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The last haiku?

In cycling, haiku, what the? on May 21, 2011 at 7:46 am

Some predict today is judgement day, which brings on a lot of questions. What would you do differently last week? Who would you spend the most time with? Or maybe you would have started doing things differently years ago?

Yesterday’s Cyclelicious post “Rapture ready flowchart” started me thinking about a few of these things. Will this be my final haiku?

Heroes and Superfreaks

In good business, sketches, what the? on November 18, 2010 at 6:55 am

Last week on my way to the cafeteria I was irritated by the guy in front of me. He was pokey and I had a meeting. First he couldn’t figure out which tray to take, then he couldn’t pull the fork out of the bin. I wished he’d hurry up or get out of the way.

I fetched my usual eggs, bacon, fruit, milk and went to the cashier. She had a nose ring and some brilliant tattoos. Her look was way unusual for my conservative organization. I call her “Super Freak” for the rest of this post.

My mood immediately shifted with Super Freak. We started to banter back and forth. There was some brief discussion about cycling. It turns out she commutes to work. Suddenly, I became the jerk in a suit holding back the line.

My total came to $4.03. I had only a $10 bill. The line of suits behind me started to get restless as she reached in her pocket searching for 3 pennies. I told her not necessary but she insisted, “3 pennies is nothing, dude.” She completely changed my perspective and made my day.

Last week, Darryl @lovingthebike posted the blog “I need a Hero.” I didn’t have an answer for his post last week and I’m still not sure I have a hero, but people like Super Freak are probably the closest thing.

We need more people outside the control limits.


*Mr. @lovingthebike is the kindest dude on twitter and writes some brilliant cycling posts. He’ll make you think about issues surrounding the bike… culture, art, family, etc. You can chat with professor @lovingthebike tonight at #bikeschool – he’s moderating.

I can’t be the only one…

In bikerly hires a boss, running, what the? on November 16, 2010 at 11:49 am



In running, what the? on October 9, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I just ran 1 mile. It was day 39 of my running streak.

Last Sunday I ran 26.2 miles in 4:something. At mile 23 I didn’t think I could run 3.2 more miles. Then I thought about the easy 1 mile runs I’ve done during the running streak. How could just 1 more mile be so bad… then another 1 mile and then the final 1 mile?

I’ve been to the dentist office 3 times in the last 4 days to fix 3 root canals on 1 of my 2nd molars and my pain has not reached more than a 4 on a 10 point scale. I have an excellent dentist.

Tomorrow is 10/10/10. Today, at 6:00 o’clock it was 84 degrees so I’m drinking 1 cold 12 ounce ale.

This post took 8 minutes to draft.

chaotic collisions

In good business, seth school, what the? on October 4, 2010 at 11:51 am

This is not a race report. I still have to figure out what happened on the course this weekend. It’s possible I never will. All I have on the matter so far is this 140 character summary.

So here’s another story.


Chaotic collisions (or last week on twitter). A friend recommended I follow another friend, who had a link to this excellent TED video: Where ideas come from

Then I received a vexing tweet so I closed twitter and read more blog entries… where I found Holstee’s website and manifesto:

Chaotic collisions are everywhere. Mix, mash, create, destroy, repeat. Make it a great week, friends… let’s make a ruckus.

jackblammer – the complete history

In cycling, what the? on August 19, 2010 at 11:01 am

Words define our world. Here’s how one word (jackblammer) was born:

Aug 11 (20:48)
@ev: This tweet is the number one Google result for jackblammer.

Aug 14 (19:00)
bikerly blog post: “jackblammer. jackblammer.”

Aug 17 (18:21)
@bikerly: I’m the king of jackblammer. Go ahead and google search it “jackblammer” #bikeagenda

Aug 17 (21:23)
@egggman: so @bikerly is #jackblammer a verb??? I had to jackblammer up that hill but it was worth it the singletrack on the other side was sweet???

Aug 17 (21:36)
@bikerly: wordies, please help @egggman & I come up with a definition for ‘jackblammer’. Free ham or something for the winner. tag with #jackblammer

Aug 17 (21:49)
@deaddisko: @bikerly @egggman I made a Urban Dictionary entry for #jackblammer. It’s awaiting approval…

Aug 18 (11:26)
@deaddisko:  @bikerly #jackblammer #itsofficial

Aug 19
bikerly blog post: jackblammer – definition of jackblammer

*follow the hashtag #jackblammer for more jackblammering*

jackblammer – definition of jackblammer

In cycling, what the? on August 19, 2010 at 10:54 am

jackblammer definition via Urban Dictionary


Who gets to establish the norm, anyway?

In running, what the? on August 18, 2010 at 11:08 am

Are you a wordophile, a wordulous wordie? I think it can never hurt to have locked and loaded on a separate tab (but, then I also like to pedal singlespeed).

Yesterday someone called me a deviant at the office. So I looked it up…

My co-worker was referrencing the clock. It was 39 minutes later than my usual office arrival. For good reason – a deviation from my morning run protocol.

The sunrise was the most incredible in a damn long time. It’s not every day you see something this brilliant. Departing from the norm, I took an extra left, then a right and discovered a new hill loop. 4 miles turned into 8, and I was 39 minutes late.

Which brings me to the bottom line. I was 39 minutes late and 3.9 times more productive than the day prior (having arrived 15 minutes early). Someone else can calculate the return. I’m going for a bike ride.


jackblammer. jackblammer.

In cycling, what the? on August 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Last week Evan Williams (Twitter CEO – but you knew that) tweeted this:

The tweet was so damn clever, I had to google search to see if it was true. Affirmative.

Where the heck did “jackblammer” come from?  I wonder if, like Einstein, he thought of it while riding his bicycle?

Another post about Bill

In cycling, what the? on August 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm

How was your weekend? Did you play?

I spent some time with water guns and managed to sneak in an early morning long run. And caught up on some great blog reading. My favorite post absolutely needs to be shared – via @anaphase. On being an original, she describes a co-worker named Bill who she saw (in her words)…

“skateboarding before work, doing big looping circles, in this empty section of the parking lot, lunch in one hand, iced coffee in the other… He was so happy, enjoying being in the moment, taking just a few minutes to do what he loves before going in and starting his day.”

Loved this description. It reminded me of things I see around the bike garage before and after work. It’s one of the reasons I love riding my bike to work. The challenge is keeping it real all day. Happy Monday.