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Robert Ashworth
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Attended Western Washington University
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Bike trip 2015
It's probably not a GPS Google Maps mistake. Some folks like to park right in front of the store, rather than walking a few blocks. Also applies to the river. This river along south Oregon Coast where I am now biking. 2015 bicycle trip is down the coast ...
It's probably not a GPS Google Maps mistake. Some folks like to park right in front of the store, rather than walking a few blocks. Also applies to the river. This river along south Oregon Coast where I am now biking. 2015 bi...
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Fourth of July light sticks replace sparklers as traditions evolve
I noticed lots of kids were waving colored light sticks at the Fourth of July celebration on Bellingham's waterfront. Personal fireworks are banned in Bellingham, WA. I got to thinking that the light stick can be viewed as the sparkler of the modern era. ...
I noticed lots of kids were waving colored light sticks at the Fourth of July celebration on Bellingham's waterfront. Personal fireworks are banned in Bellingham, WA. I got to thinking that the light stick can be viewed as th...
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Maybe we should call Gate Way Pacific proposal the "second coal port"
People should start calling the proposed Gateway Pacific coal terminal "the second coal port;" as in do we need a second coal port? There's already a coal port in this area when one counts Robert's Bank just across the border in Canada. That's where the ...
People should start calling the proposed Gateway Pacific coal terminal "the second coal port;" as in do we need a second coal port? There's already a coal port in this area when one counts Robert's Bank just across the border...
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National guide to LGBTQ Friendly Colleges & Student Resources
Attending college can be difficult, but lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students may have an even harder time than others. The following guide was created to help LGBTQ students understand how many campuses are helping to make the colle...
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Chiara Rose, the young woman who occupied the anchor chain of the Arctic Challenger, here in Bellingham, was interviewed on The Joe Show. Part of the protest against drilling for oil in the Arctic.
Her protest seemed fairly successful as she didn't paint herself into an impossible corner. Her original goal was to only occupy the chain for 4 hours and then come down. Some protesters and hunger strikers don't have any exit strategy if they pledge to occupy till the thing they are protesting changes. This means they often have to eventually back down or they are stuck occupying the park, or whatever indefinitely which becomes a daunting prospect. I think the Occupy Wall Street protesters, of several years back, had that problem.
Chiara Rose made her point and the issue was discussed on national news. Her original plan was to come down after 4 hours, but encouragement from others energized her to extend the plan to around 3 days. Still, she did come down for her comfort and safety, but she played an important role in national dialog; from right here in Bellingham.
She feels vindicated also as the Arctic Challenger ship hasn't been allowed to leave port on it's original schedule due to some other tie ups in the permitting process. Interesting interview.
http://930kbai.com/the-joe-show/the-joe-show-for-52715/
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My brief foray into street vending in the 1970s. Elmer's Glue Art
When I was in college, I made some sculptures out of Elmer's Glue. The glue dried into clear drops that I could color with felt pen to look sort of like stain glass. Thinking these might sell as Christmas ornaments, I took some home to Pullman, where I am f...
When I was in college, I made some sculptures out of Elmer's Glue. The glue dried into clear drops that I could color with felt pen to look sort of like stain glass. Thinking these might sell as Christmas ornaments, I took so...
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Interstellar travel not likely, but we can still observe the universe
Where are the star ships? Well, interstellar star ships are not likely in the future of humankind. At least according to author Kim Stanley Robinson who was recently interviewed on NPR Science Friday. The stars are just too far away. It would take several ...
Where are the star ships? Well, interstellar star ships are not likely in the future of humankind. At least according to author Kim Stanley Robinson who was recently interviewed on NPR Science Friday. The stars are just too f...
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Who came up with the idea for the rainbow flag?  

