Hey <<First Name>>,
Earlier this week, I asked an important question on twitter:
Do you always get on your bike on the same side?
This question came out of the fact that, I, a 28-year-old human adult, can only get on a bicycle from the left. One time I tried to get on my bike from the right side and grossly miscalculated how high I actually needed to lift my left leg, resulting in me looking like a poorly programmed robot still trying to figure out moving through this world.
So, I asked twitter if they, too, only mounted a bike from the same side and I got 36 replies! I suspect this is partially because cyclists are a lot like vegans, in that they love to preach about their noble lifestyle choices. People had Opinions (capitalization intentional, there) about what is the right way to get on a bike.
A North American insisted that the correct way to mount a bicycle is from the right, so you are away from traffic. To this I say, I mean, sure that's a logical statement. But if you are driving a car and park car on the right side of the street do you also exit and enter your car via the passenger side and crawl across?
And a Danish cyclist claimed that they were taught to mount from the left for the same traffic reason because in Denmark, they drive on the left.
Then, a New York cyclist stated that they mount from the left because that's the way to mount a horse. Which... okay, sure, I'll accept that as a response.
All in all, the vast majority of folks get on their bikes from the left, a few go from the right and there's a small minority of ambidextrous folks who are bike-side agnostic.
This whole unscientific exercise reinforced that there is no "correct" way of doing things, even if someone insists that their way is the correct way. You can achieve the exact same result as someone by taking a different approach that works for your needs.
It also reminded me that you can be a fully grown adult who's been practicing a skill for the past 20 years, and be totally incompetent at that skill when you try to do it just a little bit differently. Have you ever tried to brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand? So difficult. Now, fold your arms. Now, try to fold your arms the opposite way. What the hell, right? So weird.
Recommended reading this month:
💰This sounds like something out of a movie, starring Julia Roberts. A writer starts researching a book about professional poker playing, by becoming a pro poker player. Then wins so much money, she has to put her book on hold.
🍰My new favourite food blogger and food instagrammer is Molly Yeh. Her recipes are so creative and beautiful! I feel like she is in a league of her own and has her own very unique style that is super refreshing in a the sea-of-same of food blogging.
⏲The seven minutes before you have to give a presentation are the worst. I 100% agree! I totally psych myself out before presenting or facilitating, but then the actual presentation is always fine!
📷Do you follow photographer Jamie Beck of Ann Street Studio on Instagram? She's a photographer living in Provence, France and I am so captivated by her work. And her lifestyle. She gets beautiful linen dresses handmade in Marseilles and spends her days photographing still lifes of flowers and foliage. Her recipes are always so simple, fresh and elegant. How does she do it? WHO is this lady?
🐝These mossy embroideries are so gorgeous.
👠Are quilts finally making it to "high fashion"? This article is interesting but it also ignores that there's been a modern quilt revival going on for a while!
📱I can't quite articulate why, but I feel a little haunted by this concept of our devices holding onto our old memories. Have you ever gone into your system preferences and seen a long list of wifi networks you've connected to and had memories of a cute cafe you visited while on vacation or a long wait in a doctor's office all of the sudden come out of nowhere? It's definitely happened to me.
💸A Kickstarter for bad ideas is definitely something that the world needs.
📰One of the best weekly newsletters I subscribe to (and I subscribe to many of them) is Smarter Living from the New York Times. This is a great article from the Smarter Living editor, Tim Herrara about life tips he's learned from writing the newsletter.
Recommended Listening & Watching:
You have to watch this Muppet Blooper reel. It will make your day.
Have I mentioned how much I love John Mulaney? I've watched all his netflix comedy specials and his new one, Kid Gorgeous is just wonderful. If you're looking for more John Mulaney and some behind the scenes, I recommend his recent episode of the Good One podcast!
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