49, Husband, father of 2, teacher of history, Japanese and PE. Love coaching the Whatcom County Composite high school XC mtb team.

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reverend redbullbike's article
Mar 21, 2015 at 14:59
Mar 21, 2015
Video: Downtime with Josh Bryceland
Anti-corporate rant follows. Feel free to skip. @J50005, I hear lots of talk in the US about personal responsibility, and very little about corporate responsibility. It is very convenient to constantly throw out the call for personal responsibility and skate over any notion of corporate responsibility aside from their responsibility to turn a profit for stakeholders. I'm tired of a corporate culture that relieves them from being held to account for their willful misdeeds, e.g. financial institutions too big to fail despite the fact huge banks took wanton risks that put entire countries on the brink of financial collapse, put millions out of work and cost those responsible nothing; or mining companies that make water polluted for miles around and then file for bankruptcy rather than have to pay for the damage they caused. Chain restaurants that manipulate the bliss-point of their menus to bring customers coming back again and again despite the clear indication that what they serve is unhealthy. The list is as monstrous as the crimes for which they are not 'responsible', and since they live longer than we humans, and have no personal liability, they can have legislative agendas that are generations long to help ensure their continued growth and political power. I like the Rampage and Joyride as much as the next person, but have no love for a range of products ( so-called 'energy drinks') that clearly are unhealthy for young people especially, to consume. They're just drug dealers who happen to operate somewhere within the lines of legality. They should pony up and take some responsibility too, not just the individual who engages in an activity they sponsor.
reverend WAKIdesigns's photo
Mar 19, 2015 at 23:35
Mar 19, 2015
Zen is set in the US, and ostensibly follows a father and son on a motorcycle trip from Minnesota to California in the 1950's or early 60's. The physical journey mirrors the philosophic re-awakening of the narrator. Not so much about either Zen or Maintenance, more about philosophy and what may be a tragic split in Greek philosophy that is responsible for much of how we Westerners view the world around us. No way to do the book justice in a post. It is the most unsettling (as in stirring me to question how I see the world) and thought provoking book I've ever read. Honestly, pm me and with your address, and I'll send you a copy. I like it that much. You too WAKI if you're interested. Pirsig lived in Gothenburg (is an Anglicized version of your city of residence?) for some years in the 80's.

reverend WAKIdesigns's photo
Mar 18, 2015 at 21:52
Mar 18, 2015
Ah perspective. (fortunate to be a father to good children, and a teacher with great students... of course there are those who see many of my students differently) Might be time to re-read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

reverend WAKIdesigns's photo
Mar 18, 2015 at 21:49
Mar 18, 2015
In Japan that wouldn't even draw a second look. My daughters are now 15 and 19, yet those days seem like only yesterday. The years pass like days sometimes, I encourage you to enjoy each one to the best of your ability. Having watched my father die last week (no tragedy, he was old and had dementia so it was truly a release for him) these bookends of life come into even sharper focus, and the silliness of arguments about frame materials and wheel size seem quite blown out of proportion. I do appreciate the sometimes mordant nature of your posts, the humor and insight you present as well. Keep up the good work, both the important work of being a father, the wheelie-ing and putting your ideas into the mix here on Pb.

reverend buspilot's photo
Mar 18, 2015 at 16:26
Mar 18, 2015
Definitely cutting edge technology here.

reverend mikekazimer's article
Mar 17, 2015 at 15:26
Mar 17, 2015
Interview: Chris Chance - Fat Chance Bicycles
Bought a Wicked Fat Chance in Boston in 1987. Custom ordered with a non-descript paint job since I was in the army and would be traveling to Korea with it. That bike served me well for many years. Truly helped develop my love of the sport. Welcome back, Chris. Good to see you back building the machines that bring dreams to life.
reverend thenomadsmtb's article
Mar 13, 2015 at 23:08
Mar 13, 2015
Video: No Pisco No Disco - The Andes Pacifico Enduro
These puns are stretching me beyond my enduroance.
reverend buspilot's video
Mar 4, 2015 at 13:40
Mar 4, 2015
Methinks I see a little of Shaum's technique reflected in the way those boys jump now.

reverend WAKIdesigns's video
Mar 2, 2015 at 14:06
Mar 2, 2015
Bikes are cool, and so is learning new skills! Enjoy the ride.

reverend fullface-productions's article
Feb 24, 2015 at 7:55
Feb 24, 2015
Video: Slavik and Polc Prepare for CDWT
I hate dust. Makes me think of summer... longer days... warmer temps... holidays... whoa, sorry just got a bit nostalgic for a moment.
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