Jul 12, 2008 - Blog, Travels    2 Comments

Rick Fleeter | rfleeter@mindspring.com | mindspring.com/~rfleeter/index.htm | IP: 166.217.237.42

Spread over a few occasions, some in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and others in the US, I had the good fortune to spend a few days with Arthur Clarke. He was an impressive figure, and even very late in life, one of the sharpest minds on the planet (and possibly off). About 10 years ago in his office at home in Colombo, I asked him what he was currently writing and he said, oh, I don’t write books anymore, I just answer emails.

I took the wisdom of his quip to heart, and have avoided blogging as yet another threat to valuable writing time. And here I am – maybe the times they really are a’changin’, or my defenses were too weak…

If we’re doing it, let’s have some fun with it. So please, tell me something shocking so I’ll say – I’m glad I’m blogging, or I would never have heard _that_.

I’ll try to make good use of your time. Watch the site for announcements of new postings on the web site:
http://www.mindspring.com/~rfleeter/index.htm
book promos. and, of course, more. Much More. Heavy Duty. Extra Strength. Maybe Maximum Strength. Buckle up.

-Rick

2 Comments

  • I have worked with Rick many years ago, and feel partial guilt for his current cyclist-mentality. As an aerospace engineer, and a ultra-long distance runner, I did my best to turn Rick to the dark side of long distance running; but failed. And hence the world lost a potential endurance-runner and is stuck with a mere cyclist. But just to let you know, I know more aerospace engineers that do marathons, ultra-marathons, and also the 10K stuff, than cycling.

    Well, all this was long ago for me. My running speed dropped from under 6 min/mile to 15 min/mile; from running every day to the weekends only. I justify that with the “age” excuse (as the expression goes: old runners never die, they just fade away). And I even find myself biking on some weekends with my college-age daughter, doing the 20 to 30 miles at a leisurely pace (It is just that last 1 mile coming home; with that giant hill that challenges me (biking never seemed to me a challenge)].

    But as a business traveler, and a runner – I had this advantage; with a pair of running shoes and shorts, I was running at any place I landed in. And that is not true about you cyclists…

    One thing I want to point out, that explains the addictions (cycling, running) some engineers suffer from. It is the increased blood flow due to exercise that brings more oxygen to the brain, that make us think better when we get back to the desk after a good workout. But watch for those ties you wear. They do counter the exercise effect by restricting the flow of oxygen to the head (you would seldom catch me wearing one). So aerospace engineering and exercising to me is almost synonymous. See the benefits: burn calories, improve oxygen circulation, increase endorphins production (and addiction). The only down side is the increased CO2 production (global warming). Enjoy.

  • I have read Rick’s travel book and I’m excited to find out he has a blog. Hey, Mr. Fleeter. I love your book and you inspire me to get back on a bike and ride it! So far, it’s only an inspiration, but keep up the biking/blogging and one of these days, I’m sure it’ll be the real thing for me.

    Now, to go sit on my couch and read some more chapters:)

    Abby

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