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a better day than yesterday!

Ok, yesterday can bite me. It sucked. Nothing really in particular. Work was ok, but after that things seemed to conspire against me. I don't really want to talk about it. Bleah. But today has been great!

The morning started out with FedEx calling at 6:51am (wtf, come on, some people need to sleep!) which was ok in the end because I ended up going back to sleep and waking up on time feeling pretty good.

Work was fairly productive. I had plans to have lunch down the street with a vendor so I set out for that around 11:30. At a stoplight I looked over and saw a black Prius (crankygirlie and I tend to notice these things) and thought 'gee... that license plate looks familiar.' It was in fact the lovely and oh so purple crankygirlie en route to an appt. So I hopped in and rode with her 3 blocks (2 blocks past my destination.) After saying hello I hopped out and walked back to the restaurant for lunch. The rest of the day went pretty quickly and was fairly productive.

My ride home was rather warm. I need to find a better way to carry my Powerbook as the courier bag I currently carry it in restricts airflow around the suit. I've been looking at a set of saddlebags for $167. I need to check the size, but I think that they would be a good compromise between nothing and a set of hard cases (about $1000 that I don't have)

I got home and our new air conditioner was sitting outside the front door. I pulled it in and up 2 flights of stairs into the bedroom and hooked it up. I need to put together some sort of insert for the window. The stuff that comes with the unit is a bit short and not all that great, but I've got some ideas that involve Home Depot (woot!)

Before leaving work I told lisa that I thought that I'd go for a bicycle ride. I don't think that she believed me. Well, I did got for that ride and it was awesome. (yay! endorphins!) I took off from home and discovered the Thornton Creek watershed (ducks and otters oh my!) and then cruised down Sand Point Way to Magnuson Park where I turned around onto the Burke Gilman trail and headed back north. I pulled off the trail at 125th and started up the hill..... then got off the bike and walked it up the monster of a hill that I had chosen (oops) At the top I coasted the few blocks to home. Not a very long ride, but a nice length for the first time back on my bike in months.

Now I'm sitting at home buzzing on the high from the ride. I think that I'll go upstairs and play with the A/C unit :D


Jun. 22nd, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC)
I don't read you, I'm checking you out because you're reading my baby girl (zarhooie), but I did want to ask you about bags and biking and things. Is there a good website or resource that gives advice on using a bike as your primary (with public transit) means of transportation? Issues like bags and clothes and the like.
Jun. 22nd, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
I don't know of any websites with that kind of info. I picked up most of my info by watching other riders and checking out the gear available in the stores.

When I was commuting to work full time I used a messenger bag for my laptop and work clothes and wore bike shorts and a jersey. I left a pair of shoes at work so I wouldn't have to carry those every day. Fortunately my office had a shower so I would skip that in the morning and take one once I got in. If you can't do that then I suggest taking it easy on the way in and only riding hard on the way home.

If you're taking public transit then make sure that you check the guidelines for the busses ahead of time to see what they say about bikes. In Seattle for instance you aren't allowed to load or unload your bike at most of the stops in downtown.

One really good source of info is to visit a local bike shop. They're usually extremely helpful and you'll find that most of the employees are big into biking so they'll have a lot of info for you.

I hope this helps :)