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Bellingham Podcast

Summary: Pacific Northwest aficionados, AJ Barse and Chris Powell are your hosts each week talking about their views and interests in technology, travel, gear and watches. Recorded in Bellingham or on location (typically in their favorite local coffee establishments) in City of Subdued Excitement. Bellingham Washington. This show is also available on-air on Bellingham's KMRE 102.3FM.

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 Ep.139 "Holiday Gift Guide-ish" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1803

Happy Holidays everyone. Travel, life and a pinch of the holidays have kept your PNW dynamic podcast duo busy, but on their holiday gift guide list is a double episode to make up for the last two weeks of being off the air. On this episode, Chris and AJ hit on a few PNW-centric items that could be easy stocking suffers...or early holiday presents depending on how you are. Tune in!AJ's picksArcade Belt Mens Capture Vision Belts: Flexible Elastic Webbing, Premium Buckle Leather Goods: AJ's Watch Strap Recommendations TKWide Tumblers Crown and Buckle Chevron Strap Rowkin Earbuds (Assent) ALT-Black Friday DestinationsMai Kham Thai & Lao Cuisine ( - In Fairhaven, across the street from Filling StationLaFeens - 1466 Electric Ave, Bellingham. Because you deserve it.Hokkai Ramen & Sushi ( - Near Bed, Bath, Beyond and AT&T store on MeridianLittle Gifts with Big HeartPortaPow 3rd Gen USB Data Blocker ( - Eliminates JuiceJacking. $7. Black.OBDLink MX+ OBD2 Bluetooth Scanner ( - Professional-grade diagnostic scan tool, trip computer, and real-time performance monitor capable of accessing manufacturer-specific vehicle data. $80.Anker PowerPort Adapters ( - Ditch those old & busted phone chargers for good.* AJ & Chris’s cultural recommendation to check out just because** Find us on the WebAJ: ( (“Community-Powered KMRE, 102.3 FM airing our show Mondays @ 6:30 pm and Thursdays @ 6:00 pmand streaming worldwide at” (

 Ep. 138 "De-Google" #tech | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1814

Hey everyone! We are back- so sorry for the delay release! AJ's been on the road for work and family. But in this episode your PNW dynamic duo put their tech hats on as Chris goes full Tech Mission Impossible on Google. Stay tuned on what Chris has been diving into with unGoogleing ones life.TechMission: ImpossibleChris can’t use Google Services for ANYTHING. What does he do?Search = is a new private search engine that uses cryptography to ensure that your search history cannot be tracked by anyone – the creators and developers of the search engine, Private Internet Access ( = Firefox, with eight add-ons to improve privacyGmail = ( = ProtonCal... Coming soonDocs = ( = Slides = ( = Dropbox+CryptomatorYoutube = ( and FreeTubeKeep = (* AJ & Chris’s cultural recommendation to check out just because** AJ: discoing time (book now podcast/audio book) * Chris: Peaceful Cuisine on the web ( and on YouTube ( - Ryoya Takashima, cook and timelapse photographer.Find us on the WebAJ: ( (“Community-Powered KMRE, 102.3 FM airing our show Mondays @ 6:30 pm and Thursdays @ 6:00 pmand streaming worldwide at” (

 Ep. 137 "Inspiration Influences" (pt.2) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1834

Part two of AJ and Chris'part discussion on the people who influenced them creatively and professionally. On this episode, your PNW podcasting duo pick up right where they left off in Episode 136 on that word that gets thrown around, especially in our current social media marketing internet age: influencers? Shout out to the men and women who serve in the US armed forces.Where do you find inspiration and motivation?Chris: Grown-up life Billy Sheehan, bassist extraordinairePatrick Rhone,, author, thinker.My WifeMinimalists in generalAJ: Analog Insights -“Jules, Greg and Max. This channel's primary focus is analog photography in the digital age” Max in Munich- Big Story- Big in a Tiny House : Bryce Langston -*Music*John Gorka : “...contemporary American folk musician.[1] ( In 1991, Rolling Stone ( magazine called him "the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement."*The Whys*Not for ‘the gram“- See Analog Explorer for my manifestoLiving better, stronger, healthier For the positive things in a negative day-to-day at timesAJ & Chris’s cultural recommendation to check out just because*AJ: Book * On Puget Sound *Robert Walkinshaw* ( 1929: Chris: Magazine * 0.4 Magazine - Issue 01. Might still have a copy at Village Books? Find us on the WebAJ: ( (“Community-Powered KMRE, 102.3 FM airing our show Mondays @ 6:30 pm and Thursdays @ 6:00 pmand streaming worldwide at” (

