Thursday, August 28, 2008

If You Live in LA

Eustace Conway...

More on Eustace Conway on This American Life.


CLICK HERE.

Mountain Man, Eustace Conway, Again...

So in my attempts to be one with nature, I am reposting this amazing video of the most awe-inspiring man, Eustace Conway. There's also a book about him that you can order here.


Professor Nels Rinden...

Oh, he's just the most awesome anatomy professor so far. I never got to comment on my anatomy class, but wow, what an awesome prof. The one of many things I so far admire is that this guy lives in Pasadena and 2.5 months ago decided that he would stop driving his car as an "Eff You!" to the establishment and gas prices. He takes the bus every day and said it could not be more liberating. WOW! What an example! And he's riding hours everyday to Santa Monica... from Pasadena!!

Amazing. Remember, one day a week with no cars is our goal! That's is completely doable! Use Professor Rinden as an example.

Check out this quote I found about Prof. Rinden:
Nels Rinden encourages individuality,” he adds. “He has an innate ability to translate complex information into an understandable form. Nels (and he insists on being called Nels) is very generous with his time and sincerely cares about every student as if they were family. I would often spend an hour or more with him after class discussing life. I am fortunate to have crossed paths with him.
That is seriously the impression I got of him on my first day in his class.

Purists...

Ok, I should make on exception to being a purist. When you're sick, and you want your ailment to go away as soon as possible, BE A RAW FOOD PURIST and get lots of rest. There is not better cure than sleep and eating raw foods and avoid all breads, sugars, dairy, meats, etc. Eat only fruits and veggies and do not forget to think POSITIVE. Remind yourself that you are healthy and happy (even though this is hard when we have the flu) and also imagine your body actually pushing out the sickness from your body. This really works especially when you think you're about to get sick! I've been sick once in a year and a half.

Trust me, it works!!!

Moderation....

I've talked about this before. Someone commented on my lunch entry yesterday telling me that I eat too healthy and that they want to feed me hamburgers in my sleep (hehehe)! Well, I am totally flattered. And while I try and eat healthy 80% of the time, I do want to enjoy life and eat some crapola too about 20% of the time. Sometimes more, sometimes less - I have to admit, it's more often times less! Yes! Gillian McKeith encourages the 80/20 way of eating. That's where I learned it from and it totally makes sense.

I grew up in a family of foodies. We've traveled everywhere trying the best restaurants and richest foods. I love food. But my mother, being the health nut, enforced a balance. Point being, don't deny yourself anything, but make good choices. Trying to be a purist or perfectionist is not realistic. I feel purists are no different than religious fanatics who are obviously using that as a crutch for something else gone missing. I also believe that perfectionism leads to binge-eating for a lot of people and that's not healthy either. Just eat your raw fruits and veggies most of the time and get your vitamin B12 (avoiding a lot of red meat, but not all of it) in whichever way you can, and then a little dessert. Go outside for a brisk walk, and there should be no reason you can't get down to your desired weight and maintain it. I will say that the more you eat and try making healthy foods in different ways, the easier it gets to choose those options and realize they can be just as tasty as the processed, not-so-good-for-us foods. If you're not a good cook, well duh, it takes practice. That's why I am advertising my lunches on here to show you just how easy it can be! Just try the best you can! That's all we can ever do.

Lunch...



Today is a delicious lunch that took no time at all to make. Why, you ask? Because I made canned soup from Trader Joe's.

Ingredients:
Can of soup (Trader Jose's)
Onions - 2 tablespoons diced
Pre-made spicy guacamole (from Trader Jose's)
Goat cheese
Sprouts

and to drink:
Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Juice (best stuff and all natural)


So basically warmed up the can of soup and for garnish added diced onion, guac and goat cheese and some sprouts. So delicious. I really recommend the Trader Jose's Lentil and Veggie soup! So yummy. Very easy and healthy!

Quote of the Day!


There's lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it.

~ Josh Billings

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Yummy Yummy Yummy!


I must say, this might be the best lunch as of yet!

Ok...so today's lunch took about 10 min total to make. Again, was supposed to make it before work, and I actually woke up in time, but was having an outfit crisis which took forever to get resolved. But not to worry, just once again grabbed what I had, and still managed to make a gourmet and easy lunch. This feeds 2, but I'm a pig.

