I'm hoping to up the ante on these mountain updates after Christmas. I'm probably going to get this:
. . . which will make shooting pictures and video pretty damn cool. The downside is that I might have to start wearing my helmet, but that's a small price to pay for sick first person footage of glades, park, and bumps. Plus it comes with a couple of helmet attachments so I can do some bike video in the summer (although footage of me on my road bike might be kind of boring . . . maybe I need a mountain bike after all).
To be honest, though, I'm ready for the Christmas season to be over. The crowded roads, long lines, and general frantic attitude always gets me antsy around this time of year. It's the opposite of "Island Time". It's like New York City Time. Whenever I go down to the city, I always get caught up in the "hurry up and go" attitude of the place. There always seems to be someone shouting in a line behind me, or yelling at a guy next to me. I feel like everybody takes on this attitude around this time of year. They really want their $300 LCD, and they won't let anything (or anybody) stand in their way. Long Live Consumerism!
Oh well. I'm trying to internalize "Island Time" in all aspects of my life. Nothing is so important that it must be done right now, and the consequences of something taking a little longer than I anticipated are never really that dire. I was waiting in a really long (about 35 minutes) line at the store today, and I just tried to relax as everyone pitched a fit around me. It was actually quite soothing. I let my mind wander, blissfully unaware of the conversations and tribulations of everybody around me. Then some asshole at the back of the line yelled that it was my turn at the register and I was holding everybody up. I guess he was on New York City Time . . .