Thursday, August 26, 2010

the return of the coal cracker!

howdy to all blog readers, trail riders, earth lovers and whoever else made it here. i am helping to promote the return of a mountain bike event that lost it's wings, but is in resurgence with the momentum of some young guns on the trail scene. the event is the Coal Cracker Classic. in the past, the event was being run, i think, by a local tamaqua, pa bike shop. since, the shop has dissipated and the event was lost in the pages of coal cracker history. enter 2010, and a group of ambitious local riders are dusting off those pages and ressurecting one of the coal regions premier mountain biking events. check out the promo video, register, and help bring mountain biking back to the mountains! it's more fun their anyway...

Friday, June 25, 2010

la familia

i haven't posted anything on this site for a while, and with all that is going on in the world right now, it could be easy to get all environmental on some asses. instead, i have chosen to highlight a great person who has recently left us in order to be with his sweetheart once again. this man is named tom hart. even though he was not an actual part of my immediate family, he was family. i remember as a child, growing up with tom and his with dot at family functions, summer outings in the poconos, jersey, and at the shore. they were staples in the family. dot left us some time ago, and then it was good'ol tom with his thick "jersey" accent. one of my favorite words he used was "bakels." the word was really bagels, but who cares, that's what we loved. even with his thick jersey lingo, tom would mingle with the best of the coal region, saying that everybody else talked funny. he once said that i was the only person he had ever met from northeastern pa that did not have the coal region way of communication, and that he enjoyed our conversations. tom stood strong and lived young until last week when he moved onto the next life, and he will be missed, but never forgotten.

Saturday, April 17, 2010



The crucified planet Earth,
should it find a voice
and a sense of irony,
might now well say
of our abuse of it,
"Forgive them, Father,
They know not what they do."

The irony would be
that we know what
we are doing.

When the last living thing
has died on account of us,
how poetical it would be
if Earth could say,
in a voice floating up
from the floor
of the Grand Canyon,
"It is done."
People did not like it here.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

celebrate the earth

looking for great music, good vibes and awareness for a healthy planet, then look no further than the Jim Thorpe Earth Day Festival. The festival has been hosted for more than 10 years with the beautiful lehigh gorge as it's backdrop. check out the various events at the festival website and don't forget to check out local rastaman George Wesley in concert on saturday night!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

show your support

if you were, are, or aspiring to be the next grom to gleam the cube, swing on over and cast your vote for the Bethlehem Skateplaza. this project is long over due for the lehigh valley skate scene and is trying to get the final phase of the plaza funded by pepsi's good idea campaign. cast your vote here as many times as you can!

also, if anyone is looking for an EWR OWB 29 frame, i have a size medium for sale. it was used for about 3-4 months. leave a comment with your email address if interested.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lack of a Better Post

My potential energy is building as I sit and watch the paint dry. I have so much to give and aspire to be just a tad further down the road, but my wheels are stuck in this continuously growing puddle mud on this bumpy path. I must have made a wrong turn somewhere when I stopped to get directions. Damn! I knew I should have relied on a more prominent individual for information, instead I put my faith into a stranger along the way. Not a perfect stranger, just someone I confided in for a few moments before getting started on this voyage. I have also found that my vessel is now being piloted by some unexplainable force that is distinguishing itself as a burden.

I thought I'd be settled in by now, with my loves. Acquiring some new loves from old curiosities, bringing more enrichment into my life that is my choice. On the contrary, I am leaving my loves behind with no hope of replacing them with fresh ones. Convincing myself that it is soulful and will be worth it in the long run. Soulful it is not, but worth it in the long run, I'm sure it will be. All for the sake of saying, "Hey look, I am finished. Can I have my totally environmentally taxing certificate of entitlement please."

Some say it's always darkest before the dawn and in some cases, I am finding this to be true. I am grateful for the light I do have in my life right now and I assure you that I want that light to shine forever.