Ingredients:

Salad -
1 Raw Zucchini
6 Raw Asparagus
1 Avocado
Sprouts
Raw Cashews
Wheat Pita Bread
Goat cheese (which I forgot at home)

Dressing -
Olive oil (I keep this in a jar at work)
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Minced garlic (that I keep in a jar at work)
Sea salt
Red pepper flakes

Ok, so like I said, no time to steam my asparagus at home this morning, but I found that doing it at work is a piece of cake.

So basically took a small bowl, filled it an inch with water, cut the hard ends off the asparagus and wrapped the top with saran/plastic wrap (plastic bag or paper towel should be fine) and placed in the microwave for less than 2 min. So quick!


While that was doing its thing, I got my zucchini which has been in my fridge for a couple weeks (ewwww). I cut off the mold and soft parts (never waste!) and it was as good as new. Just cut that in quarters and through it in a salad bowl.

I did the same with the avocado, but add that at the end so it doesn't get mushy.

Once the asparagus were done, I cut them in pieces, added ice and water to cool them off. They were done perfectly and still crunchy. You want them as close to their raw state as possible.


Then I put a handful of raw cashews in a plastic bag, held the bag at it's opening shut, and then slammed the bag against the counter to crush the nuts. Made a lot of noise, but gets them chopped into finner pieces.


Then in a bowl, I put olive oil and just a bit of the minced garlic and with the back of a spoon mashed the garlic into the olive oil so that the flavor comes out.


Then I squeezed 1/2 a lemon into the bowl, added some sea salt.

Mix all the ingredients together, then a dash of red pepper flakes for a kick. Throw on a plate and garnish with goat cheese. Eat just as a salad or make wraps with the pita bread. I noticed that my kitchen at work had leftover pita bread, not wheat, but does the trick. Use wheat if you can.


This was ridiculously easy and cheap!!! No excuses for not eating this way!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Anatomy ....

So tonight I start my fall semester of school! I received a letter in the mail last week telling me that my Spanish class was canceled. Bummers. But not really actually. After three hours of searching for another class I found "Journalism, Gender and Race," a rather fascinating subject, if I do say so myself. But tonight is Anatomy, a re-do after my last attempt did not go over so well with a teacher who was not particularly helpful when approached for assistance. But, I still learned so much and am ready to rule this class. I am thrilled and so pumped - - I seriously love school.

A Fantastic Blog

My mother recently met this girl and her blog is amazing! Must also mention she loves Gram Parsons as indicated in her Joshua Tree entry - - tre cool. Check it out!

Bike Riding...

I did so much bike riding this weekend to make up for the fact that I did not bike to work on Friday. I literally rode 40 miles this weekend from Friday evening through Sunday. I feel great and what an amazing way to exercise. I am now wearing my helmet after hearing three horror stories of people having accidents while on their bikes. A guy I work with just had an accident last Friday and broke his clavicle. And I heard about another guy who is currently in a coma - - and he was wearing a helmet. It's scary. Riding on the streets is very scary. I get scared riding on the sidewalk, but I feel better knowing that I am not polluting with my car.

Breakfast

I made an awesome breakfast (using all leftovers) over the weekend that I just have to share with you all.

Ingredients:

Juice -
1/2 cucumber
2 pears

Breakfast -
Manna Bread
Unsalted butter
Goat cheese
Lox
Onions
Capers
Sprouts
Lemon juice
Figs

I've talked about the deliciousness of Manna Bread before. Pick it up at Whole Foods (in the frozen section) and get hooked. The combination of all these ingredients is so yummy and healthy.

So I first made juice with the cucumber and 2 pears. Use the entire pear - seeds, stem and all! Once that was made, I put the juice in the freezer to make it ice cold when consumed.

Then I cut the Manna Bread (which needs to be de-thawed a bit to make it soft enough to cut) and put that in the broiler or toaster oven. Once those pieces were dark around the edges I took them out, spread just a very little bit of butter for flavor, then the goat cheese, then added the lox, onion slices, capers and sprouts and topped with lemon juice. Then cut the figs for garnish and flavor. The figs are a yummy combination with the lox. Then, to make the breakfast more elegant, I served the juice in wine glasses. Then I woke up my boyfriend and we feasted. Enjoy!

