31 Reasons to Donate to My Climate Ride Fundraiser!

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  1. You’re looking for a way to commemorate June 6, 2017, my 31st birthday. Good news! You can donate $31 to the Climate Ride and WABA today!
  2. After our President bailed on the Paris Climate Agreement last week, you feel a pressing urge to make a donation to fight climate change.
  3. You love WABA–our region’s oldest and best organization advocating for better laws, knowledge, and infrastructure for bicyclists (which is good for drivers, pedestrians, and the environment too)!
  4. You love riding your bike and were wondering where all these great new bike lanes came from.
  5. You like living vicariously through my Instagram photos while I travel.
  6. You feel safer on the roads knowing that drivers legally should pass you at a distance of 3 feet or more in DC, Maryland, AND Virginia!
  7. You hate traffic!
  8. WABA instructors (like me!) taught you to learn to ride a bike.
  9. WABA instructors (like me!) taught you to ride more confidently in a City Cycling class.
  10. A D.C. Trail Ranger helped you fix a flat on the Metropolitan Branch Trail (or Marvin Gaye or Fort Dupont or the Anacostia Riverwalk).
  11. You’d like to see more women on bikes and fewer men getting unnecessarily worked up when bike advocates correctly use the word “sexism” to describe sexist behavior.
  12. You want me to have more things to write things about, such as a long-ass bike ride.
  13. This 2013 map of Where Climate Change Will Hit First made the rounds in your Facebook timeline this week and you’re like, “That’s really bad.”
  14. You think our nation’s capital should be a leader in biking and walking, setting an example for other cities and countries on how to encourage environmentally friendly transportation.
  15. You want to try riding but you are too embarrassed to ask your intense-seeming friends questions, so you check out WABA’s great resources on the subject!
  16. You think death and injury from car crashes should not happen and you want to see the infrastructure updates, policy changes, and law enforcement that would make Vision Zero a reality.
  17. You like POSTCARDS!!!!! (I love sending postcards. $50 donation or more and I’ll send you one from the ride!)
  18. Sometimes, you like to ride bikes with your kids.
  19. You want the US to be a national leader in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and NOT hugely contributing to climate change or destroying our beautiful environment.
  20. You realize that just because your city isn’t experiencing worse storms, flooding, or droughts doesn’t mean that your behavior doesn’t contribute to it happening in North Carolina, or Tennessee, or California, or the Caribbean, or Mexico, or….. YOU GET IT.
  21. You would like me to stop asking you for donations. (That’s fair! It’d help if you gave!)
  22. Like me, you were inspired by former WABA Deputy Director Nelle Pierson‘s years of excellent work building super-fun events, programs that brought more people to bicycling, and people-focused vision to the organization!
  23. You’re psyched about their new Development Director and want to help them get started with a bunch of general operating funds (the best kind of funds!).
  24. You’re tired of construction blocking your bike lane and amped that you can report it now.
  25. In honor of The Tour de Fat Puppets! Can you believe that was two years ago?!
  26. You’re impressed that I once did a sprint triathlon on a steel road bike.
  27. Your heart melts at the thought of every DC second-grader learning to ride a bike, and then you get pumped at the number of new bicyclists we’re raising in this great city!
  28. You like me! (Aw shucks.)
  29. You like bikes! (Hooray!)
  30. You’re realizing just how much bikes can combat climate change even though you’d never really thought about it before!
  31. You know I’ll put the same effort into this ride and raising money for WABA as I did into coming up with 31 unique reasons to support them through the Climate Ride–which is to say A LOT of effort! 31 is a lot of reasons! But I support WABA for at least 100 reasons so it was totally worth it.

What I Learned About Leadership From Walking Dogs (OR an extremely contrived device for blogging)

**another treat from the drafts folder while I work on some new stuff! PLUS DOGS**

Golden doodle gives the author big smooches

Because I am extremely bad at utter funemployment, I spent the last many months picking up some dog walking gigs. It’s fun. I get to be outside and meet dogs and befriend concierges across this great city of mine. Unlikely though it may seem, walking dogs has proven to be a crash course in leadership as I learn to negotiate personalities, preferences, and habits. I bequeath to you the secrets I have learned that I will carry forth into other professional endeavors.

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We Know the Way: Musings on Moana

Hey, I have been sitting on this post since December so it’s not particularly timely but I want to talk about Moana. (I always want to talk about Moana.)

Did it get play? I’m sure it made tons of money, but it certainly didn’t reach Frozen levels of hype. I’d like to make the case that it should. I’d like to make the case that Moana deserves a whole lot of love and enthusiasm and feminist high-fives. From a representation perspective at least, if you don’t want to give all your dollars to Disney. (Spoilers for sure ahead!)

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Superpowers

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The last year has been a lot of things, many of them great and extraordinary. (I’ll try to write more about those at some point!) Some of them were much more difficult. Over the winter, things got bleak.
I was exhausted all the time, napping constantly, and still never rested. I couldn’t focus so I’d watch the same three sitcoms over and over again rather than, say, read a book or an article. I ate junk food because cooking was too hard, and cooking meant I’d have to do the dishes, and if I did both of those things I’d probably need to go straight to bed.
If I had to make a decision, there was a good chance I’d start crying because it was too hard to think. This sucked because I pride myself on being a reasonably smart, thoughtful person, but I retreated from anything that taxed my sleepy brain.
I was supposed to be applying for jobs but weeks went by and I’d make excuses for the fact that I couldn’t think straight enough to write even the blandest words, if I managed to read through job listings at all. They all sounded like gibberish when I tried.

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Thank God It’s Christmas

Oh my love, we’ve had our share of tears
Oh my friend, we’ve had our hopes and fears
Oh my friends, it’s been a long hard year
But now it’s Christmas
Yes it’s Christmas
Thank God it’s Christmas

Happy holidays from me and Queen (who, for some reason, were photoshopped with silly Christmas hats for one still in this video). Be good to someone today and every day.

A Responsible Adult: John Pickett

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If you’re a bicyclist in the DC area, I hope you’ve had the good fortune to meet John Pickett. You might have seen him at the 50 States Ride, Friday Coffee Club, or his daily commute on the Mount Vernon Trail. Although he’s an proud introvert, he also knows pretty much everybody and is always making new friends over apple fritters. With retirement in sight, John has a lot of perspective on careers and life that I was grateful to hear right now.

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A Responsible Adult: Miguel Vierya

imageMiguel Vierya had the good fortune/misfortune to live on the same block of P Street as a number of my friends, and when they moved out of Shaw, we osmosed him into our group of friends. Among his many good qualities, Miguel is kind, conscientious, and infinitely patient, essential traits in a person who puts up with us and especially in a social worker employed by the federal government. He’s also an expert planner of terrible bar crawls that end with tearing doors off hinges and/or comparing wingspans after last call, so he throws a great party. In honor of his recent move from U Street to Baltimore, I asked him about being a responsible adult.

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