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weisan
10-09-2014, 09:08 AM
This is a free-form topic with no fixed agenda or focusing on any specific subject matter. I sort of got tired of the same vanilla topics that get brought up every year, same time and same place and sometimes same people! :D

Everyone is welcome to participate, you don't have to be a card-carrying member of any exclusive club. Nobody here has a monopoly over the conversation. The only ground rule is...please exercise good judgment, keep it positive and helpful.
The purpose in me doing this is, hopefully, to draw out certain ideas or people we don't come across often around here without worrying about on or off topic.

Thanks for participating.

I will lead by example, I will start first.

Last September, I get to bring my bike and fly in a small plane piloted by my friend Rick to do a ride in west Texas at fort Davis. It reduced what would have been a 8-hr drive to 2.5 and I arrived at a much better shape to do the 75-mile organized ride the next day. Actually, right after we landed at alpine, I hopped on my bike and rode 26 miles into town, get to do a warmup ride which is even better! We were able to leave on Friday afternoon and get back on Sunday with minimal disruption to family and work. I am hoping we can do this again next year.
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Aaron O
10-09-2014, 09:12 AM
Probably not what you're looking for, and it will be a little but corny, but what gets me the most up beat is just holding my wife. Since it's a cycling forum, I'll tie it in with the tandem - when we're riding together and she sometimes reaches up to touch my back. It always makes me smile.

echelon_john
10-09-2014, 09:21 AM
Ska. And most reggae.

I like all kinds of music, and a lot of heavier stuff, but ska almost never fails to put me in a better mood.

Like this, for example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GDZp0bPRcU

dekindy
10-09-2014, 09:35 AM
Recently purchased Wahoo Kickr and workouts are giving me a positive boost and better outlook. Also excited about improving my cycling and monitoring my progress.

texbike
10-09-2014, 09:42 AM
Kittens and unicorns. Especially kittens riding on unicorns!

In all honesty, mountains and cool weather do it for me.

Texbike

Aaron O
10-09-2014, 09:51 AM
Kittens and unicorns. Especially kittens riding on unicorns!

In all honesty, mountains and cool weather do it for me.

Texbike
Dude...unicorns aren't real. Unikittie on the other hand...

8aaron8
10-09-2014, 10:01 AM
I've got a couple:

Listening to Joe Pass/Wes Montgomery Pandora radio station while mitering tubes/brazing (anything during the frame building process)

Riding unexplored (by me) areas

Playing guitar when I'm in the right mood

commonguy001
10-09-2014, 10:02 AM
I love going to the Black Hills and as of late have been doing it a couple of times per summer. Usually once with with wife pulling the camper (bringing a MTB and Cross bike) and once via motorcycle.

For whatever reason I'm always :banana: when I get to go

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3879/14462299476_02e2ccb5b7_c.jpg

MattTuck
10-09-2014, 10:07 AM
I've recently been turned on to the classic car market. I'm not a huge car guy, but I've been learning more about it and would love to pick up an older Porsche or Benz... if I had a garage to put it in.

Was recently able to see some fine examples of nicely restored and original cars. Saw a 280SL "Pagoda", saw a 300SL roadster and a 300SL gull wing.

Incredible cars, that seemed like the perfect blend of form and function.

http://cdn.classiccars.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/briggs-sl.jpg


Other stuff that gets me going, pacific northwest indigenous art. Especially paddles. Paddles had huge significance, as both a symbolic item, but also as a means of locomotion and a weapon.

http://www.steinbruecknativegallery.com/assets_d/15960/portfolio_media/orig_sng_053013_40_8073.jpg

Old photographs, old maps, spanish and classical guitar music, eating and wine.

vav
10-09-2014, 10:14 AM
No matter what...these two do it for me :banana:

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5606/15486910912_b479ed5601_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/pAwt4o)IMG_20141005_165846 (https://flic.kr/p/pAwt4o) by vavpa (https://www.flickr.com/people/63560619@N06/), on Flickr

FlashUNC
10-09-2014, 10:27 AM
Unopened Campy parts.

sandyrs
10-09-2014, 10:37 AM
This dog, who is not mine but is a minor New England cyclocross celebrity:

Mr Cabletwitch
10-09-2014, 10:50 AM
My girlfriends rear end in bike shorts usually keeps me moving.

