I brought one motorbike with me to Albany, but sold it a year later.  I was perusing Craigslist today and I see it is being sold again!  Still looks good.  Of course I thought about buying it back, but so far so good.  Honestly, I’d rather have this in my garage, or this in my driveway, but I should be able to resist those as well.  Things I am not buying.  A heck of a post, right?  Why are you even reading this?

Go do something better with your time.


Here I expressed misgivings regarding the net benefit of a protected bike lane proposed for Madison Avenue.  Intersections concerned me the most.  Of course the Dutch have sorted it.

(from Momentum Magazine)

I wonder if we can get protected bicycle intersections at the same time we get protected bicycle lanes?  For what it is worth, my hands would be in the air.fig

And then there’s this.

Take care.



Oh the Google.  I’ve had an account with Youtube for years.  Then, as you surely know, Youtube was acquired by Google.  Later, Google created Google+.  For some time I’d log onto Youtube to post a video and I’d be badgered to create a Google+ account and link the two accounts.  I tried to say no but at some point I was signed up.  As bright and careful as I am, Google was too sneaky and it happened.  Then I’d get invites to join friends on Google+ even though I had not once looked at Google+.  That kind of bugged me.  Did a Google+ page exist for me that people were viewing?  What was on it?  I had no idea.  I just wanted it gone.

Yesterday I read about how to deactivate my Google+ account.  To save my Youtube account, I needed to delink Youtube and Google+, which I did according to directions from Google+.  Then I deactivated Google+.  Apparently the unlinking didn’t happen and now my Youtube account is gone along with all my videos many of which were shared on this blog.

The deactivation notice said I could reactivate.  I tried.  One of the security questions was when did I create my Google+ account.  Pretty sure I didn’t create it and, if I unwittingly did, I have no idea when.  Punchline–I can’t reactivate my Youtube account.  Kind of evil of Google, don’t you think?

Time to look for other services.  I’m thinking Vimeo for videos and Duck Duck Go for a search engine.  Let me know if you know of reasons I should look elsewhere.

I spent some time deleting from my posts embedded now blank videos.  I only made it back to April, 2014.  It is an annoying process so I will probably just leave older posts alone.  Not a big deal.  All of my videos were little things that were only meant to make the world a more quiet place and what could be more quiet than no video at all?

Today is supposed to be a perfect day, weather wise.  I hope you get out there and enjoy it.  Me,

Take care.

Very Quickly

Tamales in a pressure cooker!  From here (thanks folks!).  I placed a pint jar in the center to help hold the tamales upright.  tip

Twenty minutes on high pressure, then rest on plate for ten minutes to firm up.  Perfect and amazing (when you consider that conventionally steamed tamales require at minimum an hour to cook ).

See the air pockets in the picture below?  The fluffiest tamales I’ve ever made.  Probably due less to the pressure cooker than to the fact that I left an end of each corn husk open (I used to close both ends).  With an open end, about a tablespoon or two of dough  expanded out the opening.  Looked kind of horror show when I opened the pressure cooker, all oozy and wet, but now that I know they firm when rested for five or ten minutes, I’m not freaked out by wet dough when they first come out of the steam.  tu

I used masa harina from a bag.  Need to use up all five pounds before I try making my own masa for tamales with nixtamilized corn.

One cup of masa harina makes six tamales.  Perfect for two people and about as many as can easily fit in my six quart pressure cooker.ti

The filling is a roasted poblano, shredded seitan and tomatillo salsa.  So good!

Frida’s pep is still tied to the temperature.  70 degrees and she’s like a pup.  85 and she walks at speeds you’d expect for a shepherd aged 13 years.  Either way, she’s loading up on beechnut leaves while the loading is good.  I should mention her kidney values are still unchanged.  Not perfect, but holding firm.  A huge relief.  fib


That’s it for now.  Hope you are well.

From a Friend

Time for some politics!

My friend, Dale Getto, has asked me to reach out to you.  She’s asking for our help.  If you don’t know Dale, throughout her lifetime she has been active in causes related to social justice.  For example, she worked to ensure that human rights for the LGBT community were legitimized and protected.  Dale has also been on the ground electing people to office sympathetic to her values, often contrary to the “majority.”  On Tuesday, September 9th, she is running as a Judicial Delegate in this year’s Democratic Primary.

Judicial Delegates?  From here:

Judicial Delegates are elected during the same time as other political positions.  Unlike the other political positions, each political party elects judicial delegates.  The main responsibility of judicial delegates is to attend a convention where they elect individuals to the New York State Supreme Court.  This is an unpaid job, but requires little time, and is a great public service opportunity.  It also gives newcomers the opportunity to learn more about petitioning and the political process.  Judicial Delegates are unpaid elected officials who serve a two year term.

Did you know that delegates are typically handpicked by party leaders to vote for the party chair’s candidate of choice?  Dale is running, along with a slate of other citizens against this status quo, because she believes that voters should have a voice in choosing our next Supreme Court Judge and because she believes, as do I, that the people we elect to serve our communities should be more representative of those communities.  She is also running because of the glaring lack of diversity in our Judicial District – all of our three sitting Supreme Court trial judges are white men.

There are currently no women or persons of color serving  as Supreme Court justices in our 3rd Judicial district.  That’s because the white male leadership in our Albany County Democratic Party has only once nominated a woman for Supreme Court – one time in the history of our courts – and that was in 2001!  You and I have a chance to change that in the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, September 9th.

It is 2014, and there were many opportunities for the party to make sure the bench reflects the citizenry of Albany County.  To that end, when Dale, along with the slate of delegates listed below win their seat, they will be supporting the candidacy of Judge Margaret Walsh.

Judge Walsh has the experience and qualifications to be an effective Supreme Court Judge.  She has been an Albany County Family Court Judge for almost 10 years and for more than five years has been an acting Supreme Court Justice: the court system has deemed her fit to handle Supreme Court cases.  Why shouldn’t we?

I hope you will agree that we deserve a choice in who serves us on the Supreme Court and that you will join me in supporting Dale Getto and the rest of the slate of delegates who think, as I do, that Judge Walsh is very well qualified to hold this important position.

If you live in the 109th Assembly District (represented by Patricia Fahey) please vote for Dale Getto and the other delegates appearing on the slate with her on Tuesday, September 9th.  If you live in either the 108th or the 110th Assembly Districts you’ll be voting for delegates from another slate committed to voting for Judge Walsh.  A list of delegates committed to voting for Judge Walsh is here.  Take a picture with your phone of the list of your delegates and bring it to the poll.

If you want help even further, please consider forwarding this post to your family, friends and social media contacts, along with your words of support.  Together we can make a difference!

Thank you.


This makes me feel better.

As usual, I found it on Urban Velo.

This makes me feel better too.bov

This makes me feel the best.fws

Hope you are smiling, too!

p.s.  Please buy this before I do.

Small Bite

I have tortillas on my mind and my wanderings around the corner of the web reserved for them brought me to this.

I so wish I needed a tortilla making machine.