Saturday, December 31, 2011

End of Another Year

Be Safe, it is the end of another year. For me is has been a year of ups and downs. I am looking forward to 2012 to accomplish even more. I want to thank my friends (+ girlfriend, she pointed out she is more than a friend though less than family...) and family for your help and support this year.

Thursday, December 29, 2011


To follow up with the twenty year success of Pumpkinhead, Shipyard is making Applehead. If anyone knows who is distributing this in California, let me know?

Make Your Bed and Live With it Too

Many know of my anal retentive ways. I have had this diagram in my grandfathers scout book from the 20's since I was a boy. I have been making my bed this way ever since. You see, my neurosis runs that deep. Side note, remember to lay your top sheet upside down when making your bed. That way when you fold it over your comforter it is right side up. Plus, it protects your comforter from getting dirty.

We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks - "Human Error" from stereogum on Vimeo.

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Though Tom never gets to go on the ski trip with Dickie (he murders him with an oar), I am sure he would of loved the Alps. I would have loved to have seen Il Boom in its glory. The growth in the modern post war Europe and the culture that came from it would have been impressive. From the existentialists in France, Seville Row in London, to Italian and German motor vehicles. No wonder Americans flocked there from the mid-fifties through the sixties with their disposable income.

Jazz Blues, Big Jay McNeely

The visceral feeling that is often experienced during music is a secondary emotion that is not the primary intent of music. This was taught to me by Dr. Balfour, I have to politely disagree as this is the primary intent of seeing live music. This inter-connective shared feeling promotes indie music to the point that kids go to shows in basements and small clubs.


is almost here, I would to be on this lake by early summer. With my bike parked near by.

VW Bus Tent

Type two tent, sleeps four. This is exceptionally fun.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Funniest Thing I Have Seen in a While

This is a funny show, check it out. Plus, it is about Portland, the Western one.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Rare Rear Shot

This is a rare rear photo of one of my favorite bikes. This early, may I state very early, knuckle chopper from the 50's with narrowed WR tanks and XA fork is one of the best looking bikes of all time.

New York

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Conform or Else

Disturbing news from Indonesia. A group of detained Indonesian punks were forced to wash themselves in a lake after their hair was shaved off at a police school in Aceh province. After being arrested at a punk rock concert, 59 male and five female punk rock fans have been forced to have their hair cut, bathe in a lake, change clothes and pray in Islamic tradition. This has nothing to do with Islam, rather it has to do with fundamentalist people that force their view points on others. These youth have had their rights stripped from them in the guise of fitting in. Wrong here, wrong there. The 65 youths were then sent to a police school to receive mental and spiritual guidance for ten days. Only then are they are allowed to return home.

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Bike Progress

Time flies, it's Thursday and this is how Valentine sits. I have to modify the brake linkage and the exhaust for clearance and function, bend the oil lines and drill for the taillight. Plus fit the tank and weld the tunnel. I have to clean everything up by tomorrow.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This Guy Didn't Get the Hint

