Monday, July 28, 2014

Stranded in America?

As a mature person, I typically read obituaries because they begin to involve my peer group. I do it mostly on my French hometown newspaper, because in this era of cheap phone calls and free email, no one, that I know over there, would have the decency or the common sense of letting me know. I end up being well informed, but it's just because I make the super-natural effort of digging it out.

So, yesterday, I was stopped in my thoughts when I read that Marie-Jo, Jean-Claude Page's wife, a friend of mine, had passed at the age of 65 two days earlier. No one had bothered to let me know and the ones who might even have thought about it, probably shrugged it off, thinking or saying: “Why bother, this guy will know it before us, he's got internet...”

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Moments of grace, times of chaos

Just as in skiing, no mountain-bike ride is ever the same. Sometimes it can feel like floating on a cloud (preferably #9) but some other times, it can seem just like organized chaos or a disjointed chain of event that makes the outing pure hell.

It doesn't take much: A hidden obstacle sticking out just a tiny bit too much, a temporary lack of balance that exacerbate a tricky situation which in turn, etc. You get the picture. I've written it many times, mountain-biking is fraught with danger, you never know what might happen as you get out on a ride.

So, as a rule, “hope for the best, plan for the worst,” but I might be repeating myself...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The art of taking a break

If there is something I'm not good at, is to take a break and do nothing. It must be the way I was raised and the way I led my life for decades, but I really a lousy job in that department.
In the upcoming blogs, I will explore that “terra incognita” and find the key to find a method that really works for me and give me access to the time off I so badly need!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mountain-bike: Seeing, looking, focusing

Visual senses are key for safe mountain-biking. Of course, you must be able to see to get a sense of where you are and where you are going, but as soon as you look, it better be close to your intended path and often time, looking all over and too often can lead to problems.
Finally, the best thing to always do it watch where your bike is going. You may see a lot less, look at fewer things, but are more likely to stay stranding on your bike!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Death of a salesman...

Jonny Totten was the real estate agent sold us our first Park City home and latter on two building lots. She drove me around town in March and then June of 1985 in her Toyota Tercel. She hosted my wife early July of that same year;

I remember that we closed on the house via Fedex from New York. She was then in her late forties. Yesterday, my wife noticed her passing on July 21 at her home in town. I believe she stayed more or less active till the end; she was just 77. RIP Jonny!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The ABC of getting me mad...

Yes, I can get mad. Just promise me something, make sure I can count on it and withdraw it at the last minute and you'll get me mad. For better or for worst, my madness level is also linked to my values system.

If I see people who don't do what I reasonably expect from them, when I feel they ought to do it, it puzzles me, confuses me and before I know it, it makes me mad. The only good news about this is that I don't stay mad for too long.

And you; how do you blow up a gasket?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cholesterol and Stock Market

I don't know about you, but just like the stock market, my cholesterol goes up and down. This last reading was up. I've been much worst before (read higher) but it's not the end of the world.
Yet, I intend to eat less cheese, which I know is the main reason for that pesky little spike!