Web-log entries from 2011


Fifteen years ago today

I miss that Real Grownups (like Johnny Carson!) took seriously a gentle man in a turtleneck who spoke about “star stuff.”I miss that science was once considered a means by which to glimpse the divine.I ...cont’d


A short rant: let’s downsize roads

The ongoing fracas about the ongoing budget stupidity of the Columbia River Crossing prompted me to write an awesome little rant. As a comment on BikePortland, natch. Which I thought was good enough to reiterate ...cont’d


Fast and faster

Dave Moulton wants a bumper sticker: “I’m retired: Just go around me.” The whole thing is worth a read, it totally gets at the zen of traveling by bike.I’m not even retired and I find ...cont’d


Beat that climb back

sufferfaces:Beat that Climb Back Just across the border from Washington, in Portland, at PIR, the Suffer Faces are on full display like this one full of anger at the climb. Photo: Shift Focus Photo  ...cont’d


Unintended Consequences

As I mentally drafted a typical (read: long) report for yesterday’s race, I realized that I was actually meditating on the unintended consequences of my new hobby.There’s a fitness consequence obviously. (You should see the ...cont’d


Oregon Field Guide — Cyclocross

View this on OPB.org: the CCX segment starts around 19:00. Filmed last year at Barton near Estacada. You can catch a glimpse of Orion and me at about 24:50. Brad’s right about this being the ...cont’d


I feel stupid, and contagious

So right now I’m listening to the excessive 4-disc reissue of NevermindNevermind is very much Of My Generation — I was just barely 20 when it came out — so I’ve kind of been avoiding ...cont’d


Your first cyclocross race

My friend Thom posted a longish and helpful blog post called Cyclocross for Beginners. BikePortland contributor Tori Bortman has written several primers about cyclocross. I’m sure there are other good resources. These are all fine ...cont’d


Another post where I brag about my commute

Jenny and I have lived in SW Portland for eight-plus years now because of the exceptional commute. We certainly chose our first house for this reason (among others). It’s not a stretch to say that ...cont’d


Golf to work

So think of a passtime other than cooking, reading or watching TV that you like so much you do it voluntarily in your free time. Golf, for example. Imagine if you could golf to work. ...cont’d


Love Love Love

Yesterday I worked late and missed Orion’s bedtime. Jenny promised him I would spend some alone time with him this morning before work. I resented her a little for writing checks I had to cash. ...cont’d


Four variables

My life is a rather simple zero-sum equation with four variables.I play with my family. I work. I ride or fix my bicycles. I sleep about seven hours.That's it. Family, work, bicycles, sleep; repeat. If ...cont’d


The one hour DC Tour

I’ve visited the capital cities of at least nine foreign countries but it took me 40 years to visit my own. I feared that between the conference I’m here to attend and the ongoing disaster ...cont’d


Grocery Ads Still Live in the 1950s

The hed on this Ad Age post is Survey Finds 51% of Men Are Primary Grocery Shoppers, but Few Believe Advertising Speaks to Them Can I get an “amen?”I find grocery ads actively off-putting. They ...cont’d