A few of my favorite essays

2020-06-23

Aspects of backpacking, rated

For much of my 20s many of my jobs looked suspiciously like backpacking and I lived for weeks or months at a time in tents.... more

2019-03-27

Five miles

Human beings are machines designed to walk.  more

2019-03-15

Imagining and building

There always comes a point where I can’t finish “designing” something in my head. I have to start building it to find the edges.  more

2018-08-16

Reality TV

Discerning whether something is real or a fantasy is no longer a salient problem for daily existence.  more

2018-05-18

I miss this dog toilet

Nostalgia is a dangerous impulse  more

2017-07-26

Right and Wrong

Pondering the distinction between being right (correct) and right (moral).  more

2016-02-21

It’s OK to do well while doing good

Everything you want to work on, work on it with both hands.  more

2015-08-06

I lied my way into this career

I reckon the statute of limitations is probably up on this lie.  more

2015-07-04

Eulogy for my father, Vernon Lee Souders, 1936 – 2014

Delivered at the Merna Community Cemetery, July 2nd, 2015 Dad was not a Churchy man and while he liked to discuss religion, he didn’t often... more

2014-11-30

Water + gravity + time

The dirt in my father’s blood  more

2014-11-18

You’re a Good Man

About twelve years ago, in the middle of my divorce, my father paid me the greatest compliment I have ever been given.  more

2014-03-17

Etiquette for stranded cyclists

Scenario: a bike is broken down. Probably a flat tire. Bike and cyclist are on the roadside and might need a little help…  more

2013-09-17

Why I Ride (repost)

BECAUSE IT IS FUN  more

No matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everyone on the sofa
2012-06-25

Why we race: a manifesto

Bicycles are a metaphor  more

2011-08-17

Golf to work

I like my commute so much I make it longer, and do it on the weekends  more

2009-12-31

Last Post of the Decade

I don't know anyone who says anything other than “good riddance” to the first decade of the 21st century.  more

2008-07-11

Technique and Technology

You can use a Swiss Army knife to cut your fingernails in two different ways: with the scissors, or with the knife blade.  more

2008-06-18

I Used to Think About This All the Time

You can’t learn to plow by reading books  more

2008-04-21

I Used to Be an Archaeologist

Why I left, and what I miss  more

2007-07-03

再见

In the last 24 hours the feeling finally hit us: OK, we're actually leaving.  more

2007-02-26

Chinese Color Symbolism for Foreign Designers

Dear Honored Foreign Designer, The following is a guide to the use of color in Chinese graphic design. Unlike foreign color symbolism, in which colors... more

2007-02-18

“Make your vacation your vocation”

I realized on this trip that I don’t particularly care for travel. For me this is a big admission, although in retrospect it’s kind of... more

2006-08-09

Arrival: Xiamen

After about 25 hours of transit we are finally in Xiamen. Flights were all smooth, after a delayed departure from Portland. The delay actually worked... more

2005-08-30

The Champ

1990 Honda Civic, Runs, Sort of - $250 (SW Portland) Reply to: anon-xxxxxxxxx@craigslist.orgDate: 2005-07-24, 6:47PM PDT This is a Champagne (transl: “Gold”) 1990 Honda Civic... more

2005-03-18

Ten Human Universals

As I Learned Them from Seven Years of Anthropology Classes Who you consider a “family member” is closely correlated with the list of individuals in... more

2002-05-04

Day 7: Distance

The last day of the most consequential bike ride of my life  more

2002-04-22

A Perfect Machine

Describe a perfect machine  more

2002-03-13

This is My Cathedral

The squall of March rain arrives like an announcement, travelling a patient course, propelled by 8000 miles of Pacific Ocean. I hear it crawling eastward... more