SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011
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Chuck Wood, center, shows Dakota Fitzpatrick, 15, how to remove the handlebars of a bicycle while disassembling old bikes Wednesday in Pendleton.
Timbre Fritz, 14, uses a power washer to clean bikes.
Spokes men tutor young bicycle mechanics Cyclists and at-risk teens work in tandem By KATHY ANEY East Oregonian Ninety-five rusty, dented and broken bicycles fill a windowless shed near the airport. Pendleton police officers collected the abandoned bikes over the past year and their owners never claimed them. Most seem ready for the dump. However, as the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. When Chuck Wood gazes across this bicycle bone yard, he smiles happily. Wood is the kind of guy who sees, not what is, but what could be. He looks past the flat tires, bent handlebars and rusted chains, and sees raw materials for a fleet of refurbished bicycles. Wood and Evan McKenzie, of the Pendleton on Wheels bike club, spent Wednesday afternoon guiding teens and tweens from Lost and Found Youth Outreach as they washed and dismantled
bicycles. The young bike mechanics will eventually assemble working bicycles from serviceable parts. “This is a way to recycle a bunch of old bikes that otherwise might end up in the trash heap,” Wood said. He said the rehabbed bikes will eventually find good homes. The club is considering charging young cyclists a small amount for the bikes, which the kids can take home after spending a certain number of hours learning about bike maintenance and safety. The idea germinated after McKenzie, Pendleton’s city planner, got wind of the numerous bikes the police department collects each year. Normally, PPD sells the bikes at auction, but earnings barely pay for the effort. When POW asked, the Pendleton City Council turned the bikes over to the club for a service project. “We ended up with 95 broken down bicycles,” Wood said, “and a goal of doing something for the community.” Wood invited Lost & Found to help, thinking the kids could
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An evidence tag hangs from the handlebars of a bicycle at a city facility near the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton. All of the bicycles were donated to Pendleton on Wheels by the Pendleton Police Department. learn bike maintenance while contributing to the larger good. “Absolutely,” said the group’s director, Danny Bane, when Wood called. Wednesday, about a dozen Lost and Found kids dove into the
project with as much youthful exuberance as when they’d splashed around in McKay Reservoir earlier that afternoon. Outside the storage shed, some of them blasted dirt from bike frames with a pressure washer.
Clouds of spray shot skyward, catching tiny rainbows and cooling everyone within five feet. Inside, other young bike mechanics dismantled the worst of the lot. “We’re going to tear these bikes apart,” MacKenzie told Gabriel Campbell as the 15-year-old lifted an orange Huffy onto a bike stand, a tripod-like device that gripped the bike’s frame. MacKenzie pointed out bins where they would deposit pedals, brakes and derailleurs. Nearby, Wood advised Dakota Fitzpatrick about tool selection, as they eyeballed a purple Huffy that had seen better days. Wood held up a chain riveter. “Have you used one of these before?” Wood asked. Fitzpatrick, a Pilot Rock sophomore with DAKOTA shaved into his buzz cut, shook his head, but gamely took the odd-looking gizmo and followed Wood’s instructions. Before long, the sophomore had removed the rusty chain and tossed it in the trash. He rubbed greasy fingers
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razy, Stupid, Love,” a romantic comedy more funny than romantic, is neither crazy nor stupid. And therein lies the beauty: Despite the familiar backdrop, “Crazy, Stupid, Love” cleverly blends modern comic genDOMINIC res with a BAEZ streak of At the Movies dark, raw emotion in a manner that will have you in tears, even if you feel slightly awkward about laughing so hard. More of a bromance than anything, “CSL,” directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“I Love You Phillip Morris”) delves into a multitude of male-centric situations, all of which involve some insight into the male sexual psyche. There’s even a large story arc dedicated
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Ryan Gosling, left, and Emma Stone are shown in a scene from “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” Jacob (Ryan Gosling, “The Notebook”), a self-assured pickup artist who offers his expertise to the sad sack whose in a suit too big and getting drunk off cranberry vodkas. Jacob, as male friends tend to, gives it straight to Cal: “I’m going to help you rediscover your manhood. Do you have any idea when you lost it?” he asks
Cal. One haircut, several thousand dollars’ worth of new clothes and multiple “Hitch”-inspired tutorials later, Cal sets off to score with as many women as possible. But it couldn’t be that simple. Complications abound, though they may take you by surprise. The script (Dan Fogelman, “Cars”) throws out a hand-
ful of plot threads, and then weaves them together in a dizzyingly rapid denouement that is both outrageous and mostly believable. And for all the uncannily well-timed coincidences that sporadically pop up, you can’t deny the plot’s credibility. It produces an uncomfortable, all-too-realistic aura,
one many people have felt before. But instead of stifling this sober acknowledgment of just how far love will go, Ficarra and Requa balance it with the romantic imperative demanded by Hollywood. To this end, romantic problems aren’t just
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Gabriel Campbell, 15, strips the rear brakes from an old bike frame Wednesday at a city facility near the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton.
