Lack of Creativity

Blogging is an interesting deal. Sometimes I’m inspired and have lots too say, but in the last few days my energy has been too low. M, work, riding, and assorted errands get priority over this. I do end up feeling bad about neglect; I write here for myself foremost, and secondly to give back to all of you. It enhances my day to read Dave’s, Chris’, Jill’s, and Eric’s musings, be they bike related or something else entierly. However, we’re all interesting because we have robust lives outside the net, and time has to be devoted to living. Like this weekend.

Right now my focus is keeping my ducks in a row so I can fully enjoy riding. I’m getting old, and that combined with a more delicate constitution brought on by exercise (not eating right really gets me down these days) means that things like driving M down to the airport last night and getting back at 10 really mess me up. So, I’ll go ride easy a bit in Sedona after work, and then sleep. Lots.

So, I work for balance. M made in to Atlanta fine, and I’ll get her call later today when she gets her new car. I imagine that the disturbance in my sleep is due in large part to unspecified concern over her well being. Breaking down in a 30 year old car in the middle of Oklahoma, even with the AAA she purchased, is cause for worry. Actual bad things are unlikely to occur, but I still worry. Another part of getting old, also know as becoming an adult. Not so articulate on this one, ergo the dreams.

Work is also doing so. There’s the usual stuff that come with my line of work, more than enough to occupy the unconscious on a good day. In addition, the simple fact that I worry about my students. Soon a few of them are headed out into the wide, dangerous world, and I want them to do well. Our criminal justice system is such an intractible problem: no matter what we do for children, sending them alone into the wilderness (where they cultivated bad habits and criminality) ensures that some will fail. Simple math. I have to want to save them enough to care, but not care too much. In the last months I’ve definitely taken my game to a higher level, and am now redefining the balance. And it’s hard.

On a lighter note, the above is a page from the Rivendell Reader. I’ve wanted a Pugsley since I learned of their existence, and seriously thought about building one last fall. The Karate Monkey ended up being a more versatile choice, but the siren song of snow and sand riding still sounds.

One could do some very cool “wash tours” around the southwest, riding dry washes point-to-point. They’re natural highways, and a non-impactful way of riding off-trail.

I also like the huge tires and drop bars look, I’ll certainly put drops on mine, eventually.


  1. We appreciate your blogging too and yours is always one on my short list to check for updates. But there are times other things take priority and everyone understands. Certainly March 07 is much less blogging than March 06 for me.See you this weekend and we can BS about the Pugs on technically blissful riding. I think I’ll have the single out on Saturday morning for the preride.

  2. Dave Back at yeah!I lust after a pugs as well….Hadn’t thought about exploring washes with the pugs. Used to ride quads and dirt bikes in the washes of CA growing up fun to see that part of the world

  3. I want to figure out how to set up a Pugs with a spare set of regular 29″er wheels.I know it can be done, just not the details. Then you could have essentially a Monkey part of the time, and a Pugsley for the rest.Not sure if the Pugs has horizontal drops or not?Love the blog BTW.305 tomorrow afternoon??

  4. Pugs is a dream boat. But why is that? There are other fat bikes out there. But that crazy purple frame is the one that calls me.Couldn’t afford it six months ago, probably can’t six months from now. But I’ll continue to dream.

  5. Pugs has horz drops, same as the monkey.You could put 29er wheels on one, but you’d have to build a set of offset-dished wheels, or get the new 100mm spacer Pug fork when it comes out and put a conventional wheel on the front.The pug geo is rather different, I wonder how it would ride?Eric, I’ve got too many errands tomorrow or I would absolutely take you up on it.

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