Summer memory. July. One of the longest cargo bikes in Portland; owned by Matthew Sellens of Perpetua Floors. Maneuvered with style and confidence by my eldest son, Kael.
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Teenagers and Rituals
In America, we lack rituals, rites of passage, ways to celebrate the change of time and the adoption of increased freedoms and responsibilities. We have the usual driver’s license, cigarette purchasing, and lawful drinking, but nothing before that which we share as a country. Of greater loss, we don’t have a passage for kids that is healthy and not connected to some age-getting vice.
March 22, 2013 is my son’s 13th birthday. He will officially be a teen. I will pass on to him the keys to a U-Lock, and his very own, freedom creating, cargo bike from Tom LaBonty. Tom LaBonty (Tom’s Cargo Bikes) has taken on the project to build my son’s Cargo Flyer.
On Sunday, I traveled with Phillip Ross, co-founder and co-owner of Metrofiets, to a secret warehouse, deep in the industrial area of downtown Portland, Oregon. An 8-digit code was needed to access the elevator which, upon arriving at our floor, opened to a crisp, clean, starkly white hallway. Read the rest of this entry >>