Yup…it is cold and snowy (and a few things I saw on my walk)

  The above temperature is what we woke up to here in WNY. I know it is not nearly as cold as the Mid-West, but geeze ‘o man it is cold. I went out in it only briefly today (to split some logs for the wood-burning stove and then to the store fore a bottleContinue reading “Yup…it is cold and snowy (and a few things I saw on my walk)”

Sometimes I Gotta Use My Feet…

If you’ve been to this blog before then you know that I like to ride bicycles as transportation. A lot. And I often comment on how much more a person sees while on a bike rather than being stuck in a plastic and metal shell more commonly known as an automobile. Many of my photos,Continue reading “Sometimes I Gotta Use My Feet…”

Sometimes I just gotta use my feet…

If you’ve been to this blog previously one of the things you know about me is that I like to ride bikes. A lot. But sometimes nothing will do except using my own two feet and walk. Today was just that day. Autumn is my favorite season of the year and the weather here inContinue reading “Sometimes I just gotta use my feet…”


“Just as a painter needs light in order to put the finishing touches to his picture, so I need an inner light, which I feel I never have enough of in the autumn.”~Leo Tolstoy Autumn has always been my favorite season. And yes, I realize that we are a couple weeks away from it’s officialContinue reading “Autumn…”

Allentown on a Thursday evening…

Though it’s not officially autumn yet it certainly feels like it today. It felt good. It was also the first day since last spring that I wore a light jacket. Many of you know–either by being a local or from reading this blog previously–that the Allentown that I mention in the the title of thisContinue reading “Allentown on a Thursday evening…”

A beautiful evening and an anti-auto rant…

Cool photo, right? I took it while on a walk this evening. It looks sort of Star Wars-esque, doesn’t it? You’d never know that I took it while in the heart of the city. Anyhow, I had gone for a long walk tonight to clear my head (walked the length of the Elmwood Village hereContinue reading “A beautiful evening and an anti-auto rant…”

Thoughts on Vehicles and Personal Transport

vehicle –n Any conveyance in or by which people or objects are transported, especially one fitted with wheels. It’s interesting, I think, how some people are just baffled. Okay, I’m often baffled on many things myself, but what I’m talking about is that people are stunned–sometimes rendered speechless momentarily–when I tell them that I voluntarilyContinue reading “Thoughts on Vehicles and Personal Transport”

New York State Paid Me to Remove My Truck from the Road

Yup, it’s true. Many of you know that I recently sold my truck, and after being car-lite for many years I am finally car-free (I did recently join Buffalo Car Share but haven’t used it yet…haven’t used a car in more than a month actually). Anyhow, as if the savings from the true cost ofContinue reading “New York State Paid Me to Remove My Truck from the Road”

The Perpetual Motion of Life, a Favorite Gandhi quote, and a Who Song

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”–Mahatma Gandhi  I’ve mentioned a few times on the origins of this blog, but in the event I’ve yet to bore you withContinue reading “The Perpetual Motion of Life, a Favorite Gandhi quote, and a Who Song”

I’ve Made a Decision

Before I get to mentioning the decision let me first explain the above image. That is a new rear spring bracket I purchased today for $80 for my truck. I’ve mentioned many times on this blog that I am not car-free but am car-lite. Anyhow, the above bracket has to replace the rotted one onContinue reading “I’ve Made a Decision”

A Few Test Photos…and a few words, too

I just purchased an inexpensive used camera from someone off craigslist today. I now have three cameras and none cost more than $99US. This is not meant to be a braggart’s statement, but just to reinforce that one does not need a $500 camera to take good pictures. Anyhow, and this is interesting, I think,Continue reading “A Few Test Photos…and a few words, too”

Four Photos of Flowers (and how they inspire me)

It’s interesting. I like many adults have suffered from sleep problems for most of my life. It’s rare for me to sleep more than 6 hours. But every so often I do. My body crashes. Last night was one such instance. I went to bed around 1:00am–which is late for me–and didn’t wake until nearlyContinue reading “Four Photos of Flowers (and how they inspire me)”

Invasion of the Crow

I’ve posted pictures of crows before but am finding them ever fascinating lately. And tonight–after just recovering from a cold and feeling I needed some air–went for a walk on a foggy evening at dusk and took a few more photos. I’m not sure if I’m just noticing them these last couple years but theyContinue reading “Invasion of the Crow”

A Solitary Walk (Playing with Angle and Light: Three Street Scenes)

I like to walk; it clears my head. When I’m on a bike I have to pay attention to my surroundings but when I walk I can do just that…walk. Tonight I had some thoughts that were troubling me so I thought I’d go for a brisk walk on this chilly (32F/0C) and wet FebruaryContinue reading “A Solitary Walk (Playing with Angle and Light: Three Street Scenes)”

A Few Things I Saw Today

I’ve used this comparison before but have to mention it again…you see a lot more when on a bike than in a car but you see ten times that when you walk. Because, like a car, when you ride a bike you have to stay in control–or at  least keep the bike in control lestContinue reading “A Few Things I Saw Today”

A Little Snow and a Big Sky

This morning when I woke I was somewhat surprised to see there were a couple inches of snow on the ground. It really changes my short commute to work…how I ride a bike. Interestingly, for as big and heavy as the Mundo is, it is not my favorite bike to ride in the snow. InContinue reading “A Little Snow and a Big Sky”

James the Incredible Human iPod (and an additional photo)

So this is interesting. I had just left work after working a split shift. I didn’t face a stove all of the day but much of it. When I came outdoors the fresh air felt good and it felt good to be on foot, but I was surprised to see that there was a combinationContinue reading “James the Incredible Human iPod (and an additional photo)”

A Few Images Through an Inexpensive Lense

This post is twofold. Firstly, it is another in the theme that when you walk or ride a bike you witness so much more than when in a car (yes, I know I’ve been harping on this lately but it is important in my daily life), and in the case of myself–or anyone–it offers near-countlessContinue reading “A Few Images Through an Inexpensive Lense”