A new toy for a new hobby

A new toy for a new hobby

So as I mentioned in my last post, I’ve taken up mountain biking 2 or 3 times a month. The bike I’ve been using is a hybrid bike – not really made for the trails that I’m finding myself on. So I started looking around for a new bicycle, something I can rely on to do the work I want it to do on the trials. Right tools for the job, as they say. And here’s a nice shot of the bike I picked out – a KHS XC 104....

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Racing blindly down the mountain

So as many of you know I’m a biking enthusiast: I ride my bike to work (a 22 mile trip each way) on occasion, ride 30 or 40 miles on the weekends, etc.  I’ve been riding like this since I was 12 or 13; my Boy Scout troop did much more biking than hiking, and we capped it off every 5 years with a three week biking trip through Europe.  (Actually, they still do that… I’m just not active in the troop any more.) Anyway, a...

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People say the strangest things

My wife Denise and I were walking along the beach the other night when we encountered a group of people hanging out near the swinging rings.  We stopped to get some water at the drinking fountain, and I greeted a little boy, perhaps 4 or 5 years old, as he walked by. “Hello, shorty,” I said.  He eyeballed me but said nothing as he scampered past the fountain, then turned back once he’d reached the other side. “My name is...

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Taking your readers on a trip

I went to see Steve Coogan’s movie ‘The Trip’ this week.  For those of you unfamiliar with Coogan, he’s a British comedian most famous for portraying a nerdy DJ along the lines of Garry Shandling or Larry David from ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’.  ‘The Trip’ is a semi-real story about two guys – Coogan and his friend and fellow comedian Rob Brydon, both playing themselves – on a trip through the north of England on a restaurant tour for a magazine...

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Brotherly love

I have two younger brothers, as I’ve mentioned before; Will* is about 5 years younger than me, and Michael* is two years younger than him.  We’re all great friends, but as children that brotherly love was often expressed in ways that might make some people’s eyebrows raise – well, people who were only children, anyway.  Anyone with siblings knows the deal; your brothers and sisters are there to pester, harass, annoy, and...

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End of an Era

End of an Era

I just watched Space Shuttle Atlantis make its last journey into space.  Other than a small delay to verify that the vent cap on the launch tower had retracted properly, it was a beautiful, perfect launch… a fitting way to finish off a storied history. Thirty years. I remember being so excited when the first orbiter was called Enterprise… my father and I watched Star Trek religiously every Saturday and Sunday at 5pm on KTLA.  I...

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So Long, Farewell, Auf wiedersehen, Goodbye!

So my next-door neighbors moved across the country this week. So sad… they were great neighbors, a smart, personable couple that became friends. We’re connected on Facebook, of course, but it got me thinking about the ephemeral state of friendship and how social media has changed the way we connect with people. I read an article not too long ago about about something the author called “The Monkeysphere“.  In brief, the...

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