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Friday Group Ride #261

Friday Group Ride #261

I choose all kinds of bad ways to get home. Honestly, in a city crisscrossed with cart paths that call themselves roads, there aren’t really good ways. Anything that might reasonably be ...

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The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis

I was a cockroach. We were all cockroaches, which is probably why we didn’t notice. We all looked alike, terrible, scurrying between snow banks and subsisting on postage stamp glue, our ...

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Friday Group Ride #260

Friday Group Ride #260

Is there any such thing as a calculated risk? In other words, ok, you’ve done the calculation in as much as risk submits itself to math (are all of the factors ever factored?), and ...

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Friday Group Ride #259

Friday Group Ride #259

Categories only limit us, or that’s what Kanye West says, or at least that’s what I imagine Kanye West says, as he does his art that’s better than everyone else’s art. I ...

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Friday Group Ride #258

Friday Group Ride #258

Paris-Roubaix has somehow engendered this awed reverence, a sepia-toned preciousness that doesn’t, to me, feel completely congruent with its reality. To me, Paris-Roubaix is more like the ...

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Friday Group Ride #257

Friday Group Ride #257

We named our first son Owen, as solid a Welsh boy’s name as we could imagine, and our second Ian (rejecting the favorite, Jasper, within seconds of his arrival) because it was easier to ...

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Friday Group Ride #256

Friday Group Ride #256

I wound my way up Sommerset, chasing an appliance repair man in his juddering van. Sommerset was a crappy road before the winter robbed it of its top coat, the snow plows excavating last ...

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Friday Group Ride #255

Friday Group Ride #255

The prompt was: July 4th at the North Pole, so Ian wrote, “A crazy clown was being chased by Bigfoot in the mountains.” But then he was stuck. Most eight-year-olds don’t ...

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Friday Group Ride #254

Friday Group Ride #254

I’m going to go out on a limb. I’m going to say that most people who self-identify as cyclists take themselves too seriously. Of course, of course, of course, this is a ...

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