 Ep. 136 "Inspiration Influences" (pt.1) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1616

Influencers? It is a word that gets thrown around, especially in our current social media marketing internet age. On this episode, AJ and Chris start a two part discussion on the people, and the times, that influenced them creatively and professionally. From photographic explorers, to a college class, hear what influencers give inspiration to this PNW podcasting duo. Where do you find inspiration and motivation?Chris:Halcyon days C.G. “Coke” Roberts, former director of Evergreen Boys State ( Road Warriors, NWA/WCW tag team C.C. Deville, guitarist for PoisonCollege Life Management 482 classGrown-up life Tune In NEXT EpisodeAJ:_*Adventure*Jason Heaton- “So writing gear reviews and travel and adventure articles justifies as “research” a lifetime of tramping about the planet, climbing mountains, scuba diving, and having a basement that looks like your local outdoor shop.‘ “The New York Times called me (, “a test pilot for the world’s most illustrious undersea timepieces” and I admit that sounds a little grandiose“Gishani‘It’s not really about the watch, is it? It’s about what you can do with it. The same goes for any piece of gear: a backpack, a kayak, a camera. So that’s how I try to shoot: put the gear, and the people using it, into the backdrop of natural surroundings.“ Instagram - OutsideOnline - GearPatrol - His team: Jason & Gishani : SwimPruf *Photogs*Luca Rossini origional 2013 365+1 with the NEX 7 2014 Second 365 with an RX1 Ratcliff - goes where he goes, shoots what he shoots, does what he does Burling (and Gunpowder) “A man with a bulldog (#gunpowderthedog ( who loves photography and old forgotten cameras.“ —“Mattias Burling, Sweden On this site I will showcase photos that I've taken in my spare time. The images will be a selection of my favorites. Not the "best", most "professional" or technically "correct". These are the images I like, never mind the reason.“*The #Watchfam Community*Maximilian Büsser ( -École Polytechnique...

 Ep. 135 " Conversation with WECU CEO, Jennifer Kutcher" -Community Connections Conversations series | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1767

Our Community Connections Conversations continues with WECU CEO Jennifer Kutcher. In this fun conversation we hit on how one can become reach the rung of CEO, motivation, life in Bellingham, and how she might... be a kickboxing scrabble ninja? Come listen in on the conversation! lovely and talented listener.... Is the Bellingham Podcast. [We, Chris] both graduated from Western in 1996. What do you remember from your undergraduate studies at Western in the mid-90s? What do you remember life being like in Bellingham way back then?How has the Bellingham community changed in your perspective after a couple of decades of living here? How has the credit union supported the community’s need as times have changed?Speaking of involvement in the community - WECU’s Education First Grants, totaling $110,000 - Whatcom Dream, BAAY, Lummi Youth Academy, and Opportunity Council are the 2019 recipients. That’s quite a successful program! *Sounds like the Education First Grant program will continue in 2020?*Professional leadership and experience:For many people, you have reached one of the top rungs of a professional ladder as President and CEO of a financial institution with over $1 BILLION in assets 9 (Please correct me if I’m mistaken?) For a young person who might be working hard, perhaps on the lower rungs of that ladder, how would you advise or encourage someone as they look way up at all the rungs of that ladder, should they want to arrive at where you are today?In your 20+ year career was there an event that was incredibly difficult to get through, but has made you wiser or more resilient today?Jennifer’s mindset and perspective: On the show AJ and I are always talking about mindsets, routine changes, or other ways we are tweaking ourselves to be better...kind of like a recurring New Years resolution without waiting until January 1. Is there anything or a mindset you are have adopted recently to help you improve your life? From your perspective, what does Bellingham need more of?What is that one thing you feel everyone should have? Or shouldn't live without? (now flipping that on its head.) What is the one thing in your life you just wish you could do less of? (digital devices? A bad habit?)If you could have the magic wand of awesomeness - and you only are allowed one single wish - what would you use it for in Bellingham? *POP QUIZ:*Where is your favorite place in town to get a bite to eat?Best place to get a cup of coffee... Go!When your work or non-work life gets to be way stressful, where in Whatcom County do you go to unwind, reflect, or relax?----------------Jennifer graduated from *WWU with a degree in finance* and has also earned the Certified Chief Executive distinction from the *Wharton School of Business*, *Cornell University*, *Darden* Graduate School of Management, and *MIT*’s Sloan School of Management.

