It was six years ago today when AHTBM had its debut post.
August 2009? Is that six years?
Not only do I not give a shit about anyone but myself, but I’m super terrible at math.
W.S.A.T.U has been going on since 2011, which I guess is five years, I’ve been in business for six, and Underbike has been happening for seven.
Or nine if you include the first two Blue Collar parties.
Well, Shiite… Isn’t that something else? I guess in that case, happy birthday to me. Whoda thunk I’d have made it this far? Not me, that’s the most for sure.
If that doesn’t mean this dumb thing is finally legit, I don’t know what does. I’m not entirely sure what purpose this serves… I guess to give them some vague notion of how many people to expect. Or rather, how many people to expect who use Facebook, which seems pretty worthless.
Either way, we’re set to have the party just the same;
I’m especially excited for this thing to happen, because I very much like the band, and I like seeing people who I don’t get to but a few times a year.
Not that an invitation is necessary, but If you who is reading these words have an interest in attending the party, please feel free to attend. The only rules are to arrive wearing white and black, and to not be a dick. Pretty easy stuff, if you’re most people.
Now then, let’s get down to business.
As I said at the conclusion of Friday’s post, I attended a public hearing regarding the potential inclusion of bikes on East Bay Watershed land, at which people sat inside and wore helmets;
From the opposite corner where I was sitting, it looked like this;
I positioned myself near the door, which I liked, because I had to make my escape after about an hour and a half of proceedings.
It was interesting to hear both sides on the matter, and truthfully, out of the gate, the Sierra Club member and equistrians made far more compelling points than the initial cyclists who spoke did. When I’ve been to meetings like these in the past, the bike riders present generally seem inarticulate, unorganized, and incapable of looking at the big picture. The first few who spoke at this meeting were no exception. However, as time passed, a more well rounded selection of individuals spoke, and I felt secure in making an Irish goodbye.
Now then- My opinion of bicyclists in general, as unpopular as this may be, is not a very high one. The same goes for dog walkers, and equestrians. Until we all prove that we can work together, and peacefully co-exist, and put in equal effort in taking care of the trail networks and open spaces that are available to us, then opening more, and certainly land that’s pristine and in some cases as ecologically fragile as this is, is just probably not such a good idea.
We’re all guilty of acting like assholes on the trail, but none of us think so because we’re all a bunch of entitled dickbags. Anytime you see rutted out, and pock marked trails covered in road apples- That’s equestrians. Any time to see blown out corners, breaker bumps, ever-widening singletrack, cut switchbacks, etc, that’s cyclists. Any time you see a pile of bagged or unbagged shit, that’s dog walkers. None of us are policing ourselves, because we’re too busy policing each other. It’s a profoundly elemental lesson that we first learned as children. Until we take care of the toys we have, we don’t get more.
Secondly, as one commenter pointed out, in the East Bay Regional Park network there are over a thousand miles of trails available to Bay Area cyclists. Opening the watershed only ads an additional eighty.
Certainly, opening the remaining stretches that would complete the Bay Trail I think would be great, as would be lifting restrictions on fire roads, but that’s just my opinion, and like assholes, I have two.
Ultimately, and as was impressed upon our group over and over, the primary goal of the watershed is to maintain the health and wellbeing of the water system, as well as the ecosystem. Human beings in mass tend to do nothing but screw stuff like that up.
If that’s what the eventual outcome would be, and we can’t prove that we can take care of what we have, then I say we just continue to keep the additional space closed.
Like I said- I figured my perspectives wouldn’t be very popular ones.
There will be more meetings, and as one board member pointed out, most likely nothing will come of this until the new year at least. If this is a matter that is of concern to you, or you’d like to throw your two cents into the discussion, feel free to send an email to watershedmasterplan(at)ebmud(dot)com.
You know that sometimes it’s not all good times over here, and getting political is part of what we do. Well, obviously today is no exception, and I’ll continue with the rhetoric by declaring my support for an individual who has just as much business being president as any of the other ‘candidates’. (Stein and Sanders being excluded in that statement.);
Care to declare your support for Deez Nuts?
It was during the Pro Challenge two years ago when I took a glam photo of Michael Bussman getting sexy along side of the USA Pro Challenge just outside of Ft. Collins (check this week’s header photo). In the time since, a few others have joined in and contributed their own.
Strangely I’ve not seen evidence of such antics this year. That is until a couple days ago when until Dave tagged me in his Instagram feed;
It’s so ridiculous, and so stupid, but most of all, it’s so sexy.
And while we’re on the topic of doing dumb stuff, I should remind you that there’s just one week left in the hot dog Photoshop contest;
Take this image of a hot dog (or a different one if you prefer) and patch it into the scenario of your choice like so;
These took me all of about four minutes to complete, and though I’m not eligible to participate in the contest, if I was, I’d already be in the running.