Monthly Archives: April 2010

i want what she has (or something like it)

this woman is my role model and her lifestyle is the one to which i aspire. yes, i want to raise veggies and chickens and bees and whatever in the middle of a big city (new orleans, perhaps? but even kc would be okay…) and write and read and bring other people along with me.

OBSESSIVES: Urban Farmer – on CHOW.com from CHOW.com on Vimeo.

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life alongside the trail

today at work i rode up to the tunnel and walked over to the diana bend conservation area. here are a few of the shots i took.

i’ve decided that a goal of mine for this fall (should i still be working at trailside) will be to ride the katy trail from columbia to rocheport and back and live to tell about it. i think it’s no more than 20 miles round trip, so it seems doable, especially since we have customers who regularly ride from sedalia to rocheport and beyond. so we’ll see.

what’s new at trailside? me!

the other day i wrote this whole long ass post on my ipod touch about my new job at trailside café and bike shop in rocheport, missouri, and of course due to some techno-snafu, the post is now inaccessible and lost forever. but yes, i’m currently working at a bike shop, and liking it. not loving it, mind you, although i do love being outside and getting to talk with folks and work with several of my family members. the job will end in october, and if i haven’t found anything by then (as in a library job), i plan to load up the blazer and head to nola. (of course that plan could change, but it seems as feasible as anything else at the moment.)

anyway, as i was saying, i do love being outdoors. one of the perks of being at trailside is that when it’s slow, i have the opportunity to go for bike rides on the gorgeous katy trail. the really cool thing is that trailside is located at some of the most beautiful scenery to be seen along the entire 200+ mile trail. and there are moments when i’m riding along that i feel like i’m in the middle of some luscious 3-d landscape photograph, especially when there’s no one else around. i’ve posted here a few photos taken during a ride i took last week.

introducing carolina chocolate drops

i didn’t realize it, but i’ve been listening to at least one of their songs (a cover of ‘hit ’em up style’) most days at the b&n.  i would listen and think, who the hell is this bluegrass group tryin’ to cover a not very good r&b/hip hop song? and yeah, i still kinda feel that way about it, but hearing some other tracks from the cd, including this song in the video, ‘snowden’s jig’, has caused me to fall in serious like with this band. unbeknownst to me, carolina chocolate drops have been around a few years, but the music they are playing has been around much longer than that. i’m happy to see that they are looking through the negative racial connotations some might say this genre of music represents, and going back to all of our roots, and hopefully exposing this style of music to people who would otherwise not even bother.