 Ep. 134 "Coffeehouse & Cafe Culture" (This is Coffee series pt.3) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1742

On this 3rd part of this three-part mini-series looking at the culture and context of that mistical caffeenated drink we all know and love, coffee; Chris and AJ hit on some final notes on where some of the cafe culture Coffee created. And they wrap up with their cafe houses that they would hit if they had to put a map together for a Caffeinated Cuppa & Coffee-house CrawlOn the local scene: *Coming Soon: *Roaring ‘20s Gala. A fundraising effort for Seattle Children’s hospital. Saturday November 2 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Lairmont Manor. Live musicians, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. *In 2018, Seattle Childrens Hospital provided a just about $5 million in uncompensated care for children living in Whatcom County. *The fundraiser organizers are hoping to raise $15,000 for SCH with this event. Shout out to Colman and Marissa who are very active in making this upcoming event a success._Before we dive in to our drive to our favorite cafes : _Coffee house culture historyOrigin of the coffee house (as brought up back on the first ep of this series)In 1453, coffee drinking was introduced to Constantinople (modern Istanbul) by the Ottomans. The world's first coffee shop, Kiva Han (, opened in Constantinople in 1475. Europe until the 17th century. However, when it did, it was met with many varying opinions. It still caught on like a wildfire, even with the people that detested its existence. The 18th century London coffee house ( the center of controversy, in many ways, even to the point of the king trying to ban coffee and close the establishments. Being the place for political discussion, some of the policies of our newly formed country might have originated in one of these places.Cafe-Racing ( The term originated among British motorcycle ( enthusiasts of the early 1960s in London, specifically within the Rocker ( or "Ton-Up Boys" youth subculture, where the bikes were used for short, quick rides between popular cafés, in Watford ( at the Busy Bee café, and the Ace Café ( in Stonebridge (,_London), London.[3] ([4] ([2] ([5] ([6] (*Caffeinated Coffee Crawl - Skagit up through Whatcom County**Skagit County*Tweets - Edison Wa. “ changing with the seasons...

 Ep. 133 "Craft Coffee" (This is Coffee series pt.2) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2120

How do you do...or should we say how do you brew? You dynamic PNW coffee aficionados pick up right where they left off last episode from the history of coffee to the evolution of the types of machines to brew it. Join us with java on this second part of our "This Is Coffee" series. (Johnny Cash - A Cup of Coffee ( Complete with yodeling and either drunk or high rambling lyrics!)“Craft” CoffeeWater + Coffee +Time (and care) *how do you brew? aka Extraction Process** _*Pressure/Siphon*_ * Espresso * Percolator-later-early 19th century * Bialetti / siphon pot /(the Italian Moka pot ( which was invented in 1933.) * The earliest siphon pot (or vacuum brewer) dates back to the early 19th century. The initial patent dates from the 1830s in Berlin, but the first commercially available siphon pot was designed by Marie Fanny Amelne Massot, and it hit the market in the 1840s. By 1910, the pot made its way to America and was patented by two Massachusetts sisters, Bridges and Sutton. Their pyrex brewer was known as the “Silex.” * Moka pot (": aluminum- the wonder metal (Facist drive to make it the national metal of Italy) stove-top brews coffee by passing boiling water pressurized by steam through ground coffee. Named after the Yemeni city of Mocha, it was invented by an Italian engineer named Alfonso *Bialetti* in 1933 * Aeropress ( * Alan Adler-designed instrumentation systems for military aircraft, nuclear reactors, and submarines, a paraboloid lens for telescopes, and dozens of flutes * 2004 Alan began studying the coffee brewing process and analyzing coffee maker designs - debuted 2005 * Low acid- 1/9 acid of french press, 1/5 of drip.* _*Gravity*_ * Drip * Pour over * Chemex ( * (Family owned) The *Chemex* ( Coffeemaker was invented in 1941 by Dr. Peter Schlumbohm PhD. Made simply from non-porous, borosilicate glass and fastened with a wood collar and tie, it brews coffee without imparting any flavors of its own.--On permanent display at MOMA NY and other fine museums, it is truly a work of art.* _*Steep*_ * Ibirik * French press * The lore ( * A Frenchmen was boiling his water when he realised he had forgotten to put the coffee in. Once added, the coffee grounds rose to the surface of the boiling pot. He wanted to save the only portion of coffee he had with him and bought a piece of metal screen from a passing-by Italian merchant. Fitting the screen over the boiling pot, he used a stick to press the screen down, together with the coffee grounds. And how was the coffee? He expected it to be terrible, but the result turned out to be the best coffee both men had ever tasted. An accident led to a discovery of a new way of brewing coffee. * The first documented origins of the “most underrated method of brewing coffee”, as James Hoffmann called it in his book ‘The World Atlas of Coffee’, date back to 1852. It was Mayer and Delforge, two Frenchmen, who had their innovation—a simpler version of...

