Random Thoughts

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Day’?s Verse:
This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!
James 3:7-10
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People wearing those Bluetooth phone attachments in their ears look like cyborgs.

Tennis balls continue to appear on roadsides along my route. I continue to collect them. Continue Reading >>

More Riding. Blah.

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Day’?s Verse:
Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.
Matthew 7:12
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My route today involved 1,069 feet of elevation gain over about 3 miles. That was not fun. Then after about 10 miles, I lost 1,500 feet of elevation over about 4 miles. That was fun. I found nothing interesting, saw nothing new or fascinating. The rain, however, held off and heavy clouds kept the temperature cooler, which I appreciated. Not a bad ride, but nothing dazzling either. I am tired. I did get to use my super-bright front and rear lights, though, which is always nice. Continue Reading >>

Ian’?s Bike Choice

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Day’?s Verse:
You’?re blessed when you’?re content with just who you are — no more, no less. That’?s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
Matthew 4:5
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As you may remember, while ago, somebody stole Ian’s old bike from in front of our apartment. This loss disappointed us more because we had intended to donate it to Bikes Not Bombs, not so much because Ian loved and used the bike often. The bike itself was far too small for Ian, who had owned it since he was a young teenager. When we went to the Cape in October for our biking weekend, we rented a right-sized bike so Ian wouldn’?t suffer too much. Continue Reading >>

Road Treasures

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Day’?s Verse:
Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
Proverbs 11:28
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Ian hates it when I pick up junk off the road. He thinks it’?s gross, even though he has benefited from it — I found what has become his favorite scarf abandoned in a parking lot. I admit that sometimes picking up old car hubcaps and shiny things from the ground may not provide me with many keeper items.

However, in the last five days, I’ve found all sorts of interesting, useful things on the side of the road: Continue Reading >>

Why I Hate iPods

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Day’s Verse:
All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.
Acts 2:44-45
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Everybody loves mp3 players, the iPod most of all: So (relatively) cheap, so handy, so portable in a way CD players, with their requisite huge books of CDs, never could achieve. Have 5,000 songs, plus videos, photos, and goodness-knows-what-next at your fingertips, in the most cleverly designed piece of electronics engineering to emerge in the last 25 years*. I own one. I can appreciate its genius. What’s not to like? Continue Reading >>

A Hypothesis

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Day’s Verse:
My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit.
Galatians 5:16
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Hypothesis:

When people go outside to exercise, a woman is more likely to walk, and choose to go with a friend. A man, on the other hand, is more likely to go running by himself — or, alternatively, join a woman in a walk.

An exception for men: Taking a dog out for a walk. Men often seem to walk dogs alone, while women with dogs may appear alone or with a companion.

I have no empirical evidence to back this hypothesis up, but my informal observations of pedestrians this spring seem to support it. I will start watching more carefully in the future. Have you noticed anything that might support or refute my hypothesis? Continue Reading >>

More Training Rides

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Day’?s Verse:
Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.
Galatians 5:1
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Saturday I got a ton done. Between 7:30 and 10:00 I made banana bread and a huge breakfast for myself (two eggs, four pieces of bacon, two pieces of toast, and a big glass of OJ), washed all the dishes, cleaned the kitchen, folded the laundry, cleaned the bathroom sink and toilet, picked up the house, and made the bed. Then at 10:00 Ian and I went to Worcester, where after some travail we met up with my long-lost pal Amanda Pollack. The three of us then zipped off to play a couple games of bowling (why should two games of bowling for 3 people cost $30? I ask you.) followed by ice cream at Ulhman’?s. I had black raspberry chip, which was quite tasty, and in keeping with my plan to try their flavors alphabetically so as not to be paralyzed by choice. Then Ian dropped me off at home, where I ate a most of a Everything Sandwich while he dropped Amanda off. By 2:00 I had set off for my first 50-mile ride of the weekend. Continue Reading >>