Archive for January, 2012

I Should Get Flat Tires More Often

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

1-24-12I love what I do! Every day is different, exciting and unpredictable. Today started with preparing for a late afternoon departure for Vista, California and a planned ride to possibly visit one more firehouse in Santa Monica before leaving this town for two weeks. With loads of Kindness Bus chores to complete, my window to do all I wanted to do, closed a little. Having a morning coffee meeting with friend and One Million Acts Of Kindness Ambassador, Michael Townsend, delayed until early afternoon, afforded me the opportunity to get exposure for The Kindness Bicycle on my travels to the firehouse. And then it happened. The rear tire went flat. Fortunately I was less than two miles away from a spare tube on The Kindness Bus.
While moving The Kindness Bicycle to a post I could chain it and then walk to the bus for a spare, Wynton, a 20 year veteran firefighter from Station 70 in Malibu, flagged me down to talk with me about The Kindness Bicycle Ride for Heroes. Knowing firsthand that a firefighter is grateful for what I am doing, is inspiration enough, to carry me through the end of the ride.

Two Purple Hearts

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

1-23-12Driving down to Hermosa Beach to have a meeting about growing One Million Acts Of Kindness in bigger ways  in the future was time well spent. The rain which seemed to come down sideways at times, made me wish The Kindness Bus had pontoons attached to its undercarriage.
During my rain soaked, rain shortened bicycle ride today, I met Larry, who was a Master Sergeant in the Marine Corps. Larry flagged me down in a local parking lot. He has a soft spot in his heart for those who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan banged-up in a bad way. Larry has received 2 Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and a Bronze Star.  To Master Sergeant Larry, who served 2 tours of duty in Vietnam, I would like to say, welcome home Marine. Semper Fi
Three weeks from today marks the beginning of One Million Acts Of Kindness Week. Please, if you haven’t done so already, sign up yourself and list the kindness project you will accomplish during that week.

Crosses in the Sand

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

1-22-12In the exact location of The Kindness Bicycle tire dunk yesterday, a weekly memorial to honor those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan is installed in this same strip of beach by volunteers every Sunday. Soldiers who have lost their lives are represented by 6,370 crosses, the weekly memorial is aptly named Arlington of the West.
Max, Kurt and I visited this beach installation to pay our respects. The number of deaths from these two wars is astounding to say the least. We were told by Larry, who helps to organize this nearly 8 year tradition that the number of deaths does not include those take their life, sometime years after they have come back stateside.
With the number of those who are seriously injured both physically and mentally, not accurately reported, it can only be estimated that the number is in the tens of thousands. It is for them that I am riding on The Kindness Bicycle Ride for Heroes.
This afternoon I made a brief stop at Santa Monica Fire Station 1. The men were testing out some new equipment but were all ears as I thanked them for the work they do for all of us.

The Start of Something Very Good

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

1-21-12Today was a very special day for One Million Acts Of Kindness. The ride to honor and express my gratitude to heroes, began this morning in Santa Monica, California. We got some great video of the tire dunk in the Pacific Ocean.
It was incredibly windy today, making the walk across the sand with The Kindness Bicycle a huge challenge and making the ride on the side streets of Santa Monica seem as if I had an open umbrella in a windstorm.
With the average of only 26 miles per day that I need to ride, I can have go as slowly as I wish, allowing me the luxury of having as many conversations as I desire.
I had the privilege of meeting Kurt from Vancouver, Canada and Max from LA, today. Kurt has started 52 Acts of Kindness and is doing incredible kind acts for every week of the year. Max is creating a documentary of this great goodness. Kurt, singlehandedly washed The Kindness Bus at a local self serve car wash and then filled the gas tank with as much kindness as he could fit. Kurt’s website launches in early February, look for a blog about this in the near future. Having One Million Acts Of Kindness and Fifty-two Acts of Kindness meet at the beginning of The Kindness Bicycle Ride for heroes, I just know that it is going to be the start of something very good.