 Ep. 132 "This is Coffee" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1766

You cool-cats are listening to the Bellingham Podcast if we were broadcasting to you from 1961...or at least our intro is. This is the first of a four part episode around coffee, and this first episode hits on coffee history. So hop in your time machine, or your coffee machine at least, as your PNW coffee loving dynamic duo caffeinate the mics on the Bellingham Podcast. recap - Bellingham Food Truck RoundupHigh wind gusts, flying canopies, live music, and lots and lots of people.* Sage Against the Machine ( - Plant based food truck - On the streets OR catering!* Mobile Mouth Hole ( - Tacos and much more... Like Tatchos (Tater Tot Nachos) with Smoked Pulled Pork or Shredded Chipotle ChickenCoffee*Did you know?** Espresso means "pressed out" in Italian. * About 30 cups of coffee ( = overdose* Decaf does not mean caffeine-free. (2-12 mg)* Since 2010, Scientists in England have developing cars that can run on coffee grounds. “The Car-pucino” Drove 250 miles in one trip. (Then crashed and had to take a nap - haha - CP)* Not used to the jolt of full-blooded espresso, American GI Joes during World War II used to request it be watered down significantly—thus the “Americano” was born. It’s also the origin of the term “cup of Joe.”* The average American worker spends nearly $1,100 yearly on coffee* Coffee stays warmer about 20% longer when you add cream.*History** The word "coffee" entered the English language in 1582 via the Dutch koffie,[3] ( borrowed from the Ottoman Turkish ( kahve, in turn borrowed from the Arabic ( qahwah (قهوة).[4] (* The *history of coffee* dates back to the 15th century (, and possibly earlier with a number of reports and legends surrounding its first use. * The first record of a public place serving coffee dates back to 1475. Kiva Han was the name of the first coffee shop. It was located in the Turkish city of Constantinople (now Istanbul). * Turkish coffee ( was served strong, black and unfiltered, usually brewed in an ibrik. They took coffee very seriously, too. In fact, it was such an important item during that time, that it was legal in Turkey for a woman to divorce her husband if he could not supply her with enough coffee. * VIDEO: How To Make Cezve/Ibrik Coffee: Konstantinos Komninakis (2016 World Ibrik Champion)* The idea of doctoring up one's coffee with cream ( and sweeteners came into fashion in Europe around 1529. This was also when the...

 Ep. 131 "Food Truck Rodeo" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1728

