Green Commuting

I live close enough to the train station that I can ride a bike there. Recently, I noticed there are bike lockers available, so I dusted off my green friend here.

The green machine

I love this bike.

Getting Sponsored (sorta)

I recently attended An Event Apart in Seattle. I took the time to investigate any local skateboard shops that I could find. Element’s national “Ride a Skateboard Day” was that week, and I marveled at all of folks on longboards that I continually encountered all over the city.

Happily, I stumbled on two Flip Lance Mountain decks, and due to a rather strange (yet legal) accounting process, I procured them for almost nothing. It was almost like being sponsored!

Lance Mountain Crest

The bigger deck is extremely comfortable, and I outfitted it with Independent trucks, bones reds bearings, mini-logo risers + grip tape and Powell-Peralta Bones wheels. It’s really fun to ride.

Lance Mountain Crest Complete

I took the hardware off an older mini-logo and put it on the Mod series deck.
Lance Mountain Mod Series

The conference was great, too. I was amazed at how approachable the presenters were. I recommend it. Highly.

Holy Hellfire Sandwich!!!

The big haul from the garden this year has been peppers. I have lots of jalapenos, a cayenne, and multiple varieties of the habanero. The peppers I grow seem to alternate in intensity each summer. Last summer? Super wimpy peppers. The one before that? The hottest Jalapenos I’ve ever eaten. I was delighted to learn that peppers freeze really well – I have 8 gallon sized zip-lock bags already, and no end in sight. I am harvesting a bowl full of them every other day.

Bowl of peppers

I’ve been making a sandwich most mornings that goes like this:

1 fried egg (sometimes with cheese)
1 toasted whole wheat muffin (or just wholegrain toast)
2 jalapenos, with seeds, chopped
1 or 2 habaneros with seeds, chopped
1 dab of ranch dressing

I add the peppers to the egg while it’s cooking, so they are fixed in the egg white. The vapor from the pan can be a little intense. And so can the sandwich, but that’s what makes it fun.