The EvMan seems to be strangely optimistic and BF is way out there. Im unusually pessimistic this month. Maybe its the 70 hour work week in a Silicon Valley internet startup, Jays life change (hes not cross dressing I hope), or maybe its just me.
My friend Richard gave me a calendar from Despair Inc, called Demotivators. Ive been watching it closely for the past 9 months as it, eerily, mimicked my life. Each month there is a picture and a slogan.
January was a skier in the middle of a clumsy fall, with the caption Ineptitude If you cant learn to do something well, learn to enjoy doing it poorly. This calendar is my life.
If you cant learn to do something well, lean to enjoy doing it poorly.
January found me riding a new KTM through the mud of Hollister. I felt pretty fast until I went riding with my brother Al, Harry, Buskie, and Paul at Stonyford. Instead of selling my bike and taking up lawn bowling, Im learning to enjoy being slow and inept.
When your best
just isnt good enough.
This just says it all. I was riding a trail called Petes Path and really pushing it. Petes is a tight, off camber, whooped out trail with significant up and down hill sections. These 2 guys were following me and I seemed to be pulling away. At the end of the trail I pulled over feeling like I was riding pretty well. The two guys who were following me finally showed up and stopped. The guys I was pulling away from turned out to be in their 50s and having bike problems. When your best just isnt good enough -- yes thats it.
cloud has a silver lining, but lightening kills hundreds of people each
year who are trying to find it.
I decided to leave the company I was working at, Remedy and joined a startup. Im still waiting for the lightening to hit. The silver lining for me this month was the start of the vintage race series here. My first ride put me over the bars and out of the race with a strained back. Who needs optimism with a month like this?
It takes a lot less time and most people wont know the difference until too late.
April describes my mechanical ability. Ive been working on a Penton 250 for about a year and doing a very mediocre job, albeit slowly. Harry really wants to try this bike. Maybe he will be the one to experience the difference?
winner, there are dozens of losers. Odds
are youre one of them.
Yes, I am.
always miss 100% of the shots you dont take, and, statistically
speaking, 99% of the shots you do.
Jay and I rode the District 36 Little Polecat enduro. It was futile, we did take the shot but didnt make it. The DNF list was pretty small, but both of us made it.
If we dont
care about the customer, maybe theyll stop bugging us.
Ive been trying the apathy thing with my body. If I ignore it long enough maybe it will stop being a problem. This month I took my CZ 380 out racing. Since I dont remember very much about the race it couldnt have been good.
Quitters never win, winners never quit, but those who never win and never quit are idiots.
I put on a race this month. It was 110 degrees on the track. I never quit, finishing 3rd in the 500 Intermediate class. I was an idiot for not quitting! Being sick for 4 days due to riding a stupid race in that heat was not worth it. The only good thing was watching all the other idiots do it to.
Not all pain is gain.
I dread this month. What is going to happen next week when I go racing again? This months picture is a boxer taking a right cross to the face. Just what I need.
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"Vintage World" by George Vadney