Don’t! The Petaluma Version

My wife and I stopped for lunch at  Petaluma’s Putnam Plaza Park (their alliteration, not mine) yesterday. A nice, small park surrounded by shops and quite busy in the summer but not so much on Thanksgiving Day. I never noticed on previous visits but I was taken aback by the number of signs telling us what NOT to do. I imagine by law the city has to have signs visible from all entry points but I counted 8 signs pretty much saying the same thing in this little square that was at most 500 sq. ft. Certainly took away from the small-town charm. There were signs for the park hours and No Smoking signs.

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One sign that covered skating, bicycling, littering and spitting (I assume against the individual activities but possibly they were discouraging doing all 4 at once).

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And finally there was a No alcohol and drugs sign at the Tattoo shop. I won’t say anything about how one or both are probably a necessary ingredient for someone to visit a tattoo shop

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Finally, the local pie shop put up a sign affirming my right to sit and eat pie. That’s a message I can get behind.

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Who do you hate?

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‘Real’ commuters don’t like riders in lycra. Fixie riders don’t like anyone. Lycra riders just want slow people out of their way. Mountain bikers don’t like latte’-drinking grape smugglers. Downhillers don’t like XC riders. Recumbent riders only get love from their own kind. People who own bikes don’t like bikeshare riders.
Seriously?
We all want to be individuals (at least that’s what I’m told) but we also want everyone to be just like ourselves.

Ferrari Friday

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At least once a week I ride my Gucci road bike to work. On my 10 mile commute it only saves a couple of minutes from my usual converted MTB fixie scrap-bin bike but it sure is fun. I feel like the Los Altos Hills tech millionaire driving his Ferrari to work. I can accelerate like TdF rider on EPO and negotiate the few swooping curves with grace and speed. Almost makes it fun to go to work.

Snot Rocket Season

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Recovering from a cold + cold morning + bike ride = Snot Rockets
About the only ‘pro’ thing I do well on the bike. All I ask is that if you let loose, please check behind you and to your side for other riders.
For the uninitiated, here is a tutorial on snot rocket technique from Runners World http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/5-steps-perfect-snot-rocket

Nature Divide

Riding North on the Bayshore bike path with 8 lanes of 101 cacophony just 20 yards to my left I was struck by the divide that I was riding along. The sun isn’t quite up, but to my right there is a the start of of a glow in the sky coming up over the East Bay Hills. The Bay is just changing from black and I can see egrets by the reeds standing still looking for their morning meal. How can these 2 scenes exist just yards apart? On the left is modern life – really only commonplace the last 70 or 80 years and to the right is nature, mostly as it has always been, hanging on at the urban fringe. Did we make a choice or was it made for us?

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