So, I'm back in Squamish now. Summer has still yet to show her pretty face around here. Wimp. But I thought that I would take this moment to brag about my new bike. Actually, I bought two new bikes in the last three days. Now I have three. A roadbike, a commuter bike and now a mountain bike, and I'm not even a bike guy. I like them sure, but I don't really know the difference between component manufacturers and rubber types. It's all greek to me, however, on the flip side of this floppy coin I could tell you exactly what camming units to buy, when and for what purpose and by which company. I could tell you what a good price is, and how many you REALLY need. I could tell you all about Five Ten and why they make the best rubber in the world and why no other manufacturer can even come close. But then again, if you are reading this, you probably already know what I know, even if you work for evolve. So I'll spare us all.
Lydia and I each bought a commuter bike for the winter. They are ridgid bikes called HYBRIDS, with thin tires and they're fast as all fuck. They climb up hills easily and each ounce of energy stroked goes directly into the motion – no shocks, pure efficiency. We bought them so that we'd be excited to ride, we knew that if we skimped and bought half ass bikes, we'd be nuthin but half ass riders. So, a fun and light, easy to pedal rig will remind us that we love to roll and we hate driving our car. I HATE IT. This is a very small thing, I know, but I feel like I am single handedly saving the whole entire world. Let me say, it feels absolutely terrific. As we enter this new delicate era, we all need to take more and more responsibility for our actions. We need to learn how to suffer for what we truly want. Suffering is not always a bad thing and when I say suffer, I mean it in the most laughable sense of the word. Not like "an open bivy on K2 during winter", but more like "only one car per household". For example, Lydia and I are having a SUFFER FEST competition this winter. Who can use the lowest amount of miles on the van? Who can go the longest without dining out? Who can recycle the most material? Who can reuse clothing most creatively? We need to use less energy, shrink our footprint, stop using plastic bags and sandwhich containers from the grocery store, start using our back packs. Less time on computers, more time by the river, no more Starbucks to go cups, only mugs brought from home. It sounds like we're being cheap, and I know we're not perfect, but we're trying. It's funny, because only now (past five years) has going green become fashionable, it's about time. We have/had Christianity, Buddhism, Animism, Judaism, Hinduism and now we have Consumerism. For many, WalMart is the Chapel of our century. We repent with retail therapy. We confess to the till. We spend our money on cheap items and throw them away. My goal is to make every purchase count. And on that note, check out my new bike, ha ha, I went into the Church, I confessed my sin of wasting resources and I handed over my hard earned cash for a bicycle, (if carefully cared for, will last me 25 years) which is fun to play on, but is also a ton of hard work. I suppose it is my community service. I've taken a lot over the years and the least I can do is earn my transportation for Christ's sake.
My pledge is to take more time for sniffing flowers, leave the house 15 minutes early so I won't feel rushed and pedal my way to where I am going. I am hopefully trying to avoid something like this (below…)
And if I ever see one of these in Squamish, I'm moving to 100 Mile House.
They say (media) the USA is entering a recession. Many people (stock brockers) cringe when they hear the word recession. Many people in our Western culture want the world to keep moving forward, at such a rapid pace, in hopes that they can earn a million dollars and escape the rat race. The problem is, even if you win, you'd still be a rat. Time is not our friend, the world spins and our lives are coming to an end, we need to make a life yes, but not at the expense of our planet or our family, or our spirit. I was never a very good student, I was a dreamer, I never cared for rules, which is probably why I hated Math so much. My passion was recess. Get it? Recess. Recession. Let's take this time to play ( am I starting to sound preachy?). It's a break in the cycle, a period of pause, a slowing down, a correction of economy, so go get a bike, put away your car and break us off a peice of that kit kat bar.
To all the people out there living the way of the peaceful warrior, we salute you. To all the bikers in the urban areas, the ones who brave cold, wet conditions and go to work at 6am in minus 10, you are my hero and I'll think of you when my van is on blocks and I saddle up for a ride to the grocery store. Thank you.