Speaking as a guy who is fortunate enough to be able to work from home, I take great pleasure in finding others who have found similar joy in their lives. One example that comes to mind is a ‘bicycle repair person’ located on the other side of town.

Having heard great things about the man from a friend of mine earlier today, I figured that it might be time to take the mountain bike in for its summer time tune up. I called what turned out to be his cell phone and reached a cheerful fellow who was very accommodating to my time table. Normally, he runs a mobile repair shop out near a park here locally known as Whatcom Falls Park. For those familiar with it, you understand what I mean when I say that it provides an ideal backdrop for working outside in the sunshine.

So anyway, after speaking with the repair guy for couple of minutes, I discovered that he was totally booked. Luckily he was willing to allow me to swing by his home in what turned out to be a very classy part of town – I was impressed. As I pulled into his driveway with my bike bouncing around on my attached bike-rack, I could not believe that bike repair was allowing for this kind of lifestyle!

Understand, he was not living in what I would consider to be an extravagant home per se. However the house was less than 2 years old and had plenty of square footage to spare. Great neighborhood, too.

But in reality what struck me the most was the satisfaction that this person appeared to get from what he was doing. I walk into his garage, here he is singing along with the local oldies radio station and thrilled to do it.

Being the inquisitive sort that I am, I asked a few well placed questions and learned that he works near non-stop in the summer time. As a matter of fact, he was concerned that he might have so much work backed up that he would not be able to go sailing with a buddy of his come the day after tomorrow. You just have to love that! Works outside in his own world doing what he loves; not to mention having the option of going sailing when the mood strikes! It’s just nice to see a success story like that.

And yes, it did make me re-think how much time I am spending indoors. Even with my ever growing schedule, I have decided that I need to make more of an effort to enjoy the wonders of this great county. Seattle may have the Space Needle, but we have some of the most beautiful parks in the region – bar none.

[tags]cell phone,self-employment,bike repair,parks,camping,hiking,outdoors[/tags]