By land, by sea, by air.
As with most guys, I'm into cars, motorcycles, bikes, roller
blades, scooters, pretty much anything with wheels.
I've also been rock climbing, ocean kayaking, white
water kayaking, hiking (that's not really mountain climbing) as technically
I've never had to put crampons on my boots.
I suppose for the summer, I've got on my list jet-skiing,
motor boating, dirt-biking, and mountain biking. Although knowing my
habits, the mountain biking will be in the same section of single track
I have been tackling for years. As I think it's more a fact that my lungs
don't hold out rather than not having the skills.
I've seen the changes in mountain bikes, they've
figured out the front suspension to the point where it's standard issue,
even on the cheap wal mart specials. Although they've still got weight
issues with rear suspension, it's getting to the point where it's pretty
seamless. I've owned steel, aluminum and carbon fiber bikes (but no
titanium). Cantilever breaks, begat V-Brakes, which are migrating into
I gave up my motorcycle this year (it needs a battery,
a voltage regulator, and a turn signal) and instead invested in another
bicycle, the type you pedal. I hadn't though of it but it did fit into
my goals this year, and the running wasn't working as well as I would
have thought. At one time in my younger years I actually did ride quite
a bit. But I like to think that it lasted longer than it actually did.
So no I ride to work, when the weather is nice. Thank goodness there's
a shower there.
Plus the usual swimming and biking, skiing. Oh I
snow board too. Not too well, but I've done it and I won't fall flat
on my face.
But I'm not going to fall flat on my face, well I still might, but
that's another story.
I've done some nutty things, like cross country skied
to work when I was working in at a previous job. Hey, I only lived a
10 minute walk from work, and it seemed like something different, unfortunately
all the snow melted by the time to go home, so I was schlepping the skis
In my younger years, I had some mountain bike tires
where I drilled over a hundred 3/8" pan head sheet metal screws,
(facing out) so I could go mountain biking across a frozen lake.
That was fun, but there are so few days when the conditions merit
And I must be getting older, as more often than not I'm not too inclined
to do anymore. But every so often when the conditions are just about
right, usually right after a blizzard, the temptation to go out and
There's a skateboard under the desk in my office,
and yes I've practiced skateboarding in the office.
The point of pride for me happens to be the time
I put my roller blades on, to get to the connecting gate at London
Airport. The sign said it was a 25 minute walk to the gate, so I zipped
along past the security then proceeded to grab hold of one of the electric
golf-cart looking contraptions going in my direction, much to the bemusement
of the passengers being shuttled around in the car, and all the pedestrians
walking by. The driver didn't seem to care, let alone acknowledge what
I was doing.
I sail, it's postmodern, modern and traditional.
It's an anachronism, a motorboat is faster, more reliable, more spacious.
And for the same peformance probably less expensive as well.
Yet there's an incredible amount of high technology, not to mention money (look
at our friends Larry and Craig) which can be consumed in pursuit of sailing
There's a love for it, something that people don't
really see in motor boating. And what originally drew men to the ocean
is slowly ending. The ocean is for primarily for cargo only to be replaced
by air travel.
I don't really sail, I've never been on a real voyage
on a boat. I sail by sight, and by instinct. I have trouble holding
a course. I tend to capsize boats. I can't read a nautical chart. I
couldn't pick out markers, for goodness sake
a nun and
When it comes to travel efficiency, there's no comparison. If you need
to get somewhere fast, or in some cases, just need to get somewhere,
being cost prohibitive, or it being inordinately complex. You've got
to fly. Without air travel we'd still spend weeks in small boats trekking
oceans. While cargo is still transported across oceans, most people travel
rarely by ship, it's a luxury, or recreation mostly.
Indeed flying makes our world smaller, talk to anyone
who's migrated to the United States. While my ancestors arrived to America
on boats. Nowadays very few immigrants here come by boat, most come by
air. To poll my friends here, most of them have at one time in their
life flown on an airplane.
I'm a frequent flyer, what more can I say. Flying
is part of my job, and I suppose it's seeped into my character. Although
I wouldn't describe myself as much of a road warrior, able to live out
of suitcases for months at a time.
Although flying across the country is still quite
a trip, it's not something that could be considered a grand adventure.
often forget how routine air travel has become to me.