O=('-'Q) Nº272 Problems Worthy of Attack, Prove their Worth by Hitting Back 👊 🎯
A Piet Hein preamble, Stoked for Bespoked, Boomers don't dig Super73, Scope of Work On Gravel, NOMOQ making moves in the UK & a Germany bday. Reasons for sketching, less cars & more bikes in Brussels. New Rvmble Ts, Sherry on the Velocio blog & TCR film, John Prolly podcast & a rad Trey Jones' edit!
Minor hiccup on the weekly scheduling due to a packed weekend of riding at the Bohemian Border Bash (Day 1 & Day 2 recaps) last weekend. It was my first time traveling via Berlin on the new European Sleeper's overnight trains! Twotone also supported Ampler & Lemmo at Bright.nl's very first e-bike party last weekend. (Pictured above.) Check out footage from the event here.
This week's rhyming poetic preamble was penned by Piet Hein, an impressive polymath, inventor, and poet. (Read more about him here) Among many things, he is known for his “grooks”.
Frederic Alois Friedel wrote about how originally, Hein's poems/grooks were published in Danish newspapers. The totally invented word (“gruks” in Danish) came to mean short aphoristic poems characterized by brevity, irony, satire, unexpected use of language, rhyme, and rhythm. In his lifetime Hein wrote 7000 of them! Hein's Wikipedia entry is pretty inspiring! This grook got me:
Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back. ‘Problems’, Piet Hein(1969)
To me, this meant that for the bigger challenges you're tackling, don't expect them to be solved easily or without retaliation. Ultimately an eloquent allusion to any potentially painful challenge, from trying to land a trick or getting a stubborn strategy to solve a problem to stick; just keep pushing!
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