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Welcome To Zensylvania

Welcome to Zensylvania. My name is Eric Adriaans and I’ll be your host, tour-guide or master of ceremonies. You decide which. In Zensylvania, I explore motorcycle zen, literature, philosophy, and a variety of other obsessions which provide me with meaningful and sometimes unexpected insights into living the kind of life I want to live and being the kind of person I want to be. I’m … Continue reading Welcome To Zensylvania

Footnotes to Hallowe’en: An Incomplete Examination of Poe’s The Imp of the Perverse

In October of 2021, I posted a reading of a story that I wrote in the weeks leading up to Hallowe’en (The Hole Where the Ghosts Come In). Despite the hasty decision to write and record a Hallowe’en story in such a short period of time, I thoroughly enjoyed the process and have decided to follow-up this year with another Hallowe’en story reading. Alas, this … Continue reading Footnotes to Hallowe’en: An Incomplete Examination of Poe’s The Imp of the Perverse

On Shadetrees

During the course of reading and considering Plato’s Phaedrus dialogue, I had occasion to reflect that the act of sitting under a shady tree, both literally and metaphorically, is a fundamental human experience that very nearly every human being has access to. This notion seems to offer an interesting place to explore what exactly all of that means. It seems like intriguing new Zensylvania territory. … Continue reading On Shadetrees

Footnotes to Phaedrus…and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

And what is good, Phaedrus, And what is not good – Need we ask anyone to tell us these things? The Phaedrus dialogue doesn’t seem to be one of Plato’s most popular nor one of his most-frequently examined dialogues. Those who study Plato seem to focus far more attention on The Republic, Phaedo, Crito and The Apology of Socrates (which I have also written about … Continue reading Footnotes to Phaedrus…and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

My Next ( And Final?) Car

Not long ago, I wrote a speculative shopping list that I called My Next Bike (MNB). In that essay, I explained that nothing about the essay should suggest that I absolutely will acquire another motorcycle, but it laid out (in a messy, rambling kind of way) some thoughts I had about buying another motorcycle. This current essay is an extension of those musings and should … Continue reading My Next ( And Final?) Car

Footnotes to On Quality: An Inquiry into Excellence

On the interior panel of the dust jacket cover of On Quality: An Inquiry into Excellence, there is a brief proclamation attributed to Robert M. Pirsig that “The ultimate goal in the pursuit of excellence is enlightenment.” This was, apparently, Pirsig’s opinion in 1962 – well before either of Pirsig’s more famous books Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance or Lila, were published. On … Continue reading Footnotes to On Quality: An Inquiry into Excellence

My Next Bike

This essay is an extended musing about various motorcycle models that I’m considering as candidates for “My Next Bike” (MNB). In other words, it’s a kind of speculative and comparative shopping exercise. As such, it is a messy rambling of objective motorcycle specifications, subjective impressions and vague associations. Before getting too-far into this, there are two preliminary comments that are probably worth including. First, there … Continue reading My Next Bike

Footnotes to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Part Five)

You may have noticed that this essay (or episode if you’re listening) is titled Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Part Five. It’s part of an as-yet-indeterminate series of examinations of Robert Pirsig’s books. You may wish to go back to earlier parts of the series before taking this one in, but it isn’t obligatory in any way. You may also want to listen … Continue reading Footnotes to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Part Five)

Living Fuzzy: An Incomplete Exploration of Fuzzy Logic

In the summer of 2006, my wife and I purchased a brand new Mitsubishi Outlander SUV as our new family vehicle. That particular Mitsubishi Outlander was a first generation of the nameplate and it was built in Okazaki, Japan in July of 2005; but, it was sold to me about a year later in Thunder Bay, Ontario as a 2006 model. After fifteen years of … Continue reading Living Fuzzy: An Incomplete Exploration of Fuzzy Logic

Footnotes to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Part Four)

What I would like to do is use the time that is coming now to talk about some things that have come to mind. We’re in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk. The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry … Continue reading Footnotes to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Part Four)

Footnotes to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Part Three)

The main skill is to keep from getting lost. Since the roads are used only by local people who know them by sight nobody complains if the junctions aren’t posted. And often they aren’t. When they are it’s usually a small sign hiding unobtrusively in the weeds and that’s all. Country road-sign makers seldom tell you twice. If you miss that sign in the weeds … Continue reading Footnotes to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Part Three)