Beautiful Washington

Day’s Verse:
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Cor. 4:16-18

I’m going to make a goal of posting a vignette or thought here every day for the next week. Hold me to it, people.

Today: Riding across the I-90 bridge, I reveled in the mountain views. What a beautiful place I have the honor and pleasure of calling home! Yet the view saddened me, too: After a day or two without rain, the smog buildup begins obscuring the mountains. This morning, after a dry week, I could barely make out Mt. Rainier. It looked like a mirage, faint white and blue brush strokes painted onto the blue-brown horizon. The Cascades hid in the hazy distance, and the Olympics shyly showed their faint outline to the west. Continue Reading >>

July is the New April

Day’s Verse:
If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
1 Corinthians 13:3-7

This is a kind of rambly post mostly about bike stuff. A ton of other stuff has been happening, but I’m going to ignore that stuff for now. Here it is.

Since July hit, we’ve had a weather time-warp back three months. Suddenly the temperatures have hardly peeked over the 60°F mark; clouds have rolled in; and the famous Seattle drippy drizzle has watered our lawns into verdancy (if that’s a word) rarely seen after May. Continue Reading >>

Bike to Work Month Results: My Name in the Cascade Courier

Day’s Verse:
“Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. …So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:23-24, 31

Bike to Work Month Mention

Remember how May was Bike to Work Month? Here’s the page from the Cascade Courier listing the results. You can’t see it unless you click and zoom in, but I’m listed in the right-hand column under “Most Overall Miles by a Female Rider on a team.” Continue Reading >>

A Day for Flats

Day’s Verse:
3And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:3-5

This morning as I rode up the hill on 112th NE, I noticed a distinct squishiness in my ride. I ride on 120 psi tires, and when fully inflated — as they were when I left this morning — they feel about as soft as rocks. I would never describe my tires, when functioning correctly, as “squishy.” Continue Reading >>

Open Letter to Honking Motorist

Day’s Verse:
But God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is!
Romans 1:18-19 (context)

Pink Rear FenderTo the man driving the silver Ford Ranger with license plate no. B341437E (or F),

On Monday, you pulled up behind me on S. Dearborn near 5th Ave and honked repeatedly at me as I rode in the driving lane. I waved you back, but you kept tooting your horn at me anyway. When we pulled up next to each other on 4th Ave, you waggled your finger at me in a “naughty, naughty” gesture. I shook my head and indicated I belonged where I was. That spurred you to roll your window down and tell me emphatically — although not rudely, which I appreciate — that I was legally obligated to ride in the bike lane. I politely replied that I was allowed to ride anywhere in the road. We repeated that exchange a couple times, clearly not communicating effectively, and then the light mercifully turned green. Continue Reading >>

Helpful Weather Forecast

Day’s Verse:
The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
Matthew 8:27 (context)

The weather forecast for tonight:

Showers likely. Precipitation may mix with snow in heavier showers. Lows in the 30s. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph…except northwest wind north part.

I love how it says southwest winds, except for the northwest winds. How delightfully quirky! This means that I got a headwind as I rode south on the way in to work, and then I also get a headwind as I ride north on the way home from work. Continue Reading >>

Philosophy Shift

Day’s Verse:
He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
Acts 15:9 (context)

One thing I’ve been working on for my internship lately is working on a bike commuting brochure. After having a number of conversations with people, I decided to make a brochure to encourage transportation bicycling. Not commuting, which nearly everybody agrees means going to and from work, but just “going by bike” when you can. I’m aiming to encourage people to think about their bikes as tools, not just toys; to start asking, “What can biking be for me?” Continue Reading >>