yes? Oh well, I got to look around the store and try to find the database book I never found. 

I ended up dropping the coffee and had to search for a garbage can. Where are all the garbage cans in Capitol Hill?? WHERE!!!

Mr. Peyos was excited about this comic book. I didn't buy it but showed him the picture once I got home. After this I did boring stuff and went home. The total millage was about 25 miles. I went all the way to the end of Phase 1 of the Greenway where it goes past Safeways, across Madison and ends at Thomas. 

My final impression, this thing is not done. Safeway is like a death wish. NO WAY would I bike on that wonky section with my kid. It needs more barriers and spikes to prevent idiots turning from 23rd into the greenway fast, which is what happened. I had expected this so I was prepared but some people are going to think this is a nice way to go and BLAMO here comes the beep beep metal machine keeping a person captive inside. 

HUH? You can't see it? 23rd Ave. is the vertical line going north south. Hey, let me take a short cut and turn on E. Olive because I am way too important to go another way. SDOT is going to play mind games with you because they put a stop sign you will run it because YOU DONT' CARE. What's that weird poo thing that looks like a foot print?

It's a diverted. HAHAHAHAHAHA, Barf!

Shut up Shirley! It's not done. AWWWWW, I want to love it but I give it the following narrative evaluation in the style of UC Santa Cruz

Grasp of Forms: Fuggggggg...Fair
Skill in Executing: Good, no SDOT employees were harmed or run over (I think?)
General Comments: It has a fair start but needs to be finished for me to actually go all wacko on this evaluation. 

On a side note: Mr. Peyos's Master's Degree is signed by Arnold, the Governator. We should frame that. 


Sunday, October 11, 2015

#Coffeeneuring 2015: Ride 1 & 2

oooh, just needs a unicorn
I love a good challenge, especially one that motivates me to get out of the house. So, for the last two weeks I have been #Coffeeneuring on Sundays. I have managed to keep up with the challenged, only 5 more weekends to go.

Did I have a theme within a theme? I truly wanted to have a theme. I was thinking "chia". I find chia pets and chia food fascinating.

October 4th, 2015 :
I know, it was erev Yom Tov, I am totally insane. Let me take a relaxing ride with one of the more temperamental kids. Who am I talking about? In this case, it is the toddler. He is like a wildcard. I never know. So, Mr. Peyos brought him out to the bike, buckled him in and wave bye bye. Where can we enjoy a refreshing drink, tea for me and chocolate milk for him? Columbia City PCC has a nice selection of tea. So, I guzzled mine and watched the little guy look sleepy. Uh no, there goes our plan to sit at a park and enjoy our chia crackers.

Too late. Do you like his lumberjack outfit? He loves having his socks like that. Don't even try to fold them down, he will throw a tantrum. He is ready to be declared an old man.  So, I biked us home and our total mileage came to an astounding 3.5 miles. WOW, impressive, heh.

October 11, 2015
In between my bike lane stunt and other stuff I did something that has NEVER ever happened. I POOPED, I mean popped a tire. I was trying to make my way home at super lightning speed at night, rounded a corner and pooped my tire. Since receiving the bike in 2013 I had yet to change a flat or pop anything. It's a miracle!
Unfortunately all they could do was change the tube. Turns out I had a HUGE gash in my tire and I have been riding around like that since September 6th. ACK!!

I always try to make a social ride but nobody ever wants to ride with me, whaaaa. I got on my trusty fast bike (I'm not talking about the Edgerunner) and made the uphill ride to 20/20 Cycles in Capitol Hill.  I can't tell you how much I love that shop. In any case, more on my love later, let's get back to coffee. Did you know that people who drink black coffee are more likely to be psychopaths. WHAT? It's true, because I read it on the internet. Everything on the internet is true!  Here I am drinking black coffee because, "soy loca"
I have a tire around my neck. What is going on? Oh but that's the tire for the Edgerunner so I don't endanger myself any longer.  The fast bike stayed with the bike shop and I walked to Trader Joe's. I was bummed. As I was leaving I saw a gleaming green, it wasn't pot. It was a Cycle Pronto. I really want to try those.

They have a surprising low height range. Short people can ride this bike! WOW. I biked down Pine through Westlake and then turned on to the 2nd Ave Bikeway. I "docked" the bike at International where I became super paranoid it wasn't locked. It's interesting how the green light displays for locking and unlocking. It took me twice to pull on the bike to make sure it wasn't going anywhere. On my way through Westlake I also almost got smooshed by a driver because waiting behind me as a rider utilizing the complete lane was stupid. Somehow bullying me to move closer to parked cars was better for them. Who cares about me? I'm not human! Sadly, I do not have this on camera, it failed to film this.

In any case, no chia was acquired in the second trip. No chia pet, chia smoothie, chia cookie. I failed my theme within a theme.

I think my new theme will be "desperate for coffee". I know this trip was more than 2 miles because Capitol Hill is not even a hop skip and jump, so I completed that requirement. Next week, my hope to find a new place to drink coffee.

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