Monthly Archives: April 2012

Calendars

By Jim Hornsby… Calendars are curious things. Even as space-age technology accelerates its relentless drive to push publications into new electronic formats, calendars — stubbornly anchored in the past — return year after year in essentially the same form they have enjoyed since the days of ancient Rome. One might expect that fold-out calendars would be hopelessly obsolete by now, but every January new ones doggedly appear on desktops and kitchen walls everywhere. Continue Reading

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Pace Yourself

By Chris Sweeney… I traded my car for a bicycle July 9, 2011. New Belgium Brewing Company’s “Tour de Fat” is a traveling circus of all things bike related. There are were slow bikes, tall bikes, long bikes, four wheel and two person bikes. It’s a spectacle to say the least. The culmination of the festival is the giving away of a new bike in exchange for a used car. My bike was custom built by Black Sheep Bicycles in Colorado; the trade, my Acura 2.5 TL mass produced by a machine in Japan. I was one of eleven people across the US chosen for this program, but my story is a little blacker than the others. Continue Reading

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A Trip to Istanbul

By Jesse Mathison… In early January I departed for Europe with a small backpack, a thin jacket, and a vague idea as to where I was going and what, exactly, I was doing. I had quit my job two months prior to leaving and, as I didn’t see the immediate need to look for a new one, I moved out of my house a few days before departure to help cover the costs; it adds a nice does of reality, being jobless, homeless, and almost out of money. And besides, what good adventure begins with an excess of property, concrete plans, and wealth? Continue Reading

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Gibtown Showmens Club

By Pamela Sherborne… Every February, thousands of folks working in the outdoor amusement industry gather in Gibsonton, Florida, for the International Independent Showmen’s Association (IISA) trade show. Known as the “Gibtown Showmen’s Club,” the IISA is a non-profit organization created by and for people in the outdoor amusement industry. It boosts a current membership of about 4,500. Continue Reading

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