In 2014, I was introduced to the online app Nextdoor. If you are not familiar with Nextdoor, don't install it. Essentially, it's a hyperlocal version of Facebook made up of your actual neighbors. But like any social media, add in the minutia, the comments, the anger, the thinly veiled racism...
For additional reading and context I would suggest you view:
And now, on to Vin Diesel.
In spring of 2014, the self-appointed mayor of our Nextdoor neighborhood posted that his newspaper had been stolen. He was "pretty sure" that the roofers working in the area had taken it - it was there when he opened the windows first thing in the morning, and after he made coffee it was gone.
A reasonable assumption, because when working on replacing shingles, one just wants to get caught up on world affairs.
Mark the brown people square on your Nextdoor bingo card. I let that one go.
A few weeks later, he posted about a 'muscular, bald, darker skinned' man walking his dogs off-leash, and while the dogs were well-behaved, his wife and his dogs were very upset, and agitated by this and he felt menaced. Now it's go time.
A few days later, I posted the following - in Crime & Safety...
He responded quickly.
One killjoy posted a Google reverse image search, and blew the gag that it was Vin Diesel. Bummer.
At this point, the post went 8 comments deep, and hit all the Nextdoor hot buttons: threatened lawsuits, fines, back and forth accusations, really classic stuff.
The next day, I posted this:
Guessing I had been muted or blocked by the original poster...
There was one more post to go, and the payoff.
Yes - you read that right, the couple complaining about the dog off leash
- always walks with their dogs off leash.
You can catch Vin Diesel next summer in Fast and Furious 9.
Over the past few years I've created an essential library.
These are books and audiobooks that I read frequently and repeatedly to improve my skillsets in life, business and sales. It's not really a checklist or curriculum but a grouping of related concepts as I've explored these titles.
I resist the bestseller of the month temptation and prefer to master a few.
There are a few keys to this diagram.
The 3 titles in red are the core: Learned Optimism, Art of Exceptional Living, and the DISC Assessment.
I have given countless copies of Learned Optimism over the years, and the tenets, concepts and homework contained have been essential.
The DISC assessment has proven to be a powerful communication tool, helping me understand myself and others.
The Art of Exceptional Living has taught me discipline - essential for when my motivation wanes.
The larger circles are the more powerful and impactful titles in each arena. I prefer certain titles as audiobooks, others as print, and certain titles with topics I want to master, I use both. They are marked with a star and/or a diamond. There's a link to the PDF below as well.
Knowledge needs to be shared.
For the past 5 years, we've done a New Year's Day ride. We take the bike path along C470 and stop in to many of the breweries along the way.
In Colorado, January 1 can be 50 degrees and sunny or it can be a brutal winter day. One year we made it about 25 miles and hit 6 breweries.
1/1/19 was winter. And one of the roughest. New Year's Eve was frigid all day, 5 degrees and snowed all day and into the night.
We woke up to 11 degrees and about 4" of snow. We were meeting at 10:30am for an 11am start to hit Halfpenny Brewing at noon.
I set out all the stuff I wore just to try to stay warm.
Feeling like Randy from a Christmas story.
I don't have a fatbike, and the ice ruled out the CX bike. I decided to ride my mountain bike. A BH Lynx 4.8. Earlier this summer, I put Hutchinson Squale 2.35 tubeless tires on it, and figured that would be enough of a footprint.
One new addition to our casual rides has been the JBL Clip 2 speaker. Having tunes makes things just a bit better.
Here's a link to our Spotify playlist that day.
The cold was absolutely punishing. Never rose above 15 degrees. The bike path was plowed and an easy ride, but any underpass / tunnel - and there were several - had thick ice on entry and exit. We had a few crashes. A flat tire killed most of our body heat.
Then, the sidewalks along Colorado were buried under the snowfall and the splash from the plows - wet, mashed tater snow - about 6 inches. Just a slog.
I don't have any ride pictures - between not wanting to deglove and the dicey conditions - the phone stayed away.
The breweries we hit were:
We rolled out at 11am, and arrived back at Grist as the sun was going down over the Denver foothills - about 430pm.
As we sat at Grist, we felt like we had been skiing all day. Just wiped. But a great start to 2019.
This week's episode features Siobhan of Women's Kit, one of the best cycling feed on Instagram. She takes us through starting her cycling life as an adult and growing her confidence and skills. Just a great chat - enjoy.
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This week's podcast episode takes us to Durango Colorado, where we talk to Kristin Carpenter-Ogden from her company, Verde Strategy. She takes us from being an outdoor and climbing journalist to starting her PR firm, and discusses in detail why and how brands need to truly connect and engage with their customers.
In this week's episode, we talk to Jonathan Dunsmoor of Dunsmoor Law and some of the legal things entrepreneurs need to be thinking about as they start and grow a business.
Our latest podcast episode features the owner of Mercury Wheels. We talk about what led to starting a business, shutting down an apparently successful sales channel, and why you add rosemary to a gin and tonic.
Listen now on Soundcloud!
Our guest on the Burn The Boats podcast takes us to Australia, where we talk about turning his passion for travel and search for great outdoor gear into the Tyres and Soles website.
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We first heard about this book from Seth Godin on the Tim Ferris podcast. Al Ries and Jack Trout published the edition we have in 1993 - before the internet.
This book and the Laws contained inside have been at the heart of designing, implementing and ending some of our marketing efforts.
Most impactful sections:
About a month ago. my friend and neighbor - let's just call him "Kyle" - had posted on the Interwebs that he had crashed on his bike. Thankfully he was OK - just a mild concussion and now in the market for a new helmet.
We stopped by for a visit to check on him and asked Who/What/Where/When/Why/How, and "Kyle" informed us that he flipped right in front of our house.
Which got us thinking...
About 2 years ago to prepare for cyclocross season, we planned a ride on the bike path from our house to our local CX park and back. We rolled out, and were turning off the street onto the trail and heard the unmistakeable sound of a bike locking up cantilever brakes and hitting the deck.
I looked back to find Kyle sitting in the street, with his bike perfectly balanced on the stem and seat, wheels spinning. Something like this:
We confirmed with our friend Nic that this in fact did happen and we weren't imagining this. Apparently "Kyle" didn't see we were turning, looked up and grabbed ALL the front brake.
The story on Crash 2 was that my neighbor was mowing the lawn, and Kyle being a friendly guy waved to said neighbor. At this point "a rock" made contact with his front wheel and his hand missed the bar. We are in the process of conducting neighbor interviews.
We then started running some analysis. Google Maps calculated the distance between our house and the CX crash, #1. About 466 feet away, and the yellow arrow indicates direction of travel, sign indicates approximate location.
We then plotted the approximate location of crash #2. See below, direction of travel indicated by yellow arrow.
Clearly a cyclist named Kyle was having issues bicycling on this street.
We asked the Google for "bicycle crashing signs". Which led us to MyParkingSign.com.
We inquired if the signs could be customized with the official Highway C font, and much to our delight yes, yes it could.
Marcus at x7152 was so helpful. He had a proof delivered within an hour, and delivered the completed sign in 5 business days. We also ordered the Stainless Hose Mount Kit to properly mount the sign to the light pole in front of the house.
Sunday, June 4th was the day to mount the sign. We had a few friends over for Sunday Funday, and were in the garage getting the ladder ready when, guess who rides by? And didn't crash! It was "Kyle" riding by on a grocery run. Discreetly, I put the sign down, made some small talk, and after he departed we quickly set up the ladder, mounted the sign to the light pole. (Note: The worm gear on the mounting kit is really easy and efficient to use.)
Tuesday, June 13th was the official date that Kyle's wife noticed the sign. There was much rejoicing.
And from the Coincidence File, my friend Nic who was present on Crash #1 - sent me this pic of his tattoo. I hadn't seen this ink until now.
The world is truly an amazing place.
Thoughts and hopefully inspirations from the Warmfront.