Scope Down! (A Watch Story)

On October 28, 2018, in Miscellaneous, by scott

Dive, Dive, Dive! Scope down!

I was feeling a little over connected… over notified, and over stimulated.

Every notification my phone received was sent to my watch, which resulted in me being distracted from whatever I was doing to read a (most of the time) irrelevant notification. I still find myself looking to my wrist if my phone makes a notification sound!

In a world of Garmin, Apple Watches, Android Wear devices, and Fit Bits, I started to notice in myself and others how often we would look at our wrists. Not to check the time… but to see if there was an important message on our phone that needed to be handled right then and there.

I longed for a simple watch. Something reliable, not too expensive, but something I could wear while working around the house/not at work. I have a Citizen Skyhawk I prefer to wear while working due to multiple time zone changes… and that watch allows me to quickly set local time as well as display the time at home.

After consulting a friend who collects watches, as well as many internet resources, I chose to order a new watch. What is it? No…it’s not a new mountain bike… nor is it even bike realted …

It is a Seiko skx007. A what?!? Yeah, that was me a couple weeks ago. Now, I am enjoying the beautiful simplicity that my new diver watch brings. No batteries. No charger. Just a simple and wonderful piece of engineering and time telling that doesn’t constantly vibrate my wrist to get my attention, track anything I do, or do anything but what it was designed to do… be a reliable way to let me know I am currently late for something.

 

Do You Remember Your First Time?

On September 26, 2018, in Fitness, MTB, by scott

Remember your first time? Doing that thing? You know, the thing that totally changed your life for the better. It brought you immense joy and amazing astonishment? 

Bear with me now… 

The day after my father passed away, I had a flight lesson. My flight instructor asked if I really wanted to fly, and I replied yes, but I just want to go up and watch the houses get small… and that is exactly what we did.  Jumped in an airplane and just enjoyed the view.

As a flight instructor, whenever my students would get overloaded, over-stressed, or just fatigued with the constant stress of flight lessons and school, I would toss out the plan for the day and say, “we’re going to go up and watch the houses get smaller today..” It got a few funny looks initially, but after a while, I think they got it. Just get in a plane, and have a good time. Fly where you want, however you want. Go up and down. Turn with a slightly steeper bank than normal. Forget about what was stressing them out and enjoy the view.

Today, I had one of those days. Lots of stressors at home and I needed a place to clear my mind and just look at the view…

I don’t have access to an airplane to watch the houses get smaller, but I do have access to something else that brings a smile to my face… as well as many other faces…some single track and a bike. 

And what a glorious ride it was! Autumn is here. The leaves are falling and I was riding over a colorful combination of dirt, leaves, and fallen branches (which I would stop to pick up if they were substantial). 

When I was done, I thought to myself, “self, that was a wonderful trip watching the houses get smaller…” Then I laughed at how absurd that sounds after riding a bike, but it made perfect sense to me.

So, do you remember your first time? Doing that thing? You know, the thing that totally changed your life for the better. It brought you immense joy and amazing astonishment? 

Fortunately I do, and it is nice, every once in a while, to go back there and forget about the grown up things and be a kid again. 

Have a wonderful day!