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!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

We Miss You, Steve

I was heartbroken to hear that Steven Smith passed away yesterday. Steve was the king of teas, having started Tazo, Stash and most recently, Steven Smith Teamaker. He was an incredible visionary, a generous soul with an infectious smile and one of the first people to believe in the Pedal Powered Talk Show.

I met with Steve and his wife, Kim, in early 2011, months before our bike/desk had ever been built. Back then I was just a freelance video producer with a crazy idea. I'd never done anything like The Pedal Powered Talk Show before but I was convinced that if I got some support and funding, I could turn it into something special. For whatever reason, Steve believed me. He saw promise in the idea. He cut me a check a few days after we talked and a few months after that we were filming our first two episodes in the middle of the Smith Teamaker warehouse.

His support didn't stop there. I checked in a few times a year to share updates and ideas. Steve and Kim were eager to hear the latest news and always made sure that we were well-stocked with tea. When we were producing our third season, I realized we had gone over budget when we took the show to Eastern Oregon. I shared a pot of tea with Steve at one of our semi-annual chats and mentioned our budgetary problems. The next day he cut us a check to put us in the clear.

Steve was a dreamer. He had incredible ideas and he was able to actualize them in the most magical way. And he helped me actualize mine too. Without Steve and Kim's support, I honestly don't know if this show would exist. So from the bottom of my heart: thanks.

I'm so sad that we'll never get to share another cup of tea.

All the photos in this post were taken by our good friend, Daniel Stark.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pedaling Into a Storm (Large)

A few weeks back we headed to Cargo in SE Portland to meet up with singer, author and force of nature, Storm Large. We chatted with Storm about singing in foreign languages, telling strangers your secrets and the magic of bodily noises!

Honestly, this was probably one of the hardest interviews to edit down as Storm had bazillions of great stories. We might have to release some snippets from the cutting room floor in coming weeks.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

We've Got Billboards and We're Going on a Ride!

Last year we put up one billboard and this year, in honor of our 4th season, we put up four billboards!

Putting up our first ever multi-billboard campaign definitely calls for a celebration so we're organizing a BIKE THE BILLBOARDS bicycle ride and I hope you'll join us!

Here are all the important details:

It's all going down on Sunday, March 29th.

We'll meet at the Keen Garage (505 NW 13th Ave) at 1:30PM and leave shortly thereafter. Bring a bike and be on time because the first fifty riders to show up get a free t-shirt!

We've planned out a fun and easy 5 mile ride that passes all our billboards and includes a few surprises along the way. We'll finish the ride at Bunk Bar (1028 SE Water Ave) around 3PM where we'll all eat free snacks, get cheap food/drinks, share epic cycling stories and give out more prizes. Also, this ride is all ages so bring your grandparents and your babies!

You in? Then head to facebook (by clicking anywhere on this sentence) to RSVP so we can get a rough head count!

See ya there, rain or shine!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

We Bike to Tiny Trains!

Two Sundays a month, from April to October, the Medford Railroad Park opens for business. Thousands of folks stream in from 11AM to 3PM to check out tiny trains, ride medium-sized trains and look at giant trains. A few months back we pedaled over to talk with Bruce Kelly, (president of the Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club & The Southern Oregon Railway Historical Society) about his passion for the rails, epic derailments and creating tiny forests:

If you find yourself in Southern Oregon on a Sunday from April to October you should swing by the park and see if they're open!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hanging Out with KGW's Reggie Aqui

Last week, Reggie Aqui, host of KGW's Live@7, spent the morning with us and produced a super fun piece about the show and our 4th season. More importantly, he compared me to some of my favorite Muppets! Take a look: