This being a blog about bicycles got off to a fast start in late 2010. Posting was often and the writing, well the writing evolved into a word count for many post. The subject matter veered off the wall, post were not very well-edited and were viewed by a few readers. I started writing as an exercise to do something creative and to express my passion for bicycling and love of photography. In April of 2014 after close to two years of sporadic posting I just quit writing. Well I’m back today with a post. I have strayed and played, and truth be known, the winter time is a good opportunity to start-up fresh.

The past couple years in my life have had no great shake ups. I’m settled in work and life in Duluth Minnesota. Same as two years ago. Family and friends are doing well, we are healthy! What has changed in my life could be described as a point where my future doesn’t just depend on me. It also depends on a whole lot of other people. And those people will in turn depend on me. A community of people connecting might be one way of looking at it but, this is not what I mean. I mean people depending on one another for the future to have an outcome that is their vision and not some other vision.

Special interest in this country are protecting the strong from the weak as elections ramp up and the economy stagnates. Now is the time to seek out good men and women who are ready to take this country forward in 2016. The Republican and Democratic leadership are all in the bag. They all owe someone.  Our leaders are clichés. Following the money is pretty easy these days. Koch Brothers and Davos! Great leadership will stay away from the money. Blogs and Twitter are free! The news aggregators that eventually pick up the buzz are free too! What I see in my world is a counter attack on the daily local and regional newspapers that have a narrow agenda.  These sources of news influence and divide citizens along patriotic and christian lines. You are either pro this or anti that. What if we thought of others like the characters in “The Interview” who said, “You hate us because you ain’t us?” Really shallow thinking for those that only want to be ourselves and nobody else. The time to depend on people who do what they say they will do is more important now than in recent memory. The big slide and divide has made it so.

It’s a wonderful thing to be charged about the fucked up situation in America, poor pay, student debt, foreign fear, civil rights, women’s rights, and any topic on the Jon Stewart Show. Where are those among us that can tear themselves away from the price of gas and the threat of weather? Take a step back. Write yourself an IOU. That is like IOmE. Because when you PAY attention to yourself and the shit around you, once and for all depending on people who are depending on you too. How do you know the camp you are in has a chance in hell to make right some of the shit going down in our country? Here are the 10 ways you know those in your camp. 1. You would vote to legalize pot now in your state if put to a vote. 2. A woman can get an abortion for whatever reason. 3. Mostly you identify as yourself. 4. War is not the answer. 5. You question authority. 6. You are fired up rather than fearful. 7. Big special interest are dangerous. 8. You know bull shit when you hear it. 9. Religion is no biggy. 10. Your aren’t trying to change anyone.

The momentum is here for our camp. The missing key is ambitious individuals that don’t turn out to be assholes that can lead this camp. We have unfortunate leaders in both parties at every level of government. It is our task to get involved with our candidates and let them know what we want. If they can’t deliver the goods let’s get them out of office. It may be a very interesting election cycle ahead. Let’s get involved now! You owe it to yourself and the ones you love.


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Winter be Gone

It’s about time for the Winter of 2013-2014 to be gone. Here in Duluth MN we have been hit with another seasonal snow. For perspective the snows last April totaled four feet and we didn’t see the first signs of Spring until mid May. The positive spin on this April is we have already had 60 degree days. The town is buzzing with runners and bikers whenever the sun is shining. This will be my second Spring in Duluth. Natives say there is no Spring only mud. It’s best to leave your boots at the door. Our friends bring house slippers when visiting. This is the custom. Like a Siberian Holiday that has been going on since Thanksgiving, the snow is pretty today. Our memory of the record 40 plus continuous days when the temperature fell below zero have only hardened our resolve to get outdoors as much as we can while even the mud won’t stop us.

There was a time growing up in Indiana when I was the only person walking or biking on the street. What was this thing in my DNA for movement? It was lonely. Where were the other people? There was no mud, there was very little snow, it rained sometimes in the summer time and the fall was spectacular. But, where were the everyday people? If they didn’t have this movement gene, mythical gene, made up gene, then possibly, it was their local “custom” that prevented them from self-propelled movement. Because I still have family and friends in Indianapolis I don’t mean for them to take offense to this by saying, the custom at the time was being too busy with big Catholic families. Our times were spent at ice cream social and Monte Carlo nights, Midnight Mass. I don’t know of a family of 10-17 kids who could afford to outfit them with individual bikes. I’m not sure how you could get them to even walk down the sidewalk together without seeming like an evacuation or fire drill. Those were the times growing up. People, kids. big ass families. And never really seeing them outdoors. I longed for more human contact. And knew I had to go. Get out of there.

