Meet the Bibliomaniac: Jesse Palek-Zahn

It seems like there is a special “holiday” every day of the week and today is no different.  Today, we can celebrate National Bike to Work Day!  There are many HPBers that bike to work so in honor of this special day, we are featuring one of them in today’s “Meet the Bibliomaniac” entry.  So without further ado, meet Jesse!

Name: Jesse Palek-Zahn

Job Title: Store Manager, University District, Seattle

When did you join the HPB team? 2005

What is your favorite part about working at HPB? I feel so lucky that every day I get paid to talk to people about books.

What is your all-time favorite book? The Giver, by Lois Lowry

What are you reading right now? Things Invisible to See, by Nancy Willard; Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler; 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth, by The Oatmeal

When did you start biking to work? Two years ago.

Why did you start? I wanted drive less and exercise more.  Right now, I bike about 12 miles round trip each day.

What is your favorite benefit of biking to work? Biking is cheap, and it’s great to get some exercise every day.  But the best thing about biking to work is that there is something meditative about not having a radio, iPod or any other distraction other than just trying to get where I’m going. It has been really nice to bookend my work day with a meditative space.

Today is National Bike to Work Day – what would you say to people who are considering biking to work?

Google Maps does a pretty good job of planning a bike friendly route.  I highly recommend checking them out to keep out of the worst traffic, and off of the worst hills.


What about you, readers?  Let us know if you bike to work in the comments section!

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