Monday, September 29, 2003
I was in town for the Falls Race event, when boaters get to run the falls, but the race was cancelled due to the water level. The meeting I was hosting for river sojourn organizers across the state still took place and was a success. When I saw all the bike rentals in town and glimpsed the young folk hangin around, I could imagine myself running a bike rental spot in Harrisburg, and spending my time working on old bikes, and advocating for bicycle rights and commuting. Don't think that is quite where my future lies, but it may be a part.
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
So by suggestion of my friend Scott (AKA Grimm), I hereby post my first recipe. A simple one at that. And perfect for using up those bunches of green tomatoes you may soon be pulling off the vines to beat the impending frost.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Slice green tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices.
Whip up one egg in a bowl with salt and pepper, and dump some flour onto a plate.
Dip the tomatoe slices into the egg and then into the flour, coating both sides.
Cook in your favorite vegetable oil at medium to medium high until golden brown on each side.
Eat with hotsauce, or sour cream, or cheese, or homemade bread and butter, or whatever else you like. Use your favorite egg substitue to make it vegan. Enjoy.
By the way, the Big Rainbow yellow heirloom tomato is great. Sweet taste with less acidity, and a beautiful yellow with some red veining when you slice it.
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
I am after all fairly new to the daily bicycle commuting grind, and as any newcomer in any activity, I experience a little trepidation every once in awhile. And it helps to talk about and to share experiences. And if there is no one around to do so with, the Cycling Forums site is right at your fingertips. I have a few posts up right now about sidewalk biking in certain situations. I also found out there just today that Ken Kifer died recently from being hit by a car while cycling home. Ken's site is one of the first I came across when I was learning about commuting. It also has some great writings on new and sustainable community ideas. A definite check out if you haven't yet. Peace.
Monday, September 22, 2003
Sunday, September 21, 2003
The sensations were full. Water flying into my nose from the lateral rains, splashes of water in my face from my fenderless front wheel, water drops hanging from my helmet mounted rear-view mirror in the corner of my vision, the need to pedal while going downhill while pushing through the powerful winds. These rains weren't nearly as heavy as the heaviest I have encountered, heck even after the ride home with just a windbreaker, my shirt was still mostly dry except for a few spots underneath.
Anyway I switched my rear fender from my previous bike which is now my backup to my daily commuter. I can't switch the front because I cant use that full fender on this bike with the front suspension. So I need to get one of those little clip-on fenders for the front. I'll put it on the list.
Fried green tomatoes again today, on homemade buttered bread with some hot sauce and parmesan, how can you beat that. Sue picked our ornamental gourds to take and use at her mom's dinner this weekend for decorations. They never got big enough to use for making craft items like bowls or birdhouses, though they were supposed to. And look out, my big rainbow yellow heirloom tomatoes are starting to turn. I'll be picking and slicing one this week to try, let ya know.
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
While doing that, let them know that the trains need to have storage racks or cars for transporting bicycles as well as people. This initiative can have the benefit of not only removing cars from the road, but removing twice as many cars and increasing bicycle use by spreading its range of effectiveness through catering to bicyclists.
Am drying some tomatoes as we speak. Then I am planning on trying to make some tomato paste from them and using that for a tomato sauce event with some of the last remaining ripe tomatoes. I'll let you know how it works out. I'm trying to make the tomato sauce this way since I didn't grow any romas or other paste tomatoes. Wonder if Hurricane Isabel will bring an early end to the garden season. Or if my plants will hold through for a couple more weeks.
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Monday, September 15, 2003
Otherwise, just a normal Monday. One car deciding to pull out of the gas station lot while I was coming by, thinking that I was going to stop or something. Then whipping fast around me to pass while we are going through the next intersection. Isn't it a law that you can't pass, or change lanes or something, while going through an intersection? Maybe I am just making this up, but I seem to have it tucked away in my brain.
Father, mother, and Noni visited for the day on Saturday, out from Western PA, and I took the opportunity to drive them along my commute route. It was fun to share that little bit of life. And they brought me a nice little Craftsman toolbox that my brother had extra lying around, so now I have a dedicated place to keep all my bike tools and supplies together. Which will make it so much easier to bust them out when something needs done, even weekly or daily tune-ups.
Thursday, September 11, 2003
On a positive tip I ran into a few folks I know while biking home across the Walnut St. Pedestrian bridge and was able to stop and talk a bit and say hello, something I couldn't have done were I riding by on the roadways. Its nice when this happens, it reminds me of college or of other communities I have lived in where I knew people regularly and ran into them regularly, as opposed to just being a working bee member of the city. Ironically though, they were from State College and only in town a few days for a Healthy Communities conference !!
Dinner tonight was fried green tomatoes from the garden. I egg dipped them then coated in flour and fried in a little oil. Then put a dollop of fat-free sour cream on top, and had a baked potato on the side. Last night Sue rough cut and froze a few pounds of ripe tomatoes. We'll use them later in the year for sauce or chili perhaps. I am still waiting for my Big Rainbow heirlooms to ripen. Will they beat the frost?
Tuesday, September 09, 2003
Here's a fun fact since you are reading today. I finally got the bicycle computer working on the hand-me-down bike from my brother that I currently use to commute. First I replaced the battery, then reprogrammed it with the manual I found online, then I adjusted the magnet and it finally worked. And now I know that I can max out just below 25 mph when I am cruising down the roads. This means that I no longer have to feel bad if I think I am holding traffic up on a 25 or 30 mph posted road, cause they shouldn't be going faster anyways!
Wednesday, September 03, 2003
Unfortunately my body/mind does not agree with what I think, because I wake up early mostdays, before my alarm goes off at 7 am, that early or eralier on the weekends. I glory in the saturdays or sundays when I actually sleep till 8, 9, or heavenly 10 am. Instead I have to go to bed early to get my sleep. Bed at 9 or 10 pm sucks. What all this does is make we want to be in bed in the morning, and getting on a bicycle to ride 5 miles is not mentally exciting. About halfway into the ride I perk up, only to realize that I am halfway to work, my work environment.
I have come to believe that it is not work that I dislike, because I am involved in what I do and am passionate about my field at times. And I am smart and I do a good job, so it is not an issue of the work itelf. But it is the "going" to work that I dread, and I don't know how to change that in me. So the bike riding may be a deterrant but it is not the root, even if I would be driving I would be experiencing the same feelings.
Tuesday, September 02, 2003
I look over my garden from the rear porch balcony and feel a sense of dread, as if I were looking over a marshy battlefield from history, the ground is wet, and so many leaves are dying, but I am still getting bounty. I made more pesto this weekend. And I put together some homemade tomatoe soup this saturday that I had with a grilled cheese sandwich. MM MM Good! Cucumbers are still producing but we are so tired of them.