Doug Stanhope is a comedian who said in Harper’s May 2014 issue he has audiences that often complain about their lousy hometown. And reminds them, “you can leave.” I left Indianapolis a long time ago. My 25-year-old was born elsewhere if that tells you anything. Something I took with me and have carried all this time is knowing that people everywhere are generally no different at their very core than where we all come from. That is reassuring to know people can be counted on. Generic in a way. Normal sort of. But. There is always a but. You have to know when to leave. Or for that matter just to get out of the house. Restlessness is good for the soul of a place when trust and safety in our public places are central to our existence. I found this living in Puerto Rico at the beach, in the countryside, towns and city.

And in New England where it is a common expression “Wherever you are you are already there.” The reality is of moving within a place, with people about.  Walking or bicycling is the custom for billions of the earths inhabitants. To find this custom in America is a rare thing. Boston is a walkable city because you really don’t need a car. Indianapolis is not a walkable city because like L.A. the car is King and nobody walks in L.A.. A small city like Duluth is more walkable than you can imagine even though the town is built on a hillside. The custom is to walk in Duluth. There is even a place called the Lakewalk, a 6 mile linear park. Then there is the elevated indoor Skywalk System in Duluth connecting downtown with Canal Park and this system totals a couple of miles. Customs are changing for better or worse through out time. There is no more main street in America but even now that Phoenix may be rising from the ashes.

Let’s remember that Italians know something about customs. The Passeggiata is the slow walk taken after work and before dinner in the old town plazas, streets and parks of Italy. And it is every night of the week in Summer. You go to be seen. To share good times over an ice cream or coffee. To listen to music. Just to dress up a bit and live a little. So happy for the restless at heart in desire who walk.



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We Can’t Eat Cake….

Eating in moderation or going through life and doing stuff in moderation is something my dad would say is a good rule to follow. I agree. Too much of a good thing can spoil it for you. On the other hand most of us smugly don’t think its anyone’s business but our own if we overindulged, puke and do it all over again. Super market snob can be an in your face kind of guy sometimes.  Dads’ advice about moderation goes completely out the door and when it comes to stepping over that boundary of decorum which, separates you and me in the grocery aisle. You want to hear how disastrous your eating is and then you yell at me for saying “moderation in  things in life” including eating. “We can’t have our cake and eat it to”.  That’s what this blog is all about isn’t it? So get over it and keep reading.

A family friend mentioned she wouldn’t mind living communally cooking and sharing other domestic chores. Instead of every household separated at meal time an entire block of people could  share a meal. In urban areas like-minded people buying houses on the same block is a great idea that is until they start to sleep with one another. Communes in the “olden days” that I am familiar with became cults or were disbanded when they became havens for free loaders. People can be idealistic fools to a point. It’s in our nature. These idealist become the people who get things done and the change that comes, come from the idealist or realist, whatever you want to call them. Not from the conformist or follower of trends or the herd.

It’s one of those weeks when both my wife and I are traveling and there are piles of food left from last weekend when we had house guests. I’ve invited my son over for dinner and hope to send him home with a care package. Whatever we don’t eat he is welcome to it.

Hummus is on the dinner menu tonight with our son. This is one of the left over dishes from the weekend. The dish is prepared fresh and easy with a blender or food processor. Super market snob did not prepare the suggested “kid friendly” version from the back of the garbonzo bean can. Which, is the crux of this blog post. Kids are people too. Get it. They eat the same food as you, the adult in the room or they don’t eat at all, at least to a point.

Plain Hummus is a delicious food. Kid friendly hummus is? I”ll let you decide. Here is the recipe.

Kid Friendly Hummus

1 can (15oz) Garbonzo Beans, 1 cup fat-free cottage cheese, 1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt, 1 (1 ounce) packet ranch dip mix, 1 tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1 tbs olive oil, 1 tbs chopped garlic,

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until smooth.

Now, I must say Super market snob has had a revulsion to cottage cheese since early childhood. Vomit taste better! As a food Hummus traditionally is prepared with Tahini, ground sesame seeds. Add garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and maybe fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme. Fresh HERBS. That’s about it. Cut with a dash of water to smooth things out. Now why does the Kid Friendly version have all these other bullshit ingredients? Do kids nowadays love Ranch? Love cottage cheese? Love plain yogurt? And tell me what does this Kid Friendly version taste like? I will not even waste a good 77 cent can of garbonzos to find out. Believe me, Tahini is the dominant taste in this dish! Cooking 101 over and out……….

