RAD. I always thought it would be Rad to be named Radinsky. Especially if you were into skatepunk and looked like Scott Radinsky. He had it all.
But this is about the concept of Rad, not the embodiment. Rad is associated with the 80's, and with a Jeff Spicoli surfer scene, but even today, it can apply to many things.
A key to my own personal happiness is finding Rad. Some things are naturally Rad. The perfect buzz in the perfect hangout in perfect weather with the perfect set of friends. Clearly thats Rad. A great beach vacation is Rad. Classic rock is almost always Rad (YMMV). The 2005 World Series experience was ridiculously Rad. My young daughter is Rad, especially when she's competing at karate tournaments.
Sometimes the Rad is there in smaller bits of otherwise crappy days. Having the right six-pack in the fridge can be Rad. A sunset can be Rad. Getting all the green lights is a little dose of Rad. A stand-up triple by the Sox when they're losing can still be Rad.
I like racing bikes, but mostly cyclocross because its got the most Rad. Cyclocross is a disciple where you race on short circuits, mostly off-road, and its characterized by features (natural or man-made) that force you to dismount/remount at speed. The race events often become parties, where you race, then drink and watch your friends race, heckling them. And sometimes this happens:
So I'm trying to kick off a new RRRR here. Where's your personal Rad?