Last-Minute Presents

The geese have survived Martinmas – at least almost one hundred of them huddled in the far corner of their enclosure and tried to stay warm despite their flat feet being planted in the snow. Then again, they impressed as sufficiently fat, eh, big birds, so I...

All I Wish For Christmas

It’s the Holiday Season.                               It’s the Season of Giving. And that may also mean:                            It’s the Season of Not Taking Any More of It. E.g. it’s really high time to start an attempt to really come to...

Snow White

Right on cue, it has been snowing – on and off – since the first Sunday of Advent a week ago. And by now, the snow has covered all my hope of getting a few more 2012 kilometers in. So, I guess it will be another not-so-intensive season. Because so much is...

Rough Riding in 1896

Although the name of Andrew Barton „Banjo“ Paterson may not ring a bell immediately, you surely have heard about his most popular piece of poetry, „Waltzing Matilda“. Sung to the likewise popular melody (which, other than the lyrics, survived...

Cycle Parts Thanksgiving

Giving thanks today? Found the picture above on the web site of one of my favorite bike shops, Mission Bicycle Company in San Francisco. And while – mentally – in that geographical region, hope you don’t mind a little reminder that some other folks...