The idea wasn’t that lame, as far icebreakers go anyway. There were maybe ten of us, and we each had a paper square with an animal on it; I was zebra. Somewhere in the room was another square with that same animal on it. We were to find our match and partner up. I found … Continue reading Ice breaking Happiness
Two Ninas is not a good movie by most people’s standards. The film, staring Ron Livingston, Amanda Peet, and Cara Buono, played for one weekend wonder, grossing just under $11,000 when it played on six screens on the 28th of January 2001. The story follows one Marty Sachs (Ron Livingston), a man with a job … Continue reading Want to Make God Laugh?
We were riding around Mercer Island when Mark asked me if “writing cleared my head?” I answered with a quick “No” and for the next twenty minutes I proceeded to burden him with my process, and the emotional knots I’m capable of twisting myself into while writing. I don’t think it was the answer he … Continue reading A Constant Struggle
It took us five days, over the course of three weeks to move our possessions first from a storage space and then from Signe’s Mom’s place, which is where Signe has been living for the past year and where I’ve called home since mid-January. We signed the lease almost a year to the day that … Continue reading The Good Kind of Frustration
There were some racers on the Thursday ride this week, at least I thought them as much based on their looks, or it could have been that the two of them were talking about local teams and getting other fast guys from California. I don’t know the scene here, which is the source of ignorance … Continue reading Parts Per Rider
I'm in the process of looking for work, a way out of the shop where I'm at now. That could give you the impression that I dislike, or even hate my job. This isn't true. I love selling bikes. I love selling them to people who know their shit. I love selling them to people … Continue reading What are Bike Shops For ?
A lot of pixels have been misaligned here talking about racing, The PRO’s, my own insignificant racing - back when I first started riding again and thought that my suffering was worth reporting, and the fact that I haven’t been racing this year. This is probably going to be another one of those posts. For … Continue reading Fight Gone Out.
A typical part of getting ready for a ride here in Seattle is the careful threading of my headphone cable from the right jersey pocket of whatever jersey I happen to be wearing that day. I don't have special playlists, instead I pick an album and listen to it for the entirety of the ride. Most of … Continue reading Without a Sound
Once again I am climbing Olympic View. Once, maybe twice a week I make the eye watering descent down main, throw the bike through a right hand turn and head up Olympic Drive, which then pitches up and changes name to Olympic View. I haven’t seen the Olympic Mountains, at least not from this road … Continue reading Let Go
Amateur cross racing is over this part of world. Well there is the USGP this weekend, and one more cross race, but as far as I'm concerned its over. Which means a time for a little break and a chance to work on correcting some of the imbalances of being on bike for hours on … Continue reading Best Laid Plans