Schwinns of the Fathers

When my dad was 14 years old, he bought himself a new bicycle to commute to his after-school job. His commute was about 3 miles down dirt roads to a neighboring farm. His job was to call the cows into the barn for the evening.

Anyhow, the bike has been sitting in my Grandpa’s barn for almost 40 years. I was home for Easter yesterday and asked him about it. So we got it out, put some air in the tires, and rode it around the yard.

The gears shift, the tires hold air. The brakes are pretty much non-functional, and the dynamo-lighting is not working. I hosed it off and sprayed it down with bike lust, and it looks like it will be a perfectly serviceable bicycle once I get the brakes fixed.

1969 Schwinn Collegiate

Chain guard

Dynamo

Sadly, it’s a touch too small for me. It will probably fit Brandi OK. I’ll keep it around in case short people drop by and want to go for a bike ride.

Old Church Stuff

Look-it what I found going through old church stuff.
Here’s the church in 1898. Almost exactly the same as it is today.

St. Peter's Church 1898

Back in those days, a man really knew how to wear a beard. Note that he wears no moustache.

Rev. Clouser: 1870-1894

I have some relatives buried out back who were in Rev. Clouser’s congregation.

My great-granddad is in this picture. (back row, second one in from the right) He died three years after this picture was taken and two years before I was born. I think this is the only picture of him I’ve ever seen.

Group Shot

So yeah, I just got a scanner. Now I can bore the whole world with old photo albums and whatnot.

Evangelism

Church

When I was a little kid, my parents took me to this church for my weekly dose of Christianity and out-of-tune hymn-singing.

Many years have gone by since then, and now almost everyone who went to this church either stopped going, moved away, or got old and died.

The church is a few months away from total fiscal collapse unless someone can think up a good way to put some butts in the pews.

It’s too bad, really, because the building is very cool. It was built in the mid 1800’s on the site of the original log cabin church that was built in the 1700’s (supposedly, the first church in the Buffalo Valley).

There are still a few little old ladies who go to church here, and if their church goes kaputt, they are going to be very sad ladies indeed. So, I’ve been trying to help them come up with clever ideas for how to keep it going.

As you might expect, church stuff is really not my area of expertise.

I suspect that at least some of my readers are church-people. Do any of you have brilliant marketing/recruiting ideas, or know of websites, etc where such ideas might be hiding?

Legislative Bike Rally in Harrisburg on May 5th

In case you are lame, and don’t keep up with the goings-on at the Bike Coalition of Greater Philly, they’re coming to Harrisburg to stand on the Capitol Steps and try to get safe passing laws passed.

Bikes on the Capitol Steps

We are hoping that as many people as possible will be able to come out and ride their bikes to the event. The meeting point for the ride is the State Farm Show Complex at 230 N Cameron St at 8:30 a.m.

Read all about it on the BCGP blog.

I have some vacation time to burn, who’s in?

Real Belief-O-Matic

April Tomfoolery aside, these are my actual results from Belief-O-Matic.

It’s more or less what I expected, although I would have predicted that I was more Mahayana than Theravada.

1. Theravada Buddhism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
3. Secular Humanism (98%)
4. Liberal Quakers (85%)
5. Mahayana Buddhism (72%)
6. Nontheist (71%)
7. Taoism (71%)
8. Neo-Pagan (71%)
9. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (60%)
10. Jainism (53%)
11. Orthodox Quaker (51%)
12. Hinduism (49%)
13. New Age (49%)
14. Sikhism (45%)
15. Reform Judaism (41%)
16. Scientology (37%)
17. New Thought (35%)
18. Baha’i Faith (34%)
19. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (29%)
20. Seventh Day Adventist (26%)
21. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (23%)
22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (17%)
23. Eastern Orthodox (15%)
24. Islam (15%)
25. Orthodox Judaism (15%)
26. Roman Catholic (15%)
27. Jehovah’s Witness (11%)

Biking for Jesus

I took the belief-o-matic quiz, and whaddyaknow, turns out I’m an orthodox Christian.

As a result, there will be no more blasphemy on this blog, and I will henceforth ride my bicycle only in accordance with Christ-Centered living and with strict adherence to Biblical teaching.

My Results:
1. Eastern Orthodox (100%)
2. Roman Catholic (100%)
3. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (98%)
4. Seventh Day Adventist (92%)
5. Orthodox Quaker (84%)
6. Orthodox Judaism (72%)
7. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (67%)
8. Islam (66%)
9. Hinduism (58%)
10. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (58%)
11. Jehovah’s Witness (55%)
12. Sikhism (51%)
13. Baha’i Faith (47%)
14. Liberal Quakers (38%)
15. Reform Judaism (37%)
16. Jainism (35%)
17. Unitarian Universalism (30%)
18. Mahayana Buddhism (26%)
19. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (26%)
20. Theravada Buddhism (25%)
21. Scientology (22%)
22. Neo-Pagan (22%)
23. Nontheist (18%)
24. New Thought (17%)
25. New Age (14%)
26. Secular Humanism (12%)
27. Taoism (10%)

I never would have expected to have so much in common with the Catholics.

Hallelujah!
Hosanna!
Sola Scriptura!
Aprilibus Follis!