revolution starts now with you

positiveforce (7k image)I guess it was about a month or so ago when we decided it was time to hit REI and get some bikes. We were planning a camping trip up in New England for the fall and thought it would be a good idea to get some good exercise along the way. So we did a bit of research and hit WalMart instead to save some money and looked at some bikes. It was in Germantown. The bowels of the suburbs of DC. If it’s even a suburb. It was a disaster there in the bike department so we decided not to fool anyone and went to REI. Talked with the bike dude there and got fitted with some nice urban/trail bikes. I guess they call them hybrids. I just wanted a bike with some sort of suspension. I thought that was the coolest thing. Plus my ass is tiny and would help the lack of padding issue. And there is something more romantic about exercising in a city vs. the suburbs/country.

Last week we hit the Sligo Trail in Takoma Park/Silver Spring area and hit about 5 miles through the trails. Emily hit a curb at the wrong angle on the way back and slid off the bike on the pavement. Luckily she wasnt going too fast. She did happen to scrape up her knee quite a bit and we ended up taking her to the emergency room for 4 stitches. The amazing thing was that there were all these people on the trail that were so helpful in cleaning the wound up and just taking care of her while I sprinted to get the car. People are so nice out here it sickens me sometimes. And the experience in the ER was actually quite nice. The health care system here in the United States was redeemed for me. I was actually more a wreck than Emily was. She was completely calm and I was shitting bricks. Such is life.

So today while Emily was at Pilates I hit the trail again and clocked in about 7 miles. I started out around Flower Avenue and went about 1 mile past Colesville Road. My average speed was about 10.5 mp/h and my max speed actually hit 20.5 mp/h. Spedometers/odometers rules.

And on Thursday we went to see David Rees for his comic book called “Get Your War On” and Mark Andersen and Mark Jenkins for their Dance of Days (Two Decades of Punk in the Nation?s Capital) book at Politics and Prose on Connecticuit Avenue. David Rees was horrifically funny and sardonic. His comic book was pretty much what me and all my friends talked about regarding post-911 events. Regardless, funny as hell. Enough of that. And Mark Andersen who actually is the founder of Positive Force spoke next. I have always had the utmost respect for his organization and always wanted to be involved with. But he wasnt there promoting Positive Force, he was promoting his book. So Mark Andersen talked a lot about stepping up and questioning and what punk means and what not. As always, it was quite inspiring. After the crowd settled we chatted with Mark Andersen and he signed my book. (Daniel you can have my original book, if you’d like). Emily also asked him to be on her monthly radio show on DC101 and Hot995. He humbily agreed. I was way excited for her. (More info on Positive Force.)

Now it’s just about noon and it’s time to relax a bit.

3 Responses to “revolution starts now with you”

  • I have just missed seeing David Rees in person twice. I am so jealous that you got to be in his Voltron-worshipping presence. Was he as cool as I think he must be? Is he straight? Can I have his babies? Because I actually own a copy of "My Filing System is Unstoppable", and it ROCKS!

  • I so need to get a speedometer/odometer for my bike

  • yeah, i think he was actually pretty nervous at first b/c he kept looking over his shoulder or at the floor rather thn at the audience. but his dry wit was hysterical. the whole evening was fairly cathartic in that he and mark andersen actually talked about real concerns about the war etc that you just don’t hear on the news these days.

    i think rees is married, but babies may be an option.

    ps. i still get a huge kick out of the fact that he went to oberlin. i so called it.

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