Monday, January 31, 2011

The Dreaded Stairs

A great social commentary. If you want people to exercise, make it fun.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Typographic Bicycle

I really like this image. Nothing too serious, just a fun way to describe all the parts of a bike. I found it at The Practical Cyclist's Blog. I originally posted it on my cycling blog More Than 100 Miles.  

Friday, January 28, 2011

Experimenting with commerce

This particular blog was the first one I ever wrote. Over the use I have used it as a testing ground before I trotted stuff out on my more well read blogs. I am now experimenting with "Monetizing" my blogs. On the one hand I'm against the commercialization of almost everything we see in today's world. In football there's the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Bowl. In baseball that home run was brought to you by Mr. Handyman. This state park is sponsored by Pepsi. On the other hand writing blogs takes time, our most valuable resource. I once saw a speaker proclaim that time was more valuable than money. "After all" he said, "we can make more money, but we can't make more time." With that in mind I'm trying to recoup some resources for the amount of time I've put into the various on line writing I've done over the years. I'm not sure at this point if this will prove advantageous and if ads become more trouble then they're worth I'll pull the plug.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Recent Great Lines

I wish I could take credit for these, but they are comments or song lyrics I've heard recently that I liked for various reasons.

"I'm swimming through the ashes of the bridges I have burned."

"Life isn't experienced by sitting by idly."

"I can finally do more push-ups than Jack LaLaine."

Saturday, January 15, 2011

An explanation

The "About Me" box to the right ------> lists an address to send donations. A new reader may wonder "What's that all about?" One my passions is finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. My son Jake was diagnosed with Type 1 thirteen years ago when he was six. Since then our family has been very involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JDRF is one of the top fundraising organizations in the world. Over 84% of everything JDRF raises goes directly toward diabetes research. As part of our efforts to raise money for the cause we ride our bicycles with the West Michigan JDRF Ride Team. This fund raising effort has raised over $1,000,000 in the past 6 years. To learn more about what we do check out our ride blogs, More Than 100 Miles and our Team site. And if you are so inclined you can mail a donation to the address in the "About Me" box. Please make the check out to JDRF.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Same blog, new name

This was the first blog I started writing. I mostly used it to learn the intricacies of creating in the blog format. I have posted occasionally over the years, but have really focused more on my other blogs. These include my blog on cycling with the JDRF Ride team More Than 100 Miles, a blog on a benefit concert Jake's Music Festival, and being a contributor to the JDRF Michigan Great Lakes West Chapter - Ride to Cure Diabetes blog. I'm also the administrator for the web sites for Connie's Cakes, Blue Monkey Adventure, and The Scheidel Group. I even write a travel column for

All of these sites are very specific and sometimes I have thoughts I want to share that don't fit in any of those places. And the status updates on FaceBook and Twitter are just not long enough. So I've renamed this blog to "Specifically Unspecific". This will be the spot where I share all the other marbles rolling around in my head. Oh you lucky, lucky reader.