Joel
10-09-2014, 11:28 AM
That moment the plane wheels touch down in a foreign country. Especially one I have not visited before. The adventure!

sandyrs
10-09-2014, 11:35 AM
That moment the plane wheels touch down in a foreign country. Especially one I have not visited before. The adventure!

Along those lines, the moment I finish shifting through all the gears and making sure the wheels are true after reassembling my coupled bike post-plane ride.

Dead Man
10-09-2014, 11:48 AM
my girlfriends rear end in bike shorts usually keeps me moving.

poidh

Saint Vitus
10-09-2014, 11:53 AM
I would also say my kids keep me upbeat/positive, except when it comes to homework and then it all goes out the window. That's when I go for a ride ;-)

My girlfriends rear end in bike shorts usually keeps me moving.

Soft pedal a lot I would guess...

Mr Cabletwitch
10-09-2014, 11:56 AM
poidh

we are going on a mt ride today I'll be sure to grab a pic. :cool:

Lanternrouge
10-09-2014, 11:57 AM
I've recently been turned on to the classic car market. I'm not a huge car guy, but I've been learning more about it and would love to pick up an older Porsche or Benz... if I had a garage to put it in.

Was recently able to see some fine examples of nicely restored and original cars. Saw a 280SL "Pagoda", saw a 300SL roadster and a 300SL gull wing.

Incredible cars, that seemed like the perfect blend of form and function.

http://cdn.classiccars.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/briggs-sl.jpg




The thing about the gull wing Mercedes is that they are so awesome that they do it for people like me who aren't that into cars.

Lanternrouge
10-09-2014, 12:07 PM
Outside of cycling, what makes me happy are dogs. Since I foster, I get the excitement of new ones on a regular basis and it is really satisfying to see them come from a bad environment to being comfortable and moving on to their forever homes. https://www.flickr.com/photos/19386721@N08/15301427900/

shovelhd
10-09-2014, 12:30 PM
Planning for racing next season, even though I don't know whether I will be able to or not.

Uncle Jam's Army
10-09-2014, 12:32 PM
Threads about shaving legs and other body parts. Make me feel tingly all over.

Len J
10-09-2014, 12:37 PM
I talk about this on terms of where I get my "juice"...... where I get energy.



For me:



- facilitating someone I care about in safely confronting and developing a solution to a problem..... in a way that is good for them.



- salvaging a deal through creative problem solving negotiation.



- learning something new.



Len



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Rob1519
10-09-2014, 12:38 PM
The sound of cleats clicking into pedals at the start of a group ride.....especially the first ride of the season.

merlinmurph
10-09-2014, 12:40 PM
12+ inches of Wasatch powder, the sounds of avalanche control, I'm in the Peruvian waiting for interlodge to end, and the road up Little Cottonwood canyon is closed.

Gsinill
10-09-2014, 12:52 PM
Won this one dirt cheap on eBay.de and will pick it up in Germany when I visit family and friends at the end of the month.
Finally the right tool for the real deal after many rehearsals with a beater frame.

(Says the tool nut)

http://i59.tinypic.com/3u4nk.png

alessandro
10-09-2014, 12:54 PM
12+ inches of Wasatch powder, the sounds of avalanche control, I'm in the Peruvian waiting for interlodge to end, and the road up Little Cottonwood canyon is closed.

Just out of idle curiousity, as an Eastern skier, how often does that happen to you--that you're up on the hill when interlodge is declared?

I'd settle for the 12"+ of Wasatch fluff. But surprise powder days here in VT are more than enough to make me feel tingly all over.

Ti Designs
10-09-2014, 01:01 PM
My girlfriends rear end in bike shorts usually keeps me moving.

I so need to install a rear view mirror on the tandem...

merlinmurph
10-09-2014, 01:35 PM
Just out of idle curiousity, as an Eastern skier, how often does that happen to you--that you're up on the hill when interlodge is declared?

I'd settle for the 12"+ of Wasatch fluff. But surprise powder days here in VT are more than enough to make me feel tingly all over.

Frustrated Eastern powder skier here, too, so any interlodge I hit is just luck during a trip out west. Even had "extreme interlodge" in the Peruvian (first I had ever heard of it) where they woke up people on the mountain side of the lodge (that was us) and made them move to the lounges on the other side, just in case a slide hit that side. We had 6'+ in 5 days once which was good for a few morning delays. Make my heart pound just thinking about it....

Kirk Pacenti
10-09-2014, 01:44 PM
Building a new bike from the frame up always gets me excited. I will start on this one today.

bluesea
10-09-2014, 01:48 PM
Raw fish and poi.