We are back! And this time your dynamic PNW duo put their food where there mouth is! Wait, that's not how that saying goes, but what they mean is they hit on the tastey food on wheels that are around Whatcom county. Tune in with an appetite- A Brief History of Food Trucks, from (* *1691 –* New Amsterdam (now known as New York City) begins regulating street vendors selling food from push carts* *1866 –* The Chuck wagon is invented by Charles Goodnight to feed cattlemen and wagon trains traversing the old West* *1894 –* Sausage vendors sell their wares outside the student dorms at major eastern universities (Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and Cornell), and their carts became known as “dog wagons”.* *1917 –* The US Army mobile canteens (field kitchens) begin to feed the troops.* *1936 –* Oscar Mayer rolls out the first portable hot dog cart The Weiner Mobile.* *1950’s –* Ice cream trucks begin selling their frozen treats.* *1974 –* Raul Martinez converted an old ice cream truck into the nation’s first taco truck and parked it outside of an East Los Angeles bar.* *July 2006 –* Wikipedia adds “food truck” to their list of entries including the *history of food trucks (* around the world.Additional info from ( AJ’s and Chris’ Food Truck favesFind and keep a camping untincil set in your rig: Columbia used to make something like this that AJ uses all the time : Coming soon / Already happened:Bellingham Food Truck Roundup ( - Saturday, Sept. 28, 11 AM to 3 pm, Barkley Village GreenIndulge your Food Truck urges here in BellinghamFrom (*_AMERICAN_*_*BARE BONES BBQ*_ Location Varies*BORDERTOWN GRILL*_ American Location Varies*_DANIELLE'S BACK EAST BBQ_* BBQ Location Varies Bellingham WA _ (*_DELI'CIOUS MESCHIEF_* Sandwich Location Varies Bellingham WA _ (*_DOGSKIS_* Location Varies (360) 303-5272 _ (*_GRANTS FOOD TRAILOR* *_*American, Fast Food_!/GrantsBurgers?fref=ts_ (

 Ep. 130 " Conversation with Carol Frazey" -Community Connections Conversations series | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1947

Our Community Connections Conversations continues (did ya like that alliteration?) with Whatcom County Councilperson Carol Frazey (that’s a lot of C’s!) We had a fun conversation about fitness, motivation, life in Bellingham, and much more. Come listen in on the conversation! lovely and talented listener.... Is the Bellingham Podcast.Note to listeners-Much apologies to the wind noise during the interview...oh mother nature-We will be off the mic for the next two weeks, but we will be back :-) Find us on the WebAJ: ( (“Community-Powered KMRE, 102.3 FM airing our show Mondays @ 6:30 pm and Thursdays @ 6:00 pmand streaming worldwide at” (

 Ep. 129 "Cool. Clean. Seltzer" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1767

That's right, you read right- we’re going to dive deep into the depths of our favorite carbonated liquid and bit of its history. This one is bubbling with referecnes everyone, on this minreal infused edition of the Bellingham Podcast. Sparkling water (the differences) ( - from Lifehacker’s Skillet section * *Club Soda:* Club soda is plain water with added minerals and dissolved solids, usually sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate, disodium phosphate, and—less commonly—plain ol’ sodium chloride. The carbonation in is added, rather than naturally occurring, and the taste can range from practically flavorless to slightly salty or bitter. Its lack of strong flavor makes it a good choice for adding some effervescence to cocktails, lemonade, or juice.* *Seltzer (Sparkling Water): *Seltzer is just plain water that has been carbonated, but is (usually) lacking in minerals. Some varieties are flavored with fruit “essence” and oils, and are meant to be enjoyed on their own. Though they lack the slight mineral bite of club soda, they make a pretty good cocktail, especially if you just want to add a tad of flavor by way of pamplemousse or some other fruit oil. [ CP - named for the town of Seltsers, Germany. From the Science History Institute Podcast episode: The Unnatural History of a Carbonated Drink ( ] * *Sparkling Mineral Water:* Sparkling mineral water usually comes from a natural spring or well, and can be naturally carbonated, depending on the source. As its name would suggest, there are some minerals in there, though the type and amount of dissolved solids vary from brand to brand. Mineral water is usually best enjoyed on its own, as the flavor imparted by all the minerals (such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium) can be distracting in a cocktail.* Tonic Water*Spa towns and Niederseltzers*What are we drinking? - Get to Know Your Sparkling water choices1783: Scheweppes- watchmaker...and bubble entrepenuer: Founded in Geneva then 10 years later moved to Londo San Pellegrino - 120 years old - 150 years old* A French brand of natural bottled ( mineral water ( captured at the source in Vergèze (, located in the Gard ( département ( Perrier is best known for its naturally occurring carbonation, distinctive green bottle, and higher levels of carbonation than its peers. La Croix - The anti-Perrier?From ( 1981 the G. Heileman Brewing Company of La Crosse, Wisconsin, introduced LaCroix as one of the first "Anti-Perrier" brands. Meant to appeal to sparkling water consumers who were put...

