When I first set up this blog, I put the announcement “New Post Every Monday” on the home page. I didn’t actually have a mandate to post weekly, but I put that line up as a commitment device, basically telling everyone I was going to write weekly to create a sense of obligation within myself. And it worked, at least for the first few weeks. After a few weeks, though, other demands on my time started to pull me away from the blog and the weekly writing practice that I had intended it to be. I also admit that I was a little disappointed in the Punxsutawney post, as I don’t think I really captured the feeling of the place in my writing. The drive up through central Pennsylvania was —and I hesitate to use such a cliche’d phrase— truly sublime, and I think that in my rushed way of writing I really wasn’t able to convey that in the post.
Anyway, in the spirit of progress through “shitty first drafts”, I suppose the only way to get better at this is to just keep doing it. So, with that in mind, I am attempting to re-launch the blog. Before I do, I thought it might be good to revisit the stories I shared from Round 1, with updates.
I wrote my first post on the topic of Bitcoin, as it was enjoying an unprecedented surge in value at the time. Since I wrote that post, the price has tumbled, mostly (I think) based on bad press garnered by other cryptocurrencies. Although Bitcoin itself hasn’t had any recent embarrassments of its own making, that doesn’t change my attitude: I’m still not jumping in.
I’ve been thinking more and more since my posting that it seems like one of the main draws of Bitcoin is that is appeals to a certain minarchist faction in our society, a group so mistrustful of government that even institutions such as banks would be better off without their “interference”. Personally, I am a fan of the FDIC, at least to the extent that they insure my bank deposits.
I suppose if I think about it, I could come up with a couple of governmental agencies or at least programs that I don’t think we really need, and it wouldn’t be too hard to think of a number of cases of governmental overreach or dysfunction that have reached the point of doing harm. But by and large I think we should all keep in mind that the government was created by the people for the benefit of the people, and if you think that we don’t benefit from government oversight of our banking system, then respectfully I think you’ve been reading too many political ads on Facebook.
I’m still a Peloton fanatic. It’s getting me into shape for the big event at the end of the summer that will be the subject of more than a few posts on this site (I’ll say no more about it for now). I haven’t changed my opinion on the Peloton TREAD, though I’m continuing to follow the company closely.
I do occasionally check out the Facebook Official Peloton Rider page. Since (as I mentioned in my blog post) Peloton has done little to try to build an actual community around the bike, this seems to be the closest thing, though it’s mostly posts from noob’s asking how often they should ride and how they can get their shoes unclipped from the pedals. There is so much untapped potential here for Peloton, I’m just not sure if they’re going to wade into it or not.
FLY, EAGLES, FLY
A funny thing happened on February 4th. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl LII (if you were born after 900AD, that’s “52”). I’m sure you are already aware of that fact, but I, for one, never get tired of writing “Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles”.
Despite my insistence that I was not a “big Eagles fan”, I surprised myself in how elated I was at the win. It was a very exciting game (though there was no point at all in which Eagles fans could unclench for even a minute), and when the ball hit the turf on the last Hail Mary attempt, the room went wild. It was literally a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
A few days later, Jason Kelce reminded me that yes, compared to some other people, I am indeed not a big Eagles fan. Incidentally, I wrote in my blog that the Philadelphia fans embrace their underdog image, and that’s undeniable. In fact, there was a recent local news article which asserted that Philadelphia was having an identity crisis, what with both the Super Bowl championship and the NCAA Men’s basketball championship in the same year. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a good problem to have.
As I mentioned at the top of this blog post, I really don’t feel like I captured the pure merriment of Groundhog’s day in Punxsutawney, which is regrettable. I will say one thing, Phil was right this year. It’s April 9th, and we still have flurries here. Six more weeks of winter would have been short! Still, I have finally thawed out from my night of standing in 15° weather, and I am actually giving a little bit of thought to going back next year. I can’t explain it, maybe you just had to be there.