I’m distracted.

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For those who’ve been paying attention, last week I mentioned I had gone down a bit of a rabbit hole when it came to doing Photoshop trickery to images of people doing bikecycle related athletic pursuits. Like, nearly to a point where it’s causing my eyeball balls to cross. Well, it came to my attention recently as I was having a conversation with someone that I was concentrating not on whatever topic we were discussing, but rather how I would cleanly crop the lines on the wall behind their head.

It was reminiscent of when I played a lot of Tetrus on an old housemate’s computer one time and then everywhere I looked for a couple days afterwords, I was all about placing mental shapes into their proper places.

Anyway, it was during that conversation when I realized I had a problem, but not before doing a couple final manipulations of a picture shot by Bo Bickerstaff:
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And a photo shot by Geoff Martin;
It had to be done.
I feel like I have to go out on a high note, and this was as high a note as I could hit.

I’d imagine I’ll do another from time to time, but this slope has been a slippery one, and I need to spend less time looking at pixels, and more time looking at actual nature.

I thank you for your time and consideration on this matter.

And speaking of nature, my disdain for abandoned poop bags is no secret to anyone.

I mean, I really don’t like it a lot.

Like, it’s up there with people who casually toss their trash on the ground, which in effect is exactly what it is.

Well, I have begun my own personal campaign against those who do, which basically is a friendly reminder to folks that the forest is not their personal dumping ground, and no matter how sweet their dog is, what comes out of them is not;
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There are no fancy graphics, or cute little clip art cartoons, but I feel like it gets the point across.

If you might like to get in on this campaign on your own trail network, alls you gotta do is copy and paste the text, throw it up in whatever kind of word program you’ve got, print a few out and get to posting;

ATTENTION DOG WALKERS-

BAGGED, OR UNBAGGED, PLEASE DON’T LEAVE YOUR DOG’S POOP BEHIND.

THERE IS NO POOP FAIRY. YOUR DOG IS NO ONE’S RESPONSIBILITY BUT YOUR OWN.

*Dog poop doesn’t biodegrade like wild animal poop.
*Because we feed our dogs food that’s different from the food wild animals eat, dog waste does not biodegrade quickly like wild animal waste. Due to the large number of pets in suburban neighborhoods and local parks, this hardy dog waste accumulates.
*Dog poop contains harmful bacteria, and parasites.
*Dog waste can contain harmful organisms like E. coli, Giardia, Salmonella, roundworms, hookworms, and Cryptosporidium. These can be passed on to you or your pet and may cause health problems.
*Dog waste pollutes groundwater, and water bodies.
*Bacteria in dog waste can harm water quality in creeks and rivers and alter the ecosystems of these stream corridors. Humans who come in contact with creek water can also face health hazards.

Please carry out what they leave behind.

Thanks,
Everyone who uses the trails.

I’d include a link to a pdf or whatever, but I’m not that savvy.

Please help to spread the word, because the more we spread the word, the less they will spread the dung.

Now for a little feel good flick with nary a poop bag in sight comes this little ditty about a boy and his bike;

There’s not a single aspect of that video that doesn’t warm the cockles of my cold, dead heart.

It conjures up images from this, my most favorite video of all time;

That is of course with the exception of ‘Born Losers’;
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Which is pretty much like a documentary of my life.

And speaking of which, for the next month over there at One On One Bicycle Studio in Minneapolis, there in an exhibit of imagery and artifacts from their infamous Homie Fall Fest;
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Eat a handful of mushrooms and it will be like you’re right there in the action.

Or don’t, and get to getting this Saturday to see for yourself;
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As always, it’s gonna be a freakout.

Finally, in closing, Friday is the last day to submit designs for contest that KindHuman, Ruckus Composites and I are throwing;
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Did you hear me? If not, I’ll say it again. Day after tomorrow is the final day.

I don’t care how you do it. Get cracking, and make something beautiful;
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Just promise me that when submitting designs, you’ll keep both hands on the wheel, with your burger, drink, and phone safely in your lap.

The wellbeing of little gingers on BMX bikes depends on it.
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10 Responses to “I’m distracted.”

  1. Largo October 29, 2014 at 5:07 am #

    You call that an art table? Where’s the Crayolas?

  2. Hurl Eversonic October 29, 2014 at 6:29 am #

    the best thing about that roaring mouse video is the soundtrack. PS: why haven’t you started a kickstarter to get thee to Mpls this weekend?

    • Stevil October 29, 2014 at 7:06 am #

      Kickstarter is for young go-getter entrepreneurs, and lazy sacks of shit, neither of which I am. Mostly.

      • Ben October 29, 2014 at 7:31 am #

        Yeah, and Stevil generally relies on the kindness of wealthy and generous philanthropists such as yourself.

  3. Josh RVA October 29, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    You have impeccable taste in videos. I think I’ll go hang out in the woods for a while.

  4. trama October 29, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    so yer sayin there are doos and donts re doo doos

  5. Double D All-Time October 29, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    Hey Stevil – who provided the soundtrack to that Roaring Mouse edit?

  6. cheap and easy October 30, 2014 at 4:14 am #

    Given today’s stand against believers of the poop fairy, yesterday’s condemnation of landscape vandalism as art, and something you said a couple weeks ago about trail stewardship, I see that you truly are an upstanding officer of the Department of Awesome.

  7. Ken December 5, 2016 at 6:06 am #

    Dogs – It is said that there is no such thing as a poorly trained dog, rather there are only poorly trained owners. Several area parks have designated dog areas, where you can get a permit and then let your dog off the leash in that designated area. Other than those locations dogs should be on a leash (a short leash when others are nearby), and under control at all times. If you are a dog walker/runner/biker you need to have poop bags, not picking up after your dog leaves you in the group of trail users that most all of us just simply loathe. We like dogs, we own dogs, we take of our dogs, and we take pride in not leaving any trace that our dogs were on the trail with us. via – http://www.rockfordroadrunners.org/trail–road-etiquette.html