Andrew Ritchie Dips Toe Into Cyberspace
Spent yester-eve across the bay, chez AR.
This Cambridge educated, California-rooted author decided to get with the program and create a blog frimself.
Touchingly, he asked for assistance.
Hey, I’m even better at computers than I am at working on bikes*!
Ignoring the light rain, I opted to cycle/bus to Berkeley (rather than drive the super easy 20 miles). There is a 4-mile long, no-bicycles bridge–the Richmond /San Rafael . So you spend a half hour pedaling to the bus station, then you get to wait forty five minutes. Then it’s an HOUR on the bus, with its thirty mile roundabout route.
I am determined to be as green as possible if only to impress my readers.
Fuck the planet. It’s all about seeming green, right?
Like those Chevron advertisements? We’re all doing what we can, eh?
In my bag: true hard cider (not yet available in California) and a few dumpster food items. The bus took forever. As always, when finishing up a bike/bus trip I need half an hour to calm down. Staring at one’s bike perched on the front of a bus, held by one little spring -loaded hook is nerve-wracking.
“Can we please have the cider now?”
“By all means”.
“This is impressive stuff, lemme look at the bottle!”
Heh. I knew Farnum Hill cider would be appreciated here. Brits are mad about cider. I think they call it scrumpy, what a sick, er darling name.
I’ve known the British “eminence grease“, Dr. Andrew Ritchie** , for a couple of decades, seeing him at bicycle history symposia, “hollow fame” banquets and other velocipedalian gatherings.
I’d like to say we sat sipping peacefully, but he and I are both semi deaf opinionated curmudgeons so instead we yelled excitedly for at least an hour, interupting, back-tracking, regaling… then I made him show off his impressive pewter tankard collection (envy quotient =ten) and his even more frighteningly impressive book collection… then we teased the blog into some kind of shape.
Actually a few shapes. WordPress has themes that lets you try out looks the way Alicia Silverstone tried out her ensembles in Clueless.
It felt great to seem knowlegeable. Some of this wordpress stuff is second nature to me. At least the well-worn tricks that I do. I still have no clue how to change the order of my blogstories…and it’s completely beyond me how to fudge the blog stats. Daily hits should show “2,309,359”, not “137”.
Subscribe to his new book. You won’t be sorry you did. How many authors, liars and pun-ditzes can you say you personally assisted?
(If the number is less than two, with me being ONE of them, please call. I will yell at you, too).
**Not to be confused with the much younger (by twelvemonth) Andrew Ritchie–who was at the same uiversity! That Andrew Ritchie engineered the celebrated folding bike known as the Brompton. The other three dozen Andrew Ritchies are in prison for identity theft.