Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Chico bicycle music festival

We went to Chico for the bicycle music festival. Its a self supported day of music and bicycle riding. The sound system is built into four xtracycles ridden by the ginger ninjas from North San Jaun CA. The bikes are parked on the stage and volunteers from the audience pedal them which powers the sound system. No electricity or fossil fuels are needed. Several bands play at each location, when the last band plays everything is packed up and transported by bike to another venue. This continues into the night.
The fossil fool from the bay area is a bike rapper who has a sound sytem built into his bike, he had a guest singer named metysn riding with him.
Lots of dancing in the hot sun.
I hauled a film producer on the back of my bike for a few miles, he is working on a sustainability project for pbs.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


I saw a news story on gma about "brightsiding" basically the positive effects of a poor economy.

" It's based on the belief that, though you can't control the stock market or your job security, you can control your outlook on life. So why not stay positive?"

I personally have been looking forward to a poor economy. If we can't afford our car payment-we will ride our bikes alot more. If we can't afford to go out to eat- we will eat better. If we can't afford to buy a bunch of useless shit- we won't have it holding us back from living a real true life. If we can't afford our house-maybe we could take off on our bikes, or hop a train, or backpack around the country. Life is pretty short and working for the man is a terrible way to spend it. So I spent my day planting tomatoes and soybeans so we can eat.

We made this bench out of a reclaimed thick oak slab that served its previous life as a floor of a car trailer.
24 soybean transplants
18 tomato transplants. that brings us to a total of 44 tomato plants for the season.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

bicycle music festival

If you like bikes, music, and fun. come to Chico for this.

garden update

our first zucchinis are getting ready to bloom!
lots of seedlings that we need to transplant
cucumbers, black beans, cattle beans
purple bush beans, and cucumbers

potatoes in the trash cans are getting big
basil and cilantro in self watering containers
the first three zucchini plants are getting very big very fast!