Gang, this is what it’s all about. Life / love / community / giving back
You’ve heard me talking about newbelgium #TourdeFat and trading your car for a bike but really, by biking more and driving less, you become more involved and connected into the fabric of your community.
You’ll find fun, adventure, and probably yourself, just as Tyrone Stephenson, Jr., did in this short video. It’s a beautiful thing!
And, newbelgium, if you’re reading this, I propose that our NPOs pitch in to fly Mr. Stephenson and some of his kids out to our parade, give him an award and talk about his group’s accomplishments, and show others what paying it forward is all about. I will propose a donation at our next @SanDiegoMountainBikingAssociation meeting and talk to @SanDiegoCountyBicycleCoalition- and maybe have Senator Craft invite him to speak at the 2015 NBB NPO Bike summit!!!
From 1931 to 1936 polish traveller Kazimierz Nowak, travelled on his bike and by foot across Africa covering a distance of ca. 40,000kms.
One year after his return he died of pneumonia as a consequence of malaria and general exhaustion.
As September strolls in, I am reminded of a few glorious things:
- It may finally start cooling down as we saunter into fall. (HA. I’ll believe that when it happens! Yay, Humidity! :-p)
- It’s my birthday month and I have to make my life celebrations much more concerted, more frequent, more…
This is why it drives me bonkers when we’ve placed such high importance on making people feel “pretty”.
How about, “I want to feel and make others feel Empowered. Smart, Capable.”
Our society, our culture, our nation needs these kinds of people. We’re afraid to interact with people, our environment all because we don’t want someone to get dirty or mess up something.
I am not sure of your experience, however, in mine, if you don’t test the limits, break things on occasion or fail when attempting something different or for yourself/others, then you don’t build that self-sufficiency you need to persevere.
Do we *REALLY* want to have ourselves and our children dependent on others to live (and is that really living)? We already see the failures of bureaucracy that “are there to help”.
EMPOWER US ALL.
On a spontaneous ride with a cycling friend, we stopped for a late lunch, sat down, and this little light went on over my head. Thanks for everything, newbelgium! Then, that evening, I attended an event with Washington Area Bicyclists Association’s Women & Bicycles group, and was handed a can of Ranger! I’m one week into riding my new bike and over 100 miles already!
HEAR YE! HEAR YE!!
Around about 2 weeks ago, I attempted one of the greatest human feats in the history of the world: walking on air!
Or that is my prefered way to describe how I accidentally stepped backwards off of a truck, about 3 feet in the air, and landed flat onto my back. My…
I got my new bike!
In fact, I got it Tuesday night, but I’ve been so busy riding it everywhere that I haven’t snapped many pics or stopped to expound on the glory that it is. Eh, there’s time for flowery prose and introspection when the weather is less gorgeous. For now, I’m pedaling!
My carless year is almost over, which seems totally insane. I am starting to get questions about my future transit plans, though I can’t really understand why anything would change. I am totally annoyed the idea of with needing a car, and have done pretty well without one. And truthfully, most of…