Porto Alegre, Brazil, February 25, 2011

A few years ago I used to ride with Portland Critical Mass every month. Eventually, the numbers became so small that it seemed pointless to continue. Still, I’ve long felt a kinship with Critical Mass rides everywhere. Thus, seeing the following video taken Friday night in Brazil almost made me cry. One minute into the video, the joy and serenity is replaced with insane violence:


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Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 2567
Aches & pains: mosquito bites
Current reading: Beginning iPhone 3.0 Development by David Mark and Jeff LaMarche, Food Rules by Michael Pollan
Recent listening: Billie Holiday, Gershwin, Bright Eyes
Recent viewing: Jazz (Ken Burns), Futurama, Wipeout, Psych, Jack, Toy Story 3, Freaks and Geeks, The Blues Brothers, Crazy Heart, The Rachel Maddow Show
Recent playing: Words with Friends, Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds
Recently accomplished: Blackberry removal, fixed deck railing, doctor’s appointment, client visit in Milwaukee, finished Iowa travel arrangements
Imperative To Do: Mail box of books to Camden County Jail, pick up new meds, wrap-up must-do work items before vacation, vacation, iPhone app

Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 2567
Aches & pains: lower back
Current reading: Beginning iPhone 3.0 Development by David Mark and Jeff LaMarche
Recent listening: John Coltrane, Public Enemy, Liz Phair, Dan Fogelberg, Lightning Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Grand Funk Railroad
Recent viewing: Jazz (Ken Burns), The Messenger, Precious, The Jacket, Masters of Horror, The Machinist, Moon, Surrogates, Brothers, The Blind Side, August Rush, Doctor Who, Medium
Recent playing: Words with Friends, Plants vs. Zombies
Recently accomplished: Harvested compost, pulled dandelions, planted grass, removed blackberries, fixed attic door, created Troop 820 IS infrastructure
Imperative To Do: Make doctor’s appointment, iPhone app, bank, post office, Troop 820 Treasurer’s report

Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 2567
Aches & pains: n/a
Current reading: Mastering Regular Expressions by Jeffrey E.F. Friedl, The Day After Tomorrow by Robert A. Heinlein, George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking
Recent listening: Neil Young, Glenn Miller, John Prine, Doc Watson, The Mars Volta, Daniel Johnston
Recent viewing: The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Cocaine Cowboys, Shut Up and Sing, The Hurt Locker, Some Kind of Monster, Witchboard, The Office, The Simpsons
Recent playing: Words with Friends
Recently accomplished: Office cleaning, haircut, cleaned ice maker, Scout accounting, purchased and installed new battery for van, hauled old computer stuff to Vancouver, worked a week in Foster City, can recycling
Imperative To Do: Taxes, clean gutters, clean roof, fix bathroom door (again), cardboard recycling

Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 2567
Aches & pains: n/a
Current reading: ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Recent listening: Coverville
Recent viewing: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Some Kind of Monster, Brokeback Mountain, Creature Comforts, Super Bowl XLIV, The Colbert Report
Recent playing: geoDefense, Link4 Online, Hand of Greed
Recently accomplished: Finished antenna attic setup, mounted hooks in office, purchased new handheld vacuum
Imperative To Do: Clean gutters, clean office, clean roof, fix bathroom door (again), Scout accounting, haircut, clean ice maker, cardboard recycling

Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 2567
Aches & pains: the usual suspects
Current reading: ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Recent listening: Muse, Tom Waits, XTC, Massive Attack, Portishead, DJ Shadow, The Chemical Brothers, Tones on Tail
Recent viewing: Timeline, Shaft (remake), Medium, Flash Forward, Heroes, Dollhouse, Buffy, Better Off Ted, The 13th Warrior, Memento, The Illustrated Man, World’s Greatest Dad
Recent playing: geoDefense, Link4 Online
Recently accomplished: Ordered birth certificate, Scout bookkeeping, passport application, voted
Imperative To Do: Clean gutters, hook up antenna in the attic, clean office, clean roof, fix bathroom door (again)

Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 2567
Aches & pains: sore sinuses
Current reading: Timeline by Michael Crichton, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Corey Doctorow
Recent listening: Fairground Attraction, Essential Rarities by The Doors, Love and Rockets, Live at the Olympia by R.E.M.
Recent viewing: Jericho (Season One), Beef, Overnight, Capturing the Freedmans, Orgazmo, Everest: Beyond the Limit (Season Two), Die Hard, NFL Wildcard Playoffs
Recent playing: geoDefense, Link4 Online
Recently accomplished: Christmas tree recycling, grocery shopping, replaced furnace filters
Imperative To Do: Clean gutters, hook up antenna in the attic, get passport, clean office, clean roof, fix bathroom door (again)

Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 2567
Aches & pains: numbness in left thigh, minor stomach flu, congestion, cough, sore right hip
Current reading: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein, I Am America (and So Can You) by Stephen Colbert
Recent listening: Run DMC, Bach, The Doors, Neil Young, Fairground Attraction, News from Lake Wobegon
Recent viewing: Deadwood, Countdown, The Rachel Maddow Show, How I Met Your Mother, The National Parks, Arrested Development, Nova, football
Recent playing: geoDefense
Recently accomplished: Tina’s 40th birthday party, Christmas shopping (most), vacuumed office
Imperative To Do: Clean gutters, put antenna in the attic, get passport, clean office, finish Best of 2008, rebates, clean roof

Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 2557
Aches & pains: numbness in left thigh
Current reading: Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut
Recent listening: Son Volt, Seals & Crofts, Firefall, Bread, Brave Combo
Recent viewing: Fringe, Glee, Mad Men, The Colbert Report
Recent playing: Doodle Jump, geoDefense
Recently accomplished: Fruit pickup and delivery, expense reports, winterization, yard work
Imperative To Do: Clean gutters, put antenna in the attic, clean office, finish Best of 2008, rebates, replace rusted grill parts, clean roof

Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 2557
Aches & pains: sore back and sciatic nerve
Current reading: My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk, Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
Recent listening: Warren Zevon, The Beatles, Bright Eyes
Recent viewing: Iowa vs. Wisconsin, Wartburg vs. Coe, miles of Iowa corn & beans
Recent playing: Doodle Jump
Recently accomplished: Iowa trip planning, visited Sunleafs in Dubuque, met J. Kelly Poole in Cedar Falls, Wartburg Homecoming 2009
People I was lucky enough to see while in Iowa: Troy Munn, Mindy Eastmann, Kalen “Bubby” Eastmann, Taran Eastmann, Mark & Kathi Ring, Logan Ring, Kent Ring, Berdean Ring, Kathryn Warburton, Lorell & Myrtle Christensen, Michelle Cummings, Frank Fox, Jeff Mitchell, Annette Adams, Carl & Kristy Borchardt, Randy Maravetz, Jeff Fox, Art & Amy Sunleaf, Maja Sunleaf, “Belle” Sunleaf, Lizzie Sunleaf, Kelly Poole, Terry Letsche, Rob Marquardt, Caroline & Jim Druschke, Dave Marx, Lynn Olsen, Bob Dahlke, Terrell Hale, Al Vandenbergh, Tim Lieder, Jim & Sharon Parcel, Arnie and Louise Duryee, Sue Barnes, Judy Christensen
People I wanted to see but ran out of time: Mariah Mindy Ring, Oren P. Phipps
Imperative To Do: Return cans, put antenna in the attic, clean office, finish Best of 2008, rebates, replace rusted grill parts, clean roof