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2014-05-16 01:01 pm

Public Bicycles, a Bay Area company, is giving away a D8i commuter bike, outfitted with a rack and panniers, Brooks saddle and grips, bell, and cup holder (not sure how useful that last accessory is).

The D8i is an eight-speed bike with an internal hub (no big pile of external gears to collect dirt or tangle your clothing)..

Fair disclosure - if you enter through my link, you're giving me bonus entries in the contest.
Enter here:

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Current Location: United States, California, Santa Cruz
Current Mood: excited excited
Current Music: Bicycle Races, Queen, Jazz


2014-02-02 08:10 am

Woke up this morning to the sound of rain on the roof. It's a start. We still need more.

If it rained every day in February and March, we *might* be somewhere close to normal.

Santa Cruz County has one of the 17 communities that went on the list published a week ago of places that had an estimated 100 days of water left.

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Current Location: home
Current Mood: pleased pleased
Current Music: The Rain Song, Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy


2014-01-29 09:54 am

Mexico's axolotl water monster may be extinct in the wild.

Why did I pick the name "axolotl9" anyway?

Well, a long, long time ago, after my university discontinued its dialup lines, the only way I had to get Internet and web access was through (gag retch puke) America OnLine, for a while. Unsurprisingly, since I had not been an AOL user from the start, my preferred usernames had all been long since taken, and the only way I could have used one was if it were followed by a long string of numbers.

So, I thought to myself: What's something that is an unusual word, but easy to remember? So, I picked axolotl.
Well, turns out eight other people had had similar thoughts before me, so I became (Which was still better than cmraman694231 or whatever number they'd gotten up to by then.)


2014-01-28 10:58 am

Despite growing up as the child of two Bay Area hippies, there wasn't a lot of Pete Seeger's music in our house when I was a kid.

We had one album - the Children's Concert at Town Hall, recorded in 1963. Had it on reel-to-reel tape which later got dubbed to cassette when we got a new car and my father spent a ridiculous amount of money (for those days) to put a Radio Shack combination tape player/AM-FM radio in it. (We never had a car with an eight-track player in it - I missed that bit of the '70s as well.) Other than that, my mother would occasionally sing "Little Boxes" as we drove through the vast expanse of Doelger homes in Daly City on the way to San Francisco, and we occasionally saw him on shows on PBS.

It wasn't until I got to college and started dating a girl whose mother was a serious folkie that I started learning more about Pete the activist, Pete the conservator, Pete the man who'd sung with the Weavers (who I'd also never heard before that) and Woody Guthrie (ditto). I was fascinated. Plus, I learned that songs I'd sung at summer camp or heard performed by many other artists had been either written or arranged by Pete Seeger. "If I Had A Hammer" had been a particular favorite at my camp - the camp songbook had a very energetic arrangement.

Then I learned more about his family - how his father had been an ethnomusicologist who was particularly interested in regional songs of the United States. How his siblings had also gone into music, with varying levels of popular success.

Given his background, I don't think he could have been anyone other than he was.

So long, Pete. It's been good to know you.

(Photo of the Seeger family in 1921 - Pete's the curly-headed kid on his father's lap.)

Current Location: Santa Cruz
Current Mood: pensive pensive
Current Music: How Can I Keep From Singing?, Pete Seeger, Pete (1996))


2013-12-27 02:06 pm

so yesterday, I posted a "ha-ha, it's 80 degrees and sunny here, and I'm out doing yard work in shorts and sandals" pic to my Facebook profile.

What I didn't take into consideration is that the unseasonably warm weather has persuaded plants that it's spring.

Today, allergies, sinus headache, and general misery.

Well played, nature.


2013-07-30 12:48 pm

So a package that I've been waiting for for a while arrived in San Jose Sunday night. It left San Jose at 9:52 yesterday morning...

and according to USPS's online package tracking, it's now in Fresno.

Fresno is *not* on the way to Santa Cruz from San Jose.

Current Location: United States, California, Santa Cruz
Current Mood: grumpy grumpy


2011-08-05 10:37 pm

given recent history, LJ's mobile app is currently much more stable than F*, so tonight I'm hanging on LJ again. Missed you guys...

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2011-05-25 02:18 pm

and it's raining again.

Still, at least it's not tornadoes.

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Current Location: US, California, Santa Cruz


2011-05-21 06:01 pm
apocalypse when?

so it appears that we're all still here, and aside from that volcano in Iceland getting a bit frisky (though no effects on European air travel as yet), no major seismic or tectonic activity occurred yesterday. Hm.
Modified apocalypse billboard
Those whom I most pity are those who cleaned out their bank accounts to help Family Radio buy billboards all over the world. What's to become of them?

Current Mood: hopeful hopeful
Current Music: Time Zone featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa - World Destruction - (World Dest


2011-05-12 07:53 pm

so possibly for the first time this year, I got my bi-weekly grades turned in before deadline. The downside? It was because so many kids have been absent, I haven't gotten a lot of stuff turned in these last two weeks...

then I get home and find out songspinner9 has been pink-slipped again. Godforsaken typical of how school districts in California have to budget these days... they have to submit a budget for the next school year before this year ends, and legally, it has to balance.

Back to my school - found out that a kid who's been the bane of my existence for the last 3 years won't be back next year. Darn.

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