Author Topic: 10


« on: July 10, 2019 »
I was going to call this '10 Posts to Read Before You Die', taking my cue from the cottage industry of books making bold claims on whatever time you have left, but that seems impertinent. '10 Best Posts' might prove devastating as, having sampled the first, perhaps to find it wanting, you make the executive decision to skip the rest. So let's just stick with '10', shall we? A carefully curated selection of what I hope you won't miss while you're here (or there, which if you look at the URL, is also here).

You're still here, right?

A Freewheeling Manifesto
Freewheeling... requires a continuous series of decisions to do something rather than nothing, else progress eventually ceases. Not only is it very philosophical, it's far more zen than fixed could ever hope to be.

"Aga Räyburn, Metropolitan Police Service," said his observer by way of introduction. From her cool mien, Martin doubted that she got waylaid by many tourists. She continued: "As the victim lies precisely on the border of the jurisdictions of north of the river and south of the river, we will be working together on this."

The Joy of Cycling
Of course it's not all about the bike, though a cyclist without wheels is, plainly, a pedestrian. We ride bikes because that's the way we roll, in perpetual pursuit of that place where DIY intersects with the sublime and finding it often enough to make it worth the thorns in our path. Quite simply, moving helps us feel the earth move.

Ride Approval Form
To further domestic tranquility.

The Parable of the Hill
At the top there sat a very old man. He looked at me and asked "Why do you come?" I said, "I have come to understand hills." He said, "Only after ten years can you begin to understand hills."

The Tour isn't the grueling weeks-long event that it is back home. it's a one solar day special, pedal-till-you-drop affair. Bicycles are much more popular in the universe than is commonly supposed by gravity-bound transportation experts; almost all intelligent extraterrestrials are besotted by them and ride often for pleasure. Even the Martians - oh yes, they exist - are velo addicts, commuting across the busy asteroid belt even while bitching about the traffic. The purpose of the race is to channel the aggression of the more competitive species, as well as cull the slowpokes.

The Bike 4 U
I am confident within an acceptable margin of error that certain personalities are attracted to certain bicycles.

Iowa: No Man's Land
• Travel in packs.
• Bear arms aggressively.
• Huddle for warmth.
• Leave the weakest behind; not only will they slow you down, they will attract hunters eager for further attacks probing your pack's soft underbelly.

My Critical Mass
"No! You can go your own way!" he barked, entirely unaware he was covering Fleetwood Mac. At this he promptly toppled into a small stack of heuristic literature. The bookseller was beside himself; I compensated for his damages from my purse, considering it a savings on the bail I would've unfortunately felt compelled to supply otherwise.

London A-Zzz
We passed a man on all fours painstakingly writing with chalk upon the pavement. Johnson gazed at him intently, his eyes alighting on the bucket filled with coins. Although he said nothing, I knew well that look: an aphorism was brewing.

This is admin, so it doesn't count.