Adventures of a True G – Dan Shachory

I don’t know the last time you met a True-G, not that anyone’s keeping track, but today in the studio we have a rare breed of adventurer who goes by the name of Dan Shachory. Not only does this man have stories that will blow your socks off (please make sure to unlace your shoes), but he gives some sound adventure advice for those looking to get out and blaze their own path. What I like most about this story is how raw and real he gets when talking about his motivations to live his life to the fullest. He was a inspiration to meet and definitely kindled the adventurer spirit in your humble host. Give it a listen…

Philly Midnight Pretzel Ride

Want some Philadelphia Pretzels…Well come and earn them. Grab your single speed fixie (is that still a thing), check your tire pressure, and clip your SPD pedals in; its time to hit the streets of Philly.

The Midnight Pretzel Ride, as the name suggests, starts at midnight. We meet at the bottom of the Art Museum stairs and keep a close eye on the PECO building with that absurdly bright L.E.D. display. As the legend goes, when the clock strikes 12midnight, a leader will emerge from the pack and start the Pretzel Riders on their jaunt through the city.

You will find yourself weaving through traffic, sometimes turning into oncoming lanes and those light…yeah those lights that not a single person on this ride stops for, you wont stop for them either. The final push is Washington Ave. which can resemble a time-trial sprint if you hit all greens or just act as though they are. As the lactic acid builds in your legs, and your cadence matches that of the Road Runner (I know you regret that single speed now), all while trying to keep your friends at bay.

Looking at the street signs…10th, 9th. Your friend calls your name to let you know hes not letting this one go. You push harder and try to stand but your legs are screaming and sending you butt back in the seat. 8th street is just in front of you and you catch a glimpse of your racing partner out of the corner of your eye but he’s too late as you pull into the Pretzel Factory and bring the Philla Midnight Pretzel Ride to a close.

Living at the DropZone – A License Program

Yes, Skydiving has been on your bucket list, as it has been on mine. After deciding to take the plunge and live at the Start Skydiving dropzone for two weeks, I’ve now got my A license and some valuable insight into the sport…as well as an excellent Southern Draw. Check out the video Peeps

 

2020 Beach Beautification Initiative

The “2020 Beach Beautification Initiative,” a project that seeks to address the growing problem of beach trash prior to the 2020 Olympics, when tens of thousands of tourist will descend upon Japan and either bear witness to beaches overflowing with trash or the true beauty and majesty of Japan.The three tenants of the “2020 Beach Beautification Initiative” focus on dumping, empowering community groups through a program called “Adopot-A-Beach” and encouraging manufacturers/producers to take responsibility for the full life cycle of their products (Cradle to Cradle).

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The first initiative addresses dumping. Although Japan strives to be at the forefront of innovative recycling technologies, it still suffers from various cases of illegal dumping on a fairly large scale. Evidence of this has been documented in cases which include various mountainside locations displaying a large amount of post consumer trash. Extreme cases have even been documented which includes cars that have been abandoned on rocky beaches. This problem, at its core, stems from an apathy about the effects of such actions. The solution is to host community awareness and education campaigns focusing on both the cleanup of these locations and also the potential effects on areas including, but not limited to, the tourism market.

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The second initiative focuses on harnessing community support on a smaller scale through the proliferation of a program titled “Adopt-A-Beach.” This initiative seeks to remedy the problem of beach trash by urging the creation of smaller cleaning groups that will take responsibility for a beach. These community groups will literally “Adopt” the beach and with the help of local government, host small cleanups various times throughout the year that will stem the problem of trash accumulation.

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The last initiative focuses on the manufactures/producers of the products we find on the beaches. This program which it titled “Cradle to Cradle” encourages responsibility for the full Life cycle of the product. Currently, many manufacturers and or producers have a belief that once a product is purchased by the consumer, the responsibility, for the most part, is relinquished. Life Recycled posits that it is in fact the opposite, the makers of these products are equally if not more responsible for this type of beach trash being that it originated in their factories through a manufacturing process specific to that company. It is our hope that as a result of this initiate being embraced, those who make these products will actively seek out and support various cleaning initiatives and go so far as to organize coastal cleanups extending throughout the year.

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It is with these initiatives that Life Recycled hopes to encourage a paradigm shift in regards to how we care for our beaches and address the ever increasing problems related to trash that is found on Japan’s sandy coasts. In the coming months Life Recycled will be working diligently with local communities and both city and state governments to seek a solution to this ever growing problem.

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GoPro Time Lapse Photography

The sound of windows shuttering in their frames and leaves of bending trees rustling in the wind, roused my curiosity. Bearing the wind and rain, with my GoPro at my side, I ran to the beach to see how the sea was faring which was being ripped and pulled by the wind. I took a deep breath to accept the conditions in which I will be living for the next month as I paddle up the coast to Tokyo.