Following My Folly

In 2011, I donated my car and pledged not drive for ONE YEAR while helping my community and inspiring others to drive less and bike more, with nothing less than a Colorado-built, styled to the max, commuting marvel.

From 2013 and beyond, I discuss bikes, bedlam, beer and beautiful adventures- plus the occasional rant.

I'm the New Belgium Brewing Company's 2011 Tour de Fat "Car for Bike" trader in San Diego, CA.


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An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that deed must be done instead of prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated.

Madalyn Murray O’Hair (via atheismfuckyeah)

I’ve always felt that my atheism actually pushes me to be a better person, because I’m not caught up in that fact that I am special or holy or better than others who don’t share my beliefs. No god is going to come save me or the world; it’s up to me to make the world a better place for others. I need to save people and help them because no higher power is going to swoop in and magically correct the world’s wrongs. I’m not doing things to win the approval of a cruel god, but because I care about humanity.

That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of religious people out their doing good work. But I suspect that many of them are doing things because they know that it’s up to us to change things and that no higher power is going to get rid of poverty, racism, disease, etc. (via curiousaleta)

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Car for Bike Trade — what? Me?!

As September strolls in, I am reminded of a few glorious things:

  1. It may finally start cooling down as we saunter into fall. (HA.  I’ll believe that when it happens! Yay, Humidity! :-p)
  2. It’s my birthday month and I have to make my life celebrations much more concerted, more frequent, more daring, more challenging, more fun!
  3. Only a few more weeks until TOUR de FAT (12, as of today, in fact)
  4. Only a few more weeks until the 3rd anniversary of my resolve to bike more, drive less commitment
  5. I need to encourage another San Diegan - or anyone - to bike more and drive less, and New Belgium Brewing has just the thing to sweeten the deal!

I want to provide you all with a few keys to hopefully do for you what they’ve done for me in terms of quality of life improvement, and perhaps you’ll follow my footsteps and take a plunge.

It’s not for the faint of heart; change is outside the comfort zone, learning curves can take time.

I recently stumbled on this blog which really mirrors what I encountered in my first year of solely commuting by bike and alternate transportation (public/carpools):  http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2014/08/20/the-buy-nothing-year-how-two-roommates-saved-more-than-55000/

It takes a lot of courage…and maybe a flying leap of faith (in yourself, in life…)

You learn about your town & how to get around;  Your ‘boundaries:’ Your budget; What you’re made of.

You’re capable of more than you give yourself credit.

Here in SoCal, our towns were built on the sprawl, and by design, we seem to be umbilically-connected to the automobile.  Sometimes, people treat you strangely if you suggest you’re going to walk or bike somewhere - “Oh my god, I don’t think I could ever walk that far." ~Said by someone who heard I was walking the 1.2 miles from home to the store (no hills by the way. All flat sidewalks!).

The Buy-Nothing Year Blog had this powerful quote:  "I believe in consciousness or choice. It’s easy to get swept up in lifestyle expectations —or social obligations."  Once you choose to simplify your life in such ways, you begin to see the hectic pace your life once was with “ALL” the “social conveniences”.  Literally, things that were designed to make things less complex only compounded a busy schedule, plus, you had to pay extra for its upkeep, insurance, etc.; amounts you can see through the Buy-Nothing’s tally of projected savings.  (what would you do with that extra $300/month you normally spend on gas??)

You find that you become better at time management - you learn to budget time and get money in the process, and learn to say “no” to things that really can’t be fit into your paniers or your calendar. You skills of navigating your city or discovering hidden gems gets a +10; and you start to feel more fit as well as relaxed due to all that stress-busting biking you’re doing!  ~And those with lifestyle expectations snubbing your bike choice?  You’ll find they will come to think it’s cool because now they know someone who is actually doing it, and, maybe even ride with you sometimes!

(or they’ll continue to complain about not having time to workout, being stuck in traffic, not having money… yadda yadda…..)

Moreover, you learn by your own example that YOU can POWER your LIFE and need not rely on any contraptions to have a happier, healthier life.  *they don’t call cars “cagers” for nothin’ y’know. :-)

For information on how you can be this year’s car-for-bike trader, visit this link or ask me:  http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/cartrader.aspx :-)

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Morning Views From the Tent, inspirational travel series

Created by photographer Oleg Grigoryev

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thedailyhiit-lisamarie:

This guy had a piano on his bike & just set up and started playing in the middle of #Toronto @bodyrocktv_lisamarie

newbelgium - Canadian Carnie with his show on the road? 👍👏🎹🎶
Reblogged from kushandwizdom
So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie (via kushandwizdom)

(via wiederhimmel)

Gang, this is what it’s all about.  Life /  love / community / giving back

You’ve heard me talking about newbelgium #TourdeFat and trading your car for a bike but really, by biking more and driving less, you become more involved and connected into the fabric of your community.

You’ll find fun, adventure, and probably yourself, just as Tyrone Stephenson, Jr., did in this short video.  It’s a beautiful thing!

And, newbelgium, if you’re reading this, I propose that our NPOs pitch in to fly Mr. Stephenson and some of his kids out to our parade, give him an award and talk about his group’s accomplishments, and show others what paying it forward is all about.  I will propose a donation at our next @SanDiegoMountainBikingAssociation meeting and talk to @SanDiegoCountyBicycleCoalition- and maybe have Senator Craft invite him to speak at the 2015 NBB NPO Bike summit!!!

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Reblogged from kingjaffejoffer
collababortion:

shimmerandfadeaway:

nodamncatnodamncradle:

burningbrooklynbridges:

grown. ass. men.
you scared she gonna strike out yr precious baby boy? OH TOO LATE.

they were doing a special on her on one of the news channels at the gym. i didnt have the headphones so i couldnt hear the story, but one of the photos they showed was of a little girl in the crowd holding up a sign that said “I want to throw like a girl.” For every pathetic, insecure grown man who is threatened by this amazingly talented girl, hopefully there is another little girl who is inspired. But that she has to put up wit this kind of abuse even though she is OBJECTIVELY the best pitcher in the league right now and can throw a ball SEVENTY MILES PER HOUR is absolutely uncalled for. She is truly phenomenal, and those dads can all go eat shit and live

Go on with your bad self

I love that, in a brief interview I got to see, she stated that her main goal was to have more girls play ball so that “we could maybe get our own locker room.” Like, that’s all she wanted, and then she went back to talking about how winning is a TEAM effort and that the reporter should interview the rest of the team, too.I LOVE THIS ONE.

collababortion:

shimmerandfadeaway:

nodamncatnodamncradle:

burningbrooklynbridges:

grown. ass. men.

you scared she gonna strike out yr precious baby boy? OH TOO LATE.

they were doing a special on her on one of the news channels at the gym. i didnt have the headphones so i couldnt hear the story, but one of the photos they showed was of a little girl in the crowd holding up a sign that said “I want to throw like a girl.” For every pathetic, insecure grown man who is threatened by this amazingly talented girl, hopefully there is another little girl who is inspired. But that she has to put up wit this kind of abuse even though she is OBJECTIVELY the best pitcher in the league right now and can throw a ball SEVENTY MILES PER HOUR is absolutely uncalled for. She is truly phenomenal, and those dads can all go eat shit and live

Go on with your bad self

I love that, in a brief interview I got to see, she stated that her main goal was to have more girls play ball so that “we could maybe get our own locker room.” Like, that’s all she wanted, and then she went back to talking about how winning is a TEAM effort and that the reporter should interview the rest of the team, too.
I LOVE THIS ONE.

(Source: kingjaffejoffer, via wilwheaton)