My Christmas ride one day late results in a present!

Today I got to go on my annual Christmas ride! It is one of my favourite rides of the year. Being on the west coast of Canada, I and all the other mountain bikers, can ride pretty much year round! So to ride on Christmas almost every year for the last 15 to 20 years has become one of my favourite traditions.

This year on Christmas day I had quite a busy morning, and forgot to dry my riding gear. By the time it was done in the dryer, I didn’t have much time to complete a worthy ride, so I opted instead for a nap.

I did this knowing that I still had Boxing Day on the 26th to complete my ride. And, man was I ever happy I did. You see, if I had gone yesterday, I would have done the ride alone and I would have rushed the ride and stuck to the trails I know.

But instead, today I was able to bring my riding partner Jeremy. For anyone keeping score, he is also my very talented brewmaster that did all the beer for our wedding!

He had gone out for a ride recently and had discovered the beginnings of some NEW trails in the area we frequent. Today we went of explored them more! Finding new trails is much like a Christmas present for mountain bikers! Especially ones that were built by mountain bikers! They add all the little touches that are needed to make the trail unique and one of a kind.

After a good hour and a half ride on brand new trails, we went back to Jeremy’s place and had a toast to another great year of riding, and did it with a glass of his yummy beer!

A great annual ride, and this year’s was one of the best!


Photo of the day – I got irony for Christmas

This year my wife and I decided to keep Christmas simple and focus instead on the kids! But we did get each other a small present each. My present had the greatest irony, getting the Christopher Hitchens book “God in not Great”.

I’ve not been one to be good at figuring out when something is ironic, but to get an anti-religious author’s book at Christmas has got be irony. Or how about getting an anti-religious book by a famous dead author on the very day that Jesus was supposed to have been born? Or that I got a present at all when I wasn’t supposed to and that it was about all of the above? Triple irony? Does it even exist?

I’m quite excited to read the book(when time allows!). I’m sure it will make for some thought provoking blog posts in 2012!

Now I’m off to enjoy a nice dinner at my mother-in-law’s.

Merry whatever you celebrate!

What does Christmas mean to you?

I’ve had a few interesting conversations lately about Christmas and all the fuss going on online about protecting Christmas as a Christian holiday, and people freaking out about saying “Happy Holidays”. I’m pretty open with everyones beliefs but I have a hard time with being told what to celebrate or what to say.

So today I thought I’d post a short video of some of our current “Christmas” traditions and how they didn’t originate with Christians.

What does Christmas mean to you? For me it is a time to get together with family and live the holidays through my kid’s eyes. It’s not about Christ for me at all…

Hardcore Christian Christmas Concert

My kid has been hinting to us that we wouldn’t like the upcoming X-mas concert. He knows where I stand on God, Jesus, etc. It can be said now that we were warned! Holy Shit!

A Canadian Elementary School putting on a full X-mas concert all about the “Son of God”. The concert was all about baby Jesus(also mentioned as the lord of lords, the king of kings, the son of god, you get the idea), with songs about God, worshipping the Lord, the king, etc…I was seriously shocked. And even though I run this site, and wear my atheism on my sleeve, I consider myself very tolerant about people’s beliefs. If a local church wants to invite people to a play about their saviour, fill your boots. But, I will always debate people, challenge their un-questioned belief in the invisible man when they push it on me.

This concert was something I would expect to see if I attended Christmas Mass at a local church. NOT IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL!!!! What the hell was the school thinking? I will be writing the school district a letter to complain, and will post my progress. I really want to know why this play is tolerated in a public school that is not supposed to teach children religion.

It was sickening.

Maybe the following pics will lighten up my mood 🙂

The santa one is just tongue in cheek. He is much more fun than God…