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Sep. 6th, 2005 @ 10:07 pm Yo
The summer's over. That kind of sucks. I"m not sure if life is easier or more difficult now that the wife's back at work and we switch from upgrade mode to maintenance mode at my work.

I rode my bike to work today. With the kid. It's about 9 miles round trip, which means I saved about $1.50 in gas alone (I get about 21-22 mpg in my car, since I get a lot of stop and go traffic.) Not to mention the feel-good aspects of it. Since I know I can do it I'll be doing it more now. The only trick is there's lots to keep track of. The kid's meal, making sure I have changes of clothes in the office, work shoes, a comb, bringing stuff back home. I also need to budget time--it's about a 7 minute walk to the gym to my office, so about 15 minutes just getting there and back to shower, then 20-30 minutes of shower itself. It's not that I'm lazy or don't want to walk, it's just that's a lot of time to have to budget for. I basically have to leave the house at 7:30 to ensure being at my desk by 9:00. I also assume the logistics will get better.

Our new driveway cured as well. Now we can fit two cars across, so no more roundy-roundy. Yeah, perhaps I feel a little guilty about paving more of the earth, but it will eventually be offset by the wasted fuel from starting the wife's car every day when I get home to pull it in the driveway. Now, she'll be able to do it when she gets home. We also frequently had to move cars wastefully on the weekend. I'm thinking it's at least a wash over time. We also finally got the new garage floor and the house painted. The garage floor makes the rest of the house smell better, since it's not broken and growing mold.

Oh, and you should read this blog and then refer it to BoingBoing or some place like that because it's inane or ironic or whatever. That'd be cool.
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Date:September 7th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
Can't you just coast from the gym to your office and avoid working up a sweat? That would speed things up.

On another bicycle related note, I will try my darnedest to go out of my way to beat your mileage record at the NYC Century on Sunday. You've been warned.

I ride over to the Great Swamp from South Orange not-infrequently. We should meet up some time.
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Date:September 7th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)

Oh, great

That would be fun but you'd have to be ready to take a little break. I'm sure your cruising speed is about 5mph, minimum, faster than mine. I'd also have to get the road bike fixed up--I'm using the mountain bike for commuting.