12.31.2009

ah... that Holiday Week...

in the Washington Post
an article about the vacant halls and empty streets during the Holiday Week
in the Washington Post

a beautiful piece about Peter Coe as well as information for flowers or a college fund for Peter's son Nick

Peter J Coe
Rest in Peace
too young too die
perhaps too good for this world

www.legacy.com

I will not be able to attend the service today to memorialize the death of Peter Coe

today I will not be able to attend the memorial service for my old friend Peter Coe...
although I will be unable to attend...
I will be there in spirit...
later today I will sign the guest book


reading the messages on this board warms my heart and makes me sad all at the same time

http://www.legacy.com/gb2/default.aspx?bookID=10273699698894

I think maybe you should too...
Peter's family needs to know that he was important to more of the world than just them

a blog post with words and information about the cause of death

http://gwadzilla.blogspot.com/2009/12/slow-down-we-all-need-to-slow-down.html


if you knew peter...
please... sign the guestbook and share the information of Peter Coe's Death with any and all that knew him

the death of Peter Coe should aid us all to love each other more and to appreciate life to a higher degree

hug your family and be the best person you can be

why blue jeans?

when I think warm and dry blue jeans are not really what sprouts to mind...

rain legs...
Rain Legs Leg Protectors
www.wiggle.co.uk

I would like it better if I enjoyed the song that they selected

a video
oh... nevermind
watch it or don't!

http://www.videosift.com/video/Africa-Acapella-cover

a funny video of a crazy man ranting about Obama

a funny video of a crazy man ranting about Obama
Obama... "I do not trust him"
www.videosift.com

me... I still believe.

image from the White House Flickr page
http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/

an amusing page...


I think there is more to this page then their effort to correct our common spelling mistakes

I need to dig deeper and see what there is to see

http://theoatmeal.com

12.30.2009

DC Needs a BEER BIKE!


DC Needs a BEER BIKE!
www.time.com

www.beerbike.co.uk

it is possible... it can happen...

in Australia...
Man Dies After Being Hit by Bike
www.abc.net.au

I do not know the specifics of this case... but I do know that we all need to be careful
whether in a car... on foot... or on a bicycle
yes... people also need to be careful on skateboards and roller skates!

it is not so common... but it can happen
a bicycle with pedestrian accident can most definitely end badly
the faster the bicycle is moving... the greater the likelihood of a serious injury
both parties are at risk in this collision

in my travels I find that a good number of pedestrians are tuned out
pedestrians entering the streets without looking for cyclists... heck... pedestrians not looking for anything
people ignoring that old adage "look before you leap"

it is important for everyone to travel hyper-alert
the cyclists need to anticipate the variables before them just as the car driver needs to anticipate the variables in front of them
the pedestrian... well... the pedestrian must also be alert
logic and sensibility

face down into the cell phone texting is no way to cross the street
look both ways before crossing the street... then look right again

we all need to be hyper alert
paying attention to the variables as they appear in front of us

cyclists should ride outside of the door zone
ride in a place where the cars can see them
look at the eyes of the driver to confirm that they have been seen
and then... keep the bicycle where they are most safe

in Boise, Idaho
www.idahostatesman.com

note to the haters.

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I am sorry you are angry.
Your anger has nothing to do with me.



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Chariot Skates... chariot skates?

I will believe it when I see it...

Chariot Skates!
http://news.cnet.com

I guess... it is some sort of big wheeled roller blade
not really anything that resembles a bicycle
other than having tall wheels like a road bike

there are roller blades...
there are road bikes...
I guess there is room for Chariot Skates

I will believe it when I see it!

12.29.2009

Chris Eatough of Bike Arlington on Gam Jams

Chris Eatough of Bike Arlington on Gam Jams
www.gamjams.net

www.bikearlington.com

and Chris... sorry about not being more polite on the Capital Crescent Trail the other day
I thought that was you when you said hello
but I was lost in a grumpy thought

some off season training tips from PEZ Cycling

PEZ Cycling has some "off season" cycling training tips
www.pezcyclingnews.com

I have always been a fan of Dag Nasty... WIG OUT AT DENKOS may have been my favorite album by them

FACEBOOK and its ability to drag skeletons from the closet...

a shot of me sitting along side guitar god Brian Baker out front of Dag Haus in Northern Virginia

Dag Nasty was one power pop punk band that may have never reached the audiences it should have because the music world was not yet ready for them

www.daghouse.com
www.dischord.com

photo by Allen Wallace
I think this is his page
www.allenwallace.com

slow down... we all need to slow down...

some words about the death of Peter Coe...

