Monday, November 16, 2009

Cool, hip and almost fearless...

I’ve always thought women who ride bikes on dirt trails are cool, hip, and fearless. And given the chance, I figured I’d try to be one of them. My friend Vicky is one of those women and this week she drove from Northern California to come visit me. She was also writing a piece for singletrack.com, an online magazine geared toward the bicyclist. In my opinion, it doesn’t get much cooler, “hipper” or more fearless than that.

Our plan was to ride a dirt trail at a nearby park. It sounded easy enough and it was… until we rode up to a single track and decided to give that a try instead. A single track is a dirt path typically only the width of a bike. But that’s not how *I* would describe this single track. This one was skinny and muddy and, frankly, I thought I was going to die. As I wobbled, weaved, and panted my way uphill, I silently prayed I wouldn’t fall into the rock-filled creek. Vic was cheering me on from the top. I, in turn, was secretly cursing her for making me do this. But in truth, when we got back to the main dirt drag, I felt exhilarated.  

That exhilaration lasted until we got back to my house, because that was when I found out that several of my former CNN.com colleagues had been laid off that day. The live, streaming news service known as CNN.com Live was no more, or at least it was not going to be the way I’d always known it. Having worked at the network for nearly 15 years, I had witnessed layoffs before but this one hit really close to home. CNN.com was the place I had always felt most comfortable. And although I had left on my own in June, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would’ve been like had I stayed. I will always cherish the few pictures I have from my dotcom days.   

 One thing is certain:  there is life after CNN… and so far it’s pretty awesome. Anything is possible and there is so much out there to see. I mean, who would have thought five months after leaving the network I’d be trying something I never even put on my To Do list? Here I was in the Pacific Northwest; riding my bike on a single track, eating dirt, wearing dirt, and actually enjoying being one with dirt. For a brief moment in time I was cool, hip and almost fearless.

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5 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you are now one with the dirt! Now, that was a fun day in the mud!

    Your ridin' partner,
    Vicky

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  2. Ha! Your such a "Dirty Hip-ster"! (whaddya think I was gonna say?!?!?!? :)
    Looked like fun, glad ya had a dirty time. The AC/DC on the clip was a good call, and that ending shot w/ u riding by then stopping and asking if she was OK was very "Lila-esque". Cracked me up!
    Keep on living, kid!

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  3. Vicky is my biking guru ... and Kevin, that AC/DC is because of you. All my hard, thumping tunes are courtesy of the Kev Collection!
    Signed,
    Your dirty hipster friend

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  4. I'm way behind on keeping up with your blog, and I can't get the video at work, so I'll have to check it out later. But, this is awesome news, now when we ever get to Portland, we can go biking! Awesome!

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  5. Barbara, count on it and hopefully by then, I'll have done a lot more mtn biking on the dirt trails...

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