Archive for October 2011

To Blog Or Not To Blog, That Is The Question

Hello?  Tap, tap, tap, tap.  Is this thing on? While not quite as unnerving as being the only person speaking during a conference call, writing a semi-regular blog brings out a lot of the same insecurities.  After awhile, you become painfully aware of your own voice droning on and on with nothing but dead silence... Read more »

Sometimes You're The Windshield, Sometimes You're The Bug

Sometimes You're The Windshield, Sometimes You're The Bug
Most people would agree that it is far better to be the windshield than the bug.  Not cyclists.  Not in late October, anyway. There’s nothing quite like a crisp autumn day.  The sun warms, but doesn’t bake you.  There is a certain smell in the air.  The landscape is changing before your eyes.  Invigorated, you... Read more »

Carbon Fiber Bikes: There Is An Alternative

Carbon Fiber Bikes: There Is An Alternative
Many cycling enthusiasts believe that fall is the best time to run out and buy a new bike. Retailers, as the theory goes, are more desperate to sell leftover inventory to make room for next year’s models and generate much needed cash to weather the upcoming winter.  It’s all just a matter of surgical shopping.... Read more »
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A Remake Of Footloose, Really?

A Remake Of Footloose, Really?
Some stories are timeless and need to be retold to every generation. Huckleberry Finn.  The Jungle.  The Grapes of Wrath.  To Kill A Mockingbird.  Each of these high school lit class favorites offers more than a snapshot of society during tumultuous times.  Each is an insight into inequity, intolerance, inequality, injustice, and intransigent social mores.... Read more »

This Weekend, Occupy Nature

This Weekend, Occupy Nature
Change is coming. You can see it on the horizon.  You can hear it in the wind.  You can smell it in the air.  You can feel it on your skin. The warm temperatures of the last week or so were but a tease – a momentary distraction.  Unseasonably warm days lulled us into denial... Read more »

Marginalize The Messenger And Mute The Message

Marginalize The Messenger And Mute The Message
Whatever happened to “don’t shoot the messenger”? What is it about a group of people protesting that gets us so agitated?  Do we simply not want to be reminded of the problem they are focusing attention on?  Or do we cynically believe that there has to be a secret motive behind their movement? Rather than... Read more »
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My Real Life Fright On Munger Road

My Real Life Fright On Munger Road
When my daughter told me a movie about Munger Road was being released this weekend, I pulled her close to me and wept.  Finally, the truth would come out. There wasn’t a member in our household that hadn’t been frightened along that two-mile stretch of potholed pavement at sometime or another during our twenty five... Read more »

Cyclists; Are We Elitists Or Terrorists?

As George Clooney’s character said in the movie Up In The Air, “I’m like my mother.  I stereotype.  It’s faster.” The truth in that simple statement made me laugh.  Who among us hasn’t cringed when a family member summarized an entire group of people with an inappropriate epithet?  Rarely do we call them out on... Read more »

Critical Miss; How One Blogger Got It Wrong

I hate to see anyone pour gas on a fire. When that “anyone” happens to be a fellow Chicago Now blogger and a self-proclaimed urban cycling expert, well, that really burns me up! When I read the headline “A Critical Mass… uh, mess” on the front page of the Chicago Tribune’s Perspective section today (Sunday,... Read more »
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