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The Newspaper Reporter

Ron Tatum University of North Texas Press ePub

The Newspaper Reporter

After I had been shoeing about twelve years, a newspaper reporter in Northern California who had heard about me from someone, called to set up an interview. He was interested in my background prior to taking up horseshoeing, and wanted to write an article about that. That was all right with me, and we set up a time when I could be doing a horse so he could observe the process.

I had already started working on the horse when the reporter showed up in his big blue news truck and walked over to the horse and me in his fancy loafers and his reporter’s hat. He had no notepad or pencil, no tape recorder or any other note-taking device. We shook hands. “Is this the horse?” he asked. I looked at him a moment. “Yes.” “Oh,” he said, and just stood there. I said nothing and continued working. Silence. After awhile he asked, “Do you like your work?” I said yes I did. More silence. After a few more minutes he asked, “Is this a hard job?” Once again I stopped. I put my tools down and looked directly at him. “Yes, it is,” I announced. We looked at each other for a moment, and I went back to work, telling myself that this was the poorest excuse for a reporter I had ever seen, and as far as I was concerned, the interview was over.

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Part IV

Edited by Kenneth L. Untiedt University of North Texas Press PDF
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19. Freakbikes by Megulon-5

Amy Walker New World Library ePub


A freakbike is a bicycle that has been cut up and put back together in a way that might not make obvious sense. Freakbikes appear wherever piles of cheap bikes can be found. Their forms may evolve from a common starting point, like the chopper, the tallbike, or the swingbike, and there are standard ways to construct one, but there is no right way to design or build one.

I made my first chopper by sawing off a few extra fork blades and hammering them onto another bike’s fork. It was the obvious method for someone who only had a hacksaw and a wrench handy (the wrench was used to hammer the blades on). I got tired of jamming the forks back together every time they loosened up and dumped me on the pavement, so I learned how to weld them. Soon enough, I needed to know how a longer fork would ride, and to do this I had to change the head-tube angle and lengthen the frame to keep my weight in front of the rear hub. This adaptive process is how freakbikes are made, whether they are shiny and built by skilled fabricators or jagged and built by backyard hackers.

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Bay of Islands & Northland

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

For many New Zealanders, the phrase ‘up north’ conjures up sepia-toned images of family fun in the sun, pohutukawa in bloom and dolphins frolicking in pretty bays. From school playgrounds to work cafeterias, owning a bach (holiday house) ‘up north’ is a passport to popularity.

Beaches are the main drawcard and they’re here in profusion. Visitors from more crowded countries are flummoxed to wander onto beaches without a scrap of development or another human being in sight. The west coast shelters the most spectacular remnants of the ancient kauri forests that once blanketed the top of the country; the remaining giant trees are an awe-inspiring sight and one of the nation’s treasures.

It’s not just natural attractions that are on offer: history hangs heavily here. The site of the earliest settlements of both Māori and Europeans, Northland is unquestionably the birthplace of the nation.

ANorthland's beaches go crazy at New Year and remain busy throughout the January school holidays, with the long, lazy days of summer usually continuing into February and March.

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Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado

Fred Dow Moon Canyon Publishing PDF

Uncompahgre National Forest


Uncompahgre National Forest


The Uncompahgre National Forest is comprised of 944,922 acres and is located in western

Colorado. There are fourteen developed campgrounds of which seven meet the selection criteria.

The Uncompahgre National Forest is a little forest with a lot of diversity. From the Upper Sonoran eco-environment found in the canyons along the Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway

(State Highways 141 and 145) to the alpine environment of Lizard Head and Mount Sneffels

Wildernesses, the variation in topography and vegetation provide for a wide variety of recreation opportunities.

The areas around Telluride and Ouray, Colorado are sometimes called America's Little Switzerland, and with good reason. With clusters of mountains rising well above 12,000 feet and several peaks above 14,000 feet, the rugged beauty of the area is memorable. This area is considered by some to be "Jeepers" heaven. With the network of challenging four wheel-drive trails, such as Ophir Pass and Forty-one Trail, Uncompahgre National Forest deserves this designation. But you don't have to own a four wheel-drive vehicle to enjoy the scenery.

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