Lewis Moon
10-09-2014, 01:58 PM
A new jazz album
Riding somewhere I've never ridden before
Exploring a new city

holliscx
10-09-2014, 02:02 PM
Mr Cabletwitch's gf

/thread

d_douglas
10-09-2014, 02:06 PM
Other stuff that gets me going, pacific northwest indigenous art. Especially paddles. Paddles had huge significance, as both a symbolic item, but also as a means of locomotion and a weapon.

http://www.steinbruecknativegallery.com/assets_d/15960/portfolio_media/orig_sng_053013_40_8073.jpg



Ahhh, I hate to burst your bubble, but I was listening to CBC radio yesterday and heard an interview with a guy who is proposing 'Authentic Aboriginal', citing that up to 80% of aboriginal themed arts in the PNW (where I live) are fraudulent, often made in Asia! 'Authentic Aboriginal' is a certification of authenticity for works created by First Nations artisans. It was an interesting interview, in case you are interested - I cannot find the link to a podcast, but dig it up if you dare.




As for me, my kids in general make me upbeat. My daughter learned to ride a bike this summer and I was so excited that I started 'yelling' at her with happiness. I told her to get off her bike and come see me NOW - this freaked her out (understandably) until I swept her up and gave her a giant bear hug - then she got how happy I was! Cheesy, but it was a landmark moment for a parent.

I also love the sound of a loud hub freewheeling when I first launch my CX bike downhill - before I need to pedal (basically when I simply need to hang on for life).

One other thing I love and miss is the sound of the drivetrain on a SS MTB - silence. I have only owned one SS in my life and I remember being astonished when I first went out on a trail and there was silence beneath my feet - it was great. Now if only I could only get me head around SS riding - soooo inefficient :(

Seramount
10-09-2014, 02:08 PM
for excitement, I guess cave diving does it for me.

photo is me transiting thru a feature known as the Laird Restriction at a place called Goodenough Springs near Del Rio, TX. the cave entrance lies 165 feet under the surface of Lake Amistad.

our team has conducted dives as deep as 515 ft (which is the current US cave diving depth record) in this extremely high-flow, warm water system. to achieve this, the lead diver spent over 6 hours underwater.

at that point, the conduit is still continuing downwards at about a 15 degree decline.

we're currently in prep to deploy an underwater habitat and extend the exploration to 600+ feet next year.

after a lengthy dive in a pitch black hole in the ground, coming back to sunlight is always fairly inspiring.

d_douglas
10-09-2014, 02:09 PM
ahhhh, this has been mentioned and yes, I miss this part of my life.

Having kids and switching from a well paid to a modestly paid job has made this aspect of my life a distant memory. I look forward to getting out there again.

I fondly recall my blood pressure boiling when going through passport control in Belarus, when I was sent there for work :). Seriously!

bikingshearer
10-09-2014, 03:12 PM
Slightly different tack here, but it is hard-won wisdom that has seen me through some dark times and allowed me to remain generally upbeat:

There is very, very little - and perhaps nothing - that happens that doesn't offer some opportunity, however small, for laughter, for insight, for learning about yourself or about others, for expressing or receiving love, or just learning something new. In short, there really is a silver lining to every cloud. And you have actively to seek out, grab for and hold on to those silver linings, no matter how small they are. Otherwise, it is all just wasted pain.

And the pain is going to happen anyway. It's a given. But we can choose to temper it with whatever positives that come with it. It can make all the difference between being crushed by adversity and finding a way to make it through.

soulspinner
10-09-2014, 03:21 PM
Daughters 4.0 at school last semester.

gasman
10-09-2014, 03:22 PM
for excitement, I guess cave diving does it for me.

photo is me transiting thru a feature known as the Laird Restriction at a place called Goodenough Springs near Del Rio, TX. the cave entrance lies 165 feet under the surface of Lake Amistad.

our team has conducted dives as deep as 515 ft (which is the current US cave diving depth record) in this extremely high-flow, warm water system. to achieve this, the lead diver spent over 6 hours underwater.

at that point, the conduit is still continuing downwards at about a 15 degree decline.

we're currently in prep to deploy an underwater habitat and extend the exploration to 600+ feet next year.

after a lengthy dive in a pitch black hole in the ground, coming back to sunlight is always fairly inspiring.