“Morning in America” Radio Show

Friday, January 20th, 2012

1-20-12A few of years ago, I tuned into Bill Bennett’s, Morning in America radio show. Knowing that he was formerly Secretary of Education, I knew that listening to this show would be great research, as I visit classrooms across the country. One item of interest for me was that he had a segment where over-the-road truck drivers call into his show and describe where in the United States they were currently driving. I thought having The Kindness Bus Tour call into his show on a regular basis, with an educational tie-in, would be a perfect fit. I tried to make this happen over the last few years, to no avail, that is, until today.
Seth Leibsohn is the host of Morning in America every Friday morning. I called last week to tell them of my Kindness Bicycle Ride for Heroes. I was instructed to call back this morning. Seth had me as his first guest caller. Talking on-air for a few minutes, Seth could hear the passion I have for getting the message of who the real heroes should be, in the minds of our youth. Seth asked me to call his show every Friday to give updates about The Kindness Bicycle Tour to Raise Awareness about Wounded Warriors & Police and Firefighters Killed in the Line of Duty.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you Seth for helping to get my message of One Million Acts Of Kindness across our nation’s airwaves, every Friday “Morning in America.”
***The 4,000 mile, 5 month long Kindness Bicycle Ride for Heroes begins tomorrow from Santa Monica, California.

Test Ride for Heroes

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

1-19-12The Kindness Bicycle is complete and ready for another 4,000 miles. I just couldn’t wait until Saturday to go for a ride on the new and improved Kindness Bicycle, so I took advantage of temperatures in the mid 60s, to test the subtleties of the handling abilities of this now-famous bicycle.
I must admit, there were, at times,  some challenging days on the Domestic Violence, Childhood Sexual abuse ride where it was difficult being the rider who was addressing these 2 issues during those 7+ months. This ride will be a ride of honor and a ride of gratefulness. It will be incredibly popular and hopefully healing to those who we meet along our travels.
Divine, a local resident, was the first to see The Kindness Bicycle as it hit the ground from the inside of The Kindness Bus. She came over to express her gratitude and shared her enthusiasm. Hundreds of people acknowledged positively, seeing me as I passed by during this 4 hour, 10 mile ride. I stopped to talk with dozens of people, many others waved, honked or applauded upon seeing such a sight.
Jonathan, JT, Greg and Rose were very supportive of what I am trying to accomplish these next 5 months. Thank you to one and all.

4,000 Miles and Counting!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

4,000 Mile Bicycle Ride

For The Real Heroes

Wounded Warriors

Police and Firefighters Killed in the Line of Duty

On the average, a Police Officer is killed in the line of duty every 53 hours. Many of these officers die by gun violence. These violent acts are performed by individuals who have no respect for most anyone. Families of these fallen officers need your help. Get involved in comforting these families in their time of need.

The heroics of Firefighters often times go unnoticed. These brave heroes risk their own lives to save those in harm’s way, many times without so much as a thanks. Schedule a visit to a firehouse in your neighborhood. Take as many children with you on your visit so they can learn at an early age just who the real heroes are.

Visit to find volunteer opportunities or locations of Veterans Hospitals in your area to visit heroes. The help you offer is so needed and important to the lives of those who have sacrificed to protect our freedoms. Donate your time to one of the charities that support Wounded Warriors in our country.

Thank all of these heroes in person, every opportunity you have.

Bogart, Bob, The Kindness Bicycle and The Kindness Bus of One Million Acts Of Kindness are riding fromSanta Monica, California to Jacksonville, Florida beginning on January 21st 2012 and ending on June 21st 2012, to raise awareness about the heroes who protect us and protect our freedoms, by putting their lives on the line everyday. Many of these heroes are coming back injured from war, needing life saving surgeries and life long assistance….many of these heroes are coming back with no one to care for them. 

Open your heart to these heroes and their families.