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We drive with Hitler ?

Though I drive my car when I need to, gas prices in California have helped me opt for bike over car whenever possible. My work is only 2.5 miles away, so for me it is pretty easy to bike to work most days.

 

May is Bike Month here in San Luis Obispo, and for the Tall Bike Posse's month long Bike Art show I contributed this reworking of a great old Weimer Pursell WWII poster that originally promoted car-pooling.

 

As soon as I saw the original I knew I had to use it - first, because back then it was a huge deal to compare someone to Hitler. It still is a big deal to compare someone to Hitler, but every politician who wants to invade another country (see Panama, Iraq, etc) pulls out the Hitler tag and everyone rolls over and in we go.

 

I'm also interested in the contrast between WWII and the current Iraq War II, in that previously people were asked to make sacrifices for the war effort, to grow their own food, recycle, save gas, etc - and nowadays we are urged to go out and shop, spend more money, buy as much $4.00 a gallon gas as we can afford.

 

Anyway, I put this print in the Bike Art show and someone liked it enough to buy it, so I'm going out to Morro Bay today ( in a car ! ) to pick up some additional Giclee prints for the last week of the show.

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Taken on May 22, 2008