Monday, May 26, 2008

Tipping Point?

According to this CNN article, Americans have reached the point of no return for gas prices. I think it is a shame that it really takes prices getting this high for our country to re-visit when and why they drive. I also understand and feel bad for those that HAVE to drive for their jobs or other reasons because of lack of alternatives in their city.

Now that gas costs more than a comfortable amount, we can look to the future of transportation. Will cities like my previous home (Oklahoma City) start getting serious about public transit? Will these cities start to see the adverse effects of suburban sprawl? Will people get over their privacy bubble and start car-pooling? Will those that can, start biking or walking to work?

I have to reflect on how fortunate Melissa and I are to live in a city that has what could possibly be called the best public transit system in America. On top of that we also live in a city that refused to allow sprawl, which ends up making our city completely "bikeable". We have our youth and health, so we do our part by cycling as much as possible to get to work, hang out with friends, etc. When we can't, or refuse to, we can take train or bus. Last resort is the car in the driveway. Everyday that passes makes me hate starting that engine more and more. We are down to driving once or twice a week now.

I don't say this all to sound braggish; I point it out to give others hope and influence. It is time for our cities to change. It is time for our citizens to change. They didn't listen when we called it global warming, but at least they listen now as driving leaves you broke.

I think it is time for our generation's "New Deal". We worry about our jobs in a global economy, we worry about our countries dependency on foreign oil. FDR would have a fix for this. Create Government programs/jobs to re-purpose America's infrastructure. America cannot stay this way and expect it to work. Much like the industrial revolution, it is time for an environmental revolution in America. We excel in the science and technology that may just save us as the world is forced to change.

Do I sound like a crazy hippie?

Monday, May 19, 2008

Obama in yo face

This had to be my favorite part of Barack Obama's speech yesterday. As he says it, I look up and see stop and go bike traffic on Hawthorne bridge. I estimate over 1000 bicycles were locked to the fence along the waterfront. I love this city, and I love what the future of America looks like under Obama's leadership. Quick clip, take a listen:

Sunday, May 18, 2008

75,000 People!

75,000 People!, originally uploaded by Brewcaster.

Standing in the middle of 75,000 people to watch our future president speak. I teared up a few times.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Weekend of Awesome

Besides summer deciding to start here in Portland all of a sudden, this weekend is jam-packed with Brewer entertainment. Last night we went and saw Quasi play at Hawthorne Theater. My wife and I always have a great time at Quasi shows. This is a band we both listened to a lot in college. Glad they are still at it. I must say though, Hawthorne Theater gets a big two thumbs down as far as venues go.

Today (Saturday) we will be out getting our bikes tuned up, maybe a little dog park action, who knows?

Sunday will have us at the downtown Waterfront to listen to Barack Obama give a speech! Very excited. I think the Decemberists are playing the rally as well, so I will be sure to bring a leather bound first edition of something respectable.

Sunday evening the wife and I will be enjoying what looks like a great comedy show.

And then we gotta go back to work :(

Thursday, May 15, 2008

New Bike Upgrade

New Bike Upgrade, originally uploaded by Brewcaster.

I added a price per gallon meter on my bike to track the price of fuel to run the bike.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Junior Brown coming to Oregon Zoo!

Only ten bones! This guy is super ridiculous awesome live. Cannot wait for this show.

Buy tickets now, and thank me later.

This is how the Brewer's roll.

This is how the Brewer's roll., originally uploaded by Brewcaster.

Drop out!

This makes me want to punch my screen:

In other news, my legs are sore but it is getting to the point where I hate getting into the car on weekends. I want to bike everywhere.

I wrote a little blog post on Trimetiquette about bikes on the Max, it is stirring up a good dialog, join in here if you can.

Enjoy yourself.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Shiny and new

Ok, maybe not shiny. But I went ahead and updated the template for this site. Why not? So if you are reading via RSS, come by and check it out. Also, I got rid of the intro page thing. This site is 1 page only!