One Tribe

Once again, NY State and the Seneca Nation seem to be headed towards a conflict over collecting taxes on sales made on the reservation. I don’t know who’s right here, I can see both sides and don’t see a mutually agreeable way out.

I have the utmost respect for the Native American culture and beliefs. Unfortunately, I don’t see where exploiting a situation where certain commodities prices have become high, in part due to taxes, should be exploited for the profit of a few Native Americans. That’s not what we should learn from their culture. Maybe it’s what they’ve learned from ours…

And just what is a “Native American” anymore, anyway? I was born here. My parents were too. So were my Grandparents. I don’t know how many generations I would have to go back to actually find an ancestor from Europe. Am I as much a “Native American” as some blonde-haired, blue-eyed person who has a Great-great-grandmother that was born on a reservation? Continue Reading…

More riding

Sunday. I went to Clarence and met up with a couple of the people I met on the Niagara Recumbent Ride. We rode out into the country on some really nice, quiet roads and did 39 miles. Finished up with a relaxing stop at the Clarence Center Coffee Cafe. Great ride, Rich and Jerry!

Today, I rode the usual Monday morning NFBC breakfast ride. This morning’s ride went to Lockport and stopped for breakfast at Panera Bread. Brad had his new ICE Adventure 1 trike, so I am no longer the only trike rider in the group! I thought it was cooler than it was and wore a long-sleeved shirt. By the time we finished the ride it was really hot. I think the news said it hit 90 degrees today, but it sure didn’t feel that hot. The humidity is much lower than the last couple weeks. It’s getting late in the summer and it cools down much more at night as the days get shorter. This drives some of the moisture out of the air overnight, I think. Today was another 25 mile ride.

Why do I post this? Mostly for my own record. Read if you want, or skip it!

Fun on the Canal

Friday, was a georgeous day, cool – in the 70’s – and low humidity. It was sunny with nice, fluffy clouds in the sky, so I took off on my trike for a longer ride. I didn’t know where to go, so I just headed out the canal towpath to the East.

I ended up riding to Middleport and stopped for lunch at a diner there next to the canal. I’d been there before, on one of the bike club centuries I rode a few years ago. It’s always a convenient place to stop. Continue Reading…

Rude People Suck

Mean People SuckYou’ve probably seen the bumper stickers that say Mean People Suck. Well, I’m sure they do, but I think we should focus on civility and say Rude People Suck.

I’d be willing to bet a lot of people’s meanness comes from being treated rudely anyway, so it’s a way of getting to the root cause.

There is no one incident that spurs this posting. No one ticked me off and caused me to rant. It’s just a long-term observation that a lot of what ails our society comes from a lack of manners. From talking on cell phones while driving, talking loudly on cell phones while in public, just talking in public, to lack of respect, and violence towards one another, it all stems from a lack of basic manners. Continue Reading…

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