Are you putting yourself out there?

In January we went to a portion of the West Seattle Art Walk. We started a little late and only made it to three businesses. After the event I marveled at the way these small business owners, artists and musicians had put themselves out there, exposing themselves and bringing their gift out into the world.

Our first stop was Viscon Cellars This small winemaker has been producing wine since 2004. I believe this tasting room on California Ave has been open since 2014. The tasting pours were presented by the owner himself. A very personable and talented wine maker Ben was enthusiastic and described in great detail the blends used to create the wines we were presented. The one I remember the most is the Rhyme/Reason Syrah which used co-fermented viognier 5% and Syrah 95%. It tasted fabulous but the reason I remember it is the fact that I had never heard of a white and a red blended together. It apparently is a technique used in France but not used elsewhere very often. I love learning something new. We went home with a bottle of viognier to go with our salmon dinner.We also bought it because of the very attractive label and the story behind it.

Artist Greta Musland was displaying her work at Viscon. She is currently using acrylic paints on one side of the canvas and an encaustic (wax process) on the other. Her portraits of urban wild animals were delightful. She has been allowing herself to be an artist for about 10 years. I find it fascinating to consider what would happen if we all allowed ourselves to be what we want to be instead of what society, family etc thinks we should be. One CAN dare to dream.

Next stop was They were displaying beautiful photographs of a wandering traveler. The one that caught my eye was of a camel in front of a beautiful body of water with arid mountains on the other side. There was a horizantal stripe effect in the composition that was dramatic. Unfortunately I can’t tell you who the photographer was since there is no link on there website to the artist and my memory is not that good. A traveling photographer journeying to exotic locales and a cannabis company taking a chance in the current state of legal affairs are both putting themselves out there.

Final stop of the evening was at C and P Coffee where it was open mike night. We caught the last 4 performances of the evening – all guitar and vocal performances. The first one wrote their own songs and the other 3 played cover songs from a wide variety of known artists. I am so glad they shared their gift with us that night.

What is your gift? Are you sharing it and putting yourself out there or are you keeping it bottled up inside?

Today’s DIY refashion failure (at least on me) shirts into tunic

Today’s DIY refashion failure (at least on me) shirts into tunic

I started this project in November thinking it had potential for the holidays. I took this stained lace shirt and this beautiful but dated pink silk shirt to try to make something festive.

Stained white lace shirt

Pink silk shirt dated








I was wrong. At least for me.The first go round made this look like something my mother would have worn (not to knock her style – we all should rock whatever it is). Sort of tent like. And I am not really a wearer of “delicate” items which this turned out to be.

This shirt is too delicate and tent like for me

It also looked a little dated and out of style. I hung it back in the closet. Then the other day I decided I couldn’t just abandon it. I ruched the sleeves a bit and added the cuffs I cut off the shirt as pockets.

Redone shirt with cuffs as pockets

Back of shirt with lace insert

The end result looked a little cuter and trendier but it still is not my style. Any delicate and maybe younger looking women out there who can pull it off? It’s yours. My Valentine gift to you. Just reply to this post on Facebook.

The Lime Bike Spin

The Lime Bike Spin

Lime bike in site

Today I took a spin on Lime Bike. The initial download to my phone of the Lime Bike app was quick. I have not yet figured out how to add a payment system to it. But that’s OK cause I discovered the first ride was free. The website says they have a cash option so you don’t need to have a smart phone. I didn’t figure out how to do that either.

They have a Lime business network that offers employers an opportunity to offer Lime Bike as an employee perk through a monthly flat rate plan. Mostly techie companies in South Lake Union.

Lime Bike is based in San Mateo California. Like the other dockless bike share companies they raised a fair amount in initial venture funding (12 million according to Tech Crunch). With this kind of money pouring in and the paltry rental rates it makes me wonder if their real goal is access to the potential big data an app that requires personal information and location could provide.  (ever the cynic)

Lime rules

After I returned from my ride I read through the privacy policy etc. Helmet use was more clearly defined than Spin. Parking was clearly defined (but since I hadn’t read it I parked it a little wrong – no parking on corners or bus stops and mine was on a corner at a bus stop-Oops – but not on a sidewalk).

