Glenn Kubish

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

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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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A little bike ride in Edmonton
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Today was the perfect day for a little bike trip along the downtown network in sunny Edmonton.I enjoy the view of the towers from the 105 Ave path near 110 St. I have long felt that bicycle riders, not sealed under roof and behind glass, have a special relationship with the road. Bicycle forks si...
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Weekend in Jasper
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We are back from the Jasper Park Lodge. This was Lac Beauvert being mirror to the mountains. Here are some other stills.The air was very clear as we moved through the Obed heights.The Hinton Eye.A roadside traffic sign blinked Sharp Shoulders at the instant Andy Maize sang My shoulder still burns...
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A silly streak in us
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The front tire wasn't a front tire as much as it was a kind of oversized windshield wiper clearing snow from the glass. The transformation was rapid, and complete. Now I was pedalling down a riverbank utility road, and now I was thinking how lovely it is when the brown city gets a fresh set of li...
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The memorable Janette Sadik-Khan
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Janette Sadik-Khan is a lawyer. She moves easily in engineering circles. She led the New York City Department of Transportation for six years. There is no necessary reason with that professional pedigree that she should also be able to speak clearly. Lawspeak plus engineeringspeak plus transporta...
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Phatbiking
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Phatbiking
I recommend phatbiking in the city.Phatbiking is phatic communication experienced on a bicycle. Phatic is one of those Greek words. It means spoken or affirming. Phatic communication is a concept that captures the ways human beings use language not necessarily to convey information from person A ...
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Things, including The Beatles, I met on my trip home
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Things, including The Beatles, I met on my trip home
The record sleeve for disc 2, side 1 of The Beatles/1962-1966 is not something you see discarded on the street every day. But there it was this afternoon on the ground near the new arena on 104 Ave, looking like an open wound. I crouched down and looked without touching. I admit it. I felt a stra...
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Fragments from a fall
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Fragments from a fall
The FallMy left shoulder throbbed. From the hot pain rose the strangest image. A giant eagle had sunk its giant talons into my left shoulder, and then squeezed until I breathed out, barely controlled, a thin jet of frosty air. I had just fallen off my bike coming down a stretch of riverbank ice b...
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Everyday Strava
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Everyday Strava
I will not forget the feeling of pedalling up Sunwapta Pass. Feeling was all there was. Pain feeling. And the feeling of being alone and in a test of will against that switchbacked ramp of asphalt and stone between Banff and Jasper. Out of gears now. And now just trying to keep a semblance of cad...
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