I bike because I love the intimacy of it. You experience the world with all your senses while riding, and at a pace that allows you to take it in. I have never finished a ride and felt I wish I hadn't done that. It's always rewarding. How many things are like that?
I commute to work everyday via bike (28 miles RT). I started it just to see if I could and to save money. Now I look forward to it, and really miss it if i have to drive. I also love my big gas hogging pickup truck. Much of my life and the good I do with it would be imposable without it. You don't have to hate one thing in order to love another. Remember that girls.
As a conservative, I love the earth because it's an amazing wonder and I don't care if it makes me hip or not. Do what you can to help keep it sweet, but remember that anger is a pollutant and it smells bad.
Remember, when you drive you probably do some stupid things too, don't let anger ruin your short time here. It's all good, and when it ain't, it still is, you just aren't paying attention. If you allow drivers to piss you off, you are only killing your own buzz. Why do that? I ride through LA everyday and it seems they are all trying to kill me. I just laugh it off. I will not let my time be wasted with anger.
I'm not saying all this in response to anyone here, but just to remind myself and anyone reading that perspective will set you free.
I wanna see smiles on those faces. Now get out there and pump. Are you still sittin' there?
This message was edited by bagoh20 on 10-20-08 @ 3:41 PM