Monday, September 22, 2008

Dining With Strangers

We went walking Sunday. It was windy but quite nice. It’s fun being in a part this time of year seeing the people struggle with how to dress - sweaters, jackets, 83 degrees and sunny.

Saturday The Wife declared she’d really like to drag The Boy 6 around the MUP in the daylight since last time it was a bit on the dark side. So the four of us did; those 20 miles put me at 169.9 miles for the week. Can I take the miles in excess of 150, apply it to last week and declare I made my goal last week?

This week I put 25 miles on my car when The Boy 11 and I visited the orthodontist. Ahh…my orthodontist experience. One of the reasons it’s amazing my parents survived me. I was this close (picture me holding my thumb and index finger closely together) to getting The Boy 11 out of school early enough to ride the tandem but couldn’t quite justify a lesson in transportation over a lesson in math.

We saw signs of fall.

I like to play with the idea of time travel – but not in the traditional sense. I like to imagine that time travel is already here in the form of our current motorized transportation. I can never get my thoughts together enough to make a complete post but check this quote out that I saw on the It’s Just A Ride Blog – When You Treat People Like Idiots, They’ll Behave Like Idiots:
“Monderman was interested in this notion that the car changed time and space…The implications are clear to any modern driver. Commute times are precisely that—times—with distance obliterated, as if we were driving across the face of a clock. Cities have essentially expanded in size to the extent that new transportation means have arisen to keep commuting times more or less stable. Pedestrians, on the other hand, who possess a more intimate knowledge of the geography they are traversing (and must provide the actual power to do so), tend to think in terms of distance.”
We also saw signs of the fall. I’m guessing this is some of the damage from Friday night’s storm. Didn’t know it stormed? I think it was a Category 3 Adolescent.

I understand there’s a certain segment of the population that believes the planet’s not worth saving because it’s going to burn up in the end anyway. I understand that a certain segment of that population believes this because they read in a book once that
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar: the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.”
The MinusCar Project hit the road this week when I had lunch with a guy that could name the exact place in that book of this verse. He mentioned that he’s been starting to entertain the idea that instead of the fire destroying the planet the fire cleanses it.

Seems to me that sort of thinking might cause millions of people to believe the planet has unsurpassable worth. Wouldn’t that be uhh…dare I say – cool?

I think it's also safe to say he'd never before had lunch in a nice resturant with a sweaty guy wearing a helmet.


Anonymous said...

My truck driving buddy and I had a conversation about how so many people will tell you the next town is only 30 minutes away, or the turn you're looking for is only about 10 minutes. I still think in terms of miles, always have. In fact, as I was looking at a map of SF to pick the quickest/safest route to the Carnegie Town Hall for tomorrow I figured the miles first (about 3) and then the time (probably 35 minutes or more, don't know)
I am not a commuter yet, and not living in the big city, I need to consult maps and then figure time when I have an appointment to be somewhere, on bike rides other than for appointments, I just figure the time I need to be back to where I started and ride until I'm halfway there.

Snakebite said...

It is socially acceptable to remove your helmet whilst thou eats.

mytzpyk said...

But it's an awful pretty helmet - just got it after ruining the other one.

Singletrack Mind said...

Dude, you really need an Xtracycle. I'm sure Chad can hook it up.

Tom said...

its too bad those that read that old book don't read the beginning, were the earth was described as good and people were meant to be stewards (rather than users/consumers). yep, too bad.

Singletrack Mind said...

Tom. Thanks for making that point. It drives me nuts when people try to make a case that sustainability is somehow antithetical to religious beliefs in this country. Somehow the concept that the earth may physically end means it has no value?