Will the student in the front row please stand up. Question? What is the taste in Kid Friendly Hummus? OK, ummmmhhhh, the teacher says that the taste is the packet of Ranch dip mix. So, what is in Ranch dip mix? First, let Super market snob remind readers that the packet weighs, 28 grams, 1 ounce. Remember from your drug studies that an ounce of marijuana is 28 grams, four fingers to the initiated. I digress. Let’s proceed. So, I looked up the ingredients of Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix and drum roll please………People complained first and foremost of the additives, primarily Monosodium Glutamate, MSG. Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix does not have any nutritional value what so ever. But, people will spend hard-earned cash on flavor? Arrrgh….Don’t we know better than to eat this stuff? Let’s feed it to the kids now and let them sort it out why mommy and daddy fed them this s$#t and not the simple traditional hummus. Can we not be honest to our kids at least? How long do we want them to believe in Santa, the Easter bunny or good health without trying? As adult eaters so many of us are lost and the best thing we can do for our kids it to not drag them down too. We can not have our cake and eat it too. Who said that?…………….old English proverb.


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Personal Pizzasizeit

As I mentioned last week that upon finishing posting that pizza was my next meal for the household. I made a variation as I tend to do. I left out the garlic and added spinach. The final result was delicious. Good food made simple. Though Supermarket snob could not be satisfied with just tasty or quick and appreciation for making the meal. No, the snob went the extra yard to make the pizza personal pan size. The portions were intentionally made for one.

Personal Pizza cost about $1.25 each. Serve at Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Personal Pizza cost about $1.25 each. Serve at Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Far easier for someone like me to identify with a small pizza. Sure one pan or maybe half again are enough food to eat at one sitting. A lesson taken from the Industrial Food complex that has made a science of portion control for dieters. Why not just do it for ourselves I might ask?

One 7.5 ounce portion meal cost $3.39 @ .45c per ounce, pizzasizeit  four portions total weight 25 ounces cost $5 @ .20 cents per ounce.

One 7.5 ounce portion meal cost $3.39 @ .45c per ounce, pizzasizeit four portions total weight 25 ounces cost $5 @ .20 cents per ounce.

My theory why people purchase low-calorie prepared meals over cooked at home meals I think is that for the extra money they can feel smug. Hey you, in the check out line! Look at me.. I’m on a diet and here’s proof. Boxed dinners. High cost. Investment in my diet. Look at me, I’m doing it.

Yeah, you and millions of other losers, Oh, I mean weight conscience fanatics. What I mean is-Weight loss is attainable when a balance diet is maintained not pseudo starvation.  The above meal has 150 calories in it. A 12 oz can of Coke has 140 calories. Drink that with your meal! Still less than 300 calories and about $4 total. Supermarket Snob makes comparison shopping easy to understand. Compare my pizzasizeit portions and made at home meal that kicks the $#%% out of lean cuisine. Here’s why. My Pizza fed two for dinner, one for a snack and one for breakfast at 20 cents per ounce. Lean Cuisine fed one for dinner at 45 cents per ounce. Gag me to eat this cold or at breakfast washed down with a coke.

How easy is it to portion control a roll of dough for four individual pizzas? Really, really #@$%#$ easy. So, is the extra effort any different from portion control with slices? Yes, I think so. For some people they lose count of the slices they eat. Or they tell themselves just one more slice or bite. Before long the pizza is decimated. Personal pizzasizeit and it’s far easier to eat just one. Try starting with half of a pizzasizeit. With kids this portion tactic is fun. In addition for kids the preparation and cooking is a great way to spend time. If cooking isn’t fun any efforts to eat well or lose weight will be in·fin·i·tes·i·mal.

Cook pizza in a toaster oven or conventional oven with a pizza stone. I’ve done it both ways. First, I want to give a shout out to those reading who are  challenged in a big way to eat good food on limited income. Paying the electric bill hurts for some folks. Just saying, the toaster oven is the most efficient appliance in the kitchen. That said, you can’t eat well microwaving your meals!

By the numbers today the $3.39 cost for a Lean Cuisine meal comparison to a type of processed product.  FAGE Total 2% Greek Yogurt sale price $1.22 @ 7 oz.

Per ounce cost LC 45.2 cents vs FAGE 17.5 cents —-Total Fat  LC 4g 6% DV vs FAGE 4g 6% DV —-Sat Fat LC 2g 10% DV vs FAGE 3g 15% DV, ok these numbers are so far identical or very close. But we are talking boxed meat vs dairy product and for the next set of numbers still close with Cholesterol LC 15mg 5% DV vs FAGE 10mg 3% DV. The numbers widen  a bit now. Total Carb. LC 14g 5% DV vs FAGE 8g 3% DV. Let the pendulum swing now. Sodium LC 570mg 24% DV vs FAGE 65 mg 3% DV. The almighty number for your money here is the amount of protein in the meal vs dairy. Protein LC 15g vs FAGE 20g 40%DV . I want to pause here and say I did not leave out the protein % DV for the LC meal intentionally as it’s broken down in a bizarre way. See below label. The protein winner by a long shot is FAGE. These two products are packaging protein primarily. Lean Cuisine is gouging the consumer who is too smug to invest in a good piece of lean meat, saute some mushrooms and onions in wine and blanch a broccoli stem. Supermarket snob can do it and so can you. Just don’t buy this stuff anymore. Get hooked on healthy eating.

No Vegetable Servings in Lean Cuisine.

No Vegetable Servings in Lean Cuisine.

No surprise here there are no vegetable servings in the Lean Cuisine meal as per the labeling. By the numbers Supermarket Snob is scratching his head why anyone is buying this less is more bull#$#$! Less protein more money. No vegetables in yogurt either but there isn’t broccoli pictured on the package. Honesty the ingredients list on the Lean Cuisine package has brocoli as the first ingredient. But, I question how honest is the whole concept of package meals? There it is in bold print Vegetable Servings 0. ZERO sucker! See label above. Can’t very well put this information on the front of the package in BOLD. Supermarket snob is reading the labels and does not like what I see. Problem is this is the sort of bad nutrition, insane economic imbalance and out right bait and switch package prepared food makers resort to to capture your hard-earned dollars. The supermarket is a battle zone not a happy zone. Consumers can’t see the forest for the trees. We could say that it’s all food, the stuff on grocery shelves. Until we realize it isn’t food when we begin to read the label. A good start for anyone that wants to change the way they eat is to start in the produce section and get to know vegetables and fruit. Funny none of the produce has labels. Could be that we knew all along this stuff was good for us and dag namit the government thought enough also that it’s not a requirement to label fruits and vegetables. Seems we can correlate prepared package meals with the need for nutritional labeling and the out of control eating habits that the snobs from the Industrial Food Complex have hooked. Now if we could get the truth on the front of the package so the suckers buying the stuff can get a clue.

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Super Market Snob

My most recent trip to the super market shed some of the anxiety I have had when shopping for nutritious food. I entered Super One on Arrowhead road, grabbed a cart and ignored the assault that generally happens as I passed the sale goods piled high in open bins. Past the PopTarts, Chips, meal in a box, crackers, sweetened juices, canned soups, and on and on, and then I saw oatmeal on sale. Ahh, made it to the produce section to check out prices. Finding higher prices than I can buy elsewhere I began the process to shop for our cupboards at home. One hundred eleven dollars later the only non food item I bought were paper napkins. For a few months prior I had gradually transformed my outlook on supermarkets and my purchases. During this foray I became a super market snob.

Like a chronic coupon clipper piecing together a meal plan I shopped for the deals. I also refused to purchase higher priced items when I could buy those same on my way home at a second market. The irony is the second market is upscale and will have many lower priced meats, dressings and produce. The key to savings is to know what the market prices are. To know this I will shop no less than three times per week. That’s more times than the average American goes out to eat.

Does anyone make this? Or do you make the box stuff?

Does anyone make this? Or do you make the box stuff?

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The Hamburger Helpering of Americans has led to exhorbitant weight gains.  Diet claims to lose weight sell magazines in the check out lane. Super One 04/01/2014


And living in Duluth Minnesota, going out to eat is dismal. Having a breakfast at a diner is a big whoop. On the other hand eating lunch or dinner out is just not on our radar. The corporate fare is generic. All the fast food we have come to loathe and Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Noodles. While the local food is good it comes with a price, no cheap eats in Duluth. We love BlackWater the Martini Bar. Chester Creek Cafe and the Duluth Grill do well. So, the draw to eat out is just not there when we shop like a snob. We prepare our meals at home most days. In the summer we cook over a wood fire outdoors. This is Northern Minnesota.

