In the last show, Ep 140, Mickael was finishing up the rickshaw. Well, now it’s two weeks later, and he and the 3 children have spent a week travelling with it, starting in Northampton, MA, and ending up in Plainville, CT. How was the trip??? Your body? People’s reactions? the beauty of living on a lush branch of the tree of the world while the trunk is rotten? the visits from the police? ( I was with them for a lot of the trip.)
This interview is over the phone, since Mickael and family were in South Carolina, and headed back to France.
Min 38: Talking Heads with “Totally Nude”
42: Election Day is coming up. 5 myths about voting, from the Teaching Tolerance magazine
45: Leaf blowers downtown drive me crazy!! When I talk to the man, he says that nothing can be done about the fact that he’s trying to blow tiny wet honey locust leaves in the drizzle at max power/volume.
And then there’s the guy idling diesel exhaust…”Excuse me, I don’t know if you realize, but the exhaust from your truck makes it hard to breathe all the way down the block…”
52: Talking Heads with “Once in a Lifetime”
Mickael and his 3 children came here from France last week, and within a week have made a rickshaw/covered wagon from black locust poles harvested from the woods, scavenged bike parts from the Bike Lab, nets and rope. It’s a family vehicle, complete with a homemade rocket stove. It’s a dream he has had for a while, to make a rickshaw in the USA and travel with it.
Jamie on CT River cleanup, Ruthy on the origins of Pedal People, Lily on stuff, Jono on his chestnut forest project in Sunderland
James Lowenthal talks about the southwest starry sky
Kiera is visiting from NYC/Montreal, and we’re biking around and sharing stories
July 25, 2018
Rodrigo biked from Mexico City!
July 11, 2018
on a Greyhound bus breakdown in Bristol, TN, travelers I’m waiting around with talk about the ins and outs of cockfighting.
and my parents in KY talk about how they see no need for air conditioning as they have dinner and can tomatoes in an 87 degree house.
maybe i’ll describe this post more in detail later, but i’m traveling to KY June 14-July 3.
Valley Bike Share – opening celebration June 28th, Pulaski Park
Beweegen electric-assist bicycles – Stanley Brown, James Duffney, Jim Duffney
Bike tunnel boys – 7th graders from MontessoriSchool, Duane Ranney, Ethan Tupelo. MassDOT secretary Stephanie Pollack, N’ton Mayor David Narcewicz
and the feature interview: Frances Crowe, on how she got involved with educating young men, and the draft board, about Conscientious Objection during the Vietnam War, 1968-1969.
songs by El David Aguilar, Phil Ochs, Pete Seeter,
4m: Felipe Gonzales runs Mariachi shoe and boot repair on Ave A in Great Falls/Turners Falls. He can fix/alter any boot, shoe, zipper, belt, leather case, etc. He famously even turned a left shoe in to a right shoe once! He gives me a tour of his shop, hightlighting the advantages of reusing scrap materials, and doing work by hand, as compared to much of modern-day industrialization. This interview is in Spanglish.
Also in this episode, Jacqueline Dauphinais, former housemate and PPerson, in town for a friend’s wedding, shares the joy of giving the brides rides in bike trailers through Florence.
Also last week, I took a Sunday trip to Greenfield and back. There’s(no PVTA bus service Sundays, so I share my travails in attempting to find a ride back to Northampton. And interview Wendy Perry, who was selling her wares outside of Greenfields Market/Co-op.
7m – driverless car rolls away at transfer center
9m – I join Howard Moore, a walking school bus driver, and 75 other people walking to Bridge St School.
16m Diamond Rio sings “Meet in the Middle”
20m – Bill Morrow, a speaker at Church of the Savior (UCC) in Knoxville, TN (a mostly white church), references the parable of the Good Samaritan and asks white people to notice ways we are in the ditch of ignorance and arrogance. Many times when people with more financial resources look at communities with less, and ask “How can I help?”, the “savior” overlooks the assets of the community they’re trying to “help.” “I’m rich; you’re poor. Let’s be friends.”
51m – Appalatin sings “Primavera”