Friday, August 29, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Three is often cited as a magic number. In this case, we've got:
- Bike Ridin',
- Art Makin', and
- Livin' with MS.
That last item may seem off topic, but it's not so much. I used to shy away from charity rides, but no more. Back when I was racing, I got annoyed when people said, "I'm doing a bike race next month..." Charity rides, event rides, whatever you call them, they're not races. I was never a very good racer, so I had to be a little snooty to maintain credibility.
Then, being hyped up on sustainable transportation, I thought it was silly to drive to ride. I still think it's fairly silly to drive to ride, but I view the riding component of charity events as somewhat incidental. These events are primarily about building awareness and community, empowering people and raising money. Bikes are just vehicles, literally, and in this case figuratively too.
Now, I'm practicing RUTHLESS PRAGMATISM, and here's what I've got:
- I need to get in shape, mentally and physically,
- I have a hard time creating structure for myself,
- Riding bikes makes me happier and healthier,
- I like art, but don't have lots of money to throw around, and
- My aunt, mother, and cousin all have multiple sclerosis (MS).
So I've signed up to ride the Bike MS City to Shore Ride, in September 2008. This will:
- Provide some structure, helping me get into mental and physical shape,
- Raise some money for the National MS Society, I set a goal of $1000,
- and allow me I've joined a team called Screens 'N' Spokes, which is associated with neat project of the same name that is leveraging the cause to create some great artwork, or leveraging some great artwork to raise funds for the cause, whichever way you want to dig it, and supporting a growing community of low-key printmakers. Check it out here: