Monday, January 26, 2009

Further Discussion on origin of CARTNE Video and some dancing music...

One commenter (commentator? common tater?) thinks that the CARTNE video (CARTNE Industries, El Segundo, CA) was manufactured by firemen at the Browne's Addition Fire Station. Could be. Those guys get bored sometimes.

Well, we went round and round on this, but one thing that came up in the conversation was the heroism, professionalism and dadaism of the firemen at what turns out to be Fire Station 3 (thank you Jacque).

I found this dance music that swept the nation - a techno Green Beret Ballad about the exploits of Spokane Fire Engine 3. No video, so you can iron to it and dance at the same time without losing your pressing focus.

Click on the title above or here to hear.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Strange Video Tape Found in Dumpster Behind Station!

This video tape was found in the dumpster. It must've been sent to the Spokane Fire Department a while back by some salesman. Apparently CARTNE is from El Segundo, CA. I don't know if they are still in business. It seems like a good idea. Has anyone seen any of these around in other cities?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mt Spokane on Sunday

It's been years since I X-Country skied at Mt. Spokane. Even though there hasn't been snow in weeks, the trails were really well-groomed. The sun felt good too. Sorry, I was blinking my eye when I took this picture.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

It's called "Dedication." Maybe you've heard of it. Maybe you need to get some.

Behind the station, is a place we call the SUPER C Highway. It is a well-traveled alley for many to purchase beer at the SUPER C and walk home. There is a rest stop along the way. And this is it.

If you open the window, you can hear some interesting conversations. I heard a guy talking about cutting down on the overhead of his business, once. Really. Sometimes, you don't need to open the window, they're that loud. When they get too loud, we ask them to hold it down because the baby is trying to sleep. And they do.

Of course, we don't have a baby at the station. Although that would be a good basis for a sitcom - 16 men and a baby at a fire station. The kid could be raised his entire life in the station. We would hide him when a Colonel Klink-like chief would become suspicious. I'm just spit-ballin' here. Network execs - talk to my agent.

Anyway, you have to admire that these folks are dedicated to what they're doing, and they don't let a little snow get them down.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Spokane Creates City-Wide Bicycle Lanes!


Yesterday, I saw a lot of confused motorists thinking they could squeeze their fat-ass SUVs into these defacto bike lanes. I bet there has since been a run on replacement mirrors. There was a satisfying scraping noise whenever they tried this maneuver. But that didn't deter them in the least.

It's the little things in life!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Walking starting to get old...

Walked for my commute again. When I get back on my bike, it will be less work getting to and from work. How many people get to say that?

Out of curiosity I took the Tiger Trail up the hill this morning. It is very do-able. Thank Gawd for the Ipod, podcasts, and of course, Lee Scratch Perry.

The Sheriff canceled school today (what kind of message does that send the kids?). I guess the sheriff runs the city, the county, the school district, etc. He is waiting for the sidewalks to clear so kids walking to school won't get hit by cars. Lincoln's sidewalks are under about 6 feet of compact graterized snow. Good luck with that.

As long as cars rule in Spokane, the sidewalks will never be clear - because they keep getting buried to make it easier for cars to travel. This forces pedestrians into the street and we have to mix it up with the cars. That's just the way it is - Sheriff. It's not a perfect world. As long as cars slow down, and pedestrians get out of the way when they need to, it should all work out.

I don't think we need a Critical Mass event for pedestrians. Most drivers are very courteous and accommodating to pedestrians. There will be the occasional jerk, but there always is. However, there is something to be said for strength in numbers. Plus it shows drivers that there are better alternatives - maybe.

Sarah had a great idea this morning. What if the Sheriff (as he seems to be running the show) announced that, between certain hours, school children own the streets, and that motorists should plan accordingly. A great solution.

Anyway, here are some pictures of the Tiger Trail in case you are wondering what it's like for your commute:

Thursday, January 01, 2009


Look, I don't have much of a sweet tooth. I probably eat 5 cookies the whole year, until our neighbor brings us cookies she makes for the Yuletide. Each is a work of art - multilayered with a cornucopia of textures. She is really into whole grains and healthy ingredients (as healthy as a cookie can be I guess). This is her second delivery to our house. Location. Location. Location.

When you eat one of these cookies, you tend to take your time - you know it took her a lot of time to make them.

I've still been walking instead of riding - I think that burns up more calories, so I need these cookies.