you should manufacture it here in Elkhart Indiana we have boat and rv builders here with fiberglass skills and plenty of empty factories. we need new energy type production here come on over.
I recently got my ELF and love it. The most efficient and useful vehicle I have ever owned. I also have a Nissan LEAD but as Rob says on a few mile commute do we really need a full sized car. I do many 20-30 mile trips and commute to work 22 miles each way. It's more fun than any of my other bicycles.
Lots of people flag me down to ask about it, take pictures as they drive by and give the ElFan thumbs up. It's not me in the ELF that is the star. As much attention as a Tesla S. I call it my M&M mini micro .
The Durham Bike Co-op is mentioned twice: in the story itself and in the sidebar.
No mention of the Durham Bike Co-op? File under "Glaring Omissions"...
Hi David. Some great photos of Alix and her goats at http://lissagotwals.photoshelter.com/galle… and info on what The Goat Patrol business was https://www.facebook.com/pages/Goat-Patrol… and http://www.indyweek.com/triangulator/archives/2009/07/28/carrboro-turns-to-goats-for-poison-ivy-answer.
Great story, but what's a " a goat-patrol concern"?
There are some really cool shots in there, D.L. NIce work.
1304 Bikes is open 12 - 5 pm every Saturday offering free access to our shop and tools. Stop by and see us. 804 N. West St. Raleigh.
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How I would like one of these things. I've wanted an electric car for a long time and it's still very expensive and I still want solar electric on my house which is also very expensive. Darn.
This is an amazing story. I predict this thing will sell like the proverbial hotcakes. Just wait till somebody interviews Seinfeld on TV. The best part is it's made in NC. I want one.
Another event for the Summer Guide calendar: The venerable Festival for the Eno begins Wednesday, July 4, and resumes Saturday and Sunday, July 7-8. The website is here:
Although we do our best to be thorough, inevitably a few worthy events escape our notice. Please feel free to add your events here in the comments section. In the meantime, here are several highly worthwhile theater and dance events we missed:
In on It: May 24-June 9, Manbites Dog Theater
NCSU Theatrefest, Fallen Angels, Lettice & Lovage, The Sunshine Boys: May 24-June 24, Titmus Theatre and Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, N.C. State
Killian Manning's 1*9*5*6 Degrees of Separation: June 20-24, Manbites Dog Theater
and of course the durham cult classic:
the beaver queen pageant
Some additional picks:
June 16: Maker Faire NC: http://makerfairenc.com/
June 21-24: ConTemporal, a Steampunk-themed science fiction convention, in Chapel Hill: http://contemporal.org/
The force of any law is enforcement. My experience is that cyclists have all the rights in the world, but when a motorist hits and/or kills a cyclists there are frequently no charges filed. The exception was the death near Mission Valley where alcohol was a factor. Other car-bike fatalities not so. Nor have I ever observed a motorist being cited for the "right hook." or other moving violations. The bottom line is: car hits bike is not a collision insurance issue. The injured person is the cyclist. I ride Raleigh roads frequently. I have had the beer can out the window thrown at me, the right hook form the CENTER lane across my path in the lane I was riding (Edwards Mill and Glen Eden), hand signs, horns blown and all of the other indignities. We will change the perception that non-motorized transportation is our right and motorized transportation is a public "privilege" when there is enforcement of the same. Until then drivers, public officials and law enforcement behaves as if the driver who left-turns in front of two cyclists has the right-of-way.
In the heat of discussion my point was lost. I am not, have not and will not defend slavery. It is indefensible. My ancestors did not own slaves but did fight for Southern independence and I will honor my ancestry and the rights of states to secede, based on the United States Constitution. And I continue to say that the amorphous federal behemoth that sticks its nose too deeply into state issues, such as education, is the result of the aftermath of the War for Southern Independence. I did not vote for our present president and it had nothing to do with race. He is an extremist liberal whose sole agenda seems to be social justice. He is clueless as a leader and his inexperience at ever leading anything is being revealed in the continuing economic decline. Hopefully his reign of ineptitude will end after one term.
