Friday, July 10, 2009

a poorly videotaped bicycle jaunt

So, I haven’t been in DC since Wednesday. I’ve instituted a new policy that dictates I leave at least once a week. Next week, I’ll be going to New York. The week after, the West Coast from where I may never return. Just kidding. I’ll return for at least a week before I probably end up in New Hampshire. And then maybe somewhere in South America, where early retirement from not doing much of anything at all awaits. But since that’s still at least a month-and-a-half off, so there’s no use talking about it.

And on the subject of not worth talking about, I made another video blog. The setting is rural southern Virginia, and the subject matter is standard: bikes, my hair and my functional retardation.

Before today’s feature presentation begins, however, I’ll disclose that this is the first time I worked with my mobile medium, my Flip Mino Camcorder (someone should really pay me for that plug...), so excuse the extreme close-ups and shaky camera work. I'm still getting used to it. Also, considering I haven't been doing much of it on this blog lately, I'd like to remind you that I’m a writer (I hope…), not a videographer (which is really too bad).


But I guess there’s no need to prolong the inevitability of bringing more shame to my friends and family through this latest video experiment, so please all The Anti DC to present A Janky Bike, A Jankier Rider.


Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure it was a muskrat.

Ben (The Tiger) said...

The hair is awesome.

But the question is, how did you shoot that? Are you doing the "Look Ma -- no hands!" thing?

That leads to many scraped knees for seven year olds around the nation...

Marissa said...


A muskrat? Really?



One handed. I almost died when I tried to off-road it.

Ben (The Tiger) said...

Marissa --

Do you have an outtake reel from when the camera went flying?

Marissa said...

No. I was thankfully able to hold onto the expense of my right knee.

Freewheel said...

Now we're talking! I wish I had the skillz to vlog from my bike.

I agree with anon - that was a muskrat - it had a rat-like tail, not a flat beaver tail.

In other news, your front wheel looks out of true.

Anonymous said...

Cinéma vérité with The Blow as the soundtrack. What could be better?


Ben (The Tiger) said...

Yes, the tail tells the tail.

Muskrat love. (And hats! Good hats to be made there...)

Marissa said...


Muskrat it is...but about the wheel. I think that bike is lucky to still able to be ridden.


If only you could see the outtakes. I have like 20 minutes of solid footage of the pavement.


I've added a muskrat notation.

Anonymous said...

I'd be willing to bet 2 dollars that it was a nutria!

Marissa said...


I think you're right!!! I just looked it up. It looked just like a beaver but with a skinny tail. Mystery solved.

Sonya said...

I really enjoy these they are *ucking awesome.

Anonymous said...

Nutria are in South America - not in my neighborhood!