Sunday, December 7

Bike Marketing

No Sign Visible in the Hoquiam Bike Shop
It is odd, but many around bikes are not too savvy about how to market them. Advocates, for example, often use fear as a means to sell people on riding bikes. I think you'll never see a photo in a LAB publication, for example, that doesn't have a cyclist without a helmet and a bike in the same picture. You can also see many fearful videos on Youtube, such as "Death Rides on My Left."

Similarly, bike shops sometimes neglect the basics of marketing, such as a sign outside their premises, or hours of operation being posted. Such is the bike shop in Hoquiam, Washington.

The Shop is "Open," Up Close You Can See the Sign

From the Proper Angle, You Can See it is the "LaVogue Bike Shop"

Fortunately, this bike shop in Hoquiam is not only the nearest one to Ocean Shores, but it is a pretty good one as well. It certainly beats out the local Wally World by a few orders of magnitude, but maybe they'll put up a sign someday that is as glaring as the Tully's Coffee a couple of doors down the street.

Tuesday, November 25

Birds for the Holidays

Holiday Decorations Complement This Bird
Just out and about today. Holiday decorations are complemented by the local birds.

Monday, November 24

Different Fall Colors

Part of this Tree FELL, in Fall
In years past, people such as RANTWICK and ANNIEBIKES had contests for cyclists to send in their photos of fall color. Alas, it seems nobody is doing this in 2014, though there are plenty of cyclists enjoying the autumn weather. I decided to look at fall color a bit differently this year. First up, the tree at the top of this post really put the "fall" into the term. Actually, it split rather than fell if we want to get technical.  The fallen portion of the tree has now been removed.

Green Mistletoe in a Mostly Bare Tree
Second, in North Texas, as in some other places, mistletoe keeps the color green in trees that otherwise turn pretty bare. We've got pines around as well, but mistletoe seems like it fits the season better.

Finally, we get some browns from the Texas State Nut, the pecan. Nope, I'm not the official state nut! Interestingly, the pecan is separately, the State Tree.

Pecans, the Texas State Nut

Sunday, November 23

Whirligig Whirls and Twirls

By popular demand, though the wind was fairly light today, here's the local whirling and twirling.

Friday, November 21

Texas Oddities

Sometimes, Texas Oddities Stick to a Texas Theme, as in this Birdhouse
 Occasionally, we need reminders that people like things that are considered whimsical or odd, even in places such as Texas. Earlier, HERE, I noted oddities along my commute route. Separately, HERE, In took note of "yard art" in Ocean Shores. Out this morning, I noticed new and different whimsical items in Colleyville.

VERY Elaborate Windvane!