So this is my BLOG. I write something once in a while, when there's something I want to broadcast. I write emails for work, for nonprofit work, for personal reasons. I write endless Facebook one or two sentence updates, sometimes I tweet. Recently I decided to hand write a few letters. I'm not sure how I really came up with the idea, but the Art of Manliness article says it best "Because sending a letter is the next best thing to showing up personally at someone’s door."
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I don't live my life in fear.
I've spent my life taking risks. I get out of bed every day - I could have fallen out and broken my neck. I step in the shower - I could slip. I drink coffee. I could choke! I take on the most dangerous part of my day when I hurl myself at 70-80mph on the interstate on the way to work. One slight miscalculation and I'm dead in fractions of a second. I take on risks with every action every day. I even ride my bike on the road, with cars! I could be Keep reading [...]
I finally decided it's time, after all the blood sweat and tears at the local, state and national level to turn things around. Are you tired of them adding seconds to your trip? Are you tired of looking at their skinny butts all enjoying themselves, smiling, taking in the world so vigorously? I'm going to explain how to live in a community that's bicycle-free!
1. Choose a place where no one wants to go. Find some where ugly. Bicyclists usually like beautiful places to ride.
2. Live Keep reading [...]
There is a good kind of stress - the kind that makes you obsess, the kind that drives you to think, create, wake up on the middle of the night with a new idea, inspires, drives you to do more than you think you can do, the kind that motivates you to exceed the highest expectations you even set for yourself.
It's the new opportunity, it's the change that inspires. It's the freedom to be outside the box. It's the opportunity to search for the edges of that new box.
When have you had that opportunity Keep reading [...]
Today is Thanksgiving and I ride. It's a beautiful day. Sun is shining, temps in the 60's, a light breeze, a perfect time to restore my soul. As most bicyclists know, our activity is a great way to meditate. Today I focus on things I'm thankful fo
r - my family, my job, my friends, interesting things in life, people I don't see much and wish I did more.
My route starts at home. I don't care much for driving to ride anymore. A holiday day like this promises little traffic and the Keep reading [...]
Back in 2004, my big thing was gardening. I had just starting to get into bicycling seriously, and my weekend time was beginning to become a scarce resource. I was collecting daylilies, hostas and roses. I had even joined the Middle Tennessee Daylily Society. The first River Ride I had ever heard of was that year, and it fell on the same day I had volunteered to be a daylily show judge assistant. The whole time I wanted to be at that ride. The next year, I volunteered to work registration. Keep reading [...]
We don't have kids. And I'm not sure why I care about these things. I should plan to live a selfish life, do what benefits me for the next 30-40 years of my expected lifetime, and live it up. I think most people will tell you I'm a liberal Democrat. But I have lots of Republican friends and family that express their ideas regularly and challenge my ideas. I appreciate them, especially those that have thought things out carefully, and present good logical ideas. Many of them are just plain Keep reading [...]
One more challenge was actually getting the welder from Bristol to Nashville. I had to rent a pickup truck, drive to Bristol. The welder cart was so big I had to leave it behind. The guys I bought it from loaded it in the truck for me. After returning to Nashville, I went to my buddy Sal's place and used a chain hoist to unload it from the truck, load it on a furniture dolly and loaded it on a tilting trailer. Hauled it to the house and rolled it off the trailer.
From there, I spent Keep reading [...]
I started out with a John Deere tractor I wanted to trade for a TIG welder (I couldn't sell it.) Dad died in 1998, he worked in Mobile, AL in the summertime (between college to be an engineer) as a welding apprentice in the shipyard. Not a very good job. As I grew up, he had a stick welder, and was pretty good at it from his summer job. Every time we wanted to stick aluminum or stainless together, he would say "We would need a 'heliarc' for that." Since I was a kid, I always wanted one of those [I]exotic Keep reading [...]
I was in NYC last week and stopped by when they were in Times Square, and saw them again in Zuccotti Park (twice from a tour bus.) What these protesters have found is another plane of thinking - many Americans don't even understand it. Maybe it's because they're so brainwashed by the 1% that it's hard to explain? Or is it the labeling that they're the fattest laziest dirtiest scum in our society?
Matt Lauer this morning, on the Today Show, sat there and criticized them for not having a message. Keep reading [...]