Wow , just wow. That's amazing

Lewis Moon
10-09-2014, 03:28 PM
Slightly different tack here, but it is hard-won wisdom that has seen me through some dark times and allowed me to remain generally upbeat:

There is very, very little - and perhaps nothing - that happens that doesn't offer some opportunity, however small, for laughter, for insight, for learning about yourself or about others, for expressing or receiving love, or just learning something new. In short, there really is a silver lining to every cloud. And you have actively to seek out, grab for and hold on to those silver linings, no matter how small they are. Otherwise, it is all just wasted pain.

And the pain is going to happen anyway. It's a given. But we can choose to temper it with whatever positives that come with it. It can make all the difference between being crushed by adversity and finding a way to make it through.

I remember when I was going through a particularly bad period (divorced, lonely, couldn't see the up side of life) and I was driving home one evening when I saw a particularly vivid Phoenix monsoon sunset in the rear view mirror. I stopped the car at the next opportunity and just sat and watched it 'til dark.
"What a beautiful strawberry, how sweet the taste" (http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/903)

Dead Man
10-09-2014, 03:45 PM
Used to be stuff like this

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But now it's stuff like this

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I guess I get my real "thrills" from climbing and then bombing big hills on the bike, these days. Hopefully next season it'll be from winning races.... I sure as ···· didn't win anything this year.

veggieburger
10-09-2014, 03:55 PM
Sitting behind a log, listening to the chatter of red squirrels....when alluvasudden, out walks a fat early season doe. Nothing gets the hands and heart trembling quite like that...

eddief
10-09-2014, 04:22 PM
For some weird reason, I give a crap about how he does in his profession. Him doing glove magic and clutch hitting always brings a smile to my face.

Bradford
10-09-2014, 04:29 PM
Looking at the stars while camping in the back country in the summer, powder days in the winter. So, in other words, typical Colorado stuff.

alpsantos
10-09-2014, 04:47 PM
Fly fishing and trout. :)

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c27/Mootsfly/20140713_Maine_1772_zpsdf56db6b.jpg (http://s24.photobucket.com/user/Mootsfly/media/20140713_Maine_1772_zpsdf56db6b.jpg.html)

Kirk007
10-09-2014, 06:40 PM
Being about 10 yards away from this guy last week in Namibia was pretty exciting .... I nicknamed him Mohawk Kittie. The read hue on his mane was from the previous nights "activities."

Louis
10-09-2014, 07:05 PM
Last September, I get to bring my bike and fly in a small plane piloted by my friend Rick to do a ride in west Texas at fort Davis.

I've thought it would be neat to do something similar with a "lawn-chair" balloon (e.g. see below) and take a bike along and ride that back home. Seems like the ultimate air & bike happy-go-lucky type of project.

Other than the inherent danger involved, which is probably not that big a deal, the fundamental flaw is that by definition you're likely to have a head-wind coming home...

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/01/19/article-0-07EB9448000005DC-898_634x1036.jpg

EDS
10-09-2014, 07:48 PM
The thrill and joy of new experiences.

shovelhd
10-09-2014, 07:49 PM
Some of you guys are friggin nuts.

weaponsgrade
10-09-2014, 07:55 PM
Wow, that's cool (both the old stuff and new stuff). I'm trying to get my 5yr old into biking. I'm sorta struggling with the helmet thing. I used to tow her around in a Burley. She'd protest about the helmet, but eventually she'd wear it. Got her a Skoot, but I think it was too intimidating and she really didn't like the helmet. Got her a tricycle and I let the helmet rule slide. She'll ride the Skoot now, but doesn't like it enough to ride it w/ a helmet. I just got one of those Burley half bike things that attach to the back of a regular bike. Again, didn't want to wear a helmet. I decided to take her down the street anyway to show her how much fun it was. She loved it and was screaming the whole way down. Hopefully it was fun enough that she'll want to wear the helmet next time. T

Used to be stuff like this

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But now it's stuff like this

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I guess I get my real "thrills" from climbing and then bombing big hills on the bike, these days. Hopefully next season it'll be from winning races.... I sure as ···· didn't win anything this year.

msl819
10-09-2014, 07:58 PM
Fly fishing and trout. :)

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c27/Mootsfly/20140713_Maine_1772_zpsdf56db6b.jpg (http://s24.photobucket.com/user/Mootsfly/media/20140713_Maine_1772_zpsdf56db6b.jpg.html)

I am with Alpsantos... I love having a fly rod in hand and the anticipation of a fish rising to the surface. Also, I love the sound of wind rustling the leaves of trees on a crisp autumn day. Not necessarily both at the same time.

ik2280
10-09-2014, 08:02 PM
Spending time with family, reading in my favorite coffee shop, driving old cars ('86 AR GTV-6 and '92 Peugeot 505 estate, both five-speed), riding and working on my bike, etc.