And...

We're up! My computer is back up and running.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Virus cont...

Still have a virus on my computer, but someone is going to cure it in a few. Until then....

Friday, August 22, 2008

Luuuuuunch


So my virus refuses to let me post a pic of today's lunch. As soon as this problem is fixed I will post it.

Anyway, today is Friday! So in lieu of being a celebratory day, for no other reason than it being Friday and the weekend, I decided to give myself a bit of a break and live a little with a bagel! So for lunch today:

1/2 pumpernickel bagel gutted (meaning all the bread in the middle scooped out)
Goat cheese (spread on the bagel)
Lox (smoked salmon)
Sprouts
Lemon juice (squeeze on lox)
1 whole avocado w/ sea salt (as a side dish)
1 Essential Greens Veggie Juice (from Trader Jose's)

YUM!

Virus

My computer at work has a virus. This means that I may or may not get to some entries today. I just wish there was some vitamins or food that I could give my computer, but alas, it is what it is. My computer is about to shut off automatically in about 56 seconds. So goodbye for now.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

LUNCH


So was too lazy, once again, to make my lunch last night. Instead, I sat outside in my garden (in my attempt to be one with nature) in the dark, looking at the sky and enjoying a glass of red wine. I think everyone would agree that's way more fun than spending the time to make lunch for the next day! ; ) And of course, I woke up this morning with only 15 min to get life in order and be out the door. So I grabbed only what I had. And here's what lunch consists of:

1 whole avocado w/ sea salt
1/2 cucumber
Mediterranean humus from Trader Jose's
lentils with a little bit of curry sauce from Trader Jose's*
sprouts


*One thing to note with the curry sauce, it has sugar, so use only a dab to make the lentils tasty. Of course you could do guacamole... but I already have an avocado. I could cut the avocado and put it on top of the lentils, but eh. This way is better.

My Brush With Death...

... Sort of. I mean, I went bike riding yesterday (without my helmet, stupidly) and saw construction up ahead on the sidewalk, which meant that I had to ride on the street. Although now I realize I could have avoided this construction, but anyway. So I get on the street and it's really busy and nerve racking. So I realize that I am pretty close to the construction and need to share the road a bit more with the car. So as I turn around to see if the coast is clear, a car, with obviously no regard for riders, comes so close to me, that the car actually brushes my arm (going 35 mph). I of course started to practically convulse. Lesson to be learned, wear a helmet.

I was a very paranoid driver when I first learned to drive. It took about a year before I really felt confident. I believe the same will be true for bike riding. But seriously, what a way to discourage people from riding their bike instead of a car. Not to worry about me, though. I'm a dedicated paranoid rider!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Word of the Day!

I learned a new word today, thanks to my trusty sidekick Heather:

One With Nature


So to continue on my discussion of nature from the previous entry, here is a small segment of an interview with Nathan "Nabob" Shineywater of the band, Brightblack Morning Light. It's incredible insight:
How has living in a wilderness environment changed the way you think about music? Can you talk a little about your experience out at Point Reyes.

Well it was a decision to live rurally, nearby untainted land. There is a decision made to either consider wilderness a hindrance or an inspiration. The choice I made was to participate with wilderness on as many levels as possible. Not only for religion but for entertainment and even for community. Yet to make wilderness a multi-layered experience, I chose to become anti-social, so that my attentions would remain focused. It is still a goal I try & maintain daily, to limit my social interaction so that the "human interaction" doesn't override wilderness interaction. I see alone time with wilderness as a reclamation and a birthright. Too often the "human interaction" is so predictable. Humans need so much attention because generally they are rambling life forces filled with layers and layers of intentions, they only listen to each other, yet there are other life forces surrounding us, with many lessons and gifts. It takes a sincere effort & faith to seek interaction from wildlife over human life. Yet I feel this area of the human experience is worth most any sacrifice.

Nature Girl...