I had just arrived in Colorado... I did not yet have housing... I did not yet have a job... and worse than that... I had yet to score a Ski Pass

days were spent looking for work... looking for a place to live... some time spent snowboarding out of bounds at Loveland Pass... and well... there was plenty of playing Tetris on that 16 bit Nintendo system

one day after coming up empty looking for work and looking for housing my buddy Burke and I were on Swan Mountain Road taking the scenic route around the Dillon Dam back to a friend's house at Summit Cove
the snow was coming down steady and we were loving it
SNOW!
Snow was why we had moved to Colorado... seeing the falling snow made our hearts race!

visibility was snowy white and the road surface was rapidly turning from the color of asphalt to a blanket of cottony white
tire tracks from the car in front of us set the path
the rapid accumulation brought excitement of snowboard turns to come
the traction had been fine with Burke's Jeep in two wheel drive up until this point
then the car fishtailed one way and then the other
a little over correction and Burke's Jeep was off the road and in the Ditch

no worries... no blood no foul...

I can not recall the specifics... but I think we were going to get the Jeep out of the ditch before rotating the hubs to set things in Four Wheel Drive... or the hubs were rotated and it was just a matter of tapping the gas to set things right
either way... there was no damage to the car and it seemed like nothing
all that needed to happen was to get out of the warm comfort of the car and push the jeep out of the ditch and then get on with our day

I was on the roadside behind the Jeep giving the vehicle a slow steady push...
a car pulled over on the road side just in front of us to offer aid
the specifics are fuzzy... but I can sort of recall shouting over the side of the Jeep that I thought I had it and that we did not need assistance
then it happened...

without warning I was hit from behind
one second I was behind the Jeep in a standing position with my hands pressed against the rear window
then next I was under the front of the Jeep... underneath the front bumper of the Jeep... in a bit of a daze

where am I... what happened... how did I get here... where is here...
it was all a bit disorienting

I saw the Jeep car door open above me and I saw Burke run to a body in the middle of the road
I heard Burke call my name... I responded back as I tried to pull myself out from under the front of his car

Burke was shocked to see me under the front of his car
he had in fact thought I was the body sprawled in the middle of the road
the tone of his voice was that of relief
relieved that I was not the body laid out in the road and that I was getting to my feet and able to talk

my body felt fine enough... a little banged up... but nothing seemed to be broken
there were hand prints all over the side of Burke's car from where I had tried to hang onto his car as the car had pulled me out from behind the Jeep
the dirt on the side of his car had a long vacant patch of lines where I tried to hold on as I got swept away
the markings were like the claw of Freddy Krugger leaving its mark

I climbed out from under the Jeep and ran to the center of the road
the woman who had come to our aid was unable to move
She had been hit so hard that her boots had both been knocked off her feet
we tried to sooth her and remain calm... we motioned traffic to go around
in short amount of time an ambulance arrived
we were both put on back boards and rushed to Summit County Hospital
I was as anxious of my not having health insurance as I was of my potential injuries
being on a back board with a neck brace is a scary place to be... even if it is just procedure

it confused me as much then as it does now how a car driver could have been so out of control to have swerved off the road onto the shoulder clipping me from behind and then also hitting the next person who was also on the road side

had she not seen the two cars by the side of the road?

