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I moved to Portland one year ago today

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Oct. 28th, 2007 | 05:03 pm
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I'm not sure how much I have changed Portland by being here, but it has certainly changed me. Dramatically! Besides the 50+ pounds that I have lost I am also much more busy that I can remember being before in my life. The only workweek evening I had off last week was Friday, but then I went to a two hour event Friday morning before work, an hour event at lunch, and went to a bar with coworkers after my shift ended. I have more friends, and more confidence.

I've started working on a career change. Bicycling has become such a big part of my life that I really feel like I'm fooling myself if I don't try to somehow make it what I do for a living. A little over a week ago I went to a panel of Women talking about how they turn cycling into a career [1]. I found Natalie Ramsland's story particularly inspiring. She was in architecture school, and realized that she kept designing bike related things.

The earliest memory I can recall is of being in a child seat on the back of my Dad's bike, and my sister being in a similar seat on the back of my mom's bike. I remember that I thought it was the most fun thing ever. One of the earliest successful entrepreneurial jobs I ever did was fixing the bikes of kids with a friend out of his garage in Elementary, or Jr. High. The first job I ever applied for was to fix bikes.

I want to do bike related stuff. I also want to utilize the tech skills that I have spent so much time developing over the years too. That doesn't mean I just want to do IT for a cycling related company. That wouldn't be much of a career change. I have a few things I'm working on. It will really be a big leap when it happens. I have to try though, or I will never be me. Last night I got one of my projects to a hello world stage. I was pretty happy, and excited about that.

[1] http://bikeportland.org/2007/10/18/today-women-get-down-to-bike-business/
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John Percival Hackworth

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from: der_nacht
date: Oct. 29th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
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That's awesome, Daniel. It's funny, I've also simply happened upon figuring out that I want to do bicycle stuff in my career. Last year I started turning my bike commuter politics into some volunteerism, and since, one thing has led to another, and another, and now I'm completely invested. Can't really escape it. Whether I'll be doing it on the side for free, or doing it all the time for money, I think I'm also lined up for a very bicycle-centric life.

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Daniel Patrick Johnson

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from: teknotus
date: Oct. 29th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
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I think the reason it sucks so many people in is that it isn't just about bikes. Bikes are an indicator species. So many things about urban planning have to be right for bikes to thrive. When bikes thrive so many other things happen. They save resources. They make us travel through our neighborhoods instead of around them on freeways, and in a way that people can call out to us to get our attention. We are less materialistic, as anything big enough to require getting out a bike trailer makes us think twice about if it is really worth it. I could probably spend a few days working on a list. I never would have thought it would be such a big deal until I got involved.

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John Percival Hackworth

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from: der_nacht
date: Oct. 30th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Hey, let me know when your next bike lunch is happening, yeah? I'd like to come.

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Daniel Patrick Johnson

bike lunch

from: teknotus
date: Oct. 30th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
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Tomorrow! Hmm I should announce it. I've been really distracted by all the other stuff going on.

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Daniel Patrick Johnson

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from: teknotus
date: Oct. 31st, 2007 07:17 am (UTC)
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Today (Halloween) at 12:01 - 1:01 At Backspace.

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lovemotionstory

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from: lovemotionstory
date: Oct. 31st, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
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i am really glad you moved here, daniel. i am also really glad it's helping you blossom so.

portland is certainly the city of roses.

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Daniel Patrick Johnson

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from: teknotus
date: Oct. 31st, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you moved here too.

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lovemotionstory

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from: lovemotionstory
date: Oct. 31st, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
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i've blossomed here too..


why are you having lunches at backspace? try blossoming lotus!

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Daniel Patrick Johnson

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from: teknotus
date: Oct. 31st, 2007 08:33 am (UTC)
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Have you been to blosoming lotus for lunch? It's a madhouse! Backspace was largely selected for lazyness reasons. I'm not against trying other places.

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lovemotionstory

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from: lovemotionstory
date: Oct. 31st, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
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yes, i go there for lunch all the time!

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Daniel Patrick Johnson

blossoming lotus!

from: teknotus
date: Oct. 31st, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Well if you think we can find enough space there I am fine with trying it next week.

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