Thursday, May 22, 2008

The raleigh is gone

My freakin' bike got stolen today!!!!!

I haven't been this sad / angry in  LONG TIME!!!
This was a perfect bike and I had carefully chosen every SINGLE part on it. It was totally customized to the most detailed specifications. 
I was leaving a coffee shop after a long night of studying and I walked up to a sawed bike-lock and no Raleigh.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Garden Project

Photo: Spartan Village porch 2006

When I was a kid we always had a vegetable garden in our back yard. There were those summer-time meals when everything on the table was from our own garden. For the last ten years or so I have maintained a garden at my parents house (about an hour away), but I recently found out about a community garden project here in the Lansing area. Without a car it would have been impossible to make enough trips home to establish a good garden. I am pretty new to community gardening and it has been an wonderful experience so far. All the gardeners are really friendly and helpful. The Lansing Garden Project is a program of the Greater Lansing Food Bank. I didn't know much about them till now but they are dedicated to providing healthier food options for low income house holds. The surplus produce from these community gardens go to the needy in our area. Last year they served almost 1,500 people with fresh produce.
I work at a local food bank in Lansing and it is so great to know that lower income households are not restricted to high sodium, canned foods.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Life and Death

Photo: Lamps in my living room, 2007

I let one of my friends from work  borrow my book, "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel. Today, he gave it back to me and as I flipped through it I came across this really funny quote. I could never have found it if I was looking.
"I can well imagine an aetheist's last words: 'White, white! L-L-Love! My God!' - and the deathbed leap of faith. Whereas the agonostic, if he stays true to his reasonable self, if he stays true to dry, yeastless factuality, might try to explain the warm light bathing him by saying, 'Possibly a f-f-failing oxygenation of the b-b-brain,' and, to the very end, lack imagination and miss the better story."

Monday, May 05, 2008

The fat David

Photo: The fat David. Window shopping in Florence, Italy 2008.

Michelangelo's sculpture of David is the ultimate symbol for the European Renaissance. In Italy it is tough to get away from the tacky plastic replica's of David. These replicas are a tourist's favorite. After a few days of walking around Florence at every turn of the corner you could see David. It wasn't until I visited the Accademia Gallery to see the actual sulpture I realized what the hype was all about. I am not an artist but this sculpture was incredible even through my eyes. As you exit the Academia gallery they have a huge photograph of people looking up at David in awe. After a couple of hours of looking at all sculptures it is funny to see how the sculptures look at us. hahaha