Get the look: local expert

It was my great pleasure today to show a journalist about my fine town. For the occasion I chose an artfully stressed linen shirt, sleeves rolled up as though I mean business. Mr. fix-it sets sight on cycle path planning: that would make a nice headline. Did you know iPhones are dictaphones? Is there something I should know these changeling contraptions in our top pockets cannot turn themselves into? Guitar tuners? Ice creams?  Shatter proof?

Okay, for this look you just need that around-home ruffled hair, sloppy clothes, $360 Maui Jim sunglasses, and a few bikes to loan to those lionizing you with their interest. If on;y it were that simple though! You see, next they start asking you questions, and while they like to think you’re scratching your head for things you are thinking up on the spot, in the end they want catchy one-liners, as many as Robbie Williams can shoe-horn into a song.

Thankfully, I have been crafting media grabs with my blogging. Here are a few, that came out today.

  • Bikes can run lights, because if there were no cars, there would be no such thing as light anyway.
  • What is a pedestrian anyway? Aren’t they just drivers let out for air?
  • Cyclists are hermit crabs, colonizing areas planned for walking, that are too vast for walking.
  • Bike thieves prefer racks no-one can keep a close eye on.
  • If you are walking and wish your feet came with wheels, chances are, you are in cyclespace.
  • Town bikes give us the same upright postures we present to prospective mates. 

So thank you Dzintra, and special friend Gus with the camera, for making me feel special today. If you’re reading this, David Suzuki, spend some jet fuel and come say hello too.


  1. Anonymous says:


    Where are your helmets? Or are you practicing civil disobedience?

    BTW Troxel have discontinued the cowboy hat & derby helmets:
    “Thank you for your interest in Troxel. Unfortunately, the styles you are interested in are discontinued. We no longer have them available.
    Thank you again,
    Troxel LLC
    6222 Ferris Square
    San Diego, CA 92121″
    Phone: 858-587-7720
    Fax: 858-587-7733

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