Monday, March 31, 2008
They were both, far as I can tell, female voices and *possibly* the same ones but not likely. (And I was ensconced in baggy sweats and gore-tex, so perhaps of indistinguishable gender, but I doubt it. I ride like a girl.)
"Pedal People" - delivery and garbage retrieval via bicycle trailer.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
50 miles is a lot longer in March than it is in July.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Left late and saw different vanity tags. CRKLNRS
I gotta say... on the radio, Neil DIamond SENT me. I remember being ready to cry on the way home from swim team practice and "Song Sung Blue" played and ... I was ecstatic. Made me realize then and there the utterly transient nature of emotions... but every time I picked up a Neil Diamond album, the picture would make me want to barf and I'd put it down. But you know, had I actually been at a live performance...
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Simple Cycling Solutions
http://www.planetizen.com/node/30500 - an interesting angle on planning and including bicycles. Actually... a vehicular cyclist's worst nightmare in many ways... "In Europe, where they do things better, cycles have their own lanes on the sidewalks (not in the streets -- duh)..." and "...one of the greatest impediments to practical cycling centers not on roads but on threads. The ride from my apartment to the bus that would take me to work is a half-mile downhill. In a business suit, it might as well be 1,000 miles of open ocean."
Blithe indefensible utterings that perpetuate dangerous myths...
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I forgot... on Friday's Eastbound cruise I saw a white dove. Last time I saw a white dove was the day after Pete's mom passed. Odd ;)
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Rode the Xtra out for a short burst yesterday ... intervals with cans, whcih are a heck of a lot harder to get without a kickstand ;) Then the Fire for a little get-out-of-the-house loop. Today there are snow showers, so I think I'll let the hyper build and motivate me for morning rides during the week.
Happy Easter :) (I'm dreaming of a white Easter ?!?)
Snork, must edit to add that welp, it was the Specialized web page chirping at me. Don't know if that's limited to their "women's" pages or not. Close the page, the noise stops. Huzzah.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Strapped the folder onthe Xtra and hauled it home.
Rode it in today, with extra laps (h-498 yesterday). The Schwalbe Big Apple tires are nice and cushy on the ravages of Main Street. It has nice acceleration at intersections. I left earlier than traffic so my question about being smaller and 'cuter' but concern that people would cut closer hasn't been answered, tho' nobody out at that hour did.
The little light that I thought I could pop on pops off as easily, and when I ductaped it down... well, then it refused to *turn* on. It was a really cheap light.. I think I got what I paid for :( I've got the headlamp and I leave at 5:00 anyway so I can get in some more howl-at-the-wind miles anyway, tho' I dare say this thing doesn't lend itself to the fierce miles... but we'll see what it feels like out there. (I remember taking the Gazelle home the long way and ... it simply isn't the vehicle for that. It's a tank.)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I ease over to the left lane and watch as he proceeds to make a left turn from the right lane. I decide to do the pre-emptive wave-through to the car coming to the four-way the same time I am, because I want to wait until that guy's further away. (Okay! I also assumed that this was somebody who wanted to be RAMBO but couldn't spell it or found it was taken already ...)
Seeking the ever-elusive answer to How To Get Focused And Accomplish Things Without Deadlines. I know, it's called (and I thought of it before Nike) Just Do It. As in ONLY THAT. Not even .... back later ;)
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Awesome Barak Obama speech... what I almost dared hope for. Even readable. LIttle bit of Abraham LIncoln in the reference to how many years ago the fearless constitution was put together; little Sojourner Truth in referencing the inclusion of slavery (tho' he didn't say it had a "little weevil" )... and a lot of things that were not sound bytes. HOly sheet.
Luv that I got in 30 miles on what should have been a minimum-mileage day. Yea, it took a side trip to the store so I could sip some Pinot Noir ...
... and my computer is ailing. Blleeecchh. ON borrowed keys.
But here's to love and bicycling.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Not Dead Blog of the Day: The Dr. Codfish Chronicles. The guy is talkin' about feeling out of shape, but mentions that gosh, his Paris-Brest-Paris medal showed up. As in he finished in the 2007 one, hte one with the worst weather in the universe. I'd say he'll be back in shape before too long :)
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Considering giving up on the search for my camera and acquiring a replacement. THinking of something bike-mountable...
It was one of those days of "I don't feel like riding!" ... until I got out there. It felt good to do the odd intervals, tho' I also snagged my share of beer cans as part of 'recovery' ;)
I'll do a practice try on the Dahon-on-Xtra tomorrow, but with the rather rainy forecast I may wait until Wednesday to actually execute and bring that puppy to the home front. Personal Plan: to ride at least 20 ... shoot for 25 or 30 miles tomorrow. Tuesday shall have its own adventures with "rain. heavy at times." aimed at our we're-already-close-to-saturated soil. MOld spores will be happy...
Saturday, March 15, 2008
So! We were paying lots more for groceries today and noted tomato prices, and I suggested we grow our own. Whip Inflation Now! Which, if you search for it online, has been mentioned quite a few times in the last six months.
Trying to come up with slogans for cycling for the ride we're planning in May to raise money for Women in Transition. Something with a theme to address our utter insecurity about being lazy, fat, planet-destroying Americans who "have" to shop at Wal-Mart instead of the food coop... - but in a positive way, of course!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Note that the U.S. market seems to be, by definition, "recreational" as opposed to utilitarian.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Oh, and da person in charge... does NOT like bicycles in the lab. Oh, and today, we're having reasonably important visitors. And I really like da person in charge.
