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December 31st, 2008

12:11 pm - Chinese New Year in Jamaica



There's a great article in the Mountain Xpress about the Chinese New Years' Jam Fest in Negril, Jamaica. It's been on our (Black Betty and mine) radar for a while. We can't make it this year, but are hoping for 2010. The line up is totally ass-kickin' and I'm envious of any who get to attend.
The dates this year are Saturday, Jan. 24-Saturday, Jan. 31.

Check out the article by Alli Marshall here: http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2008/123108any_reason_for_the_season_the_other_new_year

From the Chinese New Year website:

We believe that travel can lead to a deeper understanding of cultures and
philosophies different from our own. The intention of the celebration is to do
what we can with what we have to build a culture of peace and community through
travel, music, arts, and play to set a positive tone for the New Year.


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December 13th, 2008

03:06 pm - New Bike

IMGP1315, originally uploaded by etroutski.

I got my first ride in on my new road bike today.
What can I say? It's sweet!!

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October 21st, 2008

12:12 pm - McCain's response to the Powell Endorsement

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October 14th, 2008

01:04 pm - Wyatt trying new veggies

Wyatt trying new veggies, originally uploaded by etroutski.

My granson, Wyatt!

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October 7th, 2008

09:38 am - The Fountain of Youth?

Car no match for 108-year-old Austrian cyclist

10/06/2008 | 10:23 PM
VIENNA, Austria - And you thought Lance Armstrong was tough?

Austrian authorities say a 108-year-old cyclist was hit by a car while biking across a busy street in Vienna — and she suffered only a few bruises.

Police say the woman had been pedaling her bike across the bustling Praterstrasse when a car pulled away early from a stop light and struck her in the crosswalk.

Officials say the woman was taken to a hospital for examination but suffered only bruises in Monday's accident. - AP

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September 24th, 2008

12:59 pm - Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
We had a great weekend of music at Bristol.  The music was as good as ever and the weather was perfect.
Stellar performances were given by Larry Keel, The Everybodyfields, Scythian, Bawn in the Mash, Paleface, and even the New Riders of the Purple Sage! (Yes, it is true that they were the recipients of High Times Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award).
I saw more ass kicking music than I can recall here.
Support live music, screw Hollywood!

Sam Quinn of the Everybodyfields.

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September 19th, 2008

07:47 am - Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

We are heading to Bristol today for the Rhythm and Roots Festival. I'm excited to go to my first festival since getting off the trail!
Lots of great bluegrass, including my favorite Larry Keel.

Larry Keel & Natural Bridge

Connecting traditional songs of yesterday with their own original and inventive sounds of today, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge create astonishingly powerful acoustic music rich in heritage, heart and hot licks! With a style that evokes both atomic rock energy and dynamic tonal purity, Keel and his ensemble are intent upon taking their instruments and their voices to their fullest potential for emotion and amazement.

Website: http://www.larrykeel.com



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August 27th, 2008

10:11 am - You know we're terrorists........

Denver police: REI is a terrorist den

According to Denver Police, the REI flagship store near downtown Denver, Colorado is a haven for violent terrorist protesters who plan to camp out and disrupt the Democratic National Convention next week.

In a recently disclosed "Special Bulletin," the Denver Police Department are asking all area police, sheriff, fire and ambulance personnel to be on the lookout for items that can be used by terrorists. The items listed on their special bulletin include: Bicycles (they can block streets and sidewalks and stop emergency response vehicles), Bike helmets (because this is what terrorists wear, according to Denver police), Maps, and Camping information, especially when they're stored inside old buildings.

I've done my part to protect the American Way by informing the Denver Police of a very large stockpile of these items at old Denver Tramway building at 1416 Platte Street near downtown.

Seriously, what's especially offensive is the idea that bikes and bike helmets might seem "out of place" to police officers in downtown Denver. This bulletin is just the permission cops like Michael Cordova need to harass cyclists who just want to get around. I don't see any kind of motor vehicle on the list of suspicious items distributed by Denver police, yet cars and trucks are more capable at blocking sidewalks and streets and blockading emergency response than any group of cyclists. Cyclists can be physically lifted and removed.

In 2002, it was found that Denver Police kept records that labeled local citizens as "criminal extremists" in spite of a lack of any criminal record. This intelligence gathering started in 1953; the Denver Spy Files had information on over 3000 individuals and 200 organizations. The ACLU filed suit in 2002 and settled with Denver in 2003. Though Denver was supposed to have changed its spy gathering policies with the 2003 settlement, this document seems to indicate the same old stuff from them.

Bicycle helmets are used by violent protesters

Read the complete post at http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Cyclelicious/~3/372119938/denver-police-rei-is-terrorist-den.html

Published Aug 22 2008, 03:25 PM by Cyclelicious
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August 26th, 2008

10:42 am - This Morning I Was Born Again

Wow, I never heard this Woodie Guthrie song before now!
 I just discovered it sung by the great Texas folk icon himself, Ray Wylie Hubbard.
Listen here: http://thismornin.blogspot.com/2008/01/this-mornin-i-am-born-again_23.html

This morning I was born again 
and a light shines on my land
i no longer look for heaven in your deathly, distant land
i do not want your pearly gates don't want your streets of gold
This mornin' i was born again and a light shines on my soul

This mornin' i was born again, i was born again complete
i stood up above my troubles and i stand on my two feet
My hand it feels unlimited, my body feels like the sky
i feel at home in the universe where yonder planets fly

This mornin' i was born again, my past is dead and gone
This great eternal moment is my great eternal dawn
Each drop of blood within me, each breath of life i breathe
Is united with these mountains and the mountains with the seas

i feel the sun upon me, it's rays crawl through my skin
i breathe the life of Jesus and old John Henry in
i give myself, my heart, my soul to give some friend a hand
This mornin' i was born again, i am in the promised land

This mornin' i was born again and a light shines on my land
i no longer look for heaven in your deathly distant land
i do not want your pearly gates don't want your streets of gold
And i do not want your mansion for my heart is never cold"
--Woody Guthrie

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August 25th, 2008

01:17 pm
 -I went in to the Hospital this morning and visited everyone. I'll return to work next week. I'm actually looking forward to it, after five months off.

-We're actually getting some rain finally from this storm, Faye. We are in extreme drought and down about 12 inches for the year. We need all the rain we can get.

-I went to an energy and environment expo on Saturday and got some good ideas and info on several improvements that I would like to do around the house. We'll see what I can get accomplished. I spent a lot of time on the trail thinking about how I could green things up in my life. I've already started on some projects, like building a compost bin and planning on putting a rain water collection system together. I've got lots of plans.........


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