Spring Break Son!

March 27, 2010

Yea buddy! It’s here! So thankfully I have a sweet class schedule at the moment which essentially means I have… 11 days for spring break! My class on thursday, that’s right… CLASS singular… is metalsmithing which means I get to play around in a metal shop for three hours every tuesday and thursday night which is really quite a lot of fun so I consider it a break from school. Anyway I have decided that I will read Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises.”

This is one of the greatest books Hemingway wrote and since I read it once in 10th grade and hated it, I have decided that I will read it again and read deeper into it, more than just getting it out of the way for class.

Also, I’m pretty sure I have A.D.D…. I get bored writing whatever I’m writing and move on to other topics without much of a transition. Which I find that many of you readers enjoy due to the huge number of views on my last post.

I’m not sure if this stupid site is like blocking all of your comments or what… because there’s like 150 billion “spam comments” I’ve gotten so maybe the site just decides to not let me enjoy your comments… who knows… So on another note, I shaved and I do look pretty fly if I don’t say so myself. I trimmed down the sideburns and cut back the strange beard thingy on my chin. Also lost the ‘stache.

On a separate note, my niece Brandy had her baby the other day… maybe a month ago? Kid’s name is Brandon…. strange dontcha think? Anyway he’s a cute little fella. Looks a TON like his daddy but still gives the impression that he’s in fact, not from his mothers uterus but from a distant galaxy….

He also has the funniest facial expressions I’ve ever seen on a baby


New song updates:

February 21, 2010

So I’ve heard a few new songs these past days that I think everyone should listen to. And In fact, I have included the Pop-out links to listen to them for free, Just click on the title!

“Resistance” by Muse

This once rather sounds like a Christmas carol at times during the chorus but I think it sounds cool! It reminds me of that other song about some sort of inane liberal fight against the persecution of the Christian majority or some such nonsense…

“Beautiful Thieves” by A.F.I.

This also has a catchy chorus but not great in the understandability and deep, thought-provoking departments… Well other than the brain pain you’ll get trying to figure it out… The music video is quite well produced. Not Oscar-worthy by any means but it was cool.

That’s about it for now. Certainly there is a lack of well-produced, quality music being made nowadays, but if and or when I hear more cool jams I’ll hook it up! Check back for more cool tuneage!!

Do the D. A. N. C. E.

January 25, 2010

Sooooo I came across this song… no I lie. My friend Emily showed it to me the other day. I just like taking credit for good ideas =D Kind of like Michael Scott. Wow I know too much about the office…. Anyway. Here’s the video….

San Jose Bike Party

October 12, 2009

We chose a theme many of you recommended and we love it!! Dia de los Muertos Ride– October 16th at 8 PM

Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. It has been defined as “a festival meant to celebrate life while mocking death, a testimonial to the power of love and remembrance.”

We planned a very unique ride this month! This ride has multiple starting locations so no matter where you come from in San Jose, this ride should work for you. We will be posting the route a day or two before the date of the ride, stay posted.

How We RIde

If you follow these eight rules, Bike Party will be safe and a positive place for riders, drivers, pedestrians, and the community

1. Stay in the right lane when possible. NEVER ride the sidewalk. NEVER ride against oncoming traffic.
2. Pick up your trash, leave nothing behind.
3. Stop at red lights.
4. Ride straight, ride predictability.
5. Roll past conflict.
6. Leave no one behind.
7. Ride sober! It’s illegal and dangerous to ride a bicycle inebriated.
8. Communicate to fellow riders! (We need your help to remind those who aren’t following the rules!)

Stay in the Right Lane

When possible, routes take place down 4-6 lane streets. This allows for the use of one entire lane while allowing for cars to continue using the left lane to pass. This also means avoiding the right hand turn lane, parking areas, and the sidewalk.

Image borrowed from the Midnight Ridazz
With such a large group, we do not want to tie up traffic for hours, let cars pass in the left lane.

In case you weren’t aware, the sidewalk is one of the most dangerous places to ride your bicycle and riding against traffic is STUPID. We don’t want to see you get killed. Please remind your friends who may not realize they are risking their lives to get on the right side of the road.

Pick up your trash, leave nothing behind.

There is nothing that will get San Jose more upset than a trail of trash following our rides. Please make sure you throw away your trash at all points and remind your fellow riders that it is NOT OK to litter.

Stop at all red lights.

Originally San Jose Bike Party stayed mute on the idea of red lights. However, after careful consideration, we decided it is important to stop at red lights because:

It Protects the Ride!

The number one complaint from the community against Bike Party is that we often run red lights. Don’t give the city, angry residents, or anyone a reason to try to shut the ride down.