 Ep. 128 "Fair Grandstanding" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1577

It is that season, where cowboy hats and flannel are dawned as we go about Lynden to see food and farming's finest has produced here in Whatcom County. But first, your dynamic PNW podcasting duo are out on location at the constantly expanding Waypoint Park to record this episode. Two out of three seagulls agree, this is a fun episode. That intro reference: (Studio outtake from the 1983 (Born in the USA sessions?) available on The Essential Bruce Springsteen album)Where are we? - Granary Avenue & Laurel StreetListener Feedback- #Watchfam and a good ol' fashion on the mic wrist checkShout out to Tom, faithful listener of the podcast. Made Chris aware of LIV watches (, “...Although a little spendy, the designs are really cool.” Tom said.“ I relate to Orange and appreciate the classy portrayal of the color.” Chris is a fan of LIV GX1-A Stealth Gray with a waxed leather bracelet. “*Swiss Made, Swiss Sellita Caliber SW200-1*, 3-hand automatic with date.*Dual High Grade Sapphire Crystals* with anti-reflective coating for a superior look, maximum resistance to scratching, and superb clarity.“ All on a sesame-seed bun.AJ says check out Oak and Oscar: for a more subdued offering in a similar colorway.Northwest Washington Fair, August 12-17. Website ( for more information. 2019 Grandstand/mainstage lineup: Demo Derby (Mon), Lynden PRCA Rodeo (Tue and Wed), Larry the Cable Guy (Thu), Mark Chestnutt (Fri), Cheap Trick (Sat)Wednesday 8/14 - Military Day - Complimentary Gate Admission for all active duty, retired and veteran military personnel and their accompanying spouse and children, plus a special evening flag ceremony.The Ghost of Fairs PastChris - Sequim’s festival experience back in the ‘80s... and a visit from Uncle Ted at the 2007 Lynden FairAJ - Kistap + Old school shooting gallery= friendly rivalry of marksmanship. Lynden Fair - Current Top 3 highlightsChris:* Turkey Leg* Live Music stages* ArtworkAJ:*Artwork*Kiddoes*Rodeo and they support staffIf we ran the Lynden Fair...?Chris* Healthier choices for “fair food”* Allergy med dispensaryAJ:*Link up how the final product that got those blue ribbons are made. Find us on the WebAJ: ( (“Community-Powered KMRE, 102.3 FM airing our show Mondays @ 6:30 pm and Thursdays @ 6:00 pmand streaming worldwide at” (

 Ep. 127 "Bellingham Pledge?" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1335

