Rainy days

Yesterday was a day I would have done better with a car…. I didn’t want to wear concert black to ride in and work all day… but the bag with the gear was not in my office at 5:30.   I couldn’t hop into my car and buzz home… ended up calling another second tenor and getting a ride.

I was happy that I could just hop the bus.  People, learn your bus systems — they’re great options… I wasn’t so happy that I don’t have my bus pass because my wallet is still AWOL (today’s goal is to utterly clear out the office and make sure it’s not here, SOMEWHERE, since this is the place I’m most likely to Just SHove It Somewhere Weird.)

I used the other credit card for the groceries & came out as a couple was trying to figure out how to carry their two or three plastic bags on their bikes … they hadn’t intended to shop… I realized that one of the bags I’d grabbed was a Stowaway string-backpack, complete with pocket for ID and reflective parts… He accepted it (I ‘splained it was swag from a ride & I had several but there was also good old-fashioned “I’ll  accept help & learn from my elders” in the air :))  & I suggested he find a way to just have it On The Bike and they marveled at how much it held and proclaimed to each other as they rode off that they’d be using it a lot.

Welcome to bike culture, people:)   Nobody markets it so you have to think a bit, but there’s stuff out there that works.   Oh, and we’re a friendly bunch.   I was on the nice new Transport so I wasn’t “That lady on the weird bike with the surfboard…”   I hope they’ll start thinking “bike culture,” whether or not they have a car…

tHANKS, weather…

At 1:00 the hourly forecast said 100% chance of rain… and yes, they were marching towards us in psychedelic red glory.

Except then they just shrank around us to the south so … yup… home in clouds and wind, but the pavement was already dry from the little bits of rain.   Lots cooler, though! And… more coming.

Car next to me at Prospect had vanity tag “MRS SUM 1”  which made me wonder whether this was a math teacher or… “someone…”

Then on the green and goin’ down the road, “SUM ME 1” goes by.

Okay, they should have been carpooling ’cause I bet they were related.   Or not…  Curious:)


Better yet… I looked closely at the directions for the light — no, they don’t have good pictures.   It said to be sure to put stuff into the “IN” ports; that the one that said “OUT was for the tail light.

I remember noticing unhooked connection and … I just hooked it up.   I was curious as to why there were two places with connectors so there were actually 3 chunks of wire.   I know why there was one extra — that was an improvement over the original.   My old version … was prone to the connectors being snagged and yanked out… and that had led to the cheap and cheezy metal connectors breaking off, which was why I had switched the old one to the “OUT” port, too (which may or mahy not have actually said “OUT” — I may check.)

I tugged at teh “out” part and … dudes, we had really nailed those bad boys in there based on the previous thingy… so I stopped and thought, adn realized… d’oh, unhook from that second connector and now just plug the dude into the “IN” slot.

Now, it’s not all wham-goggled into place like the “out” one that’s just dangling is, but a trip to MakerSpace where Good WHamGoggling happens can take care of that.   It also explains how I could have seen the connection dangling … but the light still worked (because the “in” connection was dangling, and the “out” was connected to the light.)

It even explains the old light and the new one having the same symptoms, and why the old one *did* work for a while (until the connector things broke).

So I THINK the dang thing’s working — if tomorrow’s Pedaling for Pleasure doesn’t get rained out (tho’ I suspect it will) I will get a chance to test it in the dark.   I’m prob’ly going to sip this wine and check out a MOOC starting tonight rather than go out tonight for an extra mile once darkness falls, but who knows?   I’m headed for a 500 mile month even given that Saturday will be the marathon so I’ll be cloistered (I’m “inside” its loop).

Springi s here…

Life is skittles and life is beer!

I think the loveliest time of the year is the SPring. I do! Don’t You — of COURSE you do!

Well, I haven’t run over any pigeons, but it’s been a tad stormy.

And … I dont’ think I get *quite* as much sympathy with the Transport becasue this a.m. a white Volvo buzzed me and this afternoon another dude honked all over me and then buzzed by… but we’ll see.  Sample size and all that.   I’m thinking, though, that good drivers can see me and therefore give me the lots of room … but twerds be twerds (who think “oh, that poor homeless lady!” when they see the Xtracycle but don’t go there if it’s not pathetic looking)  …

It is definitely time to order an air horn.  Come on, there really SHOULD be something better than the plastic stupidity of Airzounds!!!  Makers!!! Get on this!!!


Wandering through the wet

Still having fun with the Transport, tho’ kinda hoping Champaign Cycle will call & the Xtra will be done for the simple reason that Monday is my “out late” night and the Xtra has the good light.

