2009-05-31

New (Old) Raleigh Sport

So, as a bit of an early birthday present for me (really early, thank you my dearest love!), we just today bought this gorgeous 1952 Raleigh Superbe. It came up on Craigslist yesterday (I subscribed to a search for Raleigh), and it looked so amazing we had to go look at it. It has the original Sturmey Archer 4-speed internal rear hub in, and it still works fine. It has the original front dynamo hub as well, though he wasn't sure if it still works, as he'd never had a light attached. He had the wheels rebuilt around the original hubs with alloy rims and put some nice Schwalbe Marathon tires on it, as well as new brake pads. It has the original Brooks saddle, which is a bit worn out, but isn't uncomfortable and has a nice squeak to it :) The bike itself feels really solid, and I'm amazed at what good shape it's in, being nearly 60 years old. This one has found a very happy, loving home, and hopefully it will still be in use after another 60 years. I would love to see that. Ok, enough jabber, here are the pictures:

New (Old) Raleigh Superbe

New (Old) Raleigh Superbe

New (Old) Raleigh Superbe

New (Old) Raleigh Superbe

New (Old) Raleigh Superbe

New (Old) Raleigh Superbe

New (Old) Raleigh Superbe

New (Old) Raleigh Superbe

New (Old) Raleigh Superbe

Edit: I forgot to mention, we saw this ad recently in a 1950's National Geographic Magazine we have, and I remarked "too bad they don't make those anymore." Now I own one :)

Raleigh Advert

2009-05-27

random thoughts

I think it would be interesting to do an anthropological study on the effects of language on certain facial characteristics.

I've wondered before if the different requirements of different languages might cause certain facial characteristics in people who speak that language - for instance, lip shape or jaw musculature.

If anybody has done this, please let me know, I'd be interested to hear what you found.

Cheers!

Blog trolls

I don't understand why blog trolls (people who read blogs and wait around to make incendiary comments at the right moments) seem to be so prevalent. Do people really not have anything better to do than subscribe to blogs whose authors they disagree with and then just wait until the author mentions the right thing to fly off the handle with angry/derogatory comments? I really don't understand this phenomenon, and I see it happening so often. If you really disagree with someone that much, you can stop reading their blog. If you actually have something constructive to say, then say it and spare everyone the ranting. Really people, you have to be able to find *something* better to waste your time at.

2009-05-22

St. Vincent

We just got tickets to go see St. Vincent on Monday at the Aladdin Theater! Here's a video for you all:

2009-05-18

Summery Sunday

Sunday I woke up early and rode down to New Seasons to get some bacon, cream and a couple of other things, then came back and whipped up some breakfast for us all, coffee, more bread and jam and cheese, and we lazed around the house for a while. Tori had a meeting to go to, so she took off for a while, and we ran out to do a couple of errands. Theresa came over and we hung out a bit, then Tori came back, and we rode our bikes over to Pix Patisserie for a nip of amazing ice cream and some fruit jellies.





When we came home, I had a note saying my bike was ready to pick up at Clever Cycles, so I rode the loaner down there and swapped. Came back and said goodbye to Tori, who was heading back down to Corvallis, and then went to New Seasons to pick up groceries for dinner.

We made a delicious pasta with chard, carrots, celery, spring onions (from our garden), leek, tarragon and chicken. Our friend Tiana came over to share it with us, and we ended up talking until 1.30 in the morning. It was a wonderful way to end a pretty fantastic weekend.

2009-05-17

Summery Saturday

Our friend Tori is up for the weekend, so we decided to make it a good one. She was coming up in the morning on Saturday, so Trina and I got up early and made breakfast - coffee (of course), baked eggs with chives from our garden, bread and good creamy cheese and strawberry jam, and fresh strawberries.

From there, we hopped on the bikes and rode our way down to the Saturday Market, which had its opening in the new facilities that have been under construction. They aren't quite finished yet, but the main part where the vendors sit is finished.

Saturday Market, 05/16/2009

Saturday Market, 05/16/2009

Saturday Market, 05/16/2009

On the way home, we stopped at New Seasons and picked up some bread, cheese, meat, and wine for an afternoon picnic:

Afternoon picnic

Afternoon picnic

Afternoon picnic

We laid out a blanket by our garden and ate and drank and laid in the shade, and Trina worked on some knitting.

Finally, we came in, and I shaved to refresh myself a bit, and then we all got ready for dinner, which we had at Nuestra Cocina, one of the very best restaurants in Portland. We had carne asada, pork chops, and pan-seared halibut, and they were all amazing.

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!

