Biker Chic

Today is National Bike to Work Day! Whether you are one who embraces the freedom of the flowing wind and feeling of fulfillment of powering your own way across the pavement, or who thinks that bicyclists are a dangerous pest on the transportation infrastructure that have no place in a ‘decent, Am-ur-ikin’ car-dominated society”; everyone will probably agree that bicycles aren’t going away. It’s reported that there are over a billion bicycles in the world, twice as many as automobiles, with the majority users in Northern Europe and China. Most of these are for commuting. That contrasts bicycling trends in the United States, in which most usage is for exercise (and if you read health stats on the U.S. it’s safe to assume that not very many use their bikes.) The heavier U.S. emphasis as bicycling as a sport rather than basic transport also explains the obsession with outfitting. Most active riders are geared up to the teeth with the latest in fabric technology. As noted recently by a visiting European, “your regular bike commuters look like they’re all ready for the Tour de France!”


Boo Genes

Recently, the talk around our house is an issue that’s been around for many years: genetically modified food. Although I’ve known about the debate for awhile, I’ve never really paid attention to the story until now. I always thought the entire debate was food safety – but that’s only part of the plot. The rest involves politics, ethics, science, and money. Large amounts of money. As my five year old would say, “lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and a whole lots of money.”

Now, I’m not going to go into depth about the whole GM (genetically modified foods) details nor go on my soapbox to argue for one side (this isn’t a science nor politics blog), but I have to admit that I may have become a tad bit biased. Because I usually root for the underdogs – which in this case aren’t the ones spending almost $9 MILLION on lobbying!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to the many mothers that I am so fortunate to know in my life. Mother’s day is a special day for me as an artist, as my mother was always my most supportive coach to pursue my talents. As for cartoons, she was my final “tester” for my work. When I would show her my latest gag, I didn’t consider it a winner unless it provoked the motherly “eye roll”! I love you Mom!

Work is Outta Site!

According to federal and independent surveys, around 40% of U.S. employees have jobs that can be performed offsite (I would say from home, however many that telework can and have set themselves up to do their job on the go at mobile locations, or even organized telework stations.) Even my employer, the federal government, has identified almost 60% of it’s workforce as potential telework positions. Yet only a small percentage of them do (about 20%.) Why? The most often cited reason had to do with technology issues. This could be changing, though – keep in mind that these stats are from a survey completed about seven years ago. Seven years may not seem like a long time (at least to those of us whose “silver linings” are hairstyles), but in the world of modern technology that might as well be a century. Many of the “tech” issues have new solutions, and many more have been resolved. Soon, more and more could have a short commute. Hmm… tremendous future in pajama sales?