I found two “lunch coolers” — one a swag hand-me-down and the other one I purchased on GITAP for some reason or other (carrying brewskis back to camp?  I don’t remember …)  — and, happily, both will fit on the front carriage platform.   Now I’ve just got to figure out how to secure them, and I think I’ll be able to do things with Gorilla Glue and velcro… I’ll slice up some of those old campaign signs to make into dividers… okay, pictures or it didn’t happen, right?

Alas, first priority is figuring out taxes…

Transport day 3

… Today, happily, it rained all day — starting a little after I got to work, and ending a little before I left:)    I could see a cloud leaking to the South of me when I left… and it leaked enough on the ride back to get a pretty glorious rainbow.

No bike pics yet because … that phone thing’s at work, in the charger, and I don’t feel like goin’ out and taking more.

I was poised to cross Washington and a driver eastbound slowed to yield to me … I turned and looked the other way so she went through, and then I caught her eye and nodded appreciation  (African-American woman of indistinguishable age — hmmm actually a bit like the Lovely Trucker last week but I don’t *think* so  ;))

So it would seem that yes, this bicycle has at *least* as much Sympathy/Respect Generation as the Xtracycle!

I had been thinking that if I deck it out just right, it can look all kinds of Official. I’d pondered trying to make the bags look more “hi-viz official” but then realized (when I started feeling like people were giving me a pretty wide berth) that its color is, well… “Matte Metallic Bronze” — or … I don’t know, perhaps “Army” ?   Now, I’d like to try to make the thing emanate oh, a more monastic/ simple-life “uniform” message (are there any monasteries with matte metallic bronze robes?)… (thinking back to that 40 degree rainy windy day y’ars ago when the guy in the VW bus loaded to the gills gave me the best peace sign out the window — yes, you can be reverent and joyful with one hand)…

I’m thinking *hard* about the dashboard, and realized that d’uh, I should do as I would with a writing project .. .plan the thing.  It’s something even *I* could do with technology… That front carriage place could hold a box type thing with … the battery for charging the phone/tablet/whatever, perhaps a mount for the whatever, and if I can figure it out, a GoPro mount.


Headwinds :)

Not too severe … but enough so that I realized I was working every bit as hard as when I went jogging for 4 x 5 minutes (’bout a minute respite between each clump).   Granted, I wasn’t running hard:)

Will be picking up the new wheels today (unless they let me know otherwise), and in my inbox was an Xtracycle alert from somebody selling their second Xtracycle.   Ah, that legitimizes my ownership of two longbikes:)

SVA BBY 2 – the lady who passed me on the right, cut me off, and then rolled down her window to chastise me for not being courteous enough after breaking the law (which I hadn’t, by any stretch of imagination)– has a big 2016 ELEPHANT (republican) sticker on her car.   (When I saw it from far away last week, I thought it might say “Trump.” Bet I’m right about who she roots for.)   So — the “I’m bigger than you so I’m entitled to break the law, cut you off, endanger your life and then accuse you of breaking the law and not groveling properly to me”  attitude … is consistent with the political rhetoric she advocates.   (That’s not a generalization of all Republicans, but, alas, is of so many and the policies they support.)

Lots of debris from the 50-60mph winds of the weekend.

Will post bike pics when they are here. Need to see what I need to do to light the thing up.

1 lovely trucker

Cruisin’ in and pulled up to Bradley & Country Fair and there’s a big honkin’ 18-wheeler ready to left turn to Country Fair. I read the “leased from,” looking for the usual “we hire!” stuff  and read “1 Lovely Trucker” on the cab.
And she is — I was already grinning when she gave me a solidarity wave (hey, you can tell a hostile honk from a friendly honk; waves work the same way).
Whether it’s 2 or 18 wheels, we’re rollin’ !

At another intersection yesterday, two of us  were heading towards the intersection, she perpendicular to my left, and I proceeded through as she was stopping– oh, by the way, my way doesn’t *have* a stop sign — and she went by with a just-after-passing “you bicyclists never stop at stop signs!” hooooonk!!  … I gave my best inane friendly wave and smile (and then honked back)…

And yes, I got wet Wednesday evening but there wasn’t actually lightning or thunder for my commute.   I did find it a little disconcerting that at the start, the 30+ mph winds were from the southeast… and from southwest entirely not enough later.   Thems was unstable currents…

Yesterday it stopped before my a.m. commute and then before the home trip — and the 30 mph winds were Plain Old Tailwinds.   However, I wish I’d listened to my impulse a few years ago to invest in companies developing products that withstand wind…