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Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Brian: Boring answer. I’m from DC (well, Alexandria). But I missed the east coast (crazy, I know) after finishing up my undergrad degree at CU-Boulder, so moving home felt like a natural progression for me. I’m biased of course, but DC is one of my three favorite cities in the US, so I am more than happy to be here. If you can guess the other two, I’ll buy you a dreidel. (hints: public nudity & the smoky mountains)
Rachel: You recently took a biking trip out west- can you tell us more about that?
Brian: Right. While DC was FreeFesting in the rain, I was crossing the Golden Gate Bridge from Marin County into San Francisco after biking 854 miles over 13 days from Portland, OR. I did this with two good friends from home and it was one of the best experiences of my life. We were self-contained (no support) and camped 9 out of the 12 nights we were on the road. Average miles per day: 65. Biggest climbing day: 5,551 ft. gained. Longest distance day: 97.5 miles. Most pedaling time in a day: 7h 5min. The craziest thing that happened on the tour was a skunk jumped into my friend Mark’s tent at 1:30am after he’d gotten up to fill his water bottle. We spent a half hour trying to convince Pepe to leave, but he didn’t agree until after tearing a hole in the side of the tent and eating all the food in Mark’s panniers. Aaand we used the campsite-provided bear boxes from that point forward. What inspired me the most, you ask? Easy- the people along the way. At every turn, random people walked right up to us and asked us where we came from and how far we were going. Regular folks showered us with praise, waitresses gave us double portions of food for half the price, bartenders gave us drinks on the house, and a hotel receptionist gave us a $400/night, two-story, detached cottage with a 6-person hot tub for $120 on our last night of the tour. What do I want you-the-reader to take away from my trip? YOU CAN DO THIS. It doesn’t take a triathlete or an expert bike mechanic. With the right equipment and a bit of fitness, this is something anyone with two working legs can do. And I highly recommend it.
Rachel: What’s your favorite way to spend Shabbat?
Brian: This will certainly sound cliché, but I like to spend Shabbat with my friends. At the same time, however, meeting new people is one of my favorite hobbies, so I enjoy going (with friends) to organized events like those put on by Moishe House.
Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish food?
Brian: Milk and honey? Matzoh ball soup with cold-centered matzoh balls? A spoonful of horseradish?
Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Brian: Omer Mathirwitz
Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Brian: Blockbuster films are made.