Thursday, December 30, 2010

Vacation again

I took a four day weekend last week and then I had to head back to work to finish up some year end stuff. This morning is the first morning of a five day weekend. No complaints, no big plans for trips. Just me time and family time. Might check out a movie. Might go bowling. Who knows? I want to finish this year and start next year on a relaxed note. I am hoping it can carry over.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Went for another ride

I love creativity in blog post titles. Went for ride and went for another ride as the titles in consecutive posts. Smokin'.

It was cold and snowy this weekend in Buffalo Hollow. Brrrr. It might have made more sense to stay warm by the woodstove, but I felt the need for a ride. The fact that I received my ebayed Clarence bar made the need even higher. So, I gave in. All-in-all, I spent about 2 hours rolling around on the logging roads in my neighborhood and not actually going very far. Still, much fun was had and I took a few pictures with my lousy cell phone camera.

I really like the Clarence. It did not take me anytime to get used to it. It felt comfortable right away. I highly recommend it.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Went for a ride

I went on my first mountain bike ride in a long time on Saturday. Absolutely nothing epic about it. Not very long. Not very fast. Not very technical. In short, it was exactly what I needed to dust off the cobwebs from my mind. I ain't 20 anymore. Heck, I ain't even 40 anymore. I don't think I would have been up for anything epic on my trusty, rigid old bike. None the less, it was a great time and I could really feel it in my upper body in a way that I don't when riding on the road.

I plan to add a Soma Clarence bar as soon as it arrives in the mail. Woot!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Underachieving and loving it.

Been feeling less than motivated lately. I know the drill and should have figured that I was getting sick. I have missed the last two days of work, mostly (been checking email and a couple of calls here and there). Of course, it could be that I was feeling less than motivated and that is why I got sick.

Been thinking about ambition as well. I don't think I have any, or at the very least, not much. Somehow though, I keep falling up at work. Not sure how that happens. I mean, I think I am good at my job. I don't think I am perceived as a "boss's pet" that gets by with ass kissing. Now I have more responsibility than I care for. What a drag.

A friend recently gave me a copy of the Underachiver's Manifesto-The Guide to Accomplishing Little and Feeling Great. I must say it is timely. It really lays out a path to happiness through underachieving. My favorite piece of advice is that if no one in your life thinks you're failing to live up to your full potential, then you've got work to do. I don't know nor do I care (not in a mean way, but in a whatever works for you way) if this makes sense to you. It does to me.

I like to think about it in a mechanical way. Look at a top fuel dragster or a Nascar or any racing vehicle. It is designed to operate in a top state of tune. It is designed to squeeze out every bit of horsepower possible in a given displacement. Great! But, the cost is great. It has to be rebuilt after every race. On the other hand, my little Ford Focus did not even need new sparkplugs for 100,000 miles. Sure, it is not going to win any race. But, at the end of the day, it is still functioning.

Well, hello there

Haven't seen you around these parts in a long time.

Been busy. Now I have all these damn cobwebs to take care of.