This may wind up as being a rambling rant, but here goes. The annual L.A. Auto Expo/Show starts this weekend. Years ago I was a big fan and could hardly wait for the show to come around. The glitz and glamour of Ferrari, Lamborghini and high-end performance cars was really seductive. Oooohh to be young, dumb and totally brain-washed by the auto industry. Now I'm older, discovered bicycling and have become disillusioned and somewhat bitter about the car dominated culture that is LA. Personally I'm doing my own boycott of the show and will do everything I can to persuade others from going. My knowledge of the past/present and future damages caused by our car culture is small in comparison to others who have been in the advocacy field for a long time but my decision and feelings to "make a difference" on an individual level is something I feel strongly about at this stage in life. Will become a member of the L.A. Bicycle Coalition this year and will take a more active role in bike advocacy projects with my local bike club. Currently I'm employed as a field sales rep but am setting plans into motion to change jobs so that I can bike to work or use rapid transit. I've been using my TREK 1000 to do around town shopping chores; it works and is much more fun than driving except for weekends like the one that's coming where it will be bucketing-down with rain for 2-3 days. Good time to stay inside and work on the bike. Think I'll put on that new crankset I ordered over Christmas and clean it up. Yeah, I've rambled on...thanks for letting me vent. Thom.