sure there was limited visibility... but shouldn't a person's driving style be modified accordingly?
had she simply slowed down... not to assist... but to pass... well... she would have been in enough control to drive past rather than causing greater damage
but instead... she leveled two people on foot with her out of control car an her sloppy driving style

in hindsight it could have been worse
looking back... that "accident" never needed to happen
my back injury and the other woman's injuries which may have included a broken leg and broken arm could have been avoided all together

never an apology
never an admission of guilt
there was the legal matter and my bills including some physical therapy visits were covered
but still... no human contact of admission of failure as a person

another "accident" involving a car
ACCIDENT on the GWADZILLA PAGE
another fatal "accident" involving a close friend of mine and a car


this morning I woke to a random email via FACEBOOK from a friend from college I do not normally have contact with
in that message there was mention that a mutual friend had been hit and killed by a car this weekend past
I responded to the email then went to Google to get the contact of one of his oldest and closest friends to get confirmation... after leaving a cell phone message I went back to Google...
I found this

www.firefighterclosecalls.com

VERMONT FIREFIGHTER KILLED WHILE RENDERING AID
While not a official Line of Duty death at this time, it is not unlike most Firefighters and EMT's to stop and help when they come across a crash-so we wanted to pass this on. Last night a Vermont Volunteer Firefighter was killed while helping at the scene of a car crash. There was heavy fog and the roads were icy when a car slid off the road into a ditch. Shoreham (VT) Volunteer Firefighter Peter Coe, 43, was driving with his family when he drove upon the crash, pulled over and got out of his car to help.
Then, the driver of an oncoming pickup truck, who didn't see FF Coe's car, tried to avoid hitting it, went off the road, hitting and killing FF Coe, and also hit a power line, a tree and the original car. What FF Coe did was what most any Firefighter would have done-no matter what the "duty" status. Our condolences to all affected.

Peter Coe
Peter Coe... so full of life and definitely too young to die

Peter's life ended before he could finish what he started
the course of Peter's life was headed in the direction where he intended it to go
even with a course that may not have been the most easy

Peter Coe got married young in the classic shotgun style... marrying his pregnant girlfriend... doing what he thought was the appropriate course of action... letting his life direction change with the situation that had presented itself

while so many of us were growing up slow... Pete and his wife Val had to grow up fast.

While I was riding my motorcycle cross country, snowboarding in the west, trekking in Nepal, bicycle touring in Europe... whatever... Peter was trying to make life work. Without a college degree Peter was working an assortment of jobs proving that his skills did not need a diploma to show that he was capable of taking on the task.

Peter was a devoted husband, father, and pet owner... Peter loved his animals as much as he loved his family.... and Peter definitely loved his family

Peter did whatever needed to be done to be the husband and father that we all wish to be
I am certain Peter was flawed as all men are flawed but I also know that Peter had a list of strengths that we all wish we had on our resume or in this case... our obituary

I had not seen Peter in a few years. Six or seven years ago, Peter and his family moved up to Vermont in an effort to raise the family in a more simple world. I had let contact slip... there may have been a few random phone call conversations where I marveled at the fact that Peter had a high school age daughter and a pony... or maybe it was a horse. Either way.... Peter was continuing to amaze me as being the father that all men should be. The father that nurtures and guides his children... doing all that he could to offer them all that they need or want... within reason.

But it all ended too early.

Car is best weapon.
So often it seems that the car is the widow maker in this modern age
I know far more people to die as the result of a motor vehicle accident than by gun shot

Slow down...
all we have to do is slow down... but after we know this... it is too late

across the board... we need to slow down
in snowy or icy conditions... people refuse to clear off their windshields for proper visibility
people are unable to figure out how to work the DEFROST!
then... then without the ability to control their car in the snow... THEY GAS IT! THEY GAS IT AND GO!
Then this...

should have... would have... could have... and the words "I am sorry... I am so so sorry..." and the tears
the sorrow and the tears are real
the remorse is as real as remorse can be
but no matter how many tears or how great the remorse... nothing can reverse time
nothing can undo what has been done

it could have all been avoided if this person had just slowed down
so many deaths could be avoided if we all just slowed down

Peter Coe is survived by his wife Val and their two children
It amazes me to think that their daughter is in college and their son in middle school... I can picture Peter tossing his infant son Nick in the air... the look of pleasure of father and son each lost in that moment
and is daughter... my lord... she was just a little girl and now... now she is a young lady
the time has slipped by... I can remember seeing as a little grade schooler... the length of her hair amazed me
that girl has had many haircuts since I last saw her
now this boy and that girl are without their father... and why?

