A Non-Cyclist’s Journey Into Cycling

It’s time for another installment in my Bike to Work Series. This week we’ll actually dive into the daily logs I kept when I first started cycling to work last summer. Remember, at the time I had decided to ride every single day regardless of the weather. I’ve softened that a bit, but it’s still […]

Why I Started Biking to Work

I have failed. Specifically, I failed at my goal of biking to work year-round and selling my car this spring. But you know what? I did bike to work for several months, saved some cash, got a bunch of free exercise, and reduced my carbon emissions. So yes, I failed to reach the moon, but […]

When Did You Last Give Someone a Chance?

In today’s hyper-competitive, dog-eat-dog world, there is often a thought that you must only have the best people on your team, and if you can’t, then you must do it yourself. Don’t give someone a chance. Well, I have news for you: On average, people are, well, average. On average, people are average In any […]

A Tribute to Future You

Death and destruction are everywhere. And it Sucks. With a capital S. But what will you do about that? Today’s post is unfortunately partly “inspired” by many recent tragedies. I am almost always one of the most energic, optimistic people in the room at any given time. However, as I work through the process of […]

What’s With All the Garbage?

There is one particular routine that occurs around the Urbaniak household every 8 days, or so: The city sends us a reminder email around suppertime. My wife and I discuss it then promptly forget about it. At bedtime we say, “Oh shoot – don’t forget that email!” And then comes the mad scramble running through […]

Why Are You Driving Your Kids to School?

Tell me: Why are you driving your kids to school? It’s too far. It’s cold outside. It’s raining. The path isn’t plowed. You need to get to work, stat. It’s too dangerous for them to walk. Baloney. When I was growing up, Mom often made bologna sandwiches. Yum. Well, not really. I think Dad must […]