28 05 2009

Archie, originally uploaded by sizzled.

I don’t think this counts as a “dirt on you doggie” since Arcee basically looks the same today with a slightly more grown up steez now that he’s a bad ass advertising guru.

However, this picture is amazing. I think he’s giving that girl a look because she walked right in on our Kodak moment, not because he thought she was stunningly gorgeous as this picture seems to imply.

I love stealing moments.


over my shoulder

27 05 2009

bootsbikezoom, originally uploaded by sizzled.

This is my fav thing to look behind me and see. thanks to all my friends who helped me make such an amazing bike for someone special to enjoy in such a short time. I have some damn good people in my extended fam and crew.

Specific Big Ups To:

Matt Rennick
Andrew Maemura
Wil Mills
Tobin R.
Alex Tran
Lil Thun
Shannen at Red Arrow

we missed a lot of church

27 05 2009

faceless, originally uploaded by sizzled.

so the music is our confessional

buzz howl pt 1

27 05 2009

focus, originally uploaded by sizzled.

Sunday afternoon Keesha and I were rolling on our bikes in the QB area.Big up mymanhenri on the coinage of said term.

Anyways, we roll past the construction pit/site where the buildings were damaged in the infamous fire and find that the entire boarded “wall” is covered in someone’s hand drawn art.

It was some of the most intense and creepy portrait art that I have ever seen and there must have been hours invested in both drawing these and putting them up.

I took tons of photos so I will continue to post more up, but I feel like this first picture gives a good cross-section of what this person calling themselves “buzz howl” is all about.

If anyone knows this person, or has seen their work. Please post up in the comments, I have definitely not seen any street art this powerful in a long time.

door prize

26 05 2009

Alyssa, originally uploaded by dude britneeee.


I have been in a running debate regarding road usage, sharing and urban planning for the past couple weeks as cycling season really sets in.

One thing that I consider myself to be very fortunate for is that I have never been seriously injured by an accident involving a car or truck. I’ve had my fair share of close calls, been bumped, pushed into curbs, cursed at, but luckily have never ended up with a broken bone or concussion.

However, the one time I did end meeting a door for an intimate one on one moment, it was slightly different than expected.

I was travelling down University Avenue on my bmx en route to do some quick banking at the corner of Front St. It was about noon, maybe later but no later than 2 so there was definitely some congestion on University. Not something that should surprise anyone. My bmx is/was brakeless so when I rode in traffic, I was always very cautious and slowed down WAY before I anticipated any potential problems.

Before someone harps on me for the whole brakeless thing, let me just say that I could stop on a dime with that bike and I rode more defensively as a result of my “handicap” so it did not make me reckless or stupid to ride a bike like that.

So I am passed on the left side by a delivery truck that appears to be coming to a stop soon. I immediately slow myself down in anticipation of this driver getting out of his truck or cutting me off to park since there is no actual bike lane on University Ave.

The truck comes to a stop close to the Canada Life building and I stopped near it’s back end to allow the driver to get out, thus attempting to avoid the infamous “door prize”. I see the door open, then close about 30 seconds later. I took this to mean that the driver had seen me and was allowing me to pass.

Sadly, this was not the case. When I passed on the left side of the truck, the driver opened his door which was right in line with my face and chest and I was knocked to the ground. This is where it gets interesting. I obviously became incensed and was cursing and yelling at the driver who was walking towards the sidewalk as though I was an inconvenience and not someone he had just been involved in an accident with.

Since he refused to acknowledge me, I moved closer to him and grabbed the sunglasses off his face and threw them to the ground. This might not have been the best idea, since seconds later I was greeted with a spin kick to the face. I’m not sure if this guy was crazy, having a shitty day, or a vigilante out to get cyclists but he definitely did not like my aggressive demands for his information and supervisor at the company he was currently working for while driving this delivery truck. Luckily, a woman in traffic was watching the whole event and she called me over to let me know she had seen everything and would be my witness.

I had one more verbal confrontation with this dude before I finally gave up and called his company and the police to deal with the red tape. I ended up getting repairs and new parts for my bike and free chiropractic and acupuncture for about 6 months after the incident due to sustaining mild whiplash and lots of muscle tears.

Nothing can prepare you for this type of fall except falling, so practice rolling on grass and protecting your head when you fall. Wear helmets, signal your turns and get a really loud horn or bell. It is definitely a “better safe than sorry” type of deal when you ride a bike, especially in this city.

tiny door

25 05 2009

tiny door, originally uploaded by sizzled.

for sure a tiny little helper who assists you with writing cheques and making deposits used to live in this tiny house before they switched to computers and he had to find work in a tiny house that wasn’t made of gold.


25 05 2009

bottleman, originally uploaded by sizzled.

slow down on the beers, buddy!

and do you really need to drink that many different varieties?