Hi Lauren,
I'm disappointed in you. I'm disappointed that I haven't gotten a response to my voicemail and text messages.
FYI, I suggest that you keep in mind that emails sound more impersonal, harsher, and are easier to misinterpret than in-person or phone communication. After all, people can't see someone's body language or tone of voice in an email. I'm not trying to be harsh, patronizing, or insulting in this email. I'm honest and direct by nature, and I'm going to be that way in this email. By the way, I did a google search, so that's how I came across your email.
I assume that you no longer want to go out with me. (If you do want to go out with me, then you should let me know.) I suggest that you make a sincere apology to me for giving me mixed signals. I feel led on by you.
Things that happened during our date include, but are not limited to, the following:
-You played with your hair a lot. A woman playing with her hair is a common sign of flirtation. You can even do a google search on it. When a woman plays with her hair, she is preening. I've never had a date where a woman played with her hair as much as you did. In addition, it didn't look like you were playing with your hair out of nervousness.
-We had lots of eye contact during our date. On a per-minute basis, I've never had as much eye contact during a date as I did with you.
-You said, "It was nice to meet you." at the end of our date. A woman could say this statement as a way to show that she isn't interested in seeing a man again or she could mean what she said--that it was nice to meet you. The statement, by itself, is inconclusive.
-We had a nice conversation over dinner. I don't think I'm being delusional in saying this statement.
In my opinion, leading someone on (i.e., giving mixed signals) is impolite and immature. It's bad to do that.
Normally, I would not be asking for information if a woman and I don't go out again after a first date. However, in our case, I'm curious because I think our date went well and that there is a lot of potential for a serious relationship. Of course, it's difficult to predict what would happen, but I think there is a lot of potential for a serious relationship developing between us one day (or least there was before your non-response to my voicemail and text messages).
I think we should go out on a second date. In my opinion, our first date was good enough to lead to a second date.
Why am I writing you? Well, hopefully, we will go out again. Even if we don't, I gain utility from expressing my thoughts to you. In addition, even if you don't want to go out again, I would like to get feedback as to why you wouldn't want to go again. Normally, I wouldn't ask a woman for this type of feedback after a first date, but this is an exception given I think we have a lot of potential.
If you don't want to go again, then apparently you didn't think our first date was good enough to lead to a second date. Dating or a relationship is not a Hollywood movie. It's good to keep that in mind. In general, I thought the date went well and was expecting that we would go out on a second date.
If you're not interested in going out again, then I would have preferred if you hadn't given those mixed signals. I feel led on. We have a number of things in common. I'll name a few things: First, we’ve both very intelligent. Second, we both like classical music so much that we go to classical music performances by ourselves. In fact, the number one interest that I would want to have in common with a woman with whom I'm in a relationship is a liking of classical music. I wouldn't be seriously involved with a woman if she didn't like classical music. You said that you're planning to go the NY Philharmonic more often in the future.
As I said, I go to the NY Philharmonic often. You're very busy. It would be very convenient for you to date me because we have the same interests. We already go to classical music performances by ourselves. If we go to classical music performances together, it wouldn't take any significant additional time on your part. According to the internet, you're 33 or 32, so, at least from my point of view, we're a good match in terms of age. I could name more things that we have in common, but I'll stop here. I don't understand why you apparently don't want to go out with me again. We have numerous things in common. I assume that you find me physically attractive. If you didn't find me physically attractive, then it would have been irrational for you to go out with me in the first place. After all, our first date was not a blind date. You already knew what I looked like before our date. Perhaps, you're unimpressed that I manage my family’s investments and my own investments. Perhaps, you don’t think I have a "real" job. Well, I’ve done very well as an investment manager. I've made my parents several millions of dollars.
That's real money. That's not monopoly money. In my opinion, if I make real money, it's a real job. Donald Trump's children work for his company. Do they have "real" jobs? I think so. George Soros's sons help manage their family investments. Do they have "real" jobs? I think so. In addition, I’m both a right-brain and left-brain man, given that I’m both an investment manager and a philosopher/writer. That’s a unique characteristic; most people aren't like that. I've never been as disappointed and sad about having difficulty about getting a second date as I am with you. I've gone out with a lot of women in my life. (FYI, I'm not a serial dater. Sometimes, I've only gone out with a woman for one date.) People don’t grow on trees. I hope you appreciate the potential we have.
Am I sensitive person? Sure, I am. I think it's better to be sensitive than to be insensitive. There are too many impolite, insensitive people in the world.
I suggest that we continue to go out and see what happens. Needless to say, I find you less appealing now (given that you haven't returned my messages) than I did at our first date. However, I would be willing to go out with you again. I'm open minded and flexible and am willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. I wish you would give me the benefit of the doubt too. If you don't want to go out again, in my opinion, you would be making a big mistake, perhaps one of the biggest mistakes in your life. If you don’t want to go out again, then you should have called to tell me so. Even sending a text message would have been better than nothing. In my opinion, not responding to my messages is impolite, immature, passive aggressive, and cowardly. I spent time, effort, and money meeting you for dinner. Getting back to me in response to my messages would have been a reasonable thing for you to do. In addition, you arrived about 30 minutes late for our date. I'm sure you wouldn’t like it if a man showed up thirty minutes late for a first date with you.
If you're concerned that you will hurt my feelings by providing specific information about why you don't want to go with me again, well, my feeling are already hurt. I'm sad and disappointed about this situation. If you give information, at least I can understand the situation better. I might even learn something that is beneficial.
If you don't want to go out again, that I request that you call me and make a sincere apology for leading me on (i.e., giving me mixed signals). In my opinion, you shouldn't act that way toward a man and then not go out with him again. It's bad to play with your hair so much and make so much eye contact if you're not interested in going out with me again. I have tried to write this email well, but it's not perfect. Again, I'm not trying to be harsh, insulting, patronizing, etc. I'm disappointed, sad, etc. I would like to talk to you on the phone. I hope you will call me back at xxx-xxx-xxxx> (if it's inconvenient for you to talk on the phone when you read this email, you can let me know via email that you are willing to talk on the phone and I'll call you). If you get my voicemail, you can a leave a message and I can call you back. Even if you don't want to go out again, I would appreciate it if you give me the courtesy of calling me and talking to me. Yes, you might say things that hurt me, but my feelings are already hurt. Sending me an email response (instead of talking on the phone) would better than no response at all, but I think it would be better to talk on the phone. Email communication has too much potential for misinterpretation, etc.
Best, Mike

- This is a real 1,600 word letter to a girl that Mike went out with one date...

Mary Blair

Conceptual artist for Disney's Sleepy Hollow: Washington Irving

Time Flies

This was over two years ago.


We want one.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Today is the seventieth anniversary of the day that Japan awakened the sleeping giant. If you have never seen the film it is an excellent representation of that day. We must never forgot the events that tear our world asunder.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

For Aaron

"Your Turn."