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  1. #1
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    Red face 8 years commuting lead to this.

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    Momentum Planet, the magazine for self-propelled people, #37 is just out. This issue features Boston. I am one of the people profiled.
    http://www.momentumplanet.com/profiles/jean-smith

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    Very nice! This is a very nice story and very inspiring. I am so far away to my job. You made a lifestyle change that I am envious of, and don't know if I could take that sort of risk at this point in time. You have me thinking though. Please post occasionally about your Bike not Bombs experiences.

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    That is so cool!

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    That's great!
    If you don't grow where you're planted, you'll never BLOOM - Will Rogers

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    Wow, that is wonderful!
    Congratulations, you are an inspiration.
    I see you have been a member of TE for a very long time as well.
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  6. #6
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    Jean, that's great!
    I haven't received my issue yet, though...

  7. #7
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    Excellent!!!

    I love this:
    "My dislikes about riding in Boston include: ... and 3. lack of street signs, especially at large intersections of major streets."

    Ha! A problem throughout MA...and all of New England!
    I always used to say the mindset of the traffic planners in New England: "If you don't know where you are...you don't belong here!"

    And I like your dream bike, too (but I'd opt for 700 c wheels for taller me, and a ti frame...just because I'm a ti junkie! ).
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    congrats for being featured in the magazine! and i hope you get your dream bike soon.
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    Way way cool! I anxiously await the arrival of my issue in the mail.

    Quote Originally Posted by 7rider View Post
    Ha! A problem throughout MA...and all of New England!
    I always used to say the mindset of the traffic planners in New England: "If you don't know where you are...you don't belong here!"
    That was my mantra when I was back there in November.

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    Great article!

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    This is great. It's wonderful that you get, in turn, to be an inspiration for others now. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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    Very cool! Congratulations
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    What a GREAT story. I had to do a double-take at the photo because we look very much alike!

    You know it still surprises me that someone our age is still considered an oddity to commute to work. Heck, at any age I guess but I still get that weird look as if someone is thinking "why aren't you doing something NORMAL like playing with your grandkids?" For heaven's sake you'd think I was jumping out of an airplane everyday without a parachute.

    Now, when we are 92 or 102 and still commuting to work, then that might merit some odd looks and wonderment but that's 30-40 years from now. Wonder what bike we will have then? Hopefully by then I'll have a custom bike made by our very own Lunacycles. Mine will only weigh 5 pounds (Lunacycles will have discovered a new lightweight metal by then) and it will have the lowest granny gear on the planet.

    Anyway, congrats on the lovely article. It's a wonderful thing to see a human being enjoy the pleasures of life and you look and sound like a great "enjoyer."
    "The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we might become." Charles Dubois

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    wonderful!

    Great story!

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    That was lovely, thank you for sharing!

 

 

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