San Francisco resident Gilbert Baker.  History of why the flag was created and how it became viral. It used to have more colors, but flag factory honed it down to 6.  Since flags are public domain, creator didn't get royalties and had trouble paying his rent as the rainbow flag adorned everything from buildings to dog tags all over the world.  CBC Radio, in Canada, interviews the man behind the flag.
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/schedule-for-friday-june-26-2015-1.3128742/pride-flag-creator-gilbert-baker-on-the-rainbow-s-real-meaning-1.3128763
The man behind the iconic rainbow Pride flag shares six things you may not know about the six-colour Pride flag.
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The before Obamacare system cost shifting system wouldn't work as well today
I happened to tune into a conservative radio talk show host who felt that the pre Obama Care healthcare system was better than today. He believes that the system of having low income people with no insurance showing up for charity care at hospitals worked p...
I happened to tune into a conservative radio talk show host who felt that the pre Obama Care healthcare system was better than today. He believes that the system of having low income people with no insurance showing up for ch...
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World Naked Bike Ride in Bellingham and on the radio
More fun fun memories from bicycling lifestyles. Being interviewed on The Joe Show last Monday over KBAI Radio. Zachary Robertson got us in a Selfi. I am at far right. Joe Teehan interviewing us from behind the mikes. 7th annual Bellingham World Naked (and...
More fun fun memories from bicycling lifestyles. Being interviewed on The Joe Show last Monday over KBAI Radio. Zachary Robertson got us in a Selfi. I am at far right. Joe Teehan interviewing us from behind the mikes. 7th ann...
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Ride through downtown June 5th 6 PM part of Bellingham Art Walk.
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Arctic drilling protest in Bellingham, WA. with Ski to Sea twist. Protesting no snow for ski leg of race
See my photo essay on Flickr Taking protest against oil drilling in Arctic Ocean to the consumer end of the equation. The filling station on Holly Street. Protest in Bellingham also addresses the lack of snow for our annual Ski to Sea Race. The Ski leg o...
See my photo essay on Flickr Taking protest against oil drilling in Arctic Ocean to the consumer end of the equation. The filling station on Holly Street. Protest in Bellingham also addresses the lack of snow for our annual ...
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Bellingham's ho hum waterfront may not be as spectacular as once thought.  They have finally invited developers to start working on the first part of the central waterfront, near where Georgia Pacific was.  Those first few acres around the old Granary Building are ready for development and the bidding process opened, but, basically, only one taker.  Also, the one company interested offered less money to buy the land than Port of Bellingham officials first expected it would go for.  The deal looks like a good solid plan, but there doesn't seem to be a rush of interest to develop our waterfront.  

I remember when people feared runaway development and the side effects of an economic boom; such as spiraling rents, blocked views and more traffic.  The central waterfront was thought of as a golden opportunity for investors.  Vacant waterfront near the downtown of a vibrant city.  A beautiful setting between Seattle and Vancouver.  One would hear people say, "just wait, Bellingham will explode upon being discovered just after 2010 Vancouver Olympics."  "We wouldn't be able to afford to live here anymore."  

Well, it doesn't look like it's that special after all.  There's lots of other nice places, in USA, with good economic prospects.  Bellingham is just another one in the many good places around the country.  

Work on the central waterfront may finally be starting to take some slow and important steps forward, but it's still Bellingham.  No run away development boom in sight.  Plans discussed during first segment of The Joe Teehan​ Show.  Good to get an update.     
http://930kbai.com/the-joe-show/the-joe-show-for-4215/
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  • YMCA in Bellingham
    Custodian, 1990 - present
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Bellingham, WA.
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Pullman, WA.
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Introduction
I got a degree in Geography from Western Washington University. Studied city planning. Got A's in a few entry level physics courses so I have some understanding of energy systems, space and the way things tend to tick. I travel by bicycle. Have even been across USA via bicycle. I take a lot of photos and comment on the landscape. Pondering a lot of questions related to lifestyles and sustainable development.
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Have bicycled across USA.
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  • Western Washington University
    Geography, 1973 - 1978
  • Pullman High School, Pullman, WA.
    1969 - 1973
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