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Waiting for the third thing

On the completely unscientific principle that things, good and bad, come in threes, I'm just waiting. Clyde had a flat time last week, and last night he--well, went all woogedy on me.

After a long, breakless day at work, I managed to ride across the river to the bike shop that's open till 7:00, where the problem was quickly diagnosed by a mechanic: broken spoke.

Broken spokes are usually caused by overloading. I had to remind myself that a) I haven't actually GAINED any weight since I started riding and b) this is the first broken spoke, so don't start freaking out unless it keeps happening.

Apropos of which (sort of), I just watched Jamie Oliver's impassioned, mostly fact-free, but strangely convincing TED prize acceptance talk about America's food problems. The part that shocked the shit out of me was where the young schoolchildren are unable to name the strange objects Jamie shows them--a potato, a tomato, an eggplant, and a beet.

Imagine not recognizing a spud.

This entry is cross-posted from DarkEmeralds on Dreamwidth.

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vchrusch
Feb. 25th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
People not being able to recognize foodstuffs does not surprise me one tiny bit.
emeraldsedai
Feb. 25th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
Really? It just shocks the hell out of me. I was used to the idea of two generations of non-cooks, but not even recognizing a potato...that just blew me away.
vchrusch
Feb. 25th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
I had the opportunity to explain to an individual not so long ago that what I had in my hand was a whole chicken. They had no clue what real chicken looked like prior to that.

So, yeah, really. :)
emeraldsedai
Feb. 25th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
*shakes head sadly*
ext_143550
Mar. 4th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
yeah...
A friend was telling us that someone they knew was shocked when they found out that hamburger came from a cow. I think the food situation in the U.S. might be one of the saddest things in the entire world. We eat loads of chemicals without even thinking twice, and we don't even know what a potato or a chicken look like. Then, if we're sick, we just eat more chemicals hoping they will make us better, and we eat even more chemicals to allow us to eat the first batch of chemicals without gaining weight.

Yeah, big surprise we have some of the worst health and most money spent on healthcare in the world.
emeraldsedai
Mar. 4th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Re: yeah...
And, even more sadly, avoiding all those chemicals requires a major effort, education, and change in lifestyle. It's also, at least on its face, expensive. (It's not really more expensive to eat right, but it sure feels like it at first.)

I'm happy to be living where I can walk to a good grocery, and where so much good food is available.
ext_143550
Mar. 4th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Re: yeah...
yeah, that's one of the biggest things I love about Portland - it's so easy to get good food (from local farms, nonetheless), grow it yourself, or whatever. I think it's kind of a food mecca in the U.S.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 25th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
I had two spokes go out in the span of a month. The first one because I was still getting used to how much I could load into my panniers and the second from hitting an asphalt bump a little too hard. I finally decided to upgrade to stronger wheels with more substantial spokes and haven't had a problem since.
The whole food recognition test saddens me but doesn't surprise me. It would surprise me more if this happened in Food Forward Portland.
ext_143550
Mar. 4th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
broken spokes
This happened to me several times on my Electra Amsterdam with the original wheels. Finally I had to just rebuild the rear wheel with nice, strong, double-walled rim, and after that, never had any problems.
emeraldsedai
Mar. 4th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Re: broken spokes
So far so good with Clyde, but I'm certainly open to a more substantial rim if the problem continues. When I was younger, I'd have given up in shamed defeat because of being too heavy for the bike. Thank god age and (some degree of) wisdom have set in.
ext_143550
Mar. 4th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Re: broken spokes
I think it's important to understand also, that many non-sporting bikes sold in the U.S. are really built to be used as weekend recreational bikes, not everyday heavy use bikes (the Electras for instance). So, breaking spokes on them simply means you're using them more heavily than they were meant to be used :)
emeraldsedai
Mar. 4th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Re: broken spokes
This also helps with the psychological side. Thanks!
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