cody bear's friends

earthday recap …snobby dog…
April 23, 2008, 6:21 am
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ok…i didn’t make it: i can only go SO FAR without making fun of the fdls morman chic haircut!  but i did well on the rest!

put the canon in the kombi for trip to dog park AND grocery-getting.  here’s the kombi in the park:

as a plus…ran into my friend gardner on the way back from the grocery. he had a bicycle babywagon full of produce.  at first, …i freaked out he had another kid…but then i realized it was veggies!

wasted no paper today and only used the car to and from work….

here’s a cactus:

it is important to note that cody bear wastes…not at all.  he INSISTS his kibble bag is recyclable…and he drinks water.  he won’t read the paper, drink soda, order things that come in boxes or plastic bags.

….ok….thanks cody bear….as if you weren’t already cuter than us…now you have to be more environmentally friendly????


kombi bike helps dog. really!
February 18, 2008, 3:56 am
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every week i help with a dog training class at a local animal shelter.   the class is for reactive dogs; dogs also called aggressive.  most of the dogs are fearful of other dogs, or people.  one dog, buddy, is scared of dogs, people, and bikes.  terribly scared and extremely vocal!

enter my awesome little kombi bike!


at first the bike was stationary, and every time the little guy looked at the bike or approached it, he got a click and a treat!  soon the instructor was riding the bike around the training area and the dog was NOT barking at it.  it will take lots of positive association before this dog is ready to be a spectator at tour de france, but his mom is so hard working and has come so far with him, i wouldn’t be surprised if he has his own side car on a kombi of his own one day!

car comes home, bikes won’t get dusty….i promise
January 12, 2008, 7:01 pm
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good news!  i am picking up my little car today from the shop.  a brand new transmission, one new motor mount and….lots of empty space in my checking account and savings account.  i will also bring back a smokin hot credit card!

here is what my parking spot looks like now.  please note that the insurance said the damage was not caused by the accident, like my mechanic said.  it was caused by poor maintenance and a long time leak.  note the pristine parking spot!


i have parked in that EXACT spot for 6 years.  exact spot….6 years….not one single smudge or puddle or stain ….at all.

oh well, time to let the healing begin.

i shall have this here cup of tea to calm my nerves and get me psyched to pick up my little car!


really, i’m ok.  it isn’t going to be as expensive as we initially thought, and the mechanic and his manager were so helpful and really worked hard to get me the best deal.  that is the best part, knowing i can trust my car in the hands of these folks!

so, …i do here by vow to keep using my bike to go to the grocery store as long as i don’t need to buy a 24 pack of toilet paper.  i’m not hard core enough to be seen pedaling my kombi through the city streets with a giant block of cottonelle.  i don’t think i’ll ever be that hard core…

point a to point b on paws, fancy rims, wheels

in transportation: (transPOORtation?)

as you may recall, while my car has been in the shop i have been driving the company truck. previously, i had a dainty carbon footprint, but the last two weeks…my carbon footprint has been mammoth. i’m not knocking it; i’m super thankful my boss let me use the truck. but today, on a work errand…. a huge garbage truck almost drove over the bed of the truck. i was trying to pull out into traffic….waiting for an opening….and the truck driver didn’t look. he backed up and backed up. i honked and honked. he stopped about 5 inches from completely crushing the back of the truck. my LAST day borrowing the truck and it was almost road kill.

now, on to more peaceful topics:


demonstrating peace: it is cody bear doing his paw to hand gesture. this paw motion followed some political news that hit my dog in his heart. cody bear’s political candidate was richardson and he had just heard richardson was dropping out of the race. he tried to convince me that i would have to vote for this guy because he had a gentle soul and a strong spirit. i still don’t know who i am voting for….but i have to say… as unsure as i am, if i had one vote to use AGAINST someone…that would be a no-brainer. i may propose the pres primary “negative vote” to congress in the next year or two. (not really)

moving on:


this is the cat on cody bear’s bed. i had to show this picture because she has had some less than flattering photos on the blog and i haven’t represented her fairly. she is NOT scary. she is a gentle cat with some idiosyncrasies. but she is alot smaller and alot friendlier than she has been represented.

and finally, in photography:


the best tip i got this year in regards to improving my pictures: don’t use the flash on your point and shoot digicam. flash sux.

