Friday, August 27, 2010

Cyclocross Season

This has not been my year.  I arrived home from the road a week ago last Saturday, and on my first ride back, the first day of a planned 2 week epic hiking, running, mountain biking, tubing and otherwise summer-tastic session I absolutely wrecked my right leg.  I haven't been able to do more than barely walk for two weeks.  Now I have two baby legs.  Goodbye cyclocross season.  I have not the legs nor the constitution to compete this year.  My only hope is to miraculously regain form in time for January, but really, I'm looking ahead to Ski Season.

If you're in the Nashville area, you're psyched.  A bunch of local races and the big dance, the USGP in Louisville:

U.S. gran prix of cyclocross from Jim Fryer/BrakeThrough Media on Vimeo.

I'll be there, though I won't know until the last minute if I'm racing, which is the best way to do the USGP anyway. Last row and no knowledge of the course makes for super fun racing. Cross your fingers, get out your wrenches and start doing intervals... this is going to hurt. You.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Urban Farms

This summer we've been playing music, traveling, sitting in the river, and gardening.  Our sublet's backyard is a shared garden.  Fortunately we share it with our good friends so we've all been sharing in the maintenance and reward.  I had a productive garden years ago in Durango.  I've got a picture of me with hair down below my shoulders, a big scraggly beard, holding some carrots and other various produce, giving a thumbs up or some other equally stony symbol.

I've dabbled in gardening the last few summers but I'm away from it too much to really do it right.  I planted a grape vine that had a mind of it's own and is surely feeding the birds of Nashville as I write this.  This summer's garden is simple, but I was floored when I showed up at a friends house for a gig the other day and his dad has successfully converted his yard and several other neighbors yards into farms.  Literally a Neighborhood CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or NSA called the Flatiron Neighborhood Farm.  I started to do some research and discovered the guy who gets credit for inventing the idea, Kipp Nash of Community Roots Boulder.  I think the idea is brilliant:  Take grassy or otherwise landscaped yards and convert them into highly productive micro-farms then distribute food through a NSA.  The people who's yards are converted can eat out of their garden and on very small pieces of land there can be immense amounts of food grown.  It's fresh and doesn't require energy to transport, assuming the NSA members are truly in the neighborhood.  I think it's great.  Check it out.

Monday, August 16, 2010

How's Your Air?

What color is your air?  Check it out, I bet you can see it.  Did you notice before? Weird, right?  Has it always been that way?  Is it just dust?  Hot gas expelled by machines and livestock?  I can't figure it out.  I don't really remember being able to so clearly see so much air 5 years ago when we started this band and started roaming around the country.  I remember Virginia was green in the summer compared to Colorado.  I think the sky was blueish.  Now it's grayish.  Multi-hued grayish with tints of yellow.  Everything's brown in VA and it's all green and wet in CO.   I think something's up.  I'm not sure who's right or who's wrong, I can't exactly tell who to believe and it's hard to know what's true.  But it's hot and the air's gray.  I can see it and I can taste it and it's weird.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Heat and Grey Air

It's hot. Yesterday in Tupelo, heat index was up around 108 during our set. Looking forward to the next run through MT and CO, should be a little cooler up there.

In other news, we're shopping for a box truck to replace the trailer. We're trying to move toward a smaller footprint when we tour, and the new vehicle will be able to run on bio-diesel. We've also started a recycling program in our van and we've cut our landfill destined waste in half. Moving around the country I've been shocked at the hue of the air. It's getting pretty grey out there. Let us know if you have any ideas about what we can do to reduce our footprint.

-- Post From My iPhone

Friday, August 6, 2010

Case of the Van

-- Post From The White Torpedo