Might be on a new level….

The CarFreeBrad journey may have just reached a whole different level of awesome with the convergence of life, biking and Freight Farms.

I’ll be happy to conclude this post when details reveal themselves. Stay tuned…….

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What’s an acceptable “ThankYou”?

As soon as the weather turned this year I began to look for better places to store my bike while at home.

We have less than 500 square feet of usable space in the apt and while she is endlessly understanding, the GF couldn’t love a bike(especially one covered in water/ice/snow/mud) taking up valuable space.

Our building has a garage as the first floor and although we don’t have a spot in it, we can access it to take out trash etc.

With this, I found a little slice of space along a wall and began to park my bike there. I knew it wasn’t “my space ” but it was open and appeared to have been for some time.

Contrary to what I would have expected, the rightful owner if that space.
A) Noticed
B) Left me a very nice note around the holidays. Letting me know the space is deeded to him but he doesn’t use it and I’m welcome to continue using it.

It might seem small but I really do appreciate his generosity and understanding. I’d like to find a nice way to say thank you that fits my budget and isn’t creepy(keep in kind we’ve never met and have only interacted via his note taped to my seat).

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THANKS RICK!

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2013 in review- Not Bad for 6 mths!

 

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Selfishness. How much is too much?

Startup and Triathlon.  Life, family, friends.  Seems to be one or the other

This is the first 2 sentences of a post I started to write last summer as the tri season was in full swing and I hadn’t done even one lil sprint.

As you can tell, I was torn. Well, long story short. Startup won!

I’m now the proud owner of a cardiovascular system that can’t power up a flight of stairs without feeling it.

Can’t say it’s all bad. That same system got said startup to this point. 2014 gonna be a big year fir Freight Farms!

Hopefully, I can parlay it into a competitive year as well(realistically, I’ll shoot for participation).

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Off to a Great Start. Black Ice Down!

It was almost as soon as I began to think about a all the ice around. Boom! Down I went.

It wasn’t a bad fall or even my worst on the last year. It was just ironic that as I started to think that I was being too cautious and needed to trust my tires and make the turn then down I go.

Good news, there was a lot of ice so after my bike slid out, I slid out and as a tangled mess we slid slowly to a stop.

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Christmas Gift to Myself

As it’s been quite some time since my last post and life at Freight Farms has really taken off, I’ve been thinking of good ways to get back in the carfree saddle. 

 

After opening gifts this morning, I’m considering making Carfreebrad even more free form thwn ever before. How you ask?

By going 100% mobile only posts. I know it doesn’t sound le much but I think it will force me to get right to the point and focus on the main idea of each post. 

 

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My Unexpected Life….

As you well know, my post writing frequency has dropped off dramatically but I WILL NOT apologize for that.  Sure I’ve gotten some feedback from people missing my witty internal dialoque being broadcast for the world to read but I’ve also had a lot of support from people that are happy to see me not write CarFreeBrad.com. I appreciate the support either way.

I previously outlined all the reasons I wouldn’t be/couldn’t post as much(Freight Farms, School, fill in lame excuse here) but my excuse of the day is my current lifestyle as seen through the eyes of my friends and family.

From a certain perspective, to describe CarFreeBrad today as “Living a transient life doing weirld stuff” would be 100% correct.  Freight Farms is progressing at a rocket ship pace, Techstars has proved to be just as intense as advertised and living 3 nights a week in Brighton is an interesting twist but this has all been expected.

What has been completely unexpected are Freight Farms customers and supporters, affectionately known(as of now) as Freight Fans.  We knew going in that food is a huge problem that touches everyone and that people care deeply about it but I had no idea how deep and intense that passion ran until I began to really get to know the Freight Farms community.  The community is very specific to Freight Farms including our customers, team, advisors and investors but also includes so many people that support the various aspects of Freight Farms outside of food like small business development, job creation, technology, innovation and personal empowerment.

The moral of this borderline preachy rant is that I haven’t been able to post on a regular basis because I’m totally enthralled with hearing from every person that has an opinion or thought about Freight Farms, meeting our customers and generally living a life in overdrive that must appear really weird to many and very fulfilling to a few.

And don’t worry, I managed to pick up a new bike during this time as well!  Pictures forthcoming.

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It’s BACK! A real post & HUBWAY!

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks with Freight Farms joining the TechStars family.  If you’re not familiar with Techstars, don’t worry you’re not alone, but it’s what you might call “Kind of a Big Deal”.  Without going into, because I’m exhausted after this week, I’ll simply say I can see why they crank out winners.  Everyday is like a week in the real world!

Back to the task at hand.  I’ve been more than a little down lately because the frequency and quality of my blog posts have been directly correlated to my bike rides.  Short and Sucking!

Don’t cry me a river just yet because I saw the most glorious sight I’ve seen in a while, the HUBWAY stations are back!  No bikes yet but just the idea that the racks are out is like when the calendar tells you it’s the first day of spring.  It can be 10 degrees and you haven’t slept in a 3 days but the energy is palpable!

It looks like I’ll be staying in Brighton at least a few days a week now so you better believe, I’m gonna’ ride the hell outta’ Hubways this season.

 

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For Shame CarFreeBrad, For Shame!

If I don’t write posts am I still a blogger?

Posts to come, I promise!
Quality, no such promises.

What do you want to hear about?

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The Fine Line Between Dedicated and Foolish

If I should have learned anything years into this “car free” thing, it’s that I can’t make up my mind that I WILL be riding in the storm before the storm even hits.  Call it what you want.  Whether the adjectives you choose are positive or negative, the fact remains.

When I can’t push the door of my building all open because of the snow, I probably shouldn’t ride.  If that was the only irrefutable fact that I ignored this morning, I’d get ok with it.

Between the weather people, the school/work closings and the fact that there were only ambulances, police and plows out on the road my personal evaluation is leaning more toward more negative descriptions.

To make a short story long, I lasted about 1/4 of a mile before giving up and walking my bike the rest of the way.  Based on the looks, reactions and comments I got from the few people I did see, there was good reason to question my decision.

 

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