Tuesday, September 26, 2017

October schedule posted

First up is The Henry this Sunday October 1. Two important things: the start time now changes to 7:30 AM for the winter season. And this week I am not available to lead, so you gotta find it on your own.

Here's a picture we took last Sunday as we said our goodbyes to Patty (click the photo to embiggen). Good luck, and enjoy retirement!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Sunday September 24 - Steve's Greenhouse

OK kids, this is it- the very LAST 6:30 AM start of the year, as we change to a 7:30 start on October 1.  Destination is Steve's Greenhouse downtown.

In other news, this from Gary:

The Community Alliance of Seventh Avenue installed its first bike rack in the Melrose District!!



          Bike Racks Coming To 7th Ave!!
              By Gary LeBlanc, CASA Vice President and Project Manager

The Community Alliance of Seventh Avenue (CASA) is providing bike racks
to businesses in the Melrose area of 7th Avenue, which will tie in with the
City’s new CanalScape project and connect with bike lanes that serve
many neighborhoods.

CASA has relationships with the 7th Avenue Merchant’s Association, City of
Phoenix, the U.S. Department of HUD, Arizona State University, St. Luke's
Health Initiatives, local neighborhoods and  other organizations committed to
developing walkable, bicycling, opportunity-rich communities connected to light rail.

CASA has identified more than 40 properties where bike racks can be installed
at businesses on 7th Avenue between Camelback and Indian School Roads. 
Funding for the project has been secured, and we are moving forward with
the purchase and install of these racks.  Charley Jones, President of CASA,
designed the “M” shaped rack with help from his daughter Nicole.  Many
thanks to both of you for making a design that reflects the character of the
Melrose area.  Funding was provided by the PB Bell Companies, developers
of the “The Curve” apartments at 7th Ave and Montecito, and our hats go off
to this local company for being such a great corporate neighbor.

Keep an eye out for new racks popping up in the months ahead!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Labor Day Ride

I don't have the September schedule yet, but plans have been made for a pickup ride to Tempe on Labor Day (Monday Sept. 4). Granada Park, 6:30 AM. Destination is Ncounter.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Yeah... this is going to work out just fine

While automakers focus on defending the systems in their cars against hackers, there may be other ways for the malicious to mess with self-driving cars. Security researchers at the University of Washington have shown they can get computer vision systems to misidentify road signs using nothing more than stickers made on a home printer.

Sorry to crush your dreams of riding in the back of your self-driving car...

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Sunday July 30 - First Watch

We're off to the Metrocenter First Watch tomorrow. Probably be a smaller crowd than usual. Sort of have an idea for a route. See you at 6:30.

Here's an article about six bike lane projects coming to downtown neigborhoods.

Here's a video of Danny MacAskill's day out. This guy has skillz.

Tip of the hat to Gary for sending me both of these items.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Oncall Blues

I'll just say this- four days into oncall duty, and I am pretty well convinced that Operations is conducting a series of sleep-deprivation experiments.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Never going to happen...

I've said it before, I'll say it again, there is no way anyone alive today will see a driverless car out on the street.

Oh, there will be places where the technology will work- like parking shuttles at amusement parks, college or business campuses, but never out in the real world, where kids and animals run out in front of you. Where electrical lines and trees come down in storms. Where water mains burst and take out half of a street. The real world. Where we live.

Just read this, about what the "experts" think bikes will need to be in the future.

Never. Going. To. Happen.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July 9 - Wildflower Bread Co

This Sunday we're off to Wildflower Bread Company on Indian School. Would like to figure out a new route to get there, so I'll put my thinking cap on. Any ideas, shoot them at me.

Here's a pic that we snapped yesterday at NCounter in Tempe, in our red, white and blue, star-spangled yankee doodle dandiest...

Monday, June 26, 2017

Holiday ride July 4th

Yesterday at breakfast, we made plans for a July 4th ride next Tuesday. If you were there, we initially said 6:30, but after the long hot slog back from Times Square, we decided 6 AM would be a good idea to prevent a holiday heat stroke.

So, 6 AM Granada on July 4, destination NCounter in Tempe.   But first, it's New York Bagels 'n Bialys this Sunday at the usual 6:30 start.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Goodbye Jim...

I received an email this morning forwarded from Kyle Schlotfelt....

Dear Friends and Family of James "Jim" Corallo,

With heavy hearts, we are sad to share that our loving husband and father passed away on the morning of June 12th, 2017. As many of you know, he was battling stage IV renal cell carcinoma, and the complications that came with it were too much for his body to handle. 

We invite you to join us to commemorate Jim's life at his memorial service this Friday, June 16th at 7:00 p.m. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018.  Please feel free to share this message with anyone who knew and loved him. 

In lieu of flowers, our family suggests memorial contributions to Make-A-Wish Foundation or Ronald McDonald House. We appreciate your love and support.

With kind regards,
The Corallo Family
Annette, Keith, Lauren and Kelsey