BIKE REPAIR: Abandoned bikes were a headache Continued From 1C on a black apron that protected his T-shirt and baggy jeans and turned his attention to bike’s gear shifter. A few feet away, Campbell snipped through worn-out brake cables as McKenzie advised him. The boy listened raptly to MacKenzie, who is no slouch as a bike mechanic. The cyclist maintains his personnel fleet of 27 bicycles. A few of the bikes, he insisted with a grin, belong to his wife. The two veterans and their protege seemed to be meshing as smoothly as a well-oiled chain gliding over gear teeth. Loretta Hampton, Lost and Found’s outreach coordinator, watched the process with a smile. “This project is perfect for our kids,” she said. “Not only are they learning to repair bikes, they are learning really valuable job skills.” The goal of Lost and Found, Hampton said, is “to make successful kids.” They learn social and job skills, how to make good choices and to motivate themselves. Some of the teens have had troubled pasts. “Some of the kids are on probation,” Hampton said. “A few are recently clean and sober.” Currently, Lost and Found runs three groups — Pendleton, Pilot Rock and
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The power of accepting yourself “You Know Your Way Home,” by Suzanne Jauchius. © 2008, Bree Noa Publishing Company. Softcover, 319 pages. Retail $15.
those who medicate their problems away do not learn to face tough issues and grow emotionally. And people who become addicts as young people often are not equipped to navigate the hat began as a deep waters of adult rejournal for lationships in a healthy her children way. turned into a Jauchius’ book is not story of triumph over abuse, addiction and self- so much about her psychic abilities as it is her doubt for Suzanne journey to find herself Jauchius in this autobioand to accept herself for graphical book. Jauchius who she is. When she fiis what she terms a “natnally ural” psychic acknowledges her (meaning she was abilities and puts born with psychic them to use, ingifts) and the early stead of feeling parts of her life shameful about are full of doubt them, a whole and self-loathing, new world is the often vicious opened up to her. abuse by her While this book mother, who tells contains a lot of RENEE her, “It’s not normal,” and a father STRUTHERS- “New Age” ideas that some readers who is, at best, HOGGE may not be comapologetic. As an Books fortable with, the adult she endures several marriages that in- central messages of working through addicevitably fail when her tion and being husbands can’t accept comfortable in your own her as she is. While atskin make the book a tending AA meetings as worthwhile read. part of marriage counsel ing (her husband is an Renee Struthers-Hogge alcoholic), she is pointed is the editorial assistant in the direction of a for the East Oregonian. woman who changes her While she prefers to focus life. on authors, publishers and Jauchius learns that subject matter relevant to addiction is not only for the Pacific Northwest, she alcoholics and drug enjoys a wide variety of users. It takes many genres and welcomes sugforms, but quite often those who suffer with ad- gestions for new review material. Contact Renee diction tend to get at rhogge@ “stuck” at the time they eastoregonian.com. first become addicted;
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Plastic bins are used to sort discarded bike parts. Mission. They keep a frenzied pace for much of the time, swimming, kayaking, riding BMX bikes, playing paintball and battling each other in XBox tournaments. In this way, Hampton said, the youngsters get the adrenaline rush they crave, but in a controlled, healthy way. The teens also spend a certain number of hours each week doing community service, picking up trash along the river and painting over graffiti. On this day, judging by the laughter, the kids seem to be mixing fun with com-
munity service. Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts applauded the bike rehab project. The abandoned bikes have been something of a headache. “We fish them out of the river, find them along the parkway and in people’s front yards,” he said. “We collected in the neighborhood of 200 to 250 bikes this year. The vast majority go unclaimed.” Most were unregistered, so there was no way to identify owners. In past years, the city sold the bikes, as is, at auction.
Bikes occasionally reappear later, abandoned for a second time. Roberts is happy to know these bicycles are getting make-overs. “It’s a winning proposition,” he said. “Technical skills are being developed and bikes are being developed to the point where they can be given away or sold.” POW will soon decide how to distribute the repaired bikes back into the community. To donate serviceable bikes to the project, call MacKenzie at 541-9660204 (his city number) or Wood at 541-310-7306.
LOVE: Doesn’t break the mold, but a more humorous romantic comedy than most Beck promotes, criticizes Continued From 1C heaped onto Mr. and Mrs. Weaver. Seemingly following in his his father’s haphazard footsteps, lovelorn son Robbie (Jonah Bobo) deals with his crush on baby sitter Jessica (Analeigh Tipton), who in turn has a crush on Cal. We also meet Hannah (an underused Emma Stone, “Zombieland”), a recent law school graduate with a useless boyfriend (Josh Groban). And while we’re soon clued in to a possible relationship between her and playboy Jacob, we have no idea how that will unfold. But before you let that distract you, Marisa Tomei (“The Wrestler”) shows up and goes just a bit crazy. But dang, she looks good. Yes, there’s a lot of romance going around. But
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what’s more important, and more importantly what’s more funny, is the continuing emergence of same-sex friendships taking the lead (think “The Hangover” or “Brides-
maids”). Carell and Gosling provide a reliable stream of hilarity, working together to sidestep caricature but each engaging in a bit of mugging when the situation calls for it.
