The future of Bicycle Advocacy. #bikecity

Don’t be confused by the language, as this isn’t actually in Lowell.  The tell is the pristinely painted bicycle lane and the vehicle itself isn’t a massive Tahoe with a “Re-elect Mayor Elliott sticker” on it.  But that’s neither here nor there, because what we’re watching here is the future of bicycle advocacy.  Brute force.  This gentleman will not only single handedly improve the cycling experience for his community, but no longer will the stereo type of cyclists be one of ill-fitting outfits, and a build that requires all altercations be settled through tersely worded, anonymous notes left on peoples cars.  Wherever this guy is, we need to hunt him down and make him an offer he can’t refuse.

Advertisements

Busy Thursday?!?!

lethal

Friend of the blog and author Donna Lethal is making her triumphant return to Lowell this week for a limited visit before heading back home to Los Angeles.  Thursday night at 7pm at Zeitgeist she’ll be doing a reading from her book “Milk of Amensia” which is all about growing up back in the 70’s and 80’s in the Mill City.

The Merrimack Valley apocalypse.

20130716-165102.jpg
As a man who equates his Facebook feed to tea leaves… I have to take a moment and reflect on how hysterically funny this pending MarketBasket implosion is…you know, if you ignore the potential loss of employment.

The prospect of this community trying to lead functional lives without Demoulas’ is bleak. How will we eat? Do other grocery stores put their food in aisles or is it just a free-for-all? I hear all this new-aged-hooey about organic food…will we be able to find the genetically modified items that our bodies crave? Will Tastee O’s be discontinued? How will I transport my sandwich and chips to work without a Market Basket bag?

See what I mean? What a potential shitshow. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t the best idea to assign the entire Merrimack Valley consumer staple contribution to a family that gets along so well.

PS. Feel free to do the math on the carnage that has occurred in the Greek Community since Mayor Murphy got Pericles cocked on St Paddy’s.

Lifeguards on Salisbury Beach?

20130716-132125.jpg
Boston.com
NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) — Two people have been charged with assaulting a Salisbury Beach lifeguard, including a man police say asked the lifeguard to stop blowing his whistle because it was aggravating his hangover.

Erin Mulcahy of Haverhill and Shawn Duncan of Lawrence pleaded not guilty Monday in Newburyport District Court to charges including assault and battery on a public employee and disorderly conduct. Both were released.
Have I been in a coma for the last 9 decades or has Salisbury Beach experienced some sort of renaissance? The fact of the matter is that you shouldn’t be there if you’re NOT hung over. Salisbury Beach is the Riviera for Malcontents. There’s no place for whistles (or hopes & Dreams), let alone actual life guards. (Possibly the grossest misappropriation municipal funds ever.) We owe it to society to post a “SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK” sign and let nature have its way…culling the herd, one rip-tide at a time.