The weather forecast for Atlanta this week is (fucking) hot for the first part of the week and thunderstorm chances for the second part. It’s this weather forecast which inspired me to ride my bike home last night and back in to work this morning. Now I’m saddled with the decision… do I do it again today? This may be the last time this week that I get the option of riding to/from work.
All The Signs Were There
I am nothing if not stubborn enough to do something when I set my mind to it. That “something” yesterday was to ride my bicycle home from work. All of the signs were there telling me not to do so:
- I broke one of the shoe laces on my biking shoes while putting them on. No problem, I re-laced the shoe with the remaining string.
- I noticed that my tires were a bit low on pressure, but the bike pump was back in the office and I didn’t want to have to go back up there to pump the tires up. No problem, I’ll just ride home on the lower-than-optimal tires, I’m sure I’ve done it before.
About two miles into the ride, and while climbing my first incline, I felt that strange sensation that something bad had happened; it was a little regular thump coming from one of the tires. A flat? WTF? I quickly hopped off the bike and onto the sidewalk and confirmed my suspicion — the rear tire had lost all of its pressure. It didn’t take long for me to discover why as I saw the shine of a nailhead against the black rubber of the tire. I somehow managed to hit about a 1″ flathead nail and punctured the tire to the point where it came out the sidewall! Dangen!
I may be stubborn, but I’m usually also prepared. When road biking I always have a spare tube and a CO2 cartridge at the ready. So, I unpacked all of the shit from my seat bag, took off the rear tire (getting my fingers nice and greasy in the process), and proceeded to change my tube.
Because I had all of this stuff available in case of “emergency” you may rightly assume that I am not much of a risk-taker. So, I altered my route home and dropped by REI to pick up another new spare tube, a patch kit in hopes of repairing the two tubes I’ve blown recently, as well as a couple more CO2 cartridges (knowing that I already had two in my biking bag which was at work, and today I found that I had two more cartridges in my basement). I’m sure I looked like quite the sight entering REI in full Yoo-Hoo kit, still wearing my helmet, and sweating like a pig — but at that point I couldn’t have cared less.
Riding question. In order to get to REI yesterday I took the I-85 access road (old 85?) from Clairmont to REI and then from REI to North Druid Hills. Was this legal for me to do, or is that considered part of the interstate?
Oh How Lucky He Was
Last night’s Moonlight hash was hared by Davy Crochet and started at the Target on North Druid Hills. Because of my REI detour I rode near the start and even located a mark along my route. Oh, how I wished that I had a bag of flour or at least a little chalk to do some trail hijacking. On a bike I could have added a really fun YBF or count-back. 😉
Can We Put It To Rest?
For years I’ve called bullshit on this notion that women are not interested in looks and that they are seeking a “funny” man. I’d retort that if this were the case then why aren’t comedians getting laid all of the time.
I think the final and conclusive argument comes in the form of a fictional character — Don Draper. The amount of female lust I’ve seen about Draper (and probably John Hamm, the actor who portrays him) is phenomenal. Guess what. Draper is not funny! In fact, he may be the most unfunny leading man ever to grace the small screen and women want to screw his brains out. Why? I’ll tell you why. Because the man is good looking.
So the next time I’m told that looks don’t matter to women, I’m just going to reply with the two-word phrase — “Don Draper” and move along.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – better, though still fighting the battle of the bulge
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – While I’ve said it ad nauseum I really am planning on doing iPhone/iPad development. The other day I help fund a Kickstarter project for Glyphish and in the process earned some icons which I can use in my upcoming applications.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my bike
Exercise (b)Log – cycling, 17.2 miles
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 50.7 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 2 (6)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 8
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 2
– Not to get sick for the entire month (I did it once, I can do it again!)
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 200 miles
– Get the Sharpened Stone, LLC moving further
– Complete at least one iPhone application (seriously, this needs to happen)
– Completely plan out my August/September Colorado trip
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds) [update: On July 1 I’ve sadly gained weight; I’m at 203 pounds]
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Sharpened Stone.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in
PHP and CSS Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem