Friday, July 28, 2006

Time To Celebrate!

Why? Because today is RV's last day at work! Have a great day baby and a wonderful (drunken) time at your going away tonight.

I love you...

Big hugs, your girl.

-RV Girl
Listening to Quintron / OOIOO

Monday, July 24, 2006

The Bicycle...

The british TV station Channel 4 is hosting a set of programs dedicated to the bicycle as part of the 3 minute wonder series (3MW). The shorts can be viewed online here.

Be warned the film titled "Stop Nicking my Bike" is especially distressing, and may not be suitable for younger viewers.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Skype Talk – Where RV & His Girl Become Delirious

[23:45:02] RV says: im laughing because i think myy parents are sick of --- ------- *(on TV)

[23:46:30] RV Girl says: finally!

[23:46:31] RV says: the only prob is they turn on ---`---- instead

[23:46:46] RV Girl says: ahahaha they hv terrible tv choices im sorry

[23:47:52] RV says: its either that or they watch the gay public access channel and the funny thing is i dont think they know its a gay channel

[23:48:13] RV says: they never stay up late enough to see the gaynetwork ads

[23:48:25] RV Girl says: lol

[23:48:42] RV Girl says: how unintentionally progressive of them

[23:48:53] RV says: true

[23:49:06] RV Girl says: its like having u as a son ;-)

[23:49:56] RV says: yeah how did theyend up with a new age techno hippy like me

[23:50:06] RV says: what went wrong

[23:50:29] RV Girl says: ??? no idea but i like it!

[23:50:45] RV Girl says: maybe you and i were made in some laboratory but your a newer version

[23:50:54] RV says: were did a unique lil thing like u come from

[23:50:56] RV Girl says: somewhere in antarctica or something

[23:51:02] RV says: in a tube

[23:51:10] RV says: different batches tho

[23:51:19] RV Girl says: who sponsored the program and why???

[23:51:22] RV says: i was made by the work experience student

[23:52:07] RV says: we're like the manchurian candidates except neohippy nomad geeks

[23:52:21] RV says: bringing down the liberal world from the inside

[23:52:27] RV Girl says: lol

[23:52:32] RV says: we just havent been activated yet

[23:52:47] RV says: waiting for the code word

[23:53:00] RV Girl says: shit wonder what it is

[23:53:08] RV says: something weird

[23:53:17] RV Girl says: will we go crazy and take over the world in the thousands

[23:53:33] RV Girl says: does that mean i have to have ur offspring?

[23:53:34] RV says: probably something we'll never hear unleswe're in achurch

[23:53:51] RV says: maybe u must have my offspring

[23:53:57] RV says: more little ones

[23:54:02] RV Girl says: i was always suspect of that metal plate in ur head....

[23:54:11] RV Girl says: wheres my implant i wonder

[23:54:23] RV says: its a radio i can hear russian stuff

[23:54:35] RV says: under ur birthmark

[23:54:40] RV Girl says: lol no way

[23:54:44] RV says: but the spanking broke it

[23:54:47] RV Girl says: no wonder i like being spanked

[23:54:50] RV Girl says: ahaha

[23:55:03] RV says: ur a defective model a rogue agent

[23:55:10] RV Girl says: aw fuck so typical

[23:55:19] RV says: u were never meant to end up with another agent

[23:55:30] RV Girl says: i see.....

[23:55:34] RV says: it messes up the plan

[23:55:50] RV Girl says: will we have to go into hiding

[23:55:59] RV says: yes certainly

[23:56:15] RV says: ill be raoul u can be conchita

[23:56:36] RV Girl says: ok raoul

-RV Girl

Listening to Broken Social Scene

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Bikely - Finding The Best Route

The Bikely website promotes biking by having members post their way of getting from point A to point B.

"Put very simply, Bikely helps cyclists share knowledge of good bicycle routes.
It can be quite tricky traversing a car dominated city such as Melbourne on a bike, particularly when you need to travel an unknown route to a new destination.

But the chances are, someone has cycled that way before you. Bikely makes it easy for him or her to show you the best way."

Here is a story about Bikely on Treehugger.

Seems like a very promising network.

-RV Girl
Listening to The Zutons

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Nothing Like A Lazy Day

Another scorching day.

Wasn't in such a good mood yesterday but I must be feeling better since I just sent RV a naked pic of me while he was at work! I guess when the 'bad girl' in me comes out I must be getting better. I won't post that but here is a lovely pic of my home, isn't it pretty?

So not much to report. I am fed up with the weather that immobilises me everyday from 4pm, I hate that I have some personal problems that I brought onto myself and that escalated this morning...I just feel so exhausted by everything. It's like some deep rooted depresssive thing. It's new to me and for a long time I never had to fight such discomfort. It's just god damn boring!

Anyway, it all sounds worse than it is. I'm chilling, got tons of new music, being super lazy and I really don't care! That alone makes me happier.

-RV Girl
Listening to Indie Mix with lot of fags

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Smell of Melted Tar.

Its hot in the motherland for a change today. A strange object was seen hovering over Ireland today. Ancient records were consulted and this circular object turned out to be a body known as the Sun. A massive fusion powered furnace approximatly 93 million miles from Ireland, note that this distance is greater than the distance between Belfast and Cork. Whenever this object appears Ireland gets hotter. RV gets hotter, cycling gets harder.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Two wheels good, four wheels bad.

Two wheels good, four wheels bad.
Two wheels good, four wheels bad.
Two wheels good, four wheels bad.
Two wheels good, four wheels bad.

If we also had a banner ad for the new Ford super thunder patrol meister at the top of our page that would make my day.

Friday, July 14, 2006

If This Isn't Love...

I don't know what is.

Happy Bastille Day!

-RV Girl
Listening to Beirut

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

We Have No Home...Yet

So, I lost our flat prospect today. It wasn't my fault but just the circumstance of life.

I was sad and she, the owner, was too but I was already preset for other options. Something inside me told me it was too good to be true.

It wasn't the biggest or cheapest...or best, it was just perfect...

I have a few other places lined up for tomorrow and I have hopes they are just as interesting. My feeling is that no matter what I find, we'll be alright.

RV and I had a gray evening yesterday, the thoughts of life changes taking it's toll in our own forms. We both needed a connection to eachother while still feeling disconnected and frustrated by all else. As time nears, I think we are both under duress. I realise this is completely normal and find that it even makes me (and hopefully him too) feel better that we are going through similar emotions.

Some kind a wonderful!

-RV Girl
Listening to CocoRosie

Monday, July 10, 2006

So..Cars Are Bad..Bikes Are Good

Alright RV, I hear ya.

I'm still tired from an embaressing mishap yesterday on the train ride back home as France lost the World cup title. Training through Geneva is lovely, dreamy and word of warning, always wear underwear...

I arrived home, full of joy to speak to RV again after a few days of stolen chats and texts. I'm back online and wondering what could this be??

It just looks so damn cool. Come on baby, give us some hints!

-RV Girl
Listening to Cat Power & Karen Elson I Love You

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Cars Grrrrrrrrr.

I suppose I should provide an explanation as to why the bicycle is my chosen and prefered mode of transport. Well my fixation began early, I got my first bike at the age of four or five. It was a christmas present a red bmx with white plastic spoked wheels, I was mobile. After several years I graduated to another red bike a road mountain hybrid (12 speed) of indeterminate brand which I think is still at the back of the garage somewhere, I remember this being a very heavy item. When I outgrew this is I proceeded to my fathers old (1980s) tubular steel framed Peugeot racer, a wonderful bike on which I passed many miles and many years. My brothers still use it today although I recently had a go and found it immensely painful to ride due mostly to the weight and the fact that none of the gears are not working properly anymore. Somewhere in there I remember an ancient blue ten speed racer to but the peugeot was always my choice if it was available.

I grew up in ireland were it was not common for a teenager to have a car because of expense and the fact that it was not a necessity. So I used my bike to get around and soon realised there was no point in getting a car there was often no were to park also I couldn't drive a car after drinking and as drinking is a popular pass time here the car would be redundant most of the time. Also a bike doubles as a handy crutch for the walk home.

After leaving school I proceeded directly to college were I had little time to work and so for monetary reasons was forced to utilize public transport most of the time and my bike on the weekend. But sitting on the bus every day looking out at the thousands of people in their cars not moving for up to ten minutes at a time because of the traffic as the bus sped by in its own lane or QBC to quote the proper term (Quality Bus Corridor). I felt I had made the right choice in not enslaving myself to two tonnes of metal a bank & an insurance company oh and lets not forget the government, all of whom are supported to a greater or lesser extent by car ownership. I suppose Im letting you see the anarchist in me, disruption through denial.

I feel It must be pointed that the car is the slowest most expensive and most polluting way to commut but I do realize that for some it is a real necessity even their livelihood but for the majority it is not. It is also claimed by many here in ireland that the public transport system is inadequate and unreliable, this is partially true as not all areas are served by the dart and often getting from one satellite town to another means going via the city centre. This is mainly due to poor urban planning but if it were not for the thousands of people sitting one to a car clogging up the roads at rush hour the journey times for these commutes would be greatly reduced and so would become tolerable.

These days I have been cycling to the train station about ten kilometers from my house from there the train only takes about 15 minutes to reach the office making my total journey time just over thirty five minutes, if i were to take the bus it would be anything from one hour to one hour and a half and by car even longer. True I do have to suffer driving rain, sky grit, fog, dogs, dangerous drivers, sub zero temperatures, high winds, potholes, birds, flies and a whole range of other dangers and discomforts but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Anyway I will suffer all this and more for the freedom my bike gives me financial freedom and a sort of moral freedom, I am superior to the car lover. I am harder, fitter, angrier and I will not be pushed to the roadside. Maybe i am joking or maybe i am the cycling equivalent of the unabomber. I have always cycled and I will continue as long as i can and i will try to promote the most efficient form of transport there is whenever i can.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Can't Sleep but...

I miss you.

-RV Girl
Listening to Ampop Eternal Bliss

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Cycling on the Web


The Guardian has been running a online series called, “NetJetters”, for some time now. Recently, Susan Greenwood won the competition to promote eco-friendly travel by cycling through America, East to West. You can read about her 3 month journey here on her blog.


Two Americans hatched a plan to raise awareness for the benefits of cycling by traveling cross country on bike. Read about their ongoing trip here. You can listen to their audio blog here.


Just a really cool looking bike from China posted on Make Magazine's flickr site. You can see the original post here.


And to end this short post, here is a beautiful essay titled, “The Joy of Cycling with Beckett”, written by German writer Friedhelm Rathjen.

- RV Girl

Listening to Jim Noir

Monday, July 03, 2006


[00:36:37] RV Girl says: what do u think about

[00:36:54] RV says: all kinds of random things

[00:36:58] RV says: i very scattered

[00:37:00] RV Girl says: like....

[00:37:04] RV Girl says: for example

[00:37:28] RV says: i think of u i think of the future i think of the end i think of the journey

[00:37:43] RV says: i want the feeling

[00:37:59] RV says: i want you

[00:38:31] RV says: i think alot about failure

[00:38:42] RV says: ithink alot about death

[00:39:09] RV says: i dwell on the beauty and horror of our personalites

[00:39:21] RV says: we are meant for each other

[00:39:37] RV says: but it will not always be easy i know

[00:40:00] RV says: i want to tell u all even if it not make sense sometimes

[00:40:35] RV says: i need you otherwise i will grow slower

[00:41:02] RV says: im tired of waiting for change i need to act i need to do more for others

[00:41:11] RV says: i start by doing more for u

[00:41:25] RV says: i do ten things

[00:42:34] RV Girl says: ok....

- RV Girl
Listening to Mornington Crescent – Belle & Sebastian

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Introducing the Micro Stove...

Ok, im not new to this camping business but I have to say that the equipment now available is pretty amazing. My tent weight something like 2kg, my sleeping bag would fit in a large coat pocket and all the tools and bits and pieces that i've collected for my mission are made from super light alloys and composite plastics.

I thought id seen it all until yesterday when I bought a little camping stove from a local outdoor adventure store. I have bought these things before and they are pretty basic, you simply attach the gas canister to the stove bit and there you have it. But most of my previous cooking thingys were quite a bit bigger and crapper than this little gadget.

Honestly you could put this in your pocket. Im stunned. It only weights a few grams it seems pretty strong, the box claims it can boil a litre of water in a few minutes and will burn continuously for an hour. Perfect for my purposes. I love it and its probably the most usefull thing ill have with me in terms of a comfort items.


I've finally decided on what i regard as a bare minimum list of cycling and camping equipment. Its a bit long sorry about that.

Bags Saddlebag/Messenger
Belt Pouch
Sleeping Bag
Survival Bag
Ground Mat

Allen Keys
Tyre Levers
Adj. Spanner
Swiss Army Knife
Hammer Mallet
Zippo Lighter
Bicycle Pump

Cable Ties
Heavy Duty Tape
Spare Tubes
Patch Kit
Lighter Fuel

Steel Water Bottle
Plastic Water Bottles
Water Purification Tablets

Maps Google Maps/Michelin Road Map
Lonely Planet Cycling Guide to France
Bike Lights

Cooking Equip:
Gas Stove
Mess Tins

Med. Kit

Wash Bag
Sun Cream
Sun Glasses
Bike Lock
Spare Key Bike Lock
Straps, Bungie Cords
Plastic Bag
Toilet Roll

Saturday, July 01, 2006

He Slurs, I Wake

So what do you have for breakfast when you wake at 11pm?

Interesting, I just got a drunken phone call from RV as I was writing this...

He doesn't do this often so what this basically means is he's just enjoying himself ,which he totally deserves, yet he is so ecstatic he must call me because he can't write on his bumpy ride home a similar sweet text. I find it hilarious! You drunk boy, I love you.

So I think I found us a home this week. I've been racing all over town looking for a cheap but funky pad to adopt. The price is reasonable but if you saw this humble palace on the walk up to the 5th floor, you'd be impressed. It has alot of potential and loads of character. I told RV I was already planning my interior design as the current tenant was talking to me...I like decorating. It is spectacular, small, perfect. I cannot wait to make it ours.

Looks like I've got a mini trip again through Switzerland next week. The destination is a neighboring town close to Zurich. It will be my first time there and by cheap train, about 7 hours travel. I'm excited because I am working on a film project there and gifting a painting I created for a friend's birthday. I am really enjoying these spontaneous creation inspired travels. The other evening my kitchen was defaced by another artist friend. I've got graffiti at home!

Art everywhere, that's the idea...

31 days left RV.

-RV Girl
Listening to Syd Matters