reflector hat

9 12 2009

Maniac5, originally uploaded by sizzled.

this dude was not riding a bike, he’s just that far ahead of the rest of us. 2011=the year of the reflector snapback

air max thuns love air max ones

2 12 2009

Goodfoott19, originally uploaded by sizzled.

now that this banner is retired, I feel like I should post the full image.

the only person i’ve ever known with a pair of these was my former employer, mr matthew george. those are his, but that’s my hand with the genetic recessive trait thumb.


17 11 2009

RacialTension, originally uploaded by sizzled.

i’m not sure that there was ever a better custom trucker hat made in the whole universe.

9 dollar lock

19 09 2009

Work37, originally uploaded by sizzled.

i always loved the shadow in this picture


26 06 2009

Yorkdale47, originally uploaded by sizzled.

who’s face is that? some canadian politician who pissed people off enough to make stickers portraying him as a twisted version of uncle sam, clearly.

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.

happy for twenty beaches

20 04 2009

happy for twenty beaches, originally uploaded by sizzled.

To be frank, I never took this supposed pothead holiday too seriously. I guess not really knowing the science behind the actual significance of the term 420 might have something to do it with it, but also i never really liked fraternizing with major potheads in the first place despite being exactly that at a few times in my life.

Regardless, I have to give props to the coolest strain of ganja that I have ever laid eyes/paws/lungs on. Critical Mass, circa 2003. Never had it since, don’t know if i’ll ever have it again but the one time it came around was enough to stay in my memory this long.

Try and be productive today guys, that’s the key to being a more mature smoker. Knowing your limits, and keeping goals and work in focus. Enjoy the “holiday”!