Archive for October, 2009

I like to ride bicycles. And whenever I head for an epic ride, I never leave without a helmet, a pump, and my trusty repair kit. So while out for a ride today, my world got rocked by the disruptive boing of a snapping bike chain. I thought, no problem, my mini chain breaker will have me back on the road in a jiffy, like it had so many times before. Wrong. The pin on my chain tool had fixed its last chain and silently broken off without me noticing. So I stood there, like MacGuyver with a bend corkscrew, lamenting my injured multi-tool. I’ve actually had this tool longer I’ve had any of my bikes. But you gotta move on. Which means I had to think. Being a careless sort sometimes, I had failed to repack some zip-ties (a repair kit essential) into my little kit. So after sniffing around the ground not unlike a dog, I found a discarded drinking straw. When bent properly, a used straw becomes a reasonable way to keep a bike chain together. So with the chain barely held together with a soiled piece of plastic, I was able to ride home by using a sequence of a quarter pedal forward followed by a quarter pedal backwards. Hey, it saved me a long walk in cycling shoes, which is never fun. So the lesson here: there’s no such thing as trash. Only potentially useful items that are just between things.

Once again, an array of posters caught my eye and brain.

It seems to be a letter by the Premier of BC (the provincial head of government) during Expo ’86, the World’s Fair held in Vancouver. Just the letter, nothing else. So I suppose the juxtaposition of the timing of this act together with the 2010 Olympics drawing near speaks for itself. If this is a call to attention the parallels of Expo ’86 and The 2010 Olympics, then I guess whoever put up these posters thinks 2010 is going to a good thing, because as I understand, Expo was mostly a positive experience for Vancouver and left many positive long term results such as new infrastructure, urban revitalization, increased economic presence, and so on. But I also thought that the act of putting up anonymous and cryptic “art” is (besides viral marketers) generally an activity of the left leaning (read: anti-Olympics). But this person is in support of the Olympics? Condemning the Olympics (anti-gentrification of any kind despite any perceived gains) and I missed the point? Is apolitical and just posing the question? Please help. Whatever the intention is, I like the idea.

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