News of Interest 101308
Over the weekend I read the site of Kellen Kjera – a guy who is biking 2,000 miles from Canada to Mexico. Its a top notch travel blog with plenty of logistic detail, stories, and great photos. Check it out while staring out your office window wishing you were alongside him. Here’s a photo of his rig – pretty smart looking setup.
How to do New York for Free - article from the Times UK about touring the Big Apple for cheap.
More biking news: I didn’t know this, but apparently the 700 Billion bailout package includes a provision for those who commute by bike! The employer will act as the middleman, providing the credit to employees while deducting it from their taxes. To me it seems a small amount of paperwork to help recognize a viable form of commuting. Hey – if Kellen can go 2,000 miles I should never complain about my nine mile ride to work.
Starting in January, workers who use two-wheelers as their primary transportation mode to get to and from work will be eligible for a $20-a-month, tax-free reimbursement from their employers for bicycle-related expenses. In return, employers will be able to deduct the expense from their federal taxes.
In Americana news: No buyers for the “Elvis is Alive” Museum over in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.. The website lists the facility as the only source of the “Elvis DNA Test.” If interested in purchasing said museum check out the above link.
He listed the collection on eBay last week and received one bid of the minimum $15,000. But that turned out to be a mistake by a child playing on a computer.
In past articles I’ve been critical about the yellow pages and their never ending deliveries to my doorstep. Here’s a blog about a guy eating the yellow pages, appropriately titled “The Man Who At a Yellow Pages.“