I am at a time in my life where I could have used a pep talk from this old friend
it sound selfish... but that is some of the sadness that we feel
we feel our loss... in this case... my loss of a friend... a friend I should have kept better contact with... a friend that I will never see again... a friend that could have given me some advice in my time of need

I am overwhelmed by the pain that the family is going through
when I cry... I cry for them
I cry that Peter will not see his daughter graduate from college
I cry because Peter will not get to give his son the advice that he will need to survive adolescence and then adulthood
I cry because Peter is not there to be by Val's side in raising these children... to see their victories and to console them in their failures
I cry because this was not supposed to happen

the children have lost this man from their lives
their future will be different than it was meant to be
and why...
well... sometimes life has no reason

it makes me sad

Peter Coe died too young
but at least in the short time he lived... Peter lived a life worth living... a life that exists as an example of how we could all live to be better people
Peter made sacrifices so that those around him could grow and prosper... that is just the kind of person that Peter was

good bye old friend
it saddens me that we will never meet again
strength to your family
peace to all that you touched in this world

I remember writing Peter a letters from my travels
sharing with him my experiences but also sharing with him my respect for the path that his life had taken
Pete's parents can be proud that they raised their son to be a respected member of the community and a friend to all he met
I am sure they are proud... proud of their son and the life and family that he created
I am also sure that they are sad... sad that their son did not get to live out the full course of his life

my heart goes out to Val, Nick, and a college age girl whose name I am now forgetting
be strong... and live your life as Pete Coe would have wanted you to
and when in question... you can ask yourself... what advice would Peter give me... you will know the answers then
it will be up to you whether or not you take that advice

Peter had the longest list of bad jokes... they were old jokes... they were corny jokes
it was a long list of bad old corny jokes that made us all laugh
Peter also had a clarity and wisdom that was simple and plain
I think I need to ask Peter a few questions right now... but will I be strong enough to take his advice?

Rest in Peace Peter Coe
I am sorry that your life was cut short
I am a better person for having known you

GUESTBOOK for Peter J. Coe
www.legacy.com
I have yet to sign this guestbook
information to come about donations to be made for a college fund for Nick

12.26.2009

Velo News has a story on Jeff Bahnson

Velo News has a story on Jeff Bahnson
Jeff Banson went to the Czech Republic for the UCI Cyclocross World Championships
read here http://velonews.competitor.com

and a site to collect donations for Jeff to chase his dreams!
www.dccofd.org

RIP Vic Chestnutt

Rest in Peace Vic Chestnutt
http://en.wikipedia.org

and Britney Murphy as well

also from Athens...
bike left at library unlock disappears
only a few comments... but they are worth glancing at
www.onlineathens.com

12.24.2009

I trust everyone had a splendid holiday

Merry X-Mas
Merry Holiday Season

Happy approaching New Year!

photo from this tangent on GWADZILLA
at closer look... can you see where that photo was taken?

I wonder if that light works...

more shots without snow on the ground!

an actual SAINT... a New Orleans Saint!

Port Allen is a New Orleans Saint
Port Allen is an actual SAINT!

Port is a New Orleans native...
he grew up in New Orleans
he plays professional football for the New Orleans Saints
and
Port gives back to the community that fostered his development

contributing to the boys and girls club
and then Port gave out bicycles to kids in the neighborhood where he grew up

GO PORT GO!
story at 2 The Advocate Dot Com


not the shot I intended... the settings were for the darkness of night


"that is how we roll"

last minute shopping needs?


last minute shopping needs?
support your Local Bike Shop
and
don't be shy about tipping your mechanic
tipping a bicycle mechanic makes more sense than tipping your barista at Starbucks
especially if that mechanic is doing an adjustment for free

http://thebikelane.com/
http://familybikeshop.com/
http://griffincycle.com/


Sessions ' bike sprockets!

Sessions Sprockets
www.sessionssprockets.com

Sessions Sprockets in the news
www.mercurynews.com

which of course reminds me of my buddy Tomi and the TOMICOG
http://tomicog.blogspot.com/
and tomi's rants and images
http://tomi-mcmillar.blogspot.com/

12.23.2009

rolling at a good pace...


took this down... now putting this image back up

some heckler is commenting on the page claiming to be someone he is not

Photo Removed... apology to anyone who does not wish to have their photo taken or displayed on the page

Good Morning!

to all that celebrate Christmas... MERRY CHRISTMAS!
to all that don't... GOOD DAY TO YOU!

in my efforts with the camera I take stranger's photographs
the response is mixed... usually ranks highest for ambivalent - why is someone taking my photo?
then a positive response - Hey! I am going to be on GWADZILLA! or A Bicycle Blog! Cool!
and finally a small percentage
wishes not to be documented
those that say or give the message - Don't take my picture. Don't post my photograph.


to those who I have offended in my efforts... I apologize

my notion that "everyone wants a photo of themselves, but no one wants their picture taken" is not entirely true
because there are those that do not want their picture taken and then also do not wish to have a photo of themselves... or at least a photo of themselves posted online

Happy Day!
I hope everyone is enjoying this Holiday Season!

Rest Relax and Enjoy!
and
Love and Luck to You and Yours!
Happy New Year!

also made in Australia

about to get shipped back to Australia

the spirit of Christmas... donate your old (unwanted?) bike

a bicycle can change someone's life
giving a bicycle to a person who could not afford one... well... that is definitely in the spirit of christmas

this article talks about recycling Christmas Trees and Old Bikes!
www.mhwmagazine.co.uk/

that is across the pond
here are some other donation options
http://www.bikesfortheworld.org/
http://bikesforafrica.org/

are there any local to Washington DC bicycle donation programs?
if so... what are they?

Shane is a Veteran Messenger on the DC Streets

some serious miles logged on those legs!

everyone has a bike?

Obama went to a Boys and Girls Club
story in the Washington Post
www.washingtonpost.com

"Whatever happened to, like, asking for a bike?" Obama asked the children. "Everybody has a bike," one child responded.
if everyone had a bike... why are people stealing other people's bikes
and
why are people waiting for the bus?

it is a busy season for the cargo bike crew... apparently Santa needs to outsource!


searching for LOLA ON THE GWADZILLA PAGE brings up some random stuff

Missy Pleads Guilty

Missy Pleads Guilty
www.upi.com


in our country full of criminals...
maybe there are other law breakers who deserve greater concentration
violent crimes
sex offenders
and well... white collar criminals

there are other things that should be weighed more heavily than someone dealing with the basic concept of "supply and demand"

a shot from the other day... right now the gutters are filled with 18 inches of snow

DC could use some Bike Boxes... and an explanation to cars that BIKES BELONG!

DC could use some bike boxes...
in addition to bike boxes
the drivers in Washington DC could use an education about cyclists rights and the dangers of the car driving styles in this city

if nothing else... professionals should drive like professionals
if we could get each group to be educated... we could change things
honestly... DC Police drive in a fashion around bicyclist that scare me
I feel them tailgating me and on narrow residential roads they unconsciously "play chicken" with me in the same fashion as any other driver does

if Cab Drivers and Bus Drivers were given a lesson in how to behave around cyclists that would be a big step!

then... penalties to professionals who drive in an unprofessional manner would be another great step

in this time of "safe routes to schools"
if we could just get parents to drive in a safe manner... shit... if we could just get them to drive in a rational way while they have their kids in their car... well... that would be a huge step

has Portland reached its bicycle maximum density?
www.oregonlive.com

What is Washington DC doing in 2010 to become more bicycle friendly?

I have snapped an number of shots of this rider... not sure why... but they seldom hit the page


I remember years ago I took a shot of him passing off a package and getting a signature
it was one of my earliest photos
even that did not make the page

12.21.2009

Brutus relaxes in between races down the local sledding hill

this is on YOUTUBE...

ah...
FACEBOOK
FACEBOOK can really let you know you missed something
all sorts of images and words on FACEBOOK about the SCREAM show at The Black Cat

Came Without A Warning on youtube
www.youtube.com

then... in The Washington Post

The BMARC

The BMARC: The Black Mountain Asheville Rastafari Collective
http://black-mountain-arc.webs.com/

Rasta Christmas to All!
in all honesty
Respect... Peace... Unity