Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Power of Bicycles – Making The World Better By Bikes


I am pleased to share that I am helping raise funds and awareness for World Bicycle Relief, an organization committed to helping individuals overcome the barrier of distance and have better access to education, health care, and livelihood through the Power of Bicycles in rural parts of the world.

For students in rural Africa, a bike is a life-changing tool that helps increase attendance, improve performance, and help students show up ready to learn. Please consider supporting me as I work to transform a community through the Power of Bicycles. For the recipients, it is more than just a bike. It is a tool for economic and cultural empowerment. The bicycle has changed my life. Please, help make it change the lives of others - in a significant way.

Every donation makes a difference, and a contribution of $147 puts a brand new Buffalo Bicycle into the hands of a student fighting for her education. I hope you’ll join us in helping mobilize more students, teachers, and social entrepreneurs.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS to get me to my goal of $1,470 - which would give 10 bikes. Thank you for your support!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Do You Remember Micronauts?

Micronaut Time Traveler - Blue

One of the last toys I remember playing with, back in the late 1970s, was the Micronaut Time Traveler. It was a big deal to kids my age. Pocket sized, they were carried to school where many adventures were shared among friends during recess.

Micronauts were some of the first of the miniature action figures available at every K-Mart or toy store around. Prior to that, there were 12" G.I. Joes and Star Wars figures.

Micronaut Time Traveler - Blue

Unfortunately, as I got older, toys were no longer an interest to me and my collection of Time Travelers, and all their accessories, were lost to garage sales and donation bins. However, I will never forget their effect on me, and how they represented the last moments of my childhood.

Recently, I had a few bucks in my Paypal balance from a lapel pin sale. I decided to see if there were any good Micronauts available on ebay. I've checked from time-to-time, and when I find them, they're usually missing parts or really expensive. This time I managed to find one in good shape, for the same amount I had available. So, I ordered it.

This one is a great example of the ones I used to play with, however, they are a lot smaller than I remember. Since this one is so old, it probably won't be spending any time in my pocket, heading for recess. It will stay on my shelf as a great reminder of my youth.

Micronaut Time Traveler - Blue

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Two Years Since My Last Post - The Lazy Personal Blogger

Melba Davis

I have my browser set up to have this blog as my home page. Every day, I look at this site thinking that I need to post more - even if it's small, insignificant stuff.

This morning, after looking at the same picture and the same post, I realized that it's been over two years since my last post. Holy shit. What the hell happened?

Here is a picture of my favorite bike, Melba Davis. It's a KONA UTE cargo bike that I picked up in December 2015, for about half the original retail price. It's heavy and slow, just like me.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Star Wars Series from Hot Wheels

Star Wars Hot Wheels

Perhaps it's because they are coming out with a brand new episode of the Star Wars franchise. Perhaps it's because Hot Wheels will make a series about anything, just to get the collectors out on the hunt. I don't care.

I'm just glad that after almost 40 years since the film was first released, the Star Wars pop culture continues to grow through multiple generations. It was good to be there, at the beginning.

Now, I just have to figure out a way to get the life-sized Vader car into my garage.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

I've Moved
The last time I updated my personal site, was years ago. The work was dated and the HTML was sloppy. I'd been hosting it on a paid hosting server, for just as long. They provided good service, for what I was paying, but I rarely got any traffic to that site. It was a waste of money.

I decided to cut the cord to that hosting service and just host my site on the free service, I'm familiar with WordPress, because most of my sites are now hosted on that platform. The design templates on their free hosting site are pretty limited and not as flexible as Blogger. However, the admin tools are so much better to use - especially with Domain Mapping.

I still need to update the content to my personal site. Most of it was just copied over from the old site. I am hoping that with a blog format, I'll be able to add and update the content more frequently than my old HTML based site. I'm really excited about posting current work as it happens.

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.