Another restored antebellum home, the Smith-Atkinson House (built ca. 1853) stands in Johnston County, nine miles east of Smithfield, on Brogden Road. The home, together with four acres surrounding it, was bought from my great uncle Roger Smith by the Johnston County HistoricalSociety in 1982. The Society hired a reconstruction expert from New York to restore the home. After nearly a decade of painstaking work, the restoration was completed in summer 1992, and the home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Smith-Atkinson house was originally owned by my great-great-grandfather William Alexander Smith, an anti-secessionist Republican who, after the war, was elected as a Republican to the U. S. House of Representatives and who later corresponded frequently with President Ulysses S. Grant.
During the war, in spite of his political beliefs, he remained good friends with NC's Civil War Governor Zebulon Vance. Nicknamed "Blow-Your-Horn-Billy," he was elected nearly unanimously as Major of the Home Guard in early 1865. (Only his opponent, a die-hard secessionist, voted against him!)
I fondly remember my grandfather driving me out tothe "old Smith homeplace," as he called it, where the tenants then residing in the house, provided a tour throughout its spacious rooms and hallways.
(These visits happened during the fifties and sixties--long before the "old Smith homeplace" was restored.)
During the Battle of Bentonville, my great-grandfather, Roger A. Smith, then six years old, sat on the front veranda and could hear the sounds of the battle fought just a mile away as the crow flies, on the south side of the Neuse River. He could even hear the old rebel yell when the Confederate soldiers charged and the hey-hey-hey-hey when the Union soldiers charged.
As family legend has it, the Union officer designated by Sherman to burn the house refused to do so when he saw the Masonic emblem above the parlor mantelpiece. (The officer and Blow-Your-Horn-Billy were fellow Masons.) So Masonic botherhood trumped Union-Confederate divisions!
In June 1992, I visited the Smith-Atkinson house, now completely restored. The New Yorker gave me a tour of the renovated home. He had furnished it with 1840s Empire furniture, had enclosed all modern appliances in wooden compartments, and eschewed installing central heat and central air, using propane in wintertime for the many small fireplaces and open windows for cooling during the summer. I took a number of photos, of both the interior and the exterior. What most caught my eye (and camera) was the re-finished curving mahogany staircase winding its graceful way to the second floor.
Another building on Brogden Road and now on the National Register of Historic Places is the plain clapboard church that my great-great grandfather built (in my grandfather's words) "for the colored people three years after the Surrender." The small plaque above the front door reads "Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church."
On Tuesday April 19, I visited, for the first time in nearly a decade, the Bentonville Battlefield, the restored Shiloh Church, and the Smith-Atkinson House.
(Around 2002, since the New Yorker had finished its restoration, the Johnston County Historical Society sold the house to a family formerly residing in Goldsboro.)
Accompanying me on this visit were an old classmate from Hollins College, his wife, and the couple's three cute Pekingese.
On my blog, Daily Lights, Daily Darks (http://dailylightsdailydarks.blogspot.com/ and http://dailylightsdailydarks.wordpress.com…), I go into more detail about my April visit. The title of the blog entry: An April Journey to Klan Country. An accompanying blog entry: Photos from Klan Country. ("Klan Country" is explained in the text blog entries from both the Blogger and the WordPress sites.)
Well as another native southerner who had ancestors fight for the Confederacy, I must say I don't feel the same. I'm damn glad they lost. And damn glad to be an American in a Union that moved forwards, not backwards, and got the opportunity to thumb my nose at those ancestors while I voted a black man to be my president. And if any of my ancestors owned slaves (God I hope not!) then I am ashamed, embarrassed, and very sorry to every descendent of said slaves.
So....there ya go. Guess we'll just have to agree to disagree....from one native southerner to another.
Buddy Cop 2 - June 16-25 at Manbites Dog Theater
And, by the way, Nate, one of the "ugly and ongoing repercussions" of the Lost Cause is an enormous federal government that now dictatorially intrudes itself in just about every aspect of our lives. It robs from the states rights that our founders intended to remain under state control. This is exactly what noble men like Thomas Jefferson and John C. Calhoun warned would happen. But, maybe you like big brother controlling you. I don't and for the life of me can't understand why any freedom loving American would. And how sad that native Southerners are to be chastised for being proud of their ancestry.
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