So last week I mentioned that I got super natu re-inspired. I have been nature-inspired for about a month and a half now. Don't get me wrong, I have always loved being in nature and was always encouraged to play outside, but only recently have I realized just how necessary it is to be apart of it on a daily basis. My inspiration came fro m two things: My friend, Amy, aka Daughter of the Sun and the band Brightblack Morning Light.

Amy, who lives in Eagle Rock and has a teepee in front of her house that she frequently sleeps in, is off and away with her teepee travelling the land and living on and off the land right now in Washington. How freaking amazing is that?! In a sense I am jealous, but it's not like we all don't have the choice to do the same, right? Then we have my favorite band of the moment, Brightblack Morning Light who believe that nature should be apart of everyday life. When touring, they live outdoors and transport themselves with their tour van (when not at their permanent niche in New Mexico). Both members of the band, Rachel Hughes and Nathan Shineywater began as environmental activists, specifically with a common interest in watershed restoration, and their music is undeniably a reflection of their love of the earth. Listen to their music when outside looking at the stars - - it's the perfect soundtrack.

So all this got me thinking. What the heck am I doing???? It's not like a quarter-life crisis or anything, but it kind of is. There's so much more to life than having a job, a car and an apartment. Granted, I'm in school... but. Do I give it all up? No I don't think that's the answer. There is so much to see, yet I feel stuck. These are just thoughts in my head, granted, but important ones.

I was raised in West Los Angeles and my parents, while having an appreciation for nature, never emphasized the importance of immersing myself in nature. My mother did do naturey things like wake me up in the middle of the night to watch the lunar eclipse in sleeping bags in the backyard. What a wonderful memory. But I never camped until I was 12 yrs. and not again until 19 yrs. Until college, I had gone hiking maybe two times. It's not that I didn't want to, but it never occurred to me to do so. In college I was introduced to environmental activism through an old boyfriend who was sort of the poster child for all types of activism - - it was definitely an inspiration and eye-opener, but very overwhelming for a girl who was not familiar with these ideas. And while this was great exposure to the wonderful world of nature and environmentalism, I had yet to make those concepts my very own. My connection with nature is definitely there, but not consistent. I want i t to be consistent.

While I love West Los Angeles and consider it my home, it is a challenge to find like-minded individuals who share this same want to be with nature, and I don't mean driving to Big Sur to accomplish this, I mean staying put and making those attempts from our very home. It's so easy to become one of these nature gurus in Humboldt, Portland or even Silverlake and Echo Park, for example. Amy has a friend, Jarred who also lives in a teepee near Mount Washington and wow! He lives literally on the land and cooks his meals on an actual fire. I know people like that live on the westside, but I have no idea where. Actually, why do I need others to make my connection with nature? It would definitely make it easier, but the challenge is finding this on your own.

So you will be definitely seeing more ent ries on my attempt to be one with nature in West Los Angeles. The key for me is to constantly be inspired by those who have accomplished this and use them as examples to fuel my course of action. I don't know where to start, but I did surround my office with pictures of nature (I posted two pictures I just put up), I have a garden in the back of my apartment and a compost pile that is slowly getting more wormy. That's not a bad start. I would definitely prefer to be out with Amy in her teepee, but she's got a lot more experience in that department than I do. But very soon, verrrrrrrry soon indeed.

Brown rice with...


Mmm. Today's lunch is left over brown rice from take out, salad that I pre-made with dinner last night (but did not add the dressing until today) that includes:

organic mixed greens
sprouted black beans
sprouted mung beans
spouted mix of lentils and garbanzo beans
1 raw zucchini
sprouts
raw sunflower seeds
pre-made lentils from Trader Jose's
lemon, olive oil and sea salt dressing
topped with pre-made spicy guacamole from Trader Jose's

Mmmmmmm. It seems like a lot of effort because there are so many ingredients, but it's so not. Everything is in containers and you literally just grab a handful, throw it in the mix and voila! FYI - you can get sprouted anything beans at Whole Foods for very cheap! Next to the organic mixed green lettuce.

Cucumber and Apple Juice

That's right. Yesterday I had my boyfriend (he's my juice slave) make me cucumber and apple juice. OMG! It's divine. If you have a juicer, you must do this. So for two people use 1 cucumber and 1/2 - 1 apple and yum! So refreshing.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Quinoa with Lentils


So I am currently detoxing and usually I prepare my lunch the night before, but was too lazy. So I grabbed what I could from my fridge after waking up with only 15 min. to get my life in order, get ready for work and be out the door.

Ingredients:

Leftover quinoa from last night's dinner
Pre-made lentils from Trader Jose's (found in the cold section next to the veggies)
Spicy guacamole from Trader Jose's
Sprouts (which I always keep in the fridge at work)
Raw Sunflower seeds (which I keep in my desk at work)

Instructions:

Mix the quinoa with the lentils (as much as you want) and put that in the microwave for 2 min. or have cold. Then add the guacamole, spouts and raw sunflower seeds. Add some sea salt...and voila! EASY!

The first bite tasted like a delicious bean burrito - and I love me burritos.

Mmmmmm. Inventive, cheap and delicious.

Peeling Hard-Boiled Eggs...




Philosophy and Farming

Friday, August 15, 2008

No!

No blogging today. So busy!!! But my boss is going out on vacation for two weeks... ; ) Oh yeah. So get ready for some major blogging.

Have a wonderful weekend and I encourage you all to be one with nature!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Raw Zucchini Salad

<----- My half eaten salad (click on photo to enlarge) I still have not gone grocery shopping, but managed to bring my 2 zucchini's and 1 avocado to work and am now eating a delicious raw zucchini salad with lemon and oil and salt. But I had an apple on my desk and threw that into the bunch and wowzas. It's so good. So go to my Raw Zucchini Salad recipe that probably costs less than $2: I got 10 zucchinis from Trader Joe's for like less than $3, the avocado came in a bag of 4 for I think less than $4, the apple was free from a friend's tree and we know lemons are cheap and easy and salt and oil are always in the kitchen. But you get the point... it's delicious and cheap!


cheap cheap cheap

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

One With Nature in La La Land

Like I said, I got all nature-inspired this weekend. I have actually been very nature-inspired for the past couple weeks, but it hit me like a ton of bricks (the inspiration, I mean) this past weekend. How does one living in Los Angeles get close to nature? I will be discussing this a bit this week (if I have time to blog about this - so crazy at work!). So in my quest to bring on the nature, here is a very interesting article I found.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Once again...

Just too busy of a day to blog. Miss me? I miss you too! xo

Stop Junk Mail and Save Trees....

We all hate junk mail and we all love trees...

Raw Zucchini Salad

I made the best darn raw zucchini salad last night for dinner! There's hardly any food in my fridge and I wanted a salad but didn't have any salad ingredients - - or so I thought. I have been purchasing a ton of zucchini lately because it is such a versatile food - so healthy and very inexpensive. So like duh! You can make a salad out of just about anything - - so why not zucchini?! It took less than five minutes to make this dish.

Salad
2 raw zucchini - sliced in quarters and cut into cubes
1 whole avocado - cut into cubes from the skin
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

Dressing
(you gotta just play with it until it's to your liking)
Mix in a bowl-
Juice from 1 or less lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove minced and smashed with a fork in the olive oil to get out the flavor
Salt (add to your liking)
Pepper (add to your liking)
Red Pepper Flakes (just a few flakes for a bit of a kick!)

Mix all together - - so easy and delicious! Read about why summer squash, like zucchini, is so good for you!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Yikes...


It is just one of those days where I just might not get to a blog entry until later tonight at home! There is so much I am so excited to write about, but it might just have to wait.

But, for a hint of what's to come, let's just say I got all nature-inspired this weekend!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

"Way to keep a poor man down..."

Says my boyfriend who just got a cell phone ticket (Danke to the dude who called him : ) after already getting a parking ticket today... but this is not rare for him. He's a ticket magnet, poor kid... but I still love him. : )

Aaaaanyway, for those of you who have nothing to do this Friday night, come out to the HollyShorts Festival to see Natural Rhapsody. And for those of you who do have something to do Friday night - - cancel, and come out to see Natural Rhapsody. Make sure to RSVP at the info below.