I survey the halls and when the coast is clear, "sneak" the Xtracycle in and park it against the wall. Truck down to bookstore. THey have locks, but no cables.
At 9:14 the Person In Charge comes in for a reminder of today's events. She proceeds to walk back out with that big, honking bike in plain view, without reaction.
At 10:00 there's the changing of the guard, so at 10:10 I stealthily sneak that thing out the door and ride the 2 miles down to CHampaign Cycle. Wave at blog-readers as I go by :D
"Hey, I've got a problem, I don't have my lock. Da boss doesn't like a bicycle parked in the computer lab. Hey!! I have an idea! I'll buy a folding bike!"
I successfully fold and unfold the FIRE. Ride it up to school and stick it beside me (alas, not as successfully folded). Throw my coats over it.
I tell da boss: "If you saw it, it's gone now. If you didn't, don't ask."
Far as I can tell, she didn't see it.
Here's to selective attention, just like in the movies!
SNork. I had no idea it would come in handy even before I bought the thing.
However, it'll be a trade-off this evening 'cause part of the plan is to figure out its other eccentricities in front of witnesses. But I just might pay for it today :D
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Of course, it looks rather a lot like the movie here...
It makes the important point that if you're focusing on task A, you are going to miss things not included in that task.
This means if you're focusing on automobiles, you are not even going to know that bicycle was there.
This is why taking the lane is safer than being invisible (because we *are* looking for "vehicles in our path" - but not "stuff beside the road").
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
However, it then describes the carnage thusly:
"The group collided with the deputy's car while the deputy was on a routine patrol in the area, Sgt. Don Morrissey said.
Coming around a corner, near a straight-away, the deputy accidentally crossed the center line and struck the group. He called for help and immediately began CPR on one of the fallen cyclists, Morrissey said."
I do most fervently feel for the sheriff's deputy. However, he didn't exactly go a little over the line and have bicyclists *collide with him." The guy went clear across the road and up the embankment on the *other side.* [deciding not to describe further.]
But no, sometimes bicyclists ride erratically. (Absolutely *no* evidence that this happened this time, but we need to find a way to make this just a tragic 'accident.' We need to distance ourselves and turn this into a statistic.) I'm wondering what pressures Mr. Council (the deputy) was under that had him in that condition - sleep deprivation? Kids and three jobs, perhaps? Or partying too hard the night before? Or some medical cocktail? Instead of weeping and writing this off as Fate, let's see how we can make it less likely to ever happen again.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Here's some "hmmm... shouldn't really be surprised by this" news: all those pharmaceuticals are seeping into our water system. Wonder if there's more or less of the stuff in bottled water?
Sunday, March 09, 2008
"Brand New Key"
Saw one of 'em going north on Race as I approached it on Airport Rd. Didn't look like he was going too fast, though the posture and gear seemed like they could. Just as I got to the intersection, another rider came along behind him. With a nudge of speed I passed her and we exchanged howdies. Then I gained on the fellow in front, who I inferred *could* have gone faster after all. He slowed... and as I went around: "How's my sweet petunia?"
Welp, we *were* both on red bikes with yellow jackets :) "She's doing just fine and will be along in a second!"
Here's to love and bicycling!
Saturday, March 08, 2008
It's a better bike :) All the gears felt like gears, not like "oops, shouldn't you be in a different chain ring?" at the top. I didn't even feel like I needed to be attached to the pedals; I could use the toe & ankle strategies that work on the Schwinn (but not the Xtra, I dare say) and get her cranking. I felt like I could ride it for 50 or a hundred miles.
So, now to figure out how to attach it to the Xtracycle :) Even if I could find the Tray Bien pieces parts I don't think it would be compatible. I am thinking the three straps and perhaps an extra bungee or three on top should do the trick.
Went to Monical's last night - the new one on Philo Road. It was pretty crowded but we were there late enough to get in pretty quickly. However, there's no place to park a bike. NO place at all. I mentioned that to the charming manager guy that waited on us rather solicitously, as if we were visiting royalty... social skills good enough to be scary ;) I was inspired.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
My 'dahon' alerts netted me the "bits and bikes" blog about dahons... and bike maps... and other nifty thigns, but being in a Competing Blog I can't make comments there no matter how much he begs. A girl can only log in so often...and ironically he's got content about privacy as if it mattered. (I love being a Jones at no fixed address ;) )
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
I waited at Lincoln & Nevada... watched a bus plow through as the light changed - no harm, no foul but barreling pretty fast.
I went through and it seemed like a delightfully long time for us to have the green, which made me contemplate that somebody might have programmed the light to "punish" the N-S bound if somebody ran the light.
And that made me ponder that *that* is what Robin HOod would do if he were a 21st century hacker.
How many "smart" devices are out there?
How many of them could have their chips discreetly replaced with ones programmed just a little bit differently?
Not stuff that's going to have high security... don't even try the ATM's (no, I take that back... go for it!) Now... what could stuff be programmed to do? Hmmm... how about like, computer chips in cars?
Monday, March 03, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Lots and lots of cars and people and bicycles and recumbents and wheelchairs and walkers. 60 degrees after this wicked winter and a forecast of freezing rain tomorrow will bring us out, eh?
(lots of mold spores, too. Hard to lead the singing with all those frogs in the throat!)
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Odd incident at County Market in the Blighted Philo Road district. 5-6 People were gathered at first, and when we came out of Walgreens, police had been summoned ... I could see the back window of a car with a major (oh, at *least* basketball-sized) hole in it, shattered for lots more space around it... going *out* from the back seat. The front windshield was shattered in four places. None of the folks gathered seemed particularly alarmed, but that doesn't mean they weren't.