(On that note, who knew Gosling was funny?) While Cal is the loser, Jacob is the fool. And while Jacob’s the pretty one, it’s Cal who has the spirit. “CSL” doesn’t quite break the mold, but its clever script and all-star cast go a long way in disrupting the soul-shattering monotony to which most romantic comedies adhere. But what makes it worth watching is that, at the end of the day, is the belief everything turns out all right, not by force, but by choice. Four stars out of five.
Dominic Baez is the copy editor/paginator for the East Oregonian. Follow his movie blog, Silver Screening, for the latest trailers, clips and extras at silverscreening.wordpress.com.
youth political camps By ROGER ALFORD The Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. — Radio talk show host Glenn Beck criticized the notion of summer political camps for kids like the one in Norway where 68 people were killed last week, even though he has promoted similar camps in the U.S. where children are taught tea party principles. Beck’s criticism earlier this week was directed at Norway’s Utoya Island summer camp for the youth wing of Norway’s ruling Labor party. On his radio show Monday, the former Fox News Channel host said the Utoya camp “sounds a little like the Hitler Youth or whatever.”
“Who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing,” he said. However, Beck has promoted similar camps called vacation liberty schools in the U.S. that teach the “virtues and morals” of the Founding Fathers. Lisa Abler, one of the founders of the liberty camp concept, said she appeared on Beck’s TV show a year ago to discuss the schools. “We originally had made it just for our community, but when I was able to go on his show, others heard about it. ... We had so many contacts after that from people all across the country,” Abler said. Beck didn’t respond to an email request for comment.
Capsule reviews: ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ ‘Friends with Benefits’ “Cowboys & Aliens” — Director Jon Favreau’s genre mash-up is more a mush-up, an action yarn aiming to be both science fiction and Old West adventure but doing neither all that well. The filmmakers — and there are a lot, among them 11 producers or executive producers including Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, plus half a dozen credited writers — start with a title that lays out a simple but cool premise: invaders from the skies shooting it out with guys on horseback. For all the talent involved, they wound up keeping the story
too simple, almost simpleminded, leaving a terrific cast led by Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde stuck in a sketchy, sometimes poky tale where you get cowboys occasionally fighting aliens and not much more. Craig’s a stonyfaced amnesiac with a weird hunk of metal locked on his wrist who wanders into a dusty town just before alien craft swoop in and start abducting the locals. He joins cattle baron Ford’s posse to retrieve the missing and teach these creatures not to mess with hardy western pioneers. PG-13 for intense sequences of west-
ern and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference. Two stars out of four. “Friends with Benefits” — Director and co-writer Will Gluck (“Easy A”) has crafted a hyper, R-rated, postmodern rom-com that laments the genre’s saccharine falsehoods while ultimately falling prey to the clichés it strives to upend. The dialogue is snappy and the plot makes efforts for emotional realism, but the story is a familiar one: romantically exhausted friends (Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis) try to forge
a sexual relationship without emotion. They have terrific comedic timing and look great in bed together, but don’t have enough friction for real chemistry. Woody Harrelson, Patricia Clarkson and Richard Jenkins lead a strong supporting cast, but Gluck’s film is too smooth for the realism and mockery it seeks. Its best parody comes in a film within the film, a mock rom-com with Jason Segel and Rashida Jones. Easily superior to and far smarter than the earlier released “No Strings Attached.” R for sexual content and language. Two and a half stars out of four.
“Winnie the Pooh” - Pooh tends to amble unhurriedly through his days, enjoying his life and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood at his own pace. But his new movie couldn’t have come along at a better time. It is the ideal alternative to all those big, shiny, effects-laden spectacles that tend to dominate during the summer - animated or otherwise. It’s not jammed with computergenerated trickery and, mercifully, it doesn’t pop out at you in 3-D. This is just 68 minutes of pure, hunnycovered satisfaction. Given
the source material - A.A. Milne’s enduring writing for children - “Winnie the Pooh” is naturally geared toward the little ones, with its cuddly characters and pleasingly soft watercolor strokes, but not at the expense of adults’ enjoyment. Quite the contrary: Grownups may find themselves even more engaged by it and perhaps even moved to tears. This is hilariously funny, though; there’s a great energy about it, an earnestness to the adventures of Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and pals that results in abject zaniness. G. Three and a half stars out of four.