In my family, fatherhood is a role that is half police officer and half labourer. In my dad’s father’s case the police officer was literal. Frank was a New York City cop until one day he wasn’t – and he … Continue reading A Father’s Duty
I didn’t realize it until google photos reminded me but today was the 5th anniversary of the end of the 500 Kindnesses Ride. What was this? Daegan, then 13 and I did a ride together to promote the idea of doing random acts of kindness. We treated it like a fundraising ride but instead of asking people to give money, we asked them to do something nice for someone. We would ride from Toronto to New York City – both cities with reputations as cities filled with unkind and irritable people. It was pretty successful and changed my own attitude … Continue reading Terrific Tuesday – 500 Kindnesses Anniversary
Happy Friday! By the end of the day, Daegan and I will have picked up our last few things and packed anything we think we might need for a two week bicycle trip in to four large panniers. Generally speaking we’ll be bringing 3 changes of bike clothes, a couple street clothes outfits, bathing suits, a few simple spare parts and tools, a bunch of maps, a lightweight Chromebook and Daegan will bring his digital camera. Oh, and passports and Canadian Permanent Resident cards – we’ve a border to cross. We’ll bring somewhere between 4-6 water bottles and of course … Continue reading One More Day!
Next Saturday I start a two week vacation. Daegan and I have both arranged time off from work and since I locked my time in I’ve been trying to settle on what we’re doing. I know for sure there will be a bike trip involved but beyond that the details are murky. It started as a trip to Calgary – we even booked flights. And then, after a bit of hemming and hawing, and online research I came to the conclusion that it was going to be ridiculously expensive just to bring bikes once we paid the baggage fees for … Continue reading Where’s my impulsiveness gone?
In the mid 90’s I took my first business trips. They were a bit isolating. I remember one in which I boarded a plane across the country for LA and checked in to a hotel. This would be an exciting trip. Previous trips had no Internet access – there were only phone calls. They were prohibitively expensive so voice contact with my partner, Sage, was limited to a minute or two every few days to say, essentially “I’m OK.” The LA trip would be different, though. We would have slow dial-up internet and could use it for chat. We were no … Continue reading How I Manage Business Travel Part 1: Family Balance