Glenn Kubish

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

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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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A bus transfer
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A bus transfer
I pushed open the door of the University LRT station this morning and felt the short surge of electricity that prepares me for a bodily encounter with a stranger who is going to ask for money."Hi, buddy, do you have a bus transfer?" the man asked. He seemed friendly.Bus transfer, I said to myself...
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Early morning thoughts on rainbows, bicycles, email...
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This picture captured me this morning.The elements came together. Rainbow, shining birds, stormy and clear sky, light, dark, river, bicycle, the University of Alberta, a man with orange hat, arms crossed, standing in witness. In the bottom right corner a kind of shadow signature.I thought: How lo...
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Oliverbahn 101. (Okay, 102 :)
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Oliverbahn 101. (Okay, 102 :)
The "Oliverbahn" is a stretch of protected, treed, life-lined bicycle lane that runs along the north side of 102 Ave through Edmonton's Oliver neighbourhood. There is a lot to notice and consider on the way to and from the city's downtown core. Today, I saw:A neighbourhood that provides space for...
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The elephant in the alley
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The first time I saw the toy elephant was a month ago. It was lying on its side in a patch of grass and leaves and twigs in the alley behind our house. That seemed wrong.  I put the plastic creature on its feet. Every morning walking to the bus, every evening coming back from the bus I glanc...
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