Monday, November 10, 2014

Milestone 48

No Standing

When you get to a certain age, you no longer celebrate birthdays. They're now milestones.

I've gone through many changes these past few years, where I feel that I'm more reflective of my life and the world around me. I have a strong desire to purge most of the material things in my life. I feel ashamed of all the imbalance in the world but overwhelmed by the task of doing anything about it.

I will strive to be a better, more patient man, and give back more than what is given to me. I will enjoy the world and the people I love. I will try to raise my kids to be thoughtful, compassionate and open-minded while living happy and healthy lives.

I will cherish every moment, no matter how small.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pics From The Invasion Car Show 2014 - Deep Ellum


Taking pics of cars isn't really my thing. I leave that up to my very talented wife, Wendy, at Still, when she brings me to these great events, like The Invasion Car Show, I'll try to mess around with my point-and-shoot, and iPhone.

To be honest, as great as the cars are, I found myself more interested in the folks around them. Here are a few of my better attempts.


This girl was waiting on a photographer, setting up a shoot with that car.


Sometimes, the colors from a work in progress, are amazing.

Tail Shot

These cars will always make a statement.


I was messing around with some post-work on these trucks and decided to leave this in color over black and white. I'm pretty happy with the contrast.


I saw these two just standing there, asking for me to capture this moment.


Sometimes, rust is a beautiful thing.


I love when the driver matches the car.


The coolest Dad in my book.

Classics In Deep Ellum

Couple of dudes, checking out the cars.


It was a great day to drive around without a roof.



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My Favorite Quotes

Sky Perfection

I've been collecting favorite quotes that I've read from different books and around the inter webs, and I thought that I would share them here. This collection is open-ended, where I will keep adding more as I get them.

Since I found some of these online, I cannot say that these are 100 percent accurate or if these people actually said them. Take them for what they're worth, good words of wisdom to relate to and live by.

"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race." 
- H.G. Wells

"...Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; 
One equal temper of heroic hearts, 
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will 
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle."
- Ernest Hemingway

"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride." 
- John F. Kennedy

"Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia." 
- H.G. Wells

"The computer is like a bicycle for our minds." 
- Steve Jobs

"… I believe that as long as you operate your vehicle compassionately and responsibly, it doesn't matter what kind of vehicle it is."
- Bike Snob NYC

"El viento es mi enemigo" 

"El viento es mi amigo"

"The wind is my friend 
It makes me strong 
It makes the ride seem long"

"Everyone in their life has his own particular way of expressing life's purpose—the lawyer his eloquence, the painter his palette, and the man of letters his pen from which quick words of his story flow. I have my bicycle."
- Gino Bartali

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams."
- 'Ode' by Arthur O'Shaughnessyi. Quoted from Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” 
- Scott Adams

“Who climbs with toil, wheresoever, 
Shall find wings waiting there.” 
- Henry Charles Beeching, 'Going Down Hill on a Bicycle: A Boy's Song'

“Be at one with the universe. If you can't do that, at least be at one with your bike."
- Lennard Zinn

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." 
- Albert Einstein

"I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating."
- Sophocles

"A universal truth of bicycling is this - pain is inevitable, suffering is optional." 
- Robert Penn

"Everything about riding a bicycle compels you towards beauty." 
- Bike Snob NYC

"If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good."
- Dr. Seuss

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." 
- Martin Luther King Jr.

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good." 
- Thomas Paine

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Items I Carry - From 2007 to 2014

I started contributing to a Flickr group called "The Items We Carry." They ask for us to post pics of the small things we put in our pockets or on our persons — the essentials we need to function daily at a basic level. *If you don't have pockets and say, are a lady, then your purse may serve as your pockets.

I found it interesting to see what other people were carrying, as well as fun to share my own stuff. I didn't get every year, but you can get the idea.

What's even more interesting to me is to see how my things have changed over the years - and how many stay the same. My goal is to start reducing and simplifying my life - to need less and carry less.

dickdavid's stuff 2007

dickdavid's stuff 2009

dickdavid's stuff 2011

dickdavid's stuff 2013

dickdavid's stuff 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bikes May Use Full Lane Lapel Pins – For Sale

Bikes May Use Full Lane


I've mentioned this on Suburban Assault, as well.

These high quality lapel pins were developed to pay tribute to the bike friendly road signs found along many roads in the US. The original batch was a small, limited run of that sold out quickly. Great news! I was able take part in a larger run and now they are available for you.

If you are a bicyclist, bike supporter or bike advocate, show your support for Sharing The Road, by wearing a Bikes May Use Full Lane Lapel Pin.

The goal of selling these pins is to help spread the word and not make a profit. Prices have been set to recover any up-front costs, time and expenses. I will try to use any extra proceeds towards new inventory.

Here are the updated details:

Price: $3 each - Originally $5
Shipping: $5.60 USPS Flat Rate for each order (Even though these are light, the US Post Office charges that much to ship a bubble envelope.) Sorry, USA shipping only. If you are not in the States, leave a comment below and I'll try to make arrangements.
How: Click over to my Pop-Up Store for order information.
Details: These are custom die struck iron soft enamel pins in a .75 inch size with one military clutch attachment.

My Manifesto on Freelance Work

Old Hand


I am a graphic designer. I do creative stuff for my job all day long and get paid for it, which is pretty damn cool. I'm also a very busy person and TIME is very, very valuable to me – even if it's finding time for myself to just chill.

Lately, I've become aggravated by the idea of doing freelance work. Before I go any further, let me describe the nature of freelance work, as it has come to me lately. The name FREElance WORK seems to have become a more literal interpretation of the concept. People want me to do WORK for them – for FREE. Hence, my aggravation.

If you have a doctor as a neighbor, would you ask for free treatment? If your sister's, friend's dad is a lawyer, would you expect him to give you free council? If one of the guys on your PTA has a landscaping business, would you expect him to mow your lawn for free? If you met a chef at a party, would you expect her to come home and cook a free gourmet meal for your family and friends? If you thought yes to any of these questions, then I don't need you in my life.

It's the same thing with graphic designers.

Now, I don't mind working and I don't mind working for free – but it has to be on my terms. If it's a great creative opportunity (or for a good cause, that I support) and I feel is worthy of my time, I will be more than happy to help. Also, if I have time, I'll even help out a close friend in need. Now, that's CLOSE friend, not Facebook friend, not co-worker, not neighbor.

If you do manage to get free work out of me, please don't micro-manage or creative direct it. I'm open to good feedback and collaboration, but I'm not your production artist ready to build-out your bad ideas. As stated above, I'll do free work, but only if it's a 'creative opportunity'. The moment you start dictating bad art direction, is the moment that project is no longer 'creative'.

So, don't come to me with your silly pet project – like your kid's Minecraft birthday invitation, because you are too cheap to buy the ones in the store. Although you might think it's easy for me, it still takes time. Time, as I wrote earlier, is very valuable to me.

Rant over.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

My Hollywood Car Collection Is Growing

Recently, Hot Wheels just released a new "Retro Series" which included nicer versions of my favorite Hollywood cars. So far, I've only been able to find Kitt from the TV Show Knight Rider (pictured in the group shot), the Trans Am from Smokey and The Bandit, and Ecto1 from the Ghostbusters movies.

Smokey and the Bandit

Ecto 1

Hollywood Car Collection

Also in my collection is the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazard TV show, the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future, Herbie from the Herbie movies, the van from The A-Team TV show, the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo, the Mach 5 and Shooting Star from Speed Racer, the classic 1960s Batmobile from the Batman TV show, as well as the new one from the Dark Knight series, and finally, the MINIs from the new Italian Job movie.