Facebook or a walk in the park?

September 9, 2019 § 2 Comments

A new, rigorous study, or at least more rigorous than the slap-dash crap done heretofore, confirms more common sense: The more you use Facebag, the worse you feel. There are different theories as to why this might be so, but I break them down into two basic explanations:

  1. It sucks looking at an endless stream of happy people even when you know it’s bullshit.
  2. Narcissism makes you unhappy.

It’s a bit of a long story but one that can easily be shortened. I was all packed up and ready to go on a big bike trip, when I decided to do the bike trip without the bike. It has so far worked out great. I’ve non-biked in some great places and seen things I would have never seen were I not non-biking.

Yesterday I non-biked out of the town of Baden, and took a hiking trail up into the Wiener Wald. The first part of the trail was along a bike bath, so technically I did get some biking in, again, minus the bike.

I have a couple of cyclist friends who have done a lot of non-biking lately, Junkyard, who is non-biking his way from Canada to Mexico on the Pacific Crest Trail, and CG New Girl, who has been non-biking all over the country the last couple of years, up and down mountains, camped out by scenic lakes, and stomping around in non-biking boots.

The non-bike ride yesterday started out cool, damp, overcast, and threatening rain. I non-biked on. My #fakesurfer shoes with smooth soles which are oh-so-comfy for padding around the mall didn’t work out so great on the steep trail sections covered with mud, wet leaves, and mossy rocks. It would have definitely gone better with a cyclocross-type non-bike setup.

On the way back I stopped at the Scharzenberg overlook. Just then the sun hit, blasting away the clouds. I sat down and ate some from my loaf of bread. The rock warmed up, and so did I. Next thing I knew I was asleep in the sun on a rocky ledge.

The number of newsfeeds I reviewed, statuses I updated, posts I got my panties wrenched sideways about … that would be zero. I guess the formula is Non-bike > Facebag, or something like that.


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