Native Genius

I HATE work meetings, always have always will. And being Cold and Callous I hate the touchy feely meetings the worst. Team Building, getting to know you, in touch with each other feelings I just cringe…

So, when we were told to come up with our Native Genius, I had NO idea what to put. Native Genius is defined as:  something you do easily and freely – meaning you aren’t necessarily aware of it and you don’t often have to think about it.

Since I had no stinking clue, I cheated and went to Facebook for help…. Continue reading “Native Genius”

Trail Magic

You know, I wasn’t going to do a post today, I have other things to do, and even though it was a fun ride tonight (I snuck in 50 miles) up and until mile 49, nothing blogworthy had occurred. Who knew that last mile would make a difference! So blog I will, but just a short one!

I was stopped at the last stop light before my house. I was first in line right at the cross walk. I looked to the left and this 14 or 15-year-old girl was walking across the intersection to my side, and would pass right in front of me. She was munching cookies from a package she bought at the corner store.

I smiled at her, as I do everyone I make eye contact with when I ride and she smiled back. Now remember, I did 49 miles after riding 18 this morning. I probably looked pretty darn tired, and who knows, maybe even hungry.

As she reached me in the intersection she smiles and says, “Would you like a cookie?”

Ok, somewhere out there is a cyclist who doesn’t like cookies. That aint me! “Yes I would!” I replied, “Thank you!”

She handed me a cookie, hit the sidewalk my side of the intersection, then turned her head and said, “Have a nice ride!” and she walked and munched down the road!

Ladies and gents, we call this trail magic. It’s when a complete stranger does you a kindness of some type completely out of the blue, and without ever being asked. Thinking back I can only remember a couple of other times this has happened.

We all know there is a lot of crap wrong in the world, and who knows if it will ever get fixed. But knowing people like this teenager are willing to share her cookies with a scungy looking cyclist tells me it aint all bad! And it still puts a smile on face!

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Like the wind folks and if you get a chance, do some trail magic of your own!

A very cool Father’s day!

Somewhere close to 23 years ago I became a dad for the first time. As with all dads, I lamented that there was not an instruction manual, took 5 minute power naps in the car before driving home from work, and discovered that not covering the nether regions of a boy while changing a diaper could result in both of us needing a shower!

Unlike other dads (I am assuming here) I found the infant stage boring (they are essentially paperweights and don’t do much) and I though Father’s Day was silly. Most years, this one included, people had to remind me it was coming…. Continue reading “A very cool Father’s day!”

Book Review: Biking Across America by Paul Stutzman

Recently I found myself restless. Not physically as May was a great month for the bike and June has been ok, but in my reading. I have long enjoyed books about adventuring, be it river, mountain or bike. The last book was from Joe Kurmaskie, A Guide to Falling Down in Public (Reviewed here) over a month ago.  It was time to find a new one.

After a couple of days searching Amazon, I found Paul Stutzman’s Biking Across America: My Coast to Coast Adventure and the People I Met.  I REALLY need to read the book descriptions better…. Continue reading “Book Review: Biking Across America by Paul Stutzman”

The Manchild

On Facebook Saturday I posted this:

As a young dad, it is a win every day the next morning shines and the baby boy is smiling and you haven’t broken him.Those small victories continue to build until suddenly the Manchild is no longer a child, he is a man walking across the stage for his high school graduation.Eric Valente did that walk today and did himself proud. Sadly he has to go home and study for his finals at Highline community college tonight, but that makes us even more proud of him! Good job dude,  Michelle and I love you!

Yep Saturday night, our youngest graduated… Continue reading “The Manchild”

I wonder…

Back in Jr and Sr High School, at least when I was a kid, we had to take a test to help us figure out what jobs would be a “good fit” for us when we grew up. I took these time and time again, and the results were so not memorable that I honestly can’t remember one job that I was a good fit for.

There was a time I wanted to be a truck driver, but I think this was mostly due to the song Convoy when I was a kid. With my lack of skills of backing up a vehicle with a trailer, I think the world is VERY lucky I never followed this up. I also thought being a helicopter pilot would be fun as well, but again, I never looked into it.

Then, in high school, I tool a forestry class. I loved it, and thought I wanted to be a forest ranger… Continue reading “I wonder…”

Gotta give it a shot

I have mentioned quite a few times in my blog that I have been an avid reader since my dad handed me my first Louis L’Amour book back in the 4th grade. To be honest, I also remember reading “Billy and Blaze” books at even a younger age.  (and yes, I am old enough to have really learned to read with Dick, Jane, AND Spot…

My normal go to genre is Science Fiction/Fantasy, which I know with shock those that know me in real life. But, I will change with whatever strikes my fancy. I recently read a book about Thomas Jefferson and early America’s war against the Barbary pirates. I learned a lot, and thank my buddy Stu for the loan.

So it should come as no surprise that I am currently reading “The Big Burn” by Timothy Egan. All about the history of the Forestry Service and the biggest forest fire ever, an excellent book so far!

What did surprise me today, though, was sitting up straight after reading a quote from Teddy Roosevelt, one of the key characters of this book…

Continue reading “Gotta give it a shot”