Something is to be said about completing each others abbrevs.
2011 means, amongst other things, more blogging.
I’m about to kill a couple dogs.
That’s my update.
#3 Go to OMSI After-Dark
#18 Bike more and conquer certain hills
Well, folks, I did it! #18 of my 25 BEFORE 25 (and #3). I got my Schwinn fixed up and $85 later I was able to conquer the streets of PDX. Lemme tell ya—I had it EASY in the Eug—hardly any inclines, busy streets or streets without bike lanes. Portland is a whole other monster. Outside of N/NE everything is a hill without a bike lane on a busy street. Anyhow I happen to live on and work on two of the most insane hills. I live on “Pill Hill” notorious for causing aches and pains. I work on Vermont Hill—a one mile stretch of hill which climbs 200 ft in .1 miles—and then continues on for .9 miles. Blargh.
Well, I’ve been riding my bike to work for most of this month (saving $75 on a bus pass and losing 3 pounds). The first time I tried these hills I came to terms with the fact that I would never climb these hills. I came to terms with walking my bike up these hills—and only doing the steady incline ones. But last week I was talking to a woman as we both walked up the hill. She said something that stuck. She said, “My son tells me, ‘You can’t climb hills if you don’t climb hills.’” It’s true, but I wasn’t about to mount my bike. But then I thought about it—this is sound advice for all my complaints. You can’t make progress without progress. Do it. Nothing just happens and there is no use sitting around waiting for luck to kick in.
And so yesterday I fucking climbed 1/2 mile to the top of Pill Hill on the way to work. I climbed 1 mile up Vermont Hill. And I climbed a 1/2 mile up the first half of Pill Hill on the way home! On V. Hill a woman passed me walking and shook her head all, “Dang, girl. Woof!” and I yelled, “FIRST TIME! FIRST TIME!” When I got home I busted the door down to my house—pumped with adrenaline and pride and yelles, “TAKE THAT MOTHERFUCKERS!!” It was a good day. And then I went to OMSI after dark :)