– Is a good thing to apply in life occasionally, particularly when it gets cluttered and confused. There is something appealing about an object or process stripped down to the essential elements.


Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

In every challenge there is a tipping point at which time you start to feel some optimism that the end can be reached. That precedes a triple fork in the road,

One path leads to completion and success, one to failure, starting over again and learning from that. Then there is that third path that goes nowhere because you cannot accept the lessons and don’t want to keep trying.

There is nothing wrong with failing. Nothing. Ever.

Miles Aldridge is this week’s folio share

Listening to Hozier





Playing catchup


Feels like I have done little recently but react to circumstances, things I could not see coming.

I ride my bicycle in to the station each morning in the dark, the narrow beam of my headlight giving me the only clues to what lies ahead. Even though I know the way there are obstacles that I must avoid or do over. Nevertheless, I get to the station through perseverance, just as I will get through these recent changes.

Personal transport

Personal transport

A ways back I posted about an accident that has had ongoing implications for me. For the most part I recovered as there were no serious ongoing injuries but I have had nothing but drama with the scooter since it was repaired and decided not to renew the registration last year. It has sat in the driveway ever since as efforts to get it recycled have proved equally frustrating.

That decision took away a lot of my independence and led to me spending more time on public transport while I worked out a replacement. That proved to be a long drawn out process too.

I really thought about buying another motorcycle or scooter but found it hard to justify the cost just for getting to the train station and occasionally doing some weekend rides. It made no sense unless I used it for the entire commute and frankly the idea of riding to and from Melbourne daily did not thrill me. Not only is it stressful, it would also reduce the amount of exercise I got from walking each day.

Defining the problem clearly was the key.

What I needed was an affordable way to reduce my commute time and dependence on public transport and maintain my health. The solution became a lot more obvious. It still had two wheels and could get me to places faster than walking.

Bicycles have been part of my life since childhood and I used rely on them to get around before I got my motorcycle licence, so there is a familiar feeling accompanied by some new pains that will hopefully resolve themselves over time. I may still get another scooter but for now I’m satisfied.

However, I will NOT become another MAMiL (Middle Aged Man in Lycra). I do look forward to exploring places though (and a mild Winter).