Natural Rhapsody
Song by Jonathan Wilson
Video directed by Ticket Magnet Babe, Michael Graham



ACCLAIMED MUSIC VIDEO “NATURAL RHAPSODY” TO SCREEN AT HOLLYSHORTS MUSIC VIDEO CELEBRATION ON FRIDAY AUGUST 8
COMPETITION TAKES PLACE AT NACIONAL IN HOLLYWOOD

August 4, 2008 Hollywood, CA- Director Michael Graham's acclaimed music video “NATURAL RHAPSODY” will be in competition at HollyShorts Music Video celebration, which takes place on Friday, August 8 at Nacional in Hollywood (1645 Wilcox Ave.). The event begins at 8pm, admission is free and open to the public. To RSVP and view the 11 music videos in competition, email staff@hollyshorts.com. The winner of the HollyShorts Music Video competition will receive a one-on-one meeting with a major music video director rep at Partizan.
The complete festival schedule with the official selections, details on the selected music videos and special festival passes available on www.hollyshorts.com.

About HollyShorts
HollyShorts is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 30- minutes or less. For more information, please visit
www.hollyshorts.com.

Oh Dear...

I was pushed, or rather pulled after pushing my friend/pseudo-brother Josh, into the bushes outside Trader Vic's (LA hotel bar) last Saturday night. Yes, laugh all you want. It was funny as all hell, but when I smashed my beautiful nose on a very thick branch, hit my head on the trunk of a palm tree and then fell into a bed of ivy, my makeup bag slipped out of my purse, unnoticed by anyone, and lost forever. So I have pretty much had no replacement makeup. I don't wear much makeup, but then I remembered just now that tonight I have an event to go to for my boyfriend, Michael and, alas, no makeup. Thanks Josh. So, what a betta (yes betta) time to discuss the natural and best ways to look booooootiful or beautiful.

Well, first read this David Wolfe book, Eating For Beauty.

And here's a list of top organic makeup brands.

I did purchase Physicians Formula Organic Wear blush, but it doesn't really show up on my face too much, but does the trick of giving the subtle appearance of sunkissed-ness. At least it's organic and affordable.

I did the whole Bare Minerals, but it made me break out, so no likey. I just need to find a good organic mascara - so if anyone knows about that, please email me!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Surfing is a sport...

... and, therefore, healthy, and therefore, if there's a cool looking movie about surfing, I'm gonna blog it.

Brand New Bustin' Down The Door Trailer

Cold Antler Farm

Brought to you by the same author of Why Homestead? from my previous entry, here is Jenna Woginrich's blog, Cold Antler Farm.

Homesteading For Survival and... Ultimately JOY!

I just love this kind of stuff.

Why Homestead? By Jenna Woginrich



Happiness is a Warm Gun....

Bang Bang, Shoot Shoot.

From Real Simple Magazine, How To Be Happy.

Why I don't cook with olive oil...

I just finished another wonderful episode of Deadwood on dvd. Ah, loving it and now cannot sleep! So instead will show you a very informative video from George Mateljan's World's Healthiest Food's. Here's Why I don't cook with olive oil.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

QUOTE OF THE DAY!


"Alcohol is a misunderstood vitamin." : D

- P.G. Wodehouse

RAW SPIRIT FESTIVAL!

David Wolfe Lecture

David Wolfe event! What a great way to stay informed about nutrition!

EVENT DETAILS:

This event will take place live from San Diego,
TODAY August 5th at 5pm PST/8pm EST.

To register now go to this link and sign up!

Raw Milk...

I don't drink cow's milk (for the most part), but if you do drink milk, you should read on the benefits of drinking raw milk vs. pasteurized milk.

Guilty For Being Raw...


Mark Nolt found guilty for selling raw milk. Yikes!
Read here.

Another Great Blog...

This girl is the shizzle.

Bike Class!

My friend Holly just sent this to me. Thank you Holly!!!

Bicycle Street Skills Class in Culver City Aug 9 & 16
Posted By Siel On 4th August 2008 @ 16:59 In de-car-ing, events

So I learned a lot at the In-class session of the Bicycle Street Skills Class on Saturday — but didn’t make it to the On the Road session on Sunday due to a bad hangover….