An odd little quirk in the privacy policy was that you gave up all rights to your image and likeness as related to Lime Bike Services:

  1. License to Image and Likeness. For good and valuable consideration, the receipt and adequacy of which are hereby acknowledged, You do hereby knowingly, voluntarily, and irrevocably: (1) give Your full and unconditional consent to LimeBike and its affiliates, successors, and assigns to use at any time and from time to time, without any restriction, Your appearance and voice in photographs, videos, and other recordings related to Your use of the Services, on all websites and for all press, promotional, advertising, publicity, and other commercial purposes, including all formats and media, whether now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world and in perpetuity; (2) grant to LimeBike and its affiliates, successors, and assigns (a) the right to photograph, videotape, and otherwise record Your appearance and voice related to Your use of the Services, at any time and from time to time, (b) all rights, copyrights, title, and interests in the results of such photographs, videos, and other recordings, as a work for hire for copyright purposes, and (c) the right to use, reproduce, exhibit, distribute, transmit, alter, and exploit, at any time and from time to time and as LimeBike may decide in its sole discretion, such photographs, videos, and other recordings, or any component thereof, and all related merchandising, promotions, advertising, and publicity; and (3) waive, release, and discharge all Released Persons from all Claims that You have or may have for any libel, defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, infringement of copyright, or violation of any right granted by You in this paragraph.

Mighty odd but maybe I need to read more of these privacy policies more thoroughly (or just give up and give in).

My husband was walking up to the vet clinic with the dog and wanted to know if I wanted to go. I decided to walk one way and test the Lime Bike back. The vet clinic is at the top of a long and steep in places hill so returning via bike was definitely the way to do it.

We didn’t see any Lime bikes on the trip up hill nor in the immediate business district. Fortunately Lime Bike has a location service on the app and there was a bike about two blocks from where I needed it.

The bike itself felt sturdy. It was easy to adjust the seat up to where I needed it and this bike had 8 speeds. The lowest one got me up a medium grade medium sized hill I needed to travel. The bike tires have a foam core base so no flat tire issues. When I ended my ride it gave me an update “Great ride. You burned 87 calories and saved 787 grams of CO2.” Which was a great kick in the pants to ride more.

Click the rear lock to end your ride

Spin Test Update

Spin Test Update

Last week I downloaded the Spin Bike app from Google apps to my phone. It downloaded quickly. Today I am testing it out on a trip downtown to meet a friend at Seattle Center. As a happy side note the bus I am on is populated by folks from Vashon Island who have just reported an Orca sighting near the ferry terminal.  I text my husband and he is able to get down to the water in time to see them swimming north.

I am a little worried I won’t be able to test because I see less Spin (orange bikes) than the other 2 companies as I travel around Seattle. Even though nowhere in the sign up process etc do I see anything about wear a helmet I have clipped my helmet to my bag so I have one along.

I get off the Metro bus at 3rd and Vine and my heart jumped when I saw three bikes parked near the coffee shop and one was the desired Orange Spin bike.

Orange spin bike in sight

I opened the app, scanned the code and the lock on the rear wheel unlocked. A brief message about staying safe and wearing a helmet flashed on my phone. I hopped on and rode the few blocks to Seattle Center. A first ride of 6 minutes. My first five rides (within the first week) were free so it didn’t matter that it was a short one. Otherwise it would have been a charge of $1. The bikes only have three speeds so serious uphills would be out of the question for me. It is relatively comfortable although the basket moving around with the front wheel gives me an odd feeling but is a convenient place to put the large bag I have brought along.

When I pull up to the Center meeting spot I park it in a corner near some tables out of the way of foot traffic. I figure out how to lock the back wheel which officially ends my ride. A successful trip. I will be curious to hear the ridership levels from this dock free bike experiment.

When I see my niece on Christmas Eve she tells me Spin is her chosen mode of transport. Have you tried any bike share programs? How did they work out?