Dock Ellis & His No-hitter. Classic

Ellis, D. On the mound....

This is the story of Dock Ellis in 1970 pitching a no-hitter…on LSD….as told by him. The animation is well done, too. Laugh. Cuz this is funny.

I love baseball. It never gets old. Even when it’s old.

Credit: Damo.

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I'm a lover not a writer.

Yeah I just posted the link to this blog on FB. Does that mean I “went live?”

Feel free to peruse etc. But also send me a comment or email if there’s something you want me to write about…. Nothing is taboo or off limits. But I can also make something out of a benign subject. Try me.

I have several posts in draft form. So you may see a few posts be released at once. I am a father and do have a life, after all. Like last night. Friday night. Used to be happy hour. Now it’s bloggin’ time…

Enjoy.

Four Barrel Coffee

Check out the line out the door.

So this blog isn’t really about coffee at all. “My kind of coffee” is a metaphor. Coffee being, well, you know, kind of a personal taste. Everyone likes it a different way. And if there aren’t enough choices, I am sure Starbux is dreamin up some more right now. This post right here, however, is about coffee. Because I do drink it. And I do want you to know about this.

So I went to Out The Door over on Bush St. with some friends for brunch. Had their coffee in a french press and asked about it because it was good. Really good. Like different than normal good. They told us it was a local company called Four Barrel Coffee.

The next week we went on a failed trip to a non-existent Farmer’s Market. Now having some time to kill we decided to check out Four Barrel. So we went through there and it was cool spot. There was a line out the door but it moved pretty quickly. The lattes we got were damn good. I bought a bag of coffee from there. Now the coffee is going to be more expensive here than your typical $10 bag. You’ll spend between $14-$18 on a nice bag.

chk out 4barrel : )

The place is choc-a-bloc with the requisite number of Mission tattooed and pierced coffee-house dwellers wearing the too-tight jeans. That number being ALL. There is nothing wrong with that….except I do consider the irony of wearing second-hand clothing while writing on Apple laptops. Whatever works. As far as I could tell, no one was laughing at me in my Warriors baseball hat and running shoes. So a nice place to hang. Feels nice and open with a good vibe.

Again, I am no coffee connoisseur but I do know good from bad and great from good. I give this place 5 coffee beans. Check it out, yo.

Four Barrel Coffee, 375 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, (415) 252-0800

www.fourbarrelcoffee.com

The Lady and the Reaper

Death is going to be very difficult….

The Lady and the Reaper. An animated short. Nominated for and won several awards. Created by Javier Recio Gracia. One of the producers is Antonio Banderas….

I really think this is well written and clever. Makes death a little more acceptable?

See it here.

The ElliptiGO

ElliptiGO in Sausalito

I was driving down the street sometime in late 2010 when I saw this guy and his friend riding on some sort of bike looking contraption. At first I am thinking that this is another one of those San Francisco bike rental gimmick things like those stupid Go Car scooters. Then when I got a closer look, I see that these people are actually working hard on this thing.

So I take a quick video and photo with my new iPhone 4, which has a bitchin’ camera and video. So I can look into it later. Which I do. Now here is the info I found out:

It’s called the ElliptiGO.

YES – You stand on it. You don’t sit.

YES – it’s like an elliptical machine at the gym. It’s more like a running and climbing motion than cycling. So it’s low impact, outdoors fun.

YES – it can do what most bikes do.

"Looking at me?" You can see his GF in the rearview

YES – it has brakes.

YES – you can coast.

They put this bike up to the challenge when they did the Death Ride near Lake Tahoe in California. It stayed in the game with most bike riders. While it wasn’t out to win the race, they sure proved that it can stand up to most riding conditions and similar endurance distances.

YES – it has gears. Eight of them on a Shimano Alfine internal hub system.

YES – it is expensive. $2,499 will get you going on this interesting machine.

If you’re not into riding and really like running but can’t take the impact, this is nice alternative to staring into a screen at the local 24-Hour Fitness. I guess if I’d spend that much on a bike but wasn’t buying the bike and I really liked running I would get this. As with anything, a few more revs won’t hurt. The product is relatively young. The first was built in 2007. Keep an eye on this as another way of getting around that’s cooler than a Segway.

Yuba Bicycles: Cargo And More!

Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike

A friend of mine started this company and product. It seems inevitable that as bikes become mainstream (in America) that more different types of bicycles continue to be developed and experimented with.

Yuba makes a cargo bike in a single frame. They are made locally (to me) in Sausalito, CA. I love the idea of the cargo bike for many reasons. The obvious ones are the use of transporting groceries and sundry items without the use of the car. It also acts a pickup in the sense that you are not restricted to height or length as you would be in the trunk of a car (don’t go there SUV, 17 mpg).

Ben Sarrazin, Founder, and his boxes

But the less than obvious benefits are the ability to transport the family around with all that equipment. Time together with your wife, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend and of course all the kids. As places like San Francisco become more bicycle friendly, products like this will be even more high profile.

Don’t be surprised when you see surfboards, kayaks or whole families on one pedal-pushed vehicle.

Go see more about what Yuba is up to at http://www.yubaride.com/

Emily and Océanne

Check back here for more information on what people are doing to update and make relevant a technology from the 18th century.

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