Sunday, October 08, 2006

Democracy Now and Thoughts

Last weekend, I went to see Amy Goodman from Democracy Now speak, along with her brother David at a benefit for KKFI, my favorite local radio station. They have just published a book called Static I also attended a potluck, pre-show, for the Planned Parenthood of South Dakota at a friends house.

As we have sold our truck recently and are going "car-lite" I rode the 4.7 miles on my bike, carrying the cheese and crackers I was assigned as an appetizer in my basket. Laurie was going to a party out south so I didn't have the car available. No big deal for me and to get to the show from Trudy's, I was able to throw my bike into another friend's Toyota Highlander and ride over. I wouldn't have had a problem riding over but she offered so I accepted. I find it amazing how many folks think it's a major deal to ride a few miles on a bicycle, not for exercise but for transportation.

What I found a little more disturbing was that I was the only bicycle there at Community Christian Church unless there's a bicycle rack in the back somewhere. For all the rhetoric, facts, about America selling our collective souls for oil, everyone there was feeding the beast which we say that we're seeking to slay.

1 comment:

Ed said...

Hola, I know able bodied people who take an elevator up one flight instead of stairs. I go to a 110 year old church in the middle of a city of 100,000 people and it has no bike rack or parking. It does have an elevator and a side walk ramp for wheel chairs. Progress is slow even when gas was $4.25 in summer of 2008. The local middle school has about 800 kids and Two bike racks but usually only three or four bikes locked up. My kids walk . I ride past this middle school on my bike to the office (only a mile/ so why drive) Last year we had only one car so I rode all winter on my Schwinn 1976 Varsity which was stolen this summer and now ride the Raleigh Twenty which is lower and safer in the ice and snow being lower and still have not fallen. Yes we get too much snow in Elgin Illinois. This year I bought 56 dollar Grandoe Mittens from Sierra Trad. Post and the hands stay warm. It is a challenge but beats cabin Fever and It is fun too! Maybe next year someone else will get the idea and bike in the snow it is more interesting than stationary bike any day. Bike and stay fit. Ed on the Raleigh 3 speed or Raleigh folder.