At the beginning of the check out lane I’ve just finished unloading my cart. I ask the cashier to do me a favor and apply the internet coupon deals which she gladly obliges. With in store mark downs and the internet coupon I save 14%. That’s just less than $19. What do the numbers mean to a snob? A super market snob is shopping for dry goods, fresh goods and frozen goods. These goods are for the day, week and month.

The conveyor belt transports my goods to be scanned and bagged. Dry goods, canned Northern Beans, cashews, peanuts, almonds, raisins, honey, peanut butter, lime juice, cranberry juice,L&P worcestershire,two types of Berio olive oil, oatmeal and one pack of powdered donuts. Fresh goods, a white onion, 5 lb red potatoes, clove of garlic. Frozen goods and dairy, hard parmesan wedge, 2 cracker barrel cheese, 6 Fage yogurt,2 packages boneless chicken breast, 1 lb ground chicken, 3 lb ground breakfast turkey sausage and 4 frozen bread loaves.

The super market snob can’t wait to bite into the powered donuts so I tuck these into my breast pocket. First thing I do is read the nutrition label when I am settled into my car seat. Doing the math there are 8 donuts, 250 calories per serving and two servings per container. Honest to god I have up to this day eaten dozens of packages and never read this label. True, I habitually snaked on two packages at once but, I also was bike commuting 25 miles a day. By the numbers 2 packages is 1000 calories. Super market snob instantly saw the light of day sitting there with powdered donuts and the options that lay ahead. Should I down them? Throw them away? Messy me will leave powder on my face and my wife will know I’ve strayed from my course to eat better. Asking myself these questions are all part of the game. Settling on the option to eat two powdery gobs, 125 calories and seal the package for another day. That was two days ago. I’ve got 5 donuts left. The snob could not have picked a better non-food than these donuts.  The symbolism is too much. What I crave is no better or less than the packaged sugar, sodium and fat that Americans crave. By the numbers here is what one package of powered donuts contain. 500 calories, 36% total fat of Daily Value, 60% saturated fat DV, 16% Cholesterol DV, 24% Sodium DV, 22% Carbohydrate DV, Sugars 32 grams, Protein 6 grams. A token roll of donuts when eaten whole did not compute because I never gave a second thought about my craving.

A  journey  into super market snobbery is an event to be enjoyed with caution and preparedness. In some ways a grocery is like a city in that you have to keep yours eyes wide open. So imagine the produce section is like your finest parks. The cereal aisle is like the grubby parched land during a drought. The dairy section is like the rolling wooded countryside. The chip and soda aisles are like the fake sentiment of Super Bowl commercials with the promise that everything will be alright. The dry and frozen aisle of packaged meals are like the suburban strips we see in thousands of American towns and cities. Corporations are what’s for dinner tonight in many homes. Supermarket snob might be the best thing I can do for myself and family. At least I know what’s for dinner in our house tonight.

Don’t judge me before taking a look at my shopping list and further postings which round out our cupboards. I will leave you with a recipe for Pizza which I will be making as soon as I sign off here.


One pound frozen bread dough –cost $1–thaw for half hour on counter top the day before. Cut dough into 4 equal pieces. Place on dinner plate and cover with clear plastic wrap. Store in refridgerator for up to 48 hours. Dough will rise. When ready to bake. Flatten covered dough, unwrap clear wrap, flour countertop and hands. Press and spread each piece. When sufficiently formed each piece is about 6-8 inches in diameter. Put on Pizza stone or pizza pan. Set oven temp to 400 degrees F

Prepare Toppings- slice and chop with sharp knife

Todays toppings are 2 0z per topping per pizza –Portebello mushrooms, green peppers, onion, garlic to taste–cost $2.75-$3

Ragu sauce- spoon enough to cover to edge of crust and shred hard parmesan cheese—cost —$1

Rosemary and Thyme cut from live plants growing at home–cost– free–these plants bought spring 2013

Sprinkle toppings and cook on pizza stone for 13 minutes or tan crust

Total cost rounding up– $5 for fresh and good tasting

Feeds 4 individual zaaaaa

Won’t go into calories and blah blah. Will say most frozen pizzas are regularly in the $4 -$8 range. Dominoes delivers for $5 plus tax and tip. Homemade and fresh is always going to be better than frozen.

Think when you visit the store next time. The appeal of buying into the corporate,packaged and processed food chain is a sort of snob too. It’s what the food scientist have been creating for decades. The monster American food consumer to eat American stuff grown and packaged from our birth to grave. So all we do is pop in, spoon out, fill up, drive in and balloon out. This sort of snob you won’t find here. Stay tuned for good recipes and more choice at the supermarket.



