I logged into my email this morning, not thinking anything was different in my life, and BAM!  I find out that I'm a millionaire!!!  That's right, Rolf Hoffman died, and left me over 12 million dollars!

Wait, who's Rolf Hoffman???  The only Rolf I know is a muppet. Hmm. Could this be a scam?!?  Noooooo... no one would try to get you to give out your information on the internet by telling you you've inherited a bunch of cash... would they?

Here's the email in all it's *ahem* Official Looking glory:

Maureen E. O'Brien <obrienme@sunysccc.edu> Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 3:51 AM

I wish to notify you that late Mr. Rolf Hoffmann made you the sum of
($12,030,000.00) in his WILL. Reply to 
lawfirm.andrew01@yahoo.com 
I await your prompt response.
Yours in Service,
Andrew Tidbury Esq

Hmm... I guess I'm not going to be sitting in the lap of luxury today... Bummer.

-Papa Bear
 
 
A friend of mine on Facebook posed that question. Basically "it's after midnight and I'm hungry.  Should I eat?"

Immediately my odd mind jumped to Hamlet, and the following flowed out; which I used as my response to his question:

To eat or not to eat; that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler to the gut to suffer the pangs and growls of an empty stomach, or to take up food; and by ingesting, end them. To eat… to hunger, no more.

-PB
 
 
Borrowed from Bike Snob NYC:

"...I find myself wondering stuff like: What is the big deal about LeBron James riding a bike to work?

This story has been all over the news, and it's a perfect example of what's wrong with America. Where else would the sports media marvel over the fact that a professional athlete in peak physical condition was able to survive a bicycle ride of just over half an hour?

The ride took 40 minutes and he safely arrived at the arena with plenty of time to spare.

I'm not sure if they're amazed he was able to do something a typical Dutch grandmother does on a daily basis, or that he didn't get run over by a car, or both, but in any case it's a sad reminder of just how developmentally challenged our relationship with cycling is..."

It's true, isn't it?  I constantly have people saying to me "You didn't ride your bike all the way here, did you?" or "Surely you didn't ride today". 

Why not?  It takes me just under an hour to commute to work by bike, and yet if I take the train, it takes me 1.25-1.5 hours.  At the same time, I am burning calories as well as saving on fuel and upkeep for a car.

Yes, there are times/days where I don't feel like riding, so you know what... I don't.  Simple as that. 

I ride my bike because I enjoy it. Yes, it saves money and helps with decreasing pollution and dependence on petrolium products, but for the most part... I enjoy doing it. It's fun.  Maybe if more people are seen out on their bikes enjoying themselves, it will become less of a shocker when someone famous does it. Then again... maybe not.

-Papa Bear