Glenn Kubish

My blog comes from where I've spent some time: Athens, Jerusalem, north end Edmonton.

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The Astriders
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The Astriders
Hands up if you've used the word astride in conversation lately. Or ever? How about the first song that comes to mind that contains astride in the lyrics? Right. Just the Father John Misty fans. And a lone Walt Whitman disciple there at the back with an arm up.Astride is a perfectly good pre...
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En garde for thee
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En garde for thee
My friend Claire organized a United Way fencing fundraiser at work last week. She duct taped a camera to my side and you can see what happened next. Thanks to the Alberta Fencing Association for the tips, thanks to Brian for being a great foil, kinda.
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My Miyata Six Ten
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My Miyata Six Ten
I  cannot forget the price the guy sitting  behind the cash register in the now long-gone used book store near the south end of HUB Mall on the University of Alberta campus put on my nostalgia.He took a quick look at the front and back of the album I had just handed him. His left thumb ...
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The point of no returning
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The point of no returning
I have a slightly annoying mental habit of replaying, as I ride my bicycle home after occasionally complicated work days, the conversations of those work days, or, worse, fictionalizing them, pretending that I had made this excellent point to that person or imagining how I had delivered this effe...
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A long overdue note to my Miyata
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A long overdue note to my Miyata
It was the font.It was that familiar Miyata font—the lower-case, Japanese-styled letters with breathing room between them, and the way the decalled m, i, y, a, t and a leaned slightly forward, and, placed on the down tube, the way they guided the eye up, reminiscent of a bicycle moving slowly up ...
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Trail 9, Jasper
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At times, I take things a bit literally. Like yesterday afternoon as I hauled my mountain bike up the path on the side of a mountain that was, in places, too rock-encrusted and root-gnarled to actually ride my mountain bike up. That's what I'm going with."Nice job, man, good work!"Those were the ...
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Here's to the pavement!
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Riding a bicycle every day means looking at the pavement. Riding a bike every day is, added up, probably 80 per cent pavement time and 20 per cent sky.That's too bad. The sky gets more than its fair share of attention. Attention from the painters and the poets. The sky attracts the longing souls ...
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Renewlyweds
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On August 19, we became Renewlyweds, then pedalled away together. The ceremony happened down from the funicular because that spot gathers a lot of what we stand for: the river valley, rail tracks, public infra that lets people get down the bank, Edmonton. We brought wonderful musicians (Jenesia, ...
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On tacks on bike lanes
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On tacks on bike lanes
My first thought was not that someone had deliberately sown tacks on the bike lane.It was a Saturday morning a couple of weeks ago. The air was pleasant. We were pedalling down 102 Ave to meet friends from Holland for brunch. A metallic sound, a kind of clank, from the back of Shelagh's bike made...
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Stop that ball: reflections on tonight's sunset in Edmonton
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Stop that ball: reflections on tonight's sunset in Edmonton
Tonight the sun in the smoky sky in Edmonton looks like a lot of things. It looks like payload being lowered to the horizon.And it looks like those flabby red balls we would kick onto the roof of the school during summer holiday. After six or seven attempts.The sun tonight proves the First Law of...
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