Oh, and oysters, mussels, clams, softshell crab...

d_douglas
10-09-2014, 08:05 PM
Being about 10 yards away from this guy last week in Namibia was pretty exciting .... I nicknamed him Mohawk Kittie. The read hue on his mane was from the previous nights "activities."




HA HA - I bet I saw this same lion when in Namibia a few years ago. Yes, it got my heart pumping as well. You are in a different world when in Africa and even more so when in nature.

Lucky you, I look forward to doing that again, once my kids are big enough to go there... :)

giverdada
10-09-2014, 08:15 PM
guaranteed: my kids.

seeing my wife in her happiest form - on her bike, hammering.

the sound of a shutter, particularly the huge 'callooomPH' of my mamiya rz67.

the smell of pasta and sauce when the day has turned golden and there are miles in my legs.

new running shoes.

a fresh sheet of paper or canvas.

the sound of tires railing a tough turn.

any time, ever, that a student tells me s/he really 'gets' something. and maybe they even say thank you or something…

running from night into dawn, out of stars into sun.

Kirk Pacenti
10-09-2014, 08:24 PM
The thrill and joy of new experiences.

Beautiful!

cfox
10-09-2014, 10:03 PM
A day at the race track with my boy. It's a ton of work for both of us, but so gratifying to get a good result. So many lessons learned at the track. It's more fun than just about anything. We're headed to New Jersey Motorsports Park tomorrow for a big race weekend.

jlwdm
10-09-2014, 10:41 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kirk007 View Post
Being about 10 yards away from this guy last week in Namibia was pretty exciting .... I nicknamed him Mohawk Kittie. The read hue on his mane was from the previous nights "activities."


10 yards? You need to get up close and up close in the dark.

Jeff

Kirk007
10-09-2014, 11:00 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kirk007 View Post



10 yards? You need to get up close and up close in the dark.

Jeff

That thin line between thrill and insanity ; ). Was the only person up one morning - 5:15 (other than a cook) and two females came down to a waterhole near camp. One fixed me with a good stare, from a good distance more than 10 yards - that was enough of a close dark encounter for me!

christian
10-09-2014, 11:23 PM
There were these hats, made by an iconic cycling clothes maker, with design by an amazing design house/type foundry in Delaware, each made for a specific stage of a race in some far western state, and which could only be obtained on site. Well, in any case, the hat for stage seven commemorated the queen stage of the race in question, a stage that happened to go from my home town in California to the town in which I married my wife. I obviously wanted one.

Well, thanks to a couple of really nice friends/riding buddies/forumites, I'm wearing one now. :banana:

http://www.houseind.com/showandtell/images/3020.jpg

seanile
10-09-2014, 11:55 PM
an epic ascent with friends (during bike & build, hence the poor clothing choices)

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and a subsequent and equally epic descent
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pdmtong
10-10-2014, 12:30 AM
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Mr Cabletwitch
10-10-2014, 09:37 AM
As promised

guido
10-10-2014, 09:40 AM
As promised

Inspiring indeed.

DreaminJohn
10-10-2014, 10:12 AM
My 12 yr old son with autism playing Fur Elise (which he taught himself by ear and watching Youtube videos) perfectly and in its entirety is one of the very few pleasures in my life right now.

The fact that he has to be "in the mood" and can't be coerced to play it only contributes to the pleasure.

Some really great stuff here.

TBDSeattle
10-10-2014, 10:17 AM
My 12 yr old son with autism playing Fur Elise (which he taught himself by ear and watching Youtube videos) perfectly and in its entirety is one of the very few pleasures in my life right now.

The fact that he has to be "in the mood" and can't be coerced to play it only contributes to the pleasure.

Some really great stuff here.

Wow.

Thank you for sharing. I'm inspired.

Bob Ross
10-10-2014, 10:43 AM
Probably not what you're looking for, and it will be a little but corny, but what gets me the most up beat is just holding my wife.

That was actually my first thought when I saw the thread title. *

Well, not just holding, but, y'know, yeah.