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Mar042014

What’s going on?

If anyone is wondering why my articles here have been a little sparse of late, it just seems that I have so much going on. Just last week I had a whole backlog of new entries of frames to be listed on my bike registry, along with photos that people had sent to be added to the Gallery Page.

A simple task that should not have taken too long, but I accidentally deleted some of the Java script code on the web page, and as a result the pictures did not display exactly as they should. I made myself two days’ worth of extra work that I could have done without.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. This all voluntary work that I take on gladly and enjoy. However, the very nature of what I started here is bound to grow and entail more work. This blog is going into its ninth year, and I have built up a healthy following. I started the Dave Moulton Registry in 2010, and it continues to grow by each week, as more and more people discover its existence.

Believe it or not, I have a separate life outside of bicycles and what goes on here. I have a wonderful group of songwriter friends, and we meet once a week for a songwriters’ open mic. This also requires that I spend time practicing, and working on new material. I also belong to a creative writing group that meets once a month.

Then I need time to ride my bike, and when the weather is nice I’ll be out for a three hour ride. Riding my bike is my number one priority. Everything else depends on it. If my physical health fails I will not have the strength and energy to do all the other stuff.

I had another birthday last month, it was my 78th, I am getting awfully close to my eighties and with it comes the realization of my own mortality. I am perfectly comfortable with that, and my goal is to always stay active, and keep my mind sharp. Pete Seeger died at the end of January aged 94, a week before his death he was chopping fire wood. That’s how I want to be, active right to the end.

I am constantly teaching myself new stuff on the computer, it keeps my mind sharp. I build websites for people, I am helping a friend prepare the layout of a book in readiness for publishing.

I will keep posting new stuff here as often as I can, I hope those of you who are regular readers will continue to check back. The purpose of this post is not to complain about how busy I am, I have no problem with being busy. It is simply to let you all know what is going on.

 

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Glad to hear you're still alive & well! We're still reading...

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLong Time Reader

Happy Birthday, and may you celebrate lot's more. As much as I enjoy your articles, I'd rather hear that your out riding the bike. As you know, it keeps you young better than any elixir.

It's far better to enjoy life than it is to talk about it.

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTony

Dave, maybe you'll be like Dr. Ephraim and keep working through 102 and counting!

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGrego

Always good to hear from you Dave, I haven't been around for nine years, but I am a faithful reader now and am always excited to see something new pop up here!

I am willing to help you out with website issues (writing javascript, formatting pages, automating tasks etc), but it sounds like you're happy to tackle the challenges yourself. That's a fantastic way to keep growing and developing! But if you ever do want some help, drop me an email, I'd love to become a behind-the-scenes helper.

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRubeRad

Keep riding Dave.

Have one bike for every day of the week and a spare just in case.

Dave,
Thanks for the update. Figured you were busy as the posting increased with time between!
I have be around for more than 9 years just not reading this blog which I have been doing for about 4 years. I often use your articles as references and value your experience and am happy you have recorded them.
Happy B-Day too! I try to ride as often as possible because of the health benefits and it is great therapy!
Looking forward to your next entry!

March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSJX426

Happy Birthday Dave! Stay safe for many more.

I bought the book Cycling Past 50 for a friend years back. Perhaps you may write Cycling Past 80 for a Healthy Mind & Body.

Or maybe it should be titled Cycling-Blogging-Singing Past 80!

March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJack

Happy Birthday Dave. You are an inspiration and I hope to live at least as long as you and be as active. I'm 56 now so that means that if I keep riding the beautiful Fuso you made I will have at least another 22 years!

All power to you and keep busy. The neuroscientists acknowledge that it keeps the mind alive and sharp. So happy that you're still around.

March 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMario

What's going on ?

"Supreme" Court versus cyclists and the definition of "rights":
Voting 8-1 in favor of a group of Wyoming landowners on Monday, the Supreme Court could create a costly and major stumbling block for the rails-to-trails program.

"Supreme" Court majority reasoning according to Justice Stephen Breyer :“For all I know, there is some right of way that goes through people’s houses, you know, and all of a sudden, they are going to be living in their house and suddenly a bicycle will run through it, which isn’t so bad, but I’m concerned about that, and your answer makes me more concerned.”

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/10/288584936/family-trust-wins-supreme-court-fight-against-bike-trail

Rails-to-Trails response: http://www.railstotrails.org/news/features/supremecourt-info.html

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJack

74-year old Justice Breyer has a history of accidents on his bicycle. Maybe he hates them and they know it (ref: riding horses)!

Steve

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Geez, Dave, make a 66 year old feel young, why dontcha! Yep, cycling rules. Retains balance.. all sorts of functions. Can still turn sideways and look straight back for cars before a run-home hill from work; without sensing any "oh, sheet!" moments. TBH, my mental age reverts to 23 as soon as I throw the leg over (the bicycle). You're leading the way for the rest of us.
Keep blogging, we don't mind if it's a bit less regular..

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

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