Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bike to Work Week

It’s Bike to Work Week here in Milwaukee, sponsored and promoted by the Bicycle Federation of Milwaukee. Since my new assignment has me working just south of downtown, and a quick 2.7 miles from my place, I’ve been all over biking to work and this coordinated event is just a landmark to keep me going.

I ride a gold Trek Pure, sort of an old man bike, I admit. But like most things, I absolutely don’t base my decisions on popular trends – bike styles or otherwise. So yeah, no fix gear for this girl. Having a big cruiser suits me great because I can sit upright, and so I don’t have that pushing pressure on my shoulders and wrists. I have a big seat, and so avoid tired bike butt syndrome. And I even have a rearview mirror, which is a must for riding in city traffic because you are constantly aware of the cars surrounding you on all angles. Ooh, and my bike rack and hanging bike bag – perfect for trips to the farmers market or whole foods or the library, all places I frequent especially in summer months. So yeah – fat tire cruiser. Perfect for me – a city biker who mostly rides for distance and pleasure. Not speed.

So that is the anatomy of my steed. The second crucial component to biking to work is figuring out what to wear. It’s gotta be versatile – bike friendly and work appropriate. Bike friendly = no skirts, gotta have legging or pants that are stretchy. And then there’s a matter of a top that I can layer up with something else because it’s hot while riding in and don’t want to sweat too much, but gotta layer on something that’s OK and dressy for the office once I do get there. So yeah, a lot of cotton and stretch and swapping of layers.

So I stuff my bag/briefcase type thing into my bike bag. I put my Stone Creek coffee I make each morning into a thermal water bottle and stuff that inside too. I get my helmet on, my shades on, and I launch down the sidewalk. I’ve mapped my optimal route and luckily it’s mostly downhill in the morning route. I can leave my house at 8:00 and be in my desk chair by 8:30. Love it. Absolutely love it.

So all this week, I’ve stopped by the Alterra that has been hosting morning commuters with a tent for coffee and pastry (and conveniently already on my way). Today I also got BFW 2011 bike ride / map guide. So lots of bike rides ahead of me - (lord willing) – recreational and commuting.



Thursday, June 09, 2011

Scott Walker Has Painting Of Poor Children Removed From Wisconsin Governor’s Mansion

Via disinfo and mother jones, another ridiculously callous move by Wisconsin's own Imperial Walker. I think that's how politicians like him can do what they do (lead by greed and fear while throwing the American people under the bus). They create a bubble of self-delusion. They just don't want to face the victims of their own greedy, self-serving politics. It makes me sick! Don't worry though - the "Wisconsin Spring" is still alive and well!!

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"Other politicians can slash taxes for the rich while cutting funds for teachers and struggling families, but few can throw in some Mr. Burns-style symbolic nose-thumbing like the Wisconsin governor. Via Mother Jones:

Walker has made headlines again after he removed a painting (see right) depicting three Milwaukee children—one had been homeless, one from low-income family, and a third who had lost family members in a drunk-driving accident—from the Governor’s mansion.

The painting, hung over the mantel, was intended to remind state leaders of the people they represent. Scott Walker and his wife Tonette replaced it with a portrait of Old Abe, a Civil War-era bald eagle from Wisconsin.