this is cody bear tonight, with nothing but the back patio light. you can see it in his eyes: he is imploring me to stop telling him to stay and to let him go hunt cats. poor old cody bear.

one last note:

the dbs kombi lux. people…..there can NOT just be 3 people in the entire world owning these awesome bikes. (me, some guy name andreas and an australian researcher in norway) people people (leute leute) i implore you! if you have a dbs kombi bike…puh-lease leave a comment. do you love your bike? where did you get it?

ok, that’s all gang. have a great weekend!

kombi bike…the grocery getter
January 6, 2008, 4:55 am
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waiting to get the transmission fixed on my little car…thankfully i have two bikes to help me get by….

the grocery getter, my kombi bike:


i don’t live far from several markets, one organic health food mart, 2 super marts, and one combo dealy. i love my little norwegian bike and i still don’t know how it ended up in my hands(under my feet & seat!)

the basket holds plenty of veggies, goodies, even room to add a bottle of wine or something. so tonight i grabbed a canvas bag, hopped onto the kombi and went to the stoh!

i need to promise myself that when the car is fixed and back home….i will still use my kombi. i love it love it LOVE it! i want another one!

i chickened out! (need more pedal confidence)
January 4, 2008, 3:39 pm
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the dead transmission saga continues….

i have my bosses truck for a few days, but i was going to drive in with my trek in the bed, then cycle home.

i have never ridden in down town traffic and i was really nervous….after all, i only have the one working break, right?

well, i ended up talking to honda for 45 minutes and was running late so i didn’t have TIME to pack up cycling shoes/clothes, find a back pack, etc. so…..

i’m not peddling home. i’m a whimp! but, i am going to peddle to the grocery and all my other weekend errands, so that will help. by next week folks might confuse me with kevin bacon, from quicksilver. only slower and with pony tails.

dog questions transportation methods..
January 4, 2008, 2:13 am
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in the words of cody bear:


“really? are all these bikes necessary? lets just walk!”

a trek in the wind
January 2, 2008, 1:44 am
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 vacation!  took the trek touring!  first time i have ever cycled on a vacation, and, while i’m tired,….i LOVED it.  so much better than a car because you’re closer to stuff, and you can just easily pull over and start snapping pics!  i totally wasn’t expecting to see horses!


the first half of the ride was mostly down hill and awayyyy from the wind.  seemed so easy.

the second part of the journey was mostly uphill and into the wind.  i was like…”what the hellllll…..this is HARD.”  but i still loved it.

then, we saw some wild bamboo growing in the sand.  i don’t think i’ve ever seen bamboo anywhere but a botanical garden.


then, while snapping bamboo photos…. an actual tumbleweed blows by.  nice touch.  (this was before i was hatin’ the wind)


solar power pains.  very nice, very green.  its funny to take a picture of solar panels when the clouds are ruining the lighting!




definitely loved the trek today.

dog geeks and cycle freaks
January 1, 2008, 8:12 am
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first of all, the dog/bear won! we squeased not one, but 2 walks in before the year ended…one on the “cusp.”


tonight’s agenda….

walk dog. (always the best part of any day)

head to bar for beers. (big fun…music…hops…)

stopped home for more beers. (d. didn’t like the italian red stuff!)


ride/cycle part way home with friend (d. great pal!) on KOMBI!


back home by11:50 so end 07 and begin 08 by walking cody bear. what could be better? there were tons of fire works at midnight; more than usual. and, while cody bear is far from being “bomb proof” he handles the bangs and booms of explosives pretty well.

he’s a brave guy, and probably could have made a great search and rescue dog,…but….he needs to play and snack and cuddle instead.

so, its 2008 and we have big plans. we want to coast through without any disaster, like 07. we know better than to expect too much!

breaks?? nahhhh! who needs em?
December 5, 2007, 5:17 am
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remember the other day when i showed you my new trek?…..and i said i didn’t think i was ripped off?……

yeah, well, see this rear break here:


well, ….it doesn’t work.

….at all.

tonight i took the trek out. it was really smooth and much more quiet than the kombi. (which, thanks to blogger andreas i learned is a tricky two speed with out a gear shift on the handle. you use the pedals. crazy stuff. crazy. thanks andreas)

anyway….it was surprisingly comfy and smooth….too bad about the whole “not stopping well” thing.