Thursday, 10 October 2013

Chuckin' it dahn

On this morning's commute to my daughter's school one of the other parents called us crazy for cycling in this weather - it was, as we Yorkshire folk say, "chuckin' it dahn" (raining really hard). Still is, actually. Probably will be for the rest of the week and next week too according to the forecast. And I'll be out there actually experiencing it every day, unlike 99.9% of the folks around me, who are apparently afraid to get a bit wet. Why? Because when I get an excuse to experience real actual life on this Earth, rather than sitting in the dead, dull, sterile and uninspiring air conditioned environment that we've built everywhere for ourselves, I take it.

I wish I'd had the presence of mind to tell the parent who called us crazy that I thought she and all the other parents are crazy for NOT cycling to school. Life is for living - it should be an adventure, and adventures sometimes involve doing stuff that isn't all that comfortable. There's weather out there in all its glory, and it's at its best when it's experienced at first-hand, with (at most) a rain cape, not through a car windscreen.

Not that I don't like comfort - I do - too much. And so does pretty much everyone else. But unlike most folks I realized that our desire for comfort is not all that healthy. So I denied myself one comfort - just one - the automobile. Never learned to drive, never will, because occasionally we need to live life rather than sleep through it.


  1. Here is what lies in store for those parents and their kids.

    Wider college students, bigger chairs
    Copyright © 2013 Albuquerque Journal

    Wider bottoms – a sure sign of obesity – sometimes contain hidden
    costs that have little to do with health care or the need to buy bigger
    pants or to reserve two airline seats instead of one.

    At Central New Mexico Community College and the University of New
    some costs are tied to new seating. CNM recently spent $200,000 on
    chairs to replace others that one official said had become too tight a
    squeeze for some students....

  2. When I commuted, I noticed that mostly the motorists got wetter just walking in from the parking lot than I did my whole trip.