Monday, December 21, 2015

Traffic Skills Classes To Resume at LANL

Thanks to some work by Tim George, Bill Mairson, and Laboratory Legal, it looks like I can resume teaching the League of American Bicyclist's Traffic Skills classes on Lab property this spring. This will be for badged folks only. Give a holler or leave a comment after this post if you are interested and I will start to schedule.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

That Trump-Ugly Path That Better Not Be Before Us

Trump, with his fanning the flames of Islamophobiamay be full of shit, but his message should not be ignored by the public. We've actually gone down that ugly road once before, in the form of FDR's Executive Order 9066, which resulted in Japanese Americans, including native born citizens, spending WW II behind barbed wire through no fault of their own. Having lived in Honolulu for 14 years, maybe I'm just a little sensitive to that subject.

Over the weekend, we went to Santa Fe to do some shopping and on the way back home, stopped at the memorial to the Japanese-Americans who were forced into a WW II internment camp that was right in The City Different. The memorial is a big white granite block with a bronze plaque embedded in it, located on the hill overlooking the house we bought in Casa Solana. The memorial, shown below, is on the edge of the big dog park, the Frank Ortiz Park.

Santa Fe Internment Camp.
Photo from Wikipedia
 Turns out the Casa Solana development is built on what was a concentration camp. Think about that next time you drive by the neighborhood. I think I need to put up a Zen sculpture or Yorishiro in the yard.

So lest we forget, we've gone down this Trump-ugly road before. Paranoia does strike deep. Let's not let real problems lead to unreal solutions.