Today will be awesome

Ok, I’ve been told that I over-use the word “awesome”. I’ve looked at my previous posts, and they’re right. I use it a lot. But, it’s with a good reason – because of my brain injury, I swing from very-high, to very-low, thinking of myself. The bad is bad, to the scare me in hindsight. But, I don’t see it, nor do I recognize it when it’s happening. After, when I’m in a better place, I look at myself, and sad. So, when I’m not down, I’m up, and I’m going to “push” myself to do good stuff, mostly on here! I’m working to make the website even more awesome than it is now, by building relationships with “real pros.” I built where this is now, with the awesome pics taken by Dan Ragall.

 

Where am I now? I’m working to make my blog more automated, by auto-publishing posts in the future. I’ve written 4 months now, but it was manual-posting. Today, I found a plugin to do it, and this is the first! I’ve scheduled it to post ahead, and we’ll see if it works!

I can’t ride a conventional bike, but there are benefits. But, what to call it??

It’s taken me a while, from a deep low, but I’m now always trying to get lemonade from what’s first-seen as lemons.  Granted that this a somewhat unconventional ride, I don’t get saddle sores, but it’s made worse by the fact that I don’t know what to call it!   Technically, it’s a tricycle, but whenever someone hears that term, they think of something that little kids ride, that’s kinda slow.    When I ride this, I wear clip-in shoes, like fast-bikes wear, and I’ve reached 42 km/h as my max speed.

However, based on what’s thought when someone hears the term, they expect something like this.

I think that using the correct term “recumbent” is best!  Because if someone hears it, and knows what it is, excellent,  but if they don’t, they’ll ask!  There isn’t anything that would come to mind, if you don’t know the term!

What I share with kids at PARTY

When I do my monthly PARTY talks at the hospital, who’s there are grade 11s, basically either just got, or about to get their drivers license.   They’re learning about the effects of decisions.   But, I don’t only talk about drinking & driving, but other decisions.  I ask them to put their hands up if they always ride their bikes with a helmet on.  I’ve asked every group in the last few years, and every time, I’m surprised if someone holds up their hand.  When I started to ask it, I thought that maybe one or two might not, but everyone else would.  I was stunned that in the first class I asked, not a single kid held up their hand.  In fact, it wasn’t until the third group that someone held up their hand.  I asked, saying that there’s no reason to not tell me why, because I won’t judge.  I’ve heard that it messes up their hair, that it’s hot, it’s uncomfortable, and so on.  I share with the kids that there’s absolutely no reason that would be good enough to not wear one.  I say that the man who hit us was behind us, doing about 60, and we’d had no warning.   I was driven over, and the only reason that I’m not dead is because of my helmet.  I’ll start asking the classes to raise their right hand, and promise that they’ll wear theirs.