Getting Physical

Yesterday’s Perfect Moment was a conversation I had with a friend and colleague. Since many of these discussions focus on teaching ESL, or exasperation with students, or work issues, they rarely qualify as Perfect Moments; usually never.

In this case, he approached me to tell me that over the weekend he found a bike someone had put in the trash. It was beat up and it needed some work, but since he had been looking for a bike, this seemed like a good possibility,.  He took his bike to Bike Sauce, a community place where, for a donation, they teach you how to fix your own bike.  Sounds awesome doesn’t it?

Bike Sauce is awesome, but what makes this the Perfect Moment was his enthusiasm for the mechanical. He revealed that he thoroughly enjoyed the time he spent working on his bike.  He got out of the mental headspace that is teaching and worked with grease and tools for the afternoon.  I could tell by the look in his eyes and the sheer joy that he projected how awesome that was.  It was quite infectious.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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2 Responses to Getting Physical

  1. leggypeggy says:

    Reminds me of ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’. I could use a lesson on bicycles.

    • Anthony says:

      Oddly enough I re-read that book this year. I usually read it once every decade. I find that as I grow, the book becomes more relevant and clearer to me.
      As for bicycles, I am thinking seriously about taking a bicycle mechanics course….and then hopefully working at a bike shop part time.

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