It Avoids Tickets and Avoids Wrecks!

We don’t want anyone to get hit by a car or have to pay a $300 ticket for running a red light. Be safe and save your money by stopping.

It Models Bicycle Community!

As bicycle riders, we need drivers to respect our rights to share the road. However, in order to get respect, we must also give respect. As such a large visible group, we need to show drivers and fellow riders how to share the road by stopping at red lights.

See how beautiful stopping can be?
It Gives More Time to Party!

While stopping at a light, say hello to your neighbors, make a friend, and dance on the street! There is no reason to be in such a rush when it just means more time to party!

Of course, if the police are blocking the intersection for us, follow their directions.

Ride straight, ride predictably!

When bicyclists are all around you, it is important to ride straight and ride predictably. Don’t weave, don’t make sudden turns, and don’t make sudden stops. If you do need to get out of the group, use your hand gestures, move slowly, announce it, and move to the right.

Roll past conflict

If you see an angry driver or pedestrian, roll past it. Don’t engage in shouting matches or violent people. Just enjoy your ride. If you see a fellow cyclist stopped in anger, remind them to “Roll Past Conflict.”

Ride Sober!

It is illegal to drink and ride a bicycle. The law applies just like a DUI. In addition, many riders who are drinking cause bicycle accidents. They harm fellow riders and themselves. Not all parties need alcohol to be fun! Ride sober. Know your limit.

Communicate to Fellow Riders!

As a large group we have to talk to each other to stay safe!

Remind fellow riders to follow the rules. A simple “off the sidewalk” can remind a rider of the danger or a “BOOOO litter” can remind a person that leaving trash behind is not cool.

If you see a pothole, glass in the road, or a danger ahead warn your fellow riders. Yell and point “pot hole” or “glass.” If the ride is stopping ahead, spread the word and PASS IT BACK. If you are passing on the left, let riders know. Spread the word, it is not hard; all you have to do is use your mouth.

Leave no one behind.

When we first started the ride, we would stop everyone for a single flat tire or problem. However, with over 100 riders it is impossible to stop for everyone.

If you see a fellow rider with a flat, with a mechanical failure, with a problem please stop and help them. Have buddies on the ride, make a friend, get a cell phone number. Part of the purpose of San Jose Bike Party is to make friends. There is no better way to meet a new person than to help someone in need.

Also, be prepared when you come to Bike Party. Make sure your tires are pumped, your bike can shift gears, and brakes are working before you come to a ride.

While at the ride, make sure you or a friend has a flat kit and basic tools for emergency maintenance.

Enforcing the rules

The handful of volunteers that organize the rides cannot be the only ones who enforce the rules. It is impossible. We need EVERYONE to speak up!

No one wants to be an authority figure but the only way to keep this ride going and safe is to be vocal about the rules of the road. A simple “Stay to the right” is often enough to remind a rider that he or she is slipping. If you see a knucklehead throwing a bottle or littering simply boo that person. It’s called community shaming. When everyone participates, it really works.

tricky tricky tricky

October 3, 2009

Wow… it’s like every time I EVER get attached to someone they get ripped away from me, either by themselves or someone else “better suited” to the position of boyfriend. What the eff did I do wrong?? I’m never going to figure it out I guess.

Apparently It’s easy to make cutesy little convenient excuses for not wanting to just hang out when you live like 50 miles from the guy who likes you.
I mean I understood that she would be busy but I thought maybe once in a week or so we could hang out…. that seems reasonable right? It’s been… four weeks now since we’ve hung out, two since she’s texted back, and one since she stopped answering her phone. And that’s another thing… does one text message a day seem like a lot? Nuh uhh. It’s not…

Whatever I’m done with this crap. She can spend all her free time with her friends but I don’t even get considered? I’m done with girls like that. If she doesn’t see what she’s missing then whatever. I’m done! I’M FREAKING DONE!!

Now I know how this robot feels

The Fantm™ Life

September 28, 2009

It’s a good day. Aside from driving clear to Timbuktu to try and purchase the infamous Bottom bracket I need, and being late for my first class today, nothing much has gone wrong.

Pho shizzle

So it turns out that the only two bike shops in cupertino are closed on monday thus rendering my attempts at procuring the necessary accoutrements for my velocipede. ARRGGGH *shakes fist*

Oh well… nothing more I can do about it now.

So girls who wear really tight wifebeaters over leopard pattern bras are cool… thanks for the show ladies but this is school… don’t need any more distractions

Have a great day and check back for more installments of fantm™ life.

Think you’re having a bad day?

September 25, 2009