the stinging kiss of cold rain – how I've missed you

Toronto, 2014.10.29

Had my first taste of a late autumn, low temperature stinging rain tonight. The stinging kiss of cold rain; how I've missed you. I mean, I missed the best bits of Autumn cycling - the best of the year's cycling - thanks to accident wiping out my bike. But I have to admit, this new bike is a substantial improvement.

I feel a change coming on. Don't know what it is yet, but it's there.

Three reasons to be thankful:

  1. The trip home on my new bikes was particularly good; I think I've managed to obtain an even better bike than the one I rode in Tokyo.
  2. Once again, the lift bridge over the Don at Cherry street was up; one of these days I'm going to jump it while it's descending.
  3. Someone quite senior to me - who I've scarcely - met generously agreed to help me, today, with something that mattered. As it happens, I'd agreed to help someone quite junior.

rand()m quote

(In which I leave the final word to someone else.)

One day you will take a fork in the road, and you're going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go. If you go one way, you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and get good assignments. Or you can go the other way and you can do something [...] for yourself. If you decide to do something, you may not get promoted and get good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won't have to compromise yourself. To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That's when you have to make a decision. To be or to do.

-John Boyd, US Air Force