Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Highlights will include coffeehouse performances, workshops on how to get communities singing, and tons and tons of networking to get my music out there.
I have added a donation button to the sidebar (at right). Any amount large or small will help me get to this conference:
Guild of Temple Musicians -- plans to try and go to Boston have been downsized in favr of going to this slightly-more affordable event which is being held in -- sit down -- Portland. The entry fees are three times higher than for Women Cantors' Network, but I don't have to worry about airfare or room and board -- the GTM/ACC conference is pratically in backyard and I'll still save money, even with the higher entry fees. Plus, I'll be networking with a much larger group of musicians. Plus, my boss at the large synagogue where I teach wants me to go and may even be able to help a tiny bit.
Attending will help move me further along in my goal to make a little more of my living working in the Jewish community as a musician and teacher. Any amount you can kick in won't help you on your income tax return (sorry), but would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Sadly, it's just a little too big for me. (believe me it this had been a 54cm I'd be sorely tempted...)
Friday, January 13, 2012
Timbuk2 Dee Dog bag, ca. 1999
Originally uploaded by periwinklekog
Circa 1999. Custom color combo, lefty, made-to-order in USA. I am selling it because I can no longer use a single-strap bag on my bike. (I've since switched to a backpack.)
UPDATE: This bag has been sold to a happy camper, presumably one without shoulder or back issues.
You're not supposed to cross-reference between blogs if they're both your own blogs.
It's bad form, or something like that.
But the reality is that I am trying to branch out into new, very specific areas that are specifically way beyond the scope of this blog and one way I can do that is to occasionally cross-reference.
So please feel free to check out my efforts at shameless self-promotion:
2. Here; and
If my efforts offend, confound or simply bore you -- well, you don't have to go there again.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
I had given some serious thought to renewing it, but with money being tight and Sweetie telling me she wasn't sure she'd use the membership enough to justify the cost, I had to consider whether it was wise to renew for 2012.
The truth is that, because of changes in my work schedule for the coming spring and summer, it's not clear whether I'll even be able to race short-track. I have already made plans to sell the 700c 'cross frame that I had bought over the winter; if I end up being able to race cyclocross next fall it will be on Stompy, which is due for a full overhaul and a wheelset rebuild. Stompy is heavy, but fits me and is a very known quantity.
I am consciously trying to get more work in the Jewish community, as a teacher and/or musician. This has potential, as nearly everyone I've talked with or worked with has been pleased with my work and/or music and wants to help me find ways to do more in the community. There is also the possibility that I may be able to grow some business on the side as a mediator and facilitator but that is still unclear. What I do know is that, with more Jewish work, I can only give up so many hours at the bike shop without changing my ownership status, and the bottom line is that there are still only so many hours in a day. Something has to give and this year it may well be racing.
I have some dumbbells at home, and can do simple things like crunches, stretching and light weights to maintain some degree of fitness. I can also still add intervals in the spring to gain a little speed. There are a couple of things I will miss by eschewing gym membership this year, like leg presses, the shoulder pull-down and most of all the chair-lift thing where I can lift my legs up into a right angle using my core. But there are other ways to work those muscles and this year I will be doing it on the cheap.
Meanwhile, I am also taking a hard look at some musical opportunities coming up this summer, one of which may involve some travel. (For more on that, see the music blog.)
Preparing for these opportunities would also cut into my racing, and I need to be realistic about what is most important right now and what have time and resources to pursue.
This doesn't mean I won't go out and have fun on my bike; there are still plenty of longer rides to enjoy, maybe a S24HO or two; and there's a new skills park open in outer SW Portland that I need to take Stompy to check out. And there's my daily commute, which some days is like a balm for my soul. So while I may not race as much in 2012, I'll still be riding a ton.
Friday, January 6, 2012
The company, Volagi, is producing a carbon bike design that is unlike anything Specialized currently offers -- see the clip for a brief explanation -- and it works well. So naturally, Specialized wants in on the potential profits.
Because the two men signed confidentiatlity agreements while working at Specialized, they are being sued for breach of contract. Specialized is saying, in short, that all ideas the two men thought of -- whether at work or in their free time -- are the property of the company and that the men should not have been able to start their own company.
This is capitalism at work. Small company succeeds, big company gets jealous and sues for loss of profits. So it goes after the very thoughts of the former employees as intellectual property. Seriously, this is the way things work now. And as long as corporations are allowed a measure of personhood (thank you, Supreme Court -- wankers) things will continue to be this way.
So watch your thoughts, people; and for heaven's sake don't sign anything that could give ownership of those thoughts to someone else.
It's a good thing I'm not an individual contractor being paid to compose music.
Frankly, I'm no huge fan of carbon fiber -- you'll never see a carbon bike under me -- but I support the little guy and hope this upstart prevails. If Volagi loses its lawsuit, I predict -- and even hope for -- a Specialized boycott.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Let the fire of my body
propel and warm me
and let each darkness
reveal its plenitude.
Let the hills
flatten under my wheels
and let the eloquent curves
yield up their good surprise.
Let my heart be obstinate
when I need to climb
and let my lowliest gears
restrain my spinning down.
Let there be flatland, too,
and into that glittering place
let me stretch with the heart of a lover,
at full speed, blind and intent.