Saturday Chores #11, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.
Got a Girl Crush On: Lynda Lucas of La Motocyclette Magazine
Tell us about about yourself—who you are and what you do.
Lynda Lucas: I’m senior visual designer for a design consultancy called frog design. Just moved to Brooklyn from San Francisco about 5 months ago. New York rules so hard, but I miss glorious Californian nature; epic redwoods and sweeping coastlines.
How long have you been riding a motorcycle and who or what drew you to want to ride and own one? What’s been the hardest part?
LL:I rode vintage mopeds for several years and was involved in a nation-wide community of moped gangs called Moped Army. After moving to California several years ago I started wanting to leave the city to go on longer trips and enjoy the glorious nature; which is difficult on a moped.
Let me paint a picture for you of the exact minute I decided I had to learn how to ride motorcycles. I used to live above a sketchy motorcycle gang clubhouse (don’t tell my mom!). One night I was coming home, and a gang member asked me what I thought of his new high handle bars. Because I was so involved in the more gender-neutral moped community at the time, I answered without censoring myself. I said something like, “oh, my arms would probably get tired if I had handlebars like that.” He responded with shocked laughter, “Oh, sweetheart, I didn’t mean you could ride it, bitches ride on the back.”
Bitches. Ride. On. The. Back.
I will remember that moment always, and the certainty that I would prove people like him wrong.
so @gotagirlcrush is on Instagram now and you should totally follow us! here’s a sneak peek from a shoot I did yesterday of the all-lady motorcycle club @themissfires! these ladies are rad as hell and keep your eyes peeled for the full photoset and interview later this week over at http://www.gotagirlcrush.com! #gotagirlcrush #themissfires #babesonbikes
Got a Girl Crush On: Hurray for the Riff Raff: I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright)
Woody Woodpecker: Witch Crafty (1955).
I just returned from magical Assateague Island, where wild ponies roam the beaches, so here is an official pony post! If you look closely you will see Clementine the Bassett snuck into one of those photos…We camped there over 4th of July weekend, which I highly recommend doing if you ever get the chance. No you can’t pet the ponies or really get near them - they supposedly bite and kick people. They are wild animals, even if they look super cute. But they’re definitely not scared of humans, and mostly, they came to our campsites and raided them for food. Wild burger-loving ponies!
Got a Girl Crush On: former child stars who put acting on hold for science & math
Danica McKellar played Winnie Cooper in the television show The Wonder Years, and went onto write four non-fiction books: Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape, which encourage middle-school and high-school girls to have confidence and succeed in math. Currently Danica hosts a fun mathy show on Nerdist’s YouTube channel called Math Bites!
Mayim Bialik will forever be known as sunflower-adorned quirky teen on the 90s tv show, Blossom (and now on the nerd-themed show, The Big Bang Theory). But in 2007 Bialik obtained her Ph.D. for her dissertation in an investigation of hypothalamic activity in patients with Prader-Willi syndrome.
Natalie Portman was only 13 when she first debuted in The Professional, and she shot Star Wars Episode I while still in high school. As a student, Portman co-authored two research papers that were published in scientific journals. Her 1998 high school paper, “A Simple Method to Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar,” co-authored with scientists Ian Hurley and Jonathan Woodward, was entered in the Intel Science Talent Search. In 2002, she contributed to a study on memory called “Frontal lobe activation during object permanence: data from near-infrared spectroscopy” during her psychology studies at Harvard. But, being smart certainly doesn’t affect your sense of humor.