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Patrick Reilly bikes to help himself as well as others.
Patrick Reilly bikes to help himself as well as others.

The accidental fundraiser

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Patrick Reilly has been "around" in Milwaukee. He was a staple on the East Side bar scene for years, helming and indulging in the wildest party spots on hot blocks like North Avenue.

And then, he decided to get sober. 

That took him straight across the United States – on his bicycle.

Rewind to about 4 1/2 years ago. Reilly left the bar business and committed to a new lifestyle, replacing alcohol and drugs with a new addiction – triathlons. Training for these super human athletic feats of endurance includes running, swimming and cycling – the last of which became Reilly’s passion.

But, cycling didn’t fully address some of the more mindful aspects of Reilly’s sobriety. He wanted to find some sort of meditation practice to support his new lifestyle and he knew it would need to also have a physical component in order to hold his attention. Enter Ashtanga Yoga. 

And then Reilly decided he wanted act on a scenario he had marinated on for a while. He wanted to cycle across the United States. 

Bound by limiting thoughts that his dream was an impossibility given his responsibilities, financial situation and the sheer time it would take to complete, he basically shunned the idea. He credits his dedication to six days a week of physical yoga practice and to his yoga teachers for giving him the impetus to move forward with the adventure, formulated purely for self-benefit and personal growth.

"My Ashtanga practice opened a door to the exploration of the mind-body experience. I wanted a challenge. I wanted to accomplish a goal. I wanted a walkabout. I wanted to travel. I wanted to run away," he says. "My inner ‘meat …

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Could you rock this color?
Could you rock this color? (Photo: Harleys The Store For Men)

And the color of the year is ...

Fashion fans and insiders, makeup artists and enthusiasts, design professionals and amateur aficionados, along with style experts and trend watchers alike, patiently await the announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year so they can gear their purchases and creations to an on-trend color scheme. 

It’s already old news that 2014’s shade is the aptly named "Radiant Orchid," a purplish-pink fuchsia oozing with floral inspiration.

Radiant Orchid is full of verve and energy and will certainly add a pop of brightly hued joy to whatever it is applied to. Expect to see it used in clothing, hair color, cosmetics, interior design and more.

My initial reaction to the announcement was two-fold and I’ve been marinating on it ever since. 

First, I was honestly kind of underwhelmed – ehhhh, hot pink-ish. But, after thawing out from the Arctic freeze we all just experienced, I found my psyche was more open to the tropical lushness that Radiant Orchid has to offer. 

After all, orchids themselves are most commonly found in those climates and who doesn’t need a reminder of tropical paradise right about now?

My second reaction was that Radiant Orchid seemed to be skewed a bit towards the ladies, as stereotypically the shade and even flowers in general are archetypal associated with the feminine.

Almost immediately, I got over that really backwards, totally dated and super silly social precept. Very interestingly, the word "orchid" is derived from an Ancient Greek word that means, "testicle." So truly, out the window is that whole preconceived notion that certain colors, especially those occurring on orchids, are gender-specific. 

I love and really notice when men rock daring colors, in either their pure tones or pastels and especially shades of pink and purple. Radiant Orchid just happens to be a fusion of the two. 

Choosing to edit bold colors into the male wardrobe makes a statement of self-confidence and utter personal style. According to Tim Ryan, President…

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