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Roadskater.net Photos Revolved: Faster, Better, Fetching Views of the People, Days and Places That Brightened My Life

A few years ago I had to shake things up as the old joys were no more....at least for a while. Thanks to three lovely young skater friendgirls, I started skating, and it turned out I was quickly more addicted than they were.  The Year of Skating Dangerously saved my joy. To honor that time, I present: http://roadskater.net/rsn/photos/index.htm .

I was looking to create something other than what I had tried before, which had all dried up. So I bought a cheap digital camera and decided I would take photos and edit them and post them mostly without comment (hard for me!). The collection grew to 31,000 photos! Before September 11, airline flights were cheaper than the gasoline to drive some places. I had free places to land on floors. I went. I took photos. I edited them. 

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Hurricane Irene: Cone of Uncertainty, Hurricane Tracker, Storm Surge

I feel compelled to air some thoughts about the current hurricane threat, and to throw in some useful links. I'm sure anybody in the path of Hurricane Irene knows  where to go for the latest satellite, radar and projections. I'm hoping they are also giving a great deal of thought to a Storm Plan, in case things get rough. 

Of interest with Hurricane Irene are the Northeast States, if only for their dense populations. As with NOAA's SPC and the deadly Missouri-Alabama-Tennessee tornado outbreak in April this year, the NOAA National Hurricane Center has been pretty sure about this particular storm's trajectory now for the past 3 days. Perhaps that's the nature of the East Coast storms, as opposed to those in the Gulf of Mexico. It seems to be clear to those monitoring the tropics by the time a storm has approached the Bahamas, as to whether it's going to head out to sea, or make for the US coast. 

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Skating Away With the Cirque du Soleil: Katie Ketchum Rolls and Balances in Buffalo, Tehachapi and Manhattan

I found the link to this article pondering about do what you love and all that over on an inline instruction email list, and they were joking about running away with the circus, so I should credit them for the idea of my title, too! I never found any video of Katie Ketchum in Cirque du Soleil, but I found two nice ones of her burning up with some sweet style on one of her favorite indoor street courses...She seems to focus on intricate, precise landings, but can pop a spin (see 0:52 or so). Mostly though it's less rotational and more flowing moves with stylish finishes...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icfC53VJ7pE

Location

Woodward West
28400 Stallion Springs Drive
Tehachapi, California 93561
United States
35° 4' 50.8296" N, 118° 38' 7.71" W
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New York City Marathon Articles of Note for Logistics, Medical, Volunteer, Event Planning Purposes

I didn't watch the NYC marathon this year, and the coverage was delayed and compressed I believe anyway on NBC (though for those with Universal Sports I believe it was live over the air free digital television...in Atlanta, for example).

Location

Central Park New York, New York
United States
40° 46' 19.2972" N, 73° 58' 30.5508" W
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Joey Cheek on Comedy Central tonight

According to the front page at http://www.colbertnation.com/home, Olympic ice speedskater Joey Cheek is scheduled to be a guest on The Colbert Report this evening on the Comedy Central network.

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30,000-Square-Foot Roller Rink Opens in Manhattan 8th Ave 59th Street New York City

While researching some roller and inline topics last night I came across a wonderful news item about the first night in a new skating rink about to open. With 30,000 square feet of rolling space, this place would hold a ton of skaters for a fad sweeping the nation. In December of 1884. Almost 125 years ago! See...the article intro in text and full piece in pdf... http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9805E0DE1F3BE033A25754C2A... http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9805E0DE1F3BE033A25754...

Location

United States
40° 46' 6.0744" N, 73° 58' 57.2016" W
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Anhedonia, Anhedonia, What Makes Your Big Head So Hard?

(For those who don't relate to the world entirely in terms of song lyrics, the title of this post alludes to "Caldonia," originally recorded by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five but redone by many others since.)

Anhedonia is defined as "the absence of pleasure or the ability to experience it." I encountered the word a month or so ago, hearing someone on the radio talking about addiction and recovery.

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Federal Reserve Governor Inline Skater, plus 1906 Roller Skating Basketball Championships

Lest we forget there are inline skaters everywhere, even when we may be unaware, I just found out that Frederic Mishkin, who is on the Federal Reserve Bank Board of Governors, is an inline skater, cyclist and small craft sailor on the Hudson. I found the information in this article but I believe it is from press release materials as other articles contain the same information.

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Tony Danza Inline Skating on 7th Ave at the TKTS Booth

The net is catching up to the news of Tony Danza joining the cast of The Producers on Broadway. After a year of losing a marriage and a television show (one has to wonder if one might've survived without the other), the tiny dancer shows another facet of his extroversion of life.
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Beware of Dogs NYC Walkers, Runners, Skaters, Cyclists, 9pm to 9am

Of course you already are on the lookout between 9am and 9pm (and the rest of the day), but now there's extra good reason. I have no dog in this fight, as I have no dog any more and have not been hanging in the city of late, but I've been afraid of dogs off the leash before of course. My typical reaction is to say "hey puppy" in a helium voice a la Broadway Danny Rose no matter how big the dog.

NYPD's proposed rules for group skates / bike rides

This means us!!

I have changed the terminology from biking to skating in the press-release from Transportation Alternatives to underscore the impact of the proposed new rules on our community. Theoretically, every point applies to skaters, even the requirement to carry a bell.

The NYPD already has the rules needed to keep order in the streets. They have traffic laws, prohibitions against disorderly conduct, and a host of other rules. In short, there is no need for the police to create new rules to suppress non-vehicular transportation.

Speaker Christine Quinn is supporting the new rules. Make sure she knows that you don't by using the links provided. Alan has given you her answer to the initial notice, when you get that first answer, send another note of concerned opposition. Write also to your council-member.

See you on the streets!
Jared.

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Ditty Bops finish 4500-mile bike tour

It looks like the bike-riding femmes have made it to Manhattan within view of the Brooklyn Bridge, or will soon. Thanks to Tim for pointing these ladies out some time back (use the search box to look 'em up). I don't know much about them, but it sounds like they like music and exercise enough to make it their life, which seems cool by me. Hope they have a successful and happy tour ending and beyond.

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Great Coverage of Hudson River West Side Path

Albeit laced with sad news of two deaths of cyclists on Houston (pronounced howstun) and on the Hudson River Path (locally often called the West Side Path), the New York Times has some great coverage, as expected. As glorious as it is, the West Side Path has its dangers, especially on speed skates or among those who are trying to use it for training (unless you like fartlek training). But it's an incredibly important improvement to the quality of life and health on the island, and just tons of fun. The NYT article covers a nice balance of what's great about it and why it's important to be careful, not blaming either motorists or trail users. It also points to a few of the specific tough spots and how they might be made better. Some of the most fun I've ever had has been on and around the West Side Path, thanks to Empire Skate Club folk and the Wednesday Night Skate group too. Here are some links. You may have to do a free signup, but I think it's worth it for the quality content on the nytimes.com site...

NYC Central Park traffic closure withdrawn

Transportation Alternatives has announced the withdrawal of Intro 276, which would have closed Central Park to all motorized traffic for the summer. Please read the press release, enjoy the increased car-free hours that we have won, and stay tuned for more activity that will make New York a better place to roll under your own steam!
Jared.

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