When Chris comes back with an idea, your PNW podcast duo runs with it. What if our city of subdude excitment had a community pledge- what might it include? Tune in to hear what AJ & Chris came up with for our little city by the Salish Sea.The Bellingham PledgeBend, Oregon is onto something...Recently starting on July 1, Bend offers “on-demand, app-driven transit service to the public (” in summer until Labor Day from 12-8pm Sun-Wed and 12-9pm Thu-Sat. * Download the Ride Bend ( app.* Summon one of three dog-friendly vans equipped with bike racks that seat up to 11 guests. One van is also ADA accessible.* Take Ride Bend to your desired location within the service area, usually the perimeter of town.Printed on the side of these shuttles is The Bend Pledge ( I VOW TO BE A RESPECTFUL GUEST IN BEND’S INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SPACES.2. I’LL MAKE MY OWN MEMORIES, BUT NOT MY OWN TRAILS.3. I WILL BE RESPONSIBLE WITH FIRE DURING DRY SUMMER MONTHS AND WITH ICE ON SLICK WINTER ROADS.4. I WON’T RISK LIFE OR LIMB (HUMAN OR SAPLING) FOR MORE LIKES.5. I’LL BE FRIENDLY AND COURTEOUS, BECAUSE THAT’S THE BEND WAY.6. IF I CAN’T FIND A PARKING SPOT, I WILL NOT INVENT MY OWN.7. WHEN PLAYING OUTSIDE, I’LL PREPARE FOR SHIFTS IN WEATHER AND RANDOM EPISODES OF MAGIC.8. I’LL PACK IN REUSABLE CONTAINERS AND PACK OUT ALL MY TRASH.9. I WILL USE MY TURN SIGNAL OFTEN AND MY CAR HORN SELDOM.10. I PROMISE TO LEAVE BEND BETTER THAN I FOUND IT.Bellingham Pledges?The City of Bellingham has a We Scoop Pledge ( the “I’m In for climate action now!” climate action pledge ( (kind of- its more of an incentive ) ...but not a community-based pledge.*We’ll go first. Presenting The Bellingham Pledge*1. I will pick up discarded trash and put it in a garbage can because in Bellingham we don’t wait for someone else to do something. 2. I will allow a driver with an out-of-state license plate to merge in front of me as two lanes become one on Bellingham city roads.3. If I have the financial means, I will pay for my for my coffee in the drive-thru window and the person behind me, because that is the Bellingham Way.4. I will allow someone carrying only a few items in their hands to go ahead of me and my full cart in the grocery store checkout line.5. I will park my vehicle toward the back of a parking lot to allow my fellow residents and guests of this city to park in closer spots.6. I will listen more and talk less. (especially in public coffee houses!) 7. I vow to take life at a more subdued pace, to be present, and respectful to all walks of life.8. I promise to support sustainability; starting with my actions first. 9. The outdoors is a place for us to show the best part of what makes us human; not a place to show our disregard to the ground we all live on or waters we live by.10. I promise to do more on two legs, or two wheels, before raging behind the wheel of four wheels. 11. There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes...and maybe pointless umbrellas.12. If I believe that children are our...

 Ep. 126 "WTF-EDC" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1653

On this episode, your PNW duo talk about their WTFEDC - "Whatcom Tech Friends Every Day Carry" that is. With all the culling they've been doing, they figure they should hit on some of their gear that made the cut.Show Notes Links (drink!)- 40&20 that means you *Chris** iPhone XR* Modded SKX007 on my wrist. * AirPods* Keyring with Pangea Designs Pickpocket Alpha ( and Kingston Mini 64GB DataTraveler USB drive * Columbia slim wallet ( Chris’ GoRuck GR1* Cargo Works Utility Folder (* iPad Pro 10.5 with Smart Keyboard* Notebook/pen* Cocoon GridIt: FourSevens Mini LED, Gerber MultiTool/Knife combo* WD 256GB SSD external USB drive (*AJ**In my pocket/wrist/ears** iPhone SE- yup* SKX031 - from restore project to a mark II project * Watch strap talk here : *Shout out to Zulu Alpha Straps* Rowkin Accent Micro*COFFEE** Klean Kanteen Insulated Cafe Cup (16oz)- Pine, and that Cafe cap 2.0 * Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control Coffee Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel*Pack it to and from:** Pacsafe Camsafe V17 Anti-Theft Camera Backpack (discontinued) * New version * REI Monorail Sling 19L (also discontinued) Something that caught our eye:*AJ** “Rope Bag Collection” - beware they are quite colorful ( _Seattle based “Our formula for living and working is simple — KAVU is also an aviation acronym for “clear above visibility unlimited,” when there isn’t a cloud in the sky and you can see to the horizon. That limitless feeling is our guiding philosophy and the attitude we bring to all we do. It means treating every day like it’s special, and then getting out and doing whatever invigorates you and makes you smile. That’s a KAVU Day. And we want you to have as many as you can. KAVU clothing is an expression of this approach to life.“*Chris** Mable bamboo-handle...

 Ep. 125 "Heather Simpson, founder of 'She Leads Me'"- Community Connections Conversations series | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2023

Continuing the Community Connections Conversations, Chris sits down with longtime Bellingham resident Heather Simpson, founder of She Leads Me, a Bellingham-based collective of women... who empower women... in the realms of leadership and growth both in their professional and personal lives. Also a fellow podcaster! Show Notes Links (drink!)* She Leads Me Website. (* She Leads Me Podcast. (* Upcoming August Connections events in Bellingham and Oak Harbor (* Upcoming Nourish event ( in October. Find us on the WebAJ: (“Community Powered | KMRE, 102.3 FM | and streaming at” (


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