Thursday, April 16, 2015

The von Trapps on Kazoo!

Sometimes everything that's right in the world converges. Like when you're filming at an amazing chocolate shop and they keep presenting you with delicious treats and The von Trapps start harmonizing on kazoo and the sun comes out and then they bring out freshly baked chocolate cookies. This interview was one of those times. Sarah and Ruth at Alma Chocolate graciously invited our large crew, The von Trapps and a baby (also named Alma) to cram inside their cozy chocolate shop and take over for a weekend morning. This is what happened:

Now click on this sentence to buy The von Trapps new EP, Dancing in Gold! And this is what our bike/desk looked like after an hour of singing and kazooing and eating chocolate:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I Ate a Dog Biscuit

Our crew member (and big Bruce Campbell fan), Todd, challenged me to the Oregon Humane Society's Biscuit Challenge. I'm not one to back away from challenges so I ate a dog biscuit:

And now I'm nominating Carrie Brownstein, Mayor Charlie Hales and Bitsie Tulloch to take the Biscuit Challenge. It's your move, famous people!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

We'll Be Back Next Week!

We're over halfway through our fourth season and we thought it was about time everyone caught their breath for a moment. So go ahead and watch any episodes you might have missed and we'll be back with a brand new episode (featuring The Von Trapps) next week!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pedal Powered Meets Water-Powered

During our trip to Southern Oregon we met up with Bob Russell, who's not only the mayor of Eagle Point; he's also owner of the Butte Creek Mill, a water-powered flour mill that's been in operation for over 140 years. Bob's always been an avid collector and he views the mill as his most prized possessions, all the while churning out tons of amazing flour and baking mixes.

Watch our interview with Bob where we chat about rummaging through demolition sites, antique mug shots and discovering abandoned mystery meat!

And since Bob is the mayor of Eagle Point, he also offered me this card before we parted in case I got in trouble with the local authorities.

I haven't used it yet but I'm holding onto it just in case.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

We rode. We saw billboards. We conquered.

This past Sunday, a few dozen friends and fans joined us at the Keen Garage to set out on a bike tour of all four of our billboards in celebration of our fourth season. Led by our esteemed Route Director, (and founder of the Ginger Ride and former Pedal Powered Talk Show guest), Jessica Vredenburg, we crossed Burnside and meandered through downtown, passing our very first billboard on our way to Waterfront Park.

We headed over the Hawthorne bridge and into Southeast before arriving at billboard #2 where I climbed atop the bike/desk to make a few official proclamations and thank a few of the folks who made our ride possible such as Clay Nowak (who designed our billboards), Blakely Dadson and Zo Barazzuol (who designed the shirts), KEEN (who got our shirts printed) and Alex Simon (another former guest, who accompanied the entire ride on bugle).

After a killer hill, we made it to billboard #3 where our friends from Portland's Grilled by Bike Club were grilling up tasty veggies and sausage to share!

And did I mention that Olive and Dingo, two renowned local clowns, just happened to bike by our ride and joined us for a few stops!

Next we headed North for a surprise stop at Alma Chocolate. We filmed an episode in their shop a few weeks back that we'll be releasing soon and Sarah Hart and Ruth E. Fox generously invited our giant gang inside the store for some sweet treats.

Next we were off to the last billboard where former guest, The Unipiper, was waiting for us with bagpipes aflame!

The Unipiper led our merry gang to our final destination, Bunk Bar (where we shot an episode way back in season 2), where trays of free snacks awaited us!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our first ever BIKE THE BILLBOARDS extravaganza! And for all of you who didn't make it: you missed out big time.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Come Ride With Us on Sunday!

This Sunday, March 29th we're inviting all our Portland-based pals to join us for an action-packed bike ride as we celebrate the 4th season of the Pedal Powered Talk Show! Meet us (with your bike) at the Keen Garage (505 NW 13th Ave) at 1:30PM for a 6 mile ride through downtown and the inner eastside as we take a surprise-filled tour of our four billboards before finishing up at Bunk Bar (1028 SE Water Ave) at around 3:30PM.

There will be free snacks, free shirts (for the first 50 folks) and our friends at the Keen Garage are giving participants a 20% discount on Sunday! And speaking of those free shirts, this is what they look like:

Head over to facebook for more information and to RSVP! See ya Sunday!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bruce Campbell at Portland Comic Con

A few weeks back we headed to Wizard World Comic Con at the Oregon Convention Center to chat with Bruce Campbell. We were hoping to set up on the convention floor, in the midst of the activities but with Bruce's packed schedule (and his rabid popularity with the thousands of fans), the Wizard World organizers thought it would be more convenient to set up in one of the empty ballrooms. Yes, this interview location might be one of the drabbest places we've ever filmed but it only served to highlight Bruce's charisma as we chatted about obsessed fans, Bruce tattoos and lollygagging bicyclists.

Also, before the interview we happened upon our friend (and former guest), The Unipiper!

Stay tuned for some more shots from Wizard World coming to this blog very soon!