I think a lot about this site, and the people who support it. Like, a lot… Like, probably most of every day, even when I’m thinking about other stuff, and the thing I always keep coming back to is that while we might be a bit rough around the edges (either in spirit, appearance, or both), we’re a gang of golden hearted misfits who among our many talents have finely tuned bullshit detectors.
So with this in mind, it was with a pretty severely cocked brow that I read this piece in Bicycling Magazine;
I’d seen it making the rounds, and since it covered two activities I’m reasonably familiar with, I dove right in.
Granted, it was a well written piece which was obviously throughly researched, but I thought it was a curious editorial effort to immediately be followed by this;
I mean, whatever. A publication like Bicycling will have a number of different topics, and countering perspectives. That’s what makes independent journalism great, but what really put me on my heels was when a couple of astute readers then sent me the two following pieces in other publications that came out about the same time;
I mean, I might not have such a problem with it if it weren’t for the profoundly contradictory schlock getting pushed not even a year earlier;
Naturally, because my go to response is always one regarding conspiracy theories, with a little bit of outside information I received after posting these images on the socials, my take on it is this- There is an increasingly well known N/A brewery who apparently has a pretty cunning PR department, so if we see Athletic ads beginning to pop up on Bicycling, Runners World, (Rodale), Outside (Pocket Outdoor) etc., Just remember who it was who called malarky on this whole ‘does (blank) have a drinking problem’ malarkey out of the gate.
It was us, the fine derelicts of AHTBM world, once again proving that we’re better than ‘them’.
At the very least we know the importance of moderation in all things, not the least of which is moderation.
Speaking of moderation- Aside from their winning problem, that’s one thing that Hodala is excellent at. This past weekend I caught wind that Hodala captain Sally had scheduled an Ides ride to celebrate the cleaning of the Hobago;
Naturally, as soon as we got squared away, and were ready to ride, it began raining even harder.
“I don’t think I chose the right pair of pants” Sally said as our cotton ‘draws immediately soaked up the splatter from every direction.
My misery was only equaled by my elation;
Plus, riding one of the baddest bikes ever built didn’t hurt;
Finding motivation for getting out and getting after it in terrible weather not only tips a hat to last week’s episode of Revolting, but also balancing life between solitude and over stimulation is a direct segue into this week’s episode of Revolting;
I mean, it’s just life imitating art imitating life imitating art imitating life.
Finally, in closing I’m going to let any and all who’ve expressed interest in a compiled list of the aforementioned podcast’s weekly music picks, we’ve got you covered right here.
I even went so far as to put a banner ad over on the sidebar so you’ll always have it at your finger tips.
Now I realize the list is somewhat incomplete due to the fact that Robot only began including the picks in the show notes 30 episodes or so ago. I did my best to listen to the first twenty to see if I could find out hidden music picks, but I can only handle so much of our particular brand of jibber jabber. I know for a fact that somewhere along the way, Robot and I both gushed repeatedly over Plosivs, but I’ll be damned if I could find that it. If anyone sees any glaring omission in the list, I’d be happy for the assist.
Think of it as the creeps leading the creep.