Archives for: "June 2011"

Showers Pass Touring Jacket Review (Update)

June 28th, 2011

A rain jacket that is waterproof and costs less than anything Showers Pass makes. Image by RevoltPuppy. Some rights reserved. [This is an update to my original review. A more recent post about the jacket is here.] I think Showers Pass knows they have a… more »

Showers Pass Touring Jacket Review

June 25th, 2011

Here's the bottom-line: I'd like to return the bloody thing and get something better made and better designed for touring. Here's why . . . . After years of using non-cycling specific rain gear, I finally decided to buy a rain jacket just for biking.… more »

So True

June 25th, 2011

Yehuda Moon by Rick Smith & Brian Griggs. Not just bike groups. True for any grassroots advocacy groups. Sometimes it's wise to create a "fake" shell group as a strategy, but most of the time "working together" means moderation, compromise, and… more »

The Sound of Raindrops On the Tent . . . Ouch!

June 18th, 2011

Julie and David from are in northern Canada: [M]osquitoes were as thick as in a Deep Woods Off commercial while setting up camp. There are so many it sounds like raindrops hitting the tent. Swatting the inner tent makes them sound… more »

Feeling Gouged

June 18th, 2011

When New York State Parks charges me $26.75 for a sodden, tiny, rutted tent site, I feel gouged. China eventually outlawed special "foreigner prices," but New York feels quite comfortable hitting out-of-staters for an extra $5. Then there's the… more »

From Elsewhere

June 14th, 2011

Gerty and I took the White Pole Road on our trip through Iowa. Not exactly Disneyworld but interesting and fun. The history of the Road is an good example of the history of auto roads in the country and contained this tidbit: "Iowa then made history and… more »

Middle America In The Middle Ages

June 13th, 2011

When discussing politics with more conservative folks, what amazes me is how much we disagree about the facts. Not about policy but about what actually happened and what is actually happening. Yesterday, I heard a story -- apparently well-accepted --… more »

Off for a Month or so

June 4th, 2011

"There are few places I’d rather be in late October, on a clear day without wind, than Lake Aoki in Nagano Prefecture. The fall colors and tranquility of the place will wash a sense of peace through your being." Image and caption from… more »

Things Will Be Good By The End Of President Romney's First Term

June 3rd, 2011

Image by shelmac. Some rights reserved. From Calculated Risk: So far the economy has added 908,000 private sector jobs this year, or about 181 thousand per month. There have been 783,000 total non-farm jobs added this year or 157 thousand per month.… more »

"Who's to blame when gas costs $1 more than last year?"

June 2nd, 2011

That's an actual USA Today headline. USA Today's apparent answer: "Not you! It's evil speculators trying to make money." My answer: "A gas-dependent country and a market economy, you pitiful car-addled moron." We live in a really dumb country. I once… more »