2009-05-12

What up?

This weekend we went to the Portland Farmers' Market and got some interesting and (for us) unusual things, like wild leeks, green garlic, fiddlehead ferns, and sea beans.



Last night we cooked some tasty pasta with wild leeks and green garlic, and it came out really well.

Also last night, I went over to Michael and Dara's and Michael walked me through building a bicycle wheel. That was really interesting, and I'm glad I had the chance to do it.

Happy Tuesday everyone, see you soon!

2009-05-08

fear

If I could give one adjective that I felt described American culture, it would be fearful. We are afraid of everything. I'm not joking. We're afraid of our cars, our bikes, our recliners, our stairs, our food, our water, our air, we're afraid that we'll die, we're afraid that we'll get sick, we're afraid that everything around us might be toxic, poisoned, heat seeking head missiles, or waiting to squash us. The weird thing is the "solutions" we sometimes come up with to quell our fears.

The latest thing I've heard talk about is food irradiation. That is, exposing food products to radiation to kill off bacteria, insects, etc. I've been well aware that Americans are deathly afraid of bacteria and viruses for a long while now. The recent swine flu pandemic is a great example. What is just a different strain of the flu gets caught by 150 people and suddenly the world is about to end (by the way, normal everyday flu kills about 3,500 people in the U.S. every year). We are so obsessed with killing bacteria and viruses in everything that we touch, that we are not only more than willing to use dangerous chemicals in order to do so, we severely harm our immune systems by never giving them a chance to fight off disease, and then when we are exposed to something, we get severely ill, when a healthy immune system would have barely noticed.

Now, apparently, we are willing to expose our food to radiation, potentially change it's molecular structure, and then eat it like it's just what nature intended. Sorry, no thanks. I'm perfectly happy with my food just the way it comes. Somehow, I think the survival of the human race will continue, and probably with better health, if we stop all this nonsense. Not that I expect it to stop.

First of all, if your food has enough bacteria, virus, etc in it to be really harmful to you, there is something more fundamental that needs taking care of than simply exposing it to radiation.

Secondly, if you are potentially changing the DNA structure of the food you are exposing to radiation, how do you know your body is going to digest it in the same way as the un-modified version? Even if it's not harmful, it may very well change the food's nutritional value, and you may not end up getting the same benefits from foods that you would otherwise.

Thirdly, I work at a Dental School. The radiologists are very careful about how much radiation exposure they give a patient, even though a typical dental x-ray is giving a pretty minimal dose of radiation to the patient. This is because radiation has been shown to have harmful effects on us. The levels of radiation, from what I can find, that food is exposed to in food irradiation is many times higher than that which you are exposed to for a typical x-ray at the dentist/doctor. The units for medical radiation are typically measured in rads, the radiation for food in grays. Apparently a gray is about 100 rad. During a dental x-ray, you are exposed to about 2-3 millirads (technically millirems, but specifically with x-ray radiation, apparently they are nearly equal). Food, even for the lowest dose purposes, is exposed to 150 grays. That's a pretty significant difference in the level of radiation, unless I'm severely misunderstanding something.

Ok people. Look. You don't have that much to fear from your food. People have been eating it for a VERY LONG TIME, and believe it or not, the human race is still going. We haven't died out yet. You don't need to treat your food with radiation, chemicals, genetic modification. You don't need to scrub your environment clean of all bacteria. It won't hurt you to eat a little bit of dirt with your vegetables, and it won't hurt you to eat a fruit fly here and there either.

Can we stop being afraid of life for a while and just live? Is that really too much to ask?

2009-05-03

Terrific 10 Foods

We just saw this article in our Bon Appetit magazine from this month, and it was really good, so I posted it over at our food blog. We're also hopefully going to do a series of recipes featuring the items in the list, so stay tuned :) Cheers!

2009-05-02

Spring Wardrobe

In springtime we like to do a bit of shopping to refresh our wardrobes (we also go through and clean out our closets and get rid of things we haven't been wearing, are worn out, or don't fit us any longer). Today we went by Bombshell Vintage over on E Burnside, and I found this fantastic three piece grey wool pinstriped suit from Hart, Schaffner and Marx, originally made for Liemandts in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

new suit

I also got this tie, to go with my other suit.

new tie

Happy Spring, all!

first produce of the year

We just picked the first produce of the year from our garden (besides herbs, which we've used quite a bit already), spring onions! We're making some Thai panang curry with it tonight, with potatoes and cauliflower. Cheers!

first produce

2009-05-01

allergies...

it's official, something that started blooming today has it out for me.