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Do It Yourself DIY Just about Anything

The couple of times I traveled in 2013 I was staying in a far city with family we used VRBO and Airbnb. These experiences at the time vaguely registered what we were doing was DIY lodging. The beauty of it was the feeling of homeyness that you never get while staying in a motel. The kind of satisfaction likened to a job well done. So I began to think other DIY moments I have in my life which I take for granted. What is gained by Do It Yourself is when more of us disrupt common held beliefs and practices the closer our communities are knit.IMG_1708

I eat farm fresh eggs. Been doing this for about a year. I get them from Doug who I see once every couple of weeks. I usually call him and we arrange a place and time to meet that works for the both of us. This is DIY in that I actually save money $2.50 a dozen vs over $4 at the grocery. And these eggs are FRESH.  Doug gets to keep every penny of the transaction so that makes the deal even sweeter. DIY value is ephemeral in a sense because it is not out right bartering and my business may only be one time. Bartering I can move on to other sweet deals. Not so with DIY. Doug continues to sell eggs to me and others in the community. DIY is fueling the economy a little more each time one of us has a need fulfilled outside regulations and taxes. DIY is the creator of a destiny more forgiving than the financial hazing we often take when we pay outright for a service or commodity.

This winter brought a boat load of snow in early December. The polar vortex locked over 3 feet of snow on our rooftops and everywhere else. My concern was the load and the fact winter had just begun and more snow was inevitable. Soon after this huge snowfall a fellow stopped his truck blocking my driveway as I was leaving for work. He hopped out and said he wouldn’t take more than 3 minutes of my time for an estimate of the cost to remove the rooftop snow. The gent told me $250 bucks and left his card. That Saturday I went out and bought a “cool” folding/scaffold ladder which can be used indoors and outdoors and a snow rake for exactly $250. I’m still out cash but I’ve got myself tools for this project and future snows. I’ve already been up on the roof a second time. I’ll wager I’ve shoveled five feet of snow and put in about six hours of physical labor. Sweat equity is just another way of looking at DIY.

View from Davids Cabin

View from Davids Cabin

The king of sweat equity is a family friend named David. He has spent a decade working on the most beautiful log cabin. He started with seven semi trailers of logs. Logs with bark on them. He de-barked every single log himself. Carved log tops to fit with each log bottom. He bought a crane to lift the logs in place. The ridge log is over 70 feet long. Master of DIY. We may not have the inclination of a David. Although the little things we don’t think about can save us both time and money. DIY in the end is about making something and doing something for others and ourselves. DIY is taking opportunities to be in the moment in the place you are living.

Bicycle riding is another DIY practice when you think about riding instead of driving a car. Trips to the grocery or to work and school are a pretty cool way to move around. DIY awareness training without the hassle of paying a guru. Physical fitness without the gym fees. Looking good and feeling good for nothing but your time. DIY is having herb plants growing in a sunny window. DIY is making homemade pizza. DIY is going to the farmers market in June and buying 15 bunches of basil and making pesto for friends and family for the year. DIY is having a chain saw and helping a neighbor with her trees. DIY can be just about everything that gets us to shed some of the armour we carry and drive around in. A fantastic starter project for someone might be tonights dinner instead of going out. Do it yourself.

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Sea Caves Apostle Island

The weekend before the last pilgrimage of the season. The South Shore Sea Caves brought out many more thousands of gawkers like myself and Cathy, my wife. So far the count for the season is 125K. Getting a parking space near the entry point was essential for me. Cathy spotted an opening and I deftly parked perpendicular to the roadway by squeezing into the space. We got underway out on the lake only to see ant like streams of humans plodding their way along a shoreline rim. Instead we took what appeared to be a less traveled lake route that a smaller stream of ants were trotting. Stomp stomp and unsure if we had taken the best route we continued towards the distant point. Not a cloud in the sky. Temperatures were the highest of the season. You know. North Americans. What in the VORTEX I’m talking about. We packed lightly and dressed lightly. Park Rangers recommended using walking sticks, bringing water or fluids, snacks and making a bathroom break before hitting the ice. And there were people falling. We saw three fall in our proximity. It was a people watching and nature watching sort of day. Bring on the pictures!!!!

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The pictures are all taken by author on iPhone 4.  iPhoto to adjust color and crop. Some photos are rotated from original. Like the author has creative license. If you want to hang Mona Lisa upside down go for it.

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