Luckily, I — and everyone who wants to be a safe urban biker — have another chance. The same in-class and on the road sessions are going to be offered thanks to Antioch LA — this time with snacks and beverages. Best of all, the in-class portion is free!

In-class: Saturday, Aug. 9, 9 am - 2 pm in room A1000 at Antioch University, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City. No RSVP required. FREE!

On the Road: Saturday, Aug. 16, 9 am - 3 pm in room A1000 at Antioch University, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City. Bring your working bike plus helmet. The class will be capped at 10 students, so make your reservation at the August 9 session OR RSVP to Andrea Richards at 310.578.1080×206. Cost: $25

The classes will be lead by League of American Bicyclists certified instructor Ron Durgin, who was one of the instructors for the class I took over the weekend. For participating, I got a “Bicycling Street Smarts” booklet by John S. Allen, a wallet-sized guide AND a AAA booklet of California Vehicle Code stuff relating to bicycles, and a Medical Information Carrier System with my info in case I pass out from bike-related injuries.

The med info’s now been stickered into my helmet; the wallet-sized guide’s been put into an old plastic name tag holder and taped into my bike basket for easy reference in case of future skirmishes with motorists.

Article taken from green LA girl - http://greenlagirl.com
URL to article: http://greenlagirl.com/2008/08/04/bicycle-street-skills-class-in-culver-city-aug-9-16/

San Fernando Valley Critical Mass


If you don't know what critical mass is, read about it here. There's one in the San Fernando Valley tonight!
When:
August 5, 2008 @ 7:00 pm

Where:
Victory Blvd. & Woodley Ave. Van Nuys (southwest corner)by the bike racks and lockers off the Orange Line Bike Path. Orange Line Woodley stop.

If you want to know more information, read about it on Streets Blog.

Word From a Biker

I know that bikers are supposed to share the road with cars, but does that really make sense? First off, in Los Angeles, that seems totally impossible - - the traffic here is frightening in a car, so why would a biker feel safe? Doesn't it make more sense for a person on a bike (150 - 250 pounds) share the sidewalk with a 120 - 200 pound (average) pedestrian vs. sharing the road with a car that ways over 2,000 pounds and travels upto 60 MPG? Why are there so many laws protecting "pedestrians" and, therefore, making it illegal for bikers to share the sidewalk with them? Hello!? What's the difference between a walking human and a bike riding human? Not much. What's the difference between a bike rider and a car - TONS, literally. Anyway, I'm probably just a coward, but riding bikes on the street does not feel safe to me.

That being said ... read the next entry about critical mass.

Humor: The Potato

THE POTATO

Well, Girl Potato and Boy Potato
Had eyes for each other,
And finally they got married,
And had a little sweet potato,
Which they called 'Yam.'
Of course, they wanted the best for Yam.
When it was time,
They told her about the facts of life.
They warned her about going out
And getting half-baked,
So she wouldn't get accidentally mashed,
And get a bad name for herself like
'Hot Potato,'
And end up with a bunch of Tater Tots.
Yam said not to worry,
No Spud would get her into
The sack and make a rotten potato out of her!
But on the other hand
She wouldn't stay home
And become a Couch Potato either.
She would get plenty of exercise
So as not to be skinny
Like her Shoestring cousins.
When she went off to Europe ,
Mr. And Mrs. Potato told Yam
To watch out for the hard-boiled guys from Ireland .
And the greasy guys from France
Called the French Fries.
And when she went out west,
To watch out for the Indians
So she wouldn't get scalloped.
Yam said she would stay on
The straight and narrow and wouldn't associate
With those high class Yukon Golds,
Or the ones from the other side of the tracks
Who advertise their trade
On all the trucks that say,
'Frito Lay.'
Mr. And Mrs. Potato sent Yam to Idaho P.U.
(that's Potato University )
So that when she graduated
She'd really be in the Chips.
But in spite of all they did for her,
One-day Yam came home and announced
She was going to marry Tom Brokaw.
Tom Brokaw!
Mr. And Mrs. Potato were very upset.
They told Yam she couldn't
Possibly marry Tom Brokaw
Because he's just.......
Are you ready for this?

Are you sure?

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OK! Here it is!

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A COMMON TATER