A walk with Sorrow

I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chatted all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow;
And ne’er a word said she;
But, oh! The things I learned from her,
When Sorrow walked with me.

–Robert Browning Hamilton

My Dad has Alzheimers. He handles it with grace.

My nephew Sodapop recently did a short documentary on his Grandfather (my Dad) for a school project, which focuses on his 7 year fight with Alzheimers.

It makes me cry to see what this disease has reduced a once vibrant and engaging person to, but at the same time proud with the grace he still handles himself.

If there’s one thing he hasn’t forgotten, it’s how to roll with life.

Another 5200 km. And 2888 bottles of beer.

This week marks the end of my second year of commuting to work on my bicycle.

I’ve clocked another 5000 km through some crazy winter weather, and some spectacularly beautiful days that I wouldn’t have appreciated as much from inside a car.

My calculations show again I’ve burned about 500,000 calories this year, or the equivalent of 2888 bottles of beer. I never feel guilty having an extra one (or two) with that kind of credit in the bank.

Despite having all the beer and desserts I want, (which can be quite a bit at times), I’ve got a resting heart rate of 56 which according to Wikipedia  puts me in the range of an athlete. I know, I know. As life will have it I’ll probably drop dead of a heart attack, but for now, I’ll take it.

This next year will be different, as I’ve moved offices downtown cutting 30% off my ride. Unfortunately, I lost the best 30% of it, through Stanley Park.

Lions Gate cyclingI’ve learned a few things this year, including:

– @Schwalbe_NA tires are kick-ass. Mine have performed flawlessly for over 10,000km so far and looking good.

– getting out the door is the hardest part. I’ve never once been on the bike, and wished I wasn’t.

– there are just as many courteous, aware drivers out there as there are stupid blind ones. But they don’t stand out as much as the idiots do.

– when in doubt, take the lane.

We must continue to make it easier for people to get on a bike instead of getting in a car. Bike racks, dedicated lanes, tax incentives, road laws, you name it. It might cause short term pains, but in the long run, it’s the only way to go in the city.

Bike traffic lights_0

Keep laughing Vancouver

Had a moment of sadness on my ride to work today, as the rumored sale and removal of the laughing men sculpture looked to be happening.

But, after closer inspection they were only improving their foundations for a permanent stay. It seems Vancouver entrepreneur Chip Wilson bought them, and gave them to our city.

Nice move, Chip.



Circus runaway

Last time we took our daughter to Cirque she was an embryo. She’s getting more out of it this time.