Train the Trainer #1: Canceled

Day’s Verse:
The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words.
Proverbs 10:19

After all the preparation and buildup, the class I was supposed to teach — officially called the Train the Trainer for the Safe Routes to School Bicycle & Pedestrian Skills Education program — got called off due to inclement weather. It was a double-whammy: Lots of snow falling and expected to fall in Snoqualmie Pass, and snow/rain, near-freezing temperatures, and high winds expected in Mattawa for the foreseeable future. (Which isn’t very far, when it comes to weather.) Continue Reading >>

A Poem, and Hope

Day’s Verse:
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

Famous,” by Naomi Shihab Nye

The river is famous to the fish.

The loud voice is famous to silence,
which knew it would inherit the earth
before anybody said so.

The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds
watching him from the birdhouse.

The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek.

The idea you carry close to your bosom
is famous to your bosom.

The boot is famous to the earth,
more famous than the dress shoe,
which is famous only to floors. Continue Reading >>

How I Spent My Afternoon

Day’s Verse:
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
Matthew 8:26 (context)

Playing with crayons! Specifically, black and yellow crayons to make a practice intersection for the class next week.

Practice Intersection

Partway through I had an epiphany: If I don’t indicate which way the lanes are going, I dramatically increase the number of scenarios we can play out. At the same time I realized that we could use post-it notes to flexibly indicate lane type. We’ll use really cool working miniature bikes and try out different scenarios of where you should position a bicycle in the lane, where you should start moving over, where you should scan, and so forth depending on where you want to go through the intersection. I prefer hands-on playing over lecturing when I teach. Continue Reading >>

Numbers I’ve Never Seen Before

Day’s Verse:
Live wisely and wisdom will permeate your life;
mock life and life will mock you.

Proverbs 9:12

…at least not when I’m standing on a bathroom scale. Here’s me on the scale in regular clothes before the backpack:
112 lbs

Here’s what Ian described as “heavy reading,” my backpacking backpack crammed full of 85 Traffic Skills 101 student manuals to deliver to the Bicycle Alliance:
Heavy reading

And here’s me on the scale wearing the backpack:

Gosh, I’ve never been anywhere near 150 lbs before! Ian was right, this is heavy reading! A little quick math indicated I was carrying just under 40% of my weight in that backpack. I mentally patted myself on the back at my clever solution for how to get 40 lbs of books to BAW without driving downtown. A backpacking backpack, I reasoned, is designed to carry heavy loads. Granted, this wasn’t food, water, clothes, tents, sleeping bags, etc., but what does the bag care? Continue Reading >>

What I Wanted to Say

Day’s Verse:
Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you; collect my counsels and guard them with your life.
Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom;
set your heart on a life of Understanding.

Proverbs 2:1

Dear Dan Druckhammer, PT, OMT, etc.,

This is what I wanted to tell you today at my physical therapy appointment, but I didn’t have the words. Now I have them. Here’s what I wanted to say.

I feel disappointed with the overall outcome of PT, but it’s not anything about the PT itself, the job you did, your skill or diligence. It’s not like I was hit by a car and have to re-learn how to walk again, and once I can do that, your job is clearly done. Continue Reading >>

My 2011 Presidents Day

Day’s Verse:
“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”
Matthew 7:25 (context)

Bobble

See those big, alarmed-looking eyes? The way they seem to say “I should know what’s going on, but I don’t”? …OK, maybe I’m reading a bit much into this particular bobble-head armadillo(?)’s painted-on eyes, but that’s what they say to me. Then again, that just reflects how I feel every time I give myself a chance to think about what I’ll be doing this time next Monday. Continue Reading >>

Quick Ride Report

Day’s Verse:
“For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Matthew 7:8

What a perfect day for riding. It was sunny, right around 35° or 40° (some frost and a few patches of ice in the shade), and just all-round gorgeous. The mountains were all out and snow-capped. Everybody else in the Seattle area was out, too, it seemed like.

Once again I have to question elevation. The ride leader, Francis Gan, said today’s ride (also posted on MapMyRide) was 3800 to 4000 feet of climbing; when I came home (having had my butt thoroughly kicked by all the hills) and put the route into GPS Visualizer reading the NED data, it said we climbed 5100 feet. Who to trust? Continue Reading >>