Dispatches from the Head

I bought a bike.



Okay, Folks!

Last week at the Trepany House at The Steve Allen Theater went great. Thanks again for coming out. If you want to come see the process of me figuring out what to talk about on stage there are at least two other opportunities. I will be doing the rambling self-wrestling workshops on March 4th and 11th at 8pm. I will have someone opening for me. Last week was Nate Bargatze. I’m not sure who it will be for the next two shows. You can get tickets here.

I bought a bike. I’ve bought bikes before but I really feel like I am going to ride this bike. Don’t you? I mean I didn’t get a bike that would pressure me. You know the kind. They have 29 gears, fancy handle bars that you have to hunch over to use, a tiny seat set way up and those dumb thingies that you have to put your feet in to pedal. I’ve decided those are dangerous. Not just the pedal thingies but fancy bikes in general. They seem to have expectations that I can’t live up to and I am not going to try anymore. I bought a cruiser. It has 7 speeds and ‘Hey, I’m riding a bike because it’s fun’ handlebars. It’s simple and badass. I’m going now to see if I can equip it with saddlebags or a basket of some kind because in my mind I’m going to be running all my local errands on that bike. I guess the trick now is to find a badass bike basket. I don’t even know if they exist. I’m hanging on to hope. Hope for a badass basket.
If you’ve never been called a sociopath apparently you aren’t making an impact on the people around you. Like narcissist, sociopath gets bandied about like regular people have the ability to diagnose psychiatric disorders based on their own feelings about someone. If you’ve been called either of these names I have to assume that the caller was not happy with you and there is a good chance they spent several years with you. I’m speaking in general terms here, hypothetical.

On Monday’s show I have a conversation with Jon Ronson who wrote a book called ‘The Psychopath Test’ which I read and found informative, compelling, personal and funny. It is also full of conscience or at the very least, self-awareness, which means that Jon is not a psychopath. Though he wasn’t entirely sure at points. On Thursday the always-talking Tom Arnold talks to me. It’s actually a revealing chat that made me see Tom differently. Hell of a story.

Boomer lives!


Love,
Maron


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Total13 February 27, 2014 at 12:21 pm


You got a bike?!  That’s great.  Running errands on your bike is the best.  I commute 10 miles to work in Chicago, and even if the wind is kicking my ass, I still feel better than when I take the bus.  I hope your bike becomes your new favorite thing.

This is what I roll on:

http://www.wabicycles.com/classic_bike_spec_11.html

Come on WTFsters, show us your bikes!

Thrasher February 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm


Bikes Save Lives smile

Tony March 01, 2014 at 11:21 pm


Don’t try to go badass with regard to a basket. Go quaint. Dare I say, go cute. Isn’t it truly the most badass of men who can roll with a cute basket on their bicycle? And, for goodness sake, please wear a helmet.

D March 09, 2014 at 5:28 pm


Get a nice helmet from Bern, that way you don’t look like a spaceship has landed on your face.

I commute to work too, I ride a fixed gear 30 miles a day but I’m just as happy on a cruiser with fat tires. (mine got stolen at the beach last summer.) I love all bikes the same. Here’s mine - http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5107/5621553412_0d24da9246_z.jpg