It’s All Uphill

Last night I got a wild hare and was inspired to ride my bicycle. After packing up my laptop and prepping the bike, I headed off to the new “LJS/KFC” combo location just two blocks away, uphill. Had a decent dinner, noted that the interior design of the place was done by a gay board of trustees who had too much Ikea and a love for The Container Store and old Kentucky Fried Chicken commercials. Yeah, the decor looked that bad. Funny how the introduction of false “historical images” as murals can really subconsciously affect our perceptions; at least that’s what Yum! Brands (a.k.a. PepsiCo) is hoping.

So, dinner eaten, I continue to Flight Path Cafe for some post-dinner coffee and some laptop time. Made it there in short time and short breath; some good uphill on the way. Spent some time helping a friend work on the CSS for his site; we got it mostly right, but a touch more work and polish would help it look good. At 11pm, Flight Path closed, and I opted to ride to Mojo’s, about 2 miles away, for some company with friends of mine who were there. More uphill.

Got to Mojo’s, and several friends of mine were there hanging out on IRC on the porch. Nice breeze, easy mood, quiet night, what with the UT kids leaving the town in droves for the summer. Hung out until 1:30am and was given a ride home to save me from bar-rush traffic.

When I got home, I still had the urge to ride some more, but I had to belay that and head to bed. Decided that this morning I would ride my bike to work for the first time. Sounded fair. This morning, as I woke up, I remembered that resolution, almost turned it down on account of time, but decided to push forward with it anyway. Glad I did. Took a shower, got dressed, packed what I had of snacks, and headed off to work. Uphill. Through the Department of Public Safety headquarters, the quickest route to work. Made it in decent time. Arrived to work with racing heart and much sweating. Great way to start the workday.

Went out for lunch, too. Getting there was downhill, thankfully, but coming back, with the full stomach — uphill. Serious uphill. Oh hell. Ah well. Finished the day and headed home. Almost got into some traffic trouble when I rode out into Lamar after misjudging a driver’s intentions. Thankfully nothing happened. I rode downhill through the DPS headquarters, through the neighborhood, across Koenig, and back home with little other trouble. Perfect way to get home after work.

After riding my bike and disdaining my car since last night, I decided to not break the chain and go to Flightpath tonight on my bike as well. Kind of my own “National Don’t Drive Your Car Day”. And so far, so good.

It feels good to have a bike again. My knees, thighs, and chest are all telling me to the contrary, but they’ll adjust. I just need to be consistent about riding when the distances are short and time is long, and driving when the time is short and the distance is long. Sounds like a fair policy to me. Heh. Policies. Promises. Pah.

So, yeah, I’m at Flightpath. Considering working on some code. Dunno. Most of my IRC friends are offline or away doing other fun stuff, so chatting isn’t much good tonight. Just caffeinate, listen to some Slowdive, and hammer out some Perl.

Wish me luck.

Published by Shawn

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