Challenge #3

So I got asked the following questions by Christopher Hawley:

1) Your take on the Olympics, the venue, and whether bicycling is adequately represented in the official events

2) optimism/realism/cynicism/pessimism: where do you see yourself on this spectrum? Is there another position which you would prefer to find yourself?

3) perversity of the universe, and why it tends to a maximal value (possibly one of Niven’s Laws, but ICBA to check): any personal anecdotes or insights?

[Here’s a starting topic: Why are people who are most hard of hearing the most likely to unplug the phone ‘because its ringing would disturb my sleep’?]

Well, let’s go through these one at a time.

First, the Olympics and cycling’s place in it. The venue? I’m fine with the games being hosted in China. Sure, they’ve got some human rights issues that they need to work out, but as a whole, I’m fine with the games being hosted there. That said, however, I feel bad for any endurance athlete that has to compete in Beijing’s air pollution.

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Challenge #1

sr d writes:

even though you are in a bit of a economic slump, you have continued to focus on buying a house, SOON. why is that? does owning your own home have some special significance? do you think that it is the best thing to protect your personal economy?

thank you for your answer.

And it’s a great question, even if the “you” definition of economic slump could be applied to me as an individual, or the United States as a whole.

I’m not sure where sr d hails from, but here in the States, there are extremely good tax benefits for owning a home. Furthermore, I’m throwing away $600+ a month in rent for a one-bedroom apartment. Why not invest that money in a house and reap the tax benefits?

As for the economic slump part, I’m going to answer that in two parts: personally and nationally.

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Challenge Me

I’m stealing an idea from John Scalzi, one of my favorite writers/bloggers out there. That idea is the “user dictated writing”… You, my (few) readers, get to spew forth ideas … Read more