It’s that time of year again … to give thanks, to feast and fill your tummy, to spend all day in front of the TV watching football … yeah, that’s America’s past time … except for me, I had to work on call this weekend, which made it a little difficult, logistically, to drive home, participate in the Thanksgiving activities, and still fulfill the on call responsibilities. It would mean driving down Thanksgiving morning, immediately go to turkey dinner, then drive back the next day Friday, and be ready for on call. Or wait until Sunday evening, drive back to the Bay Area, to come into work on Monday morning. That was just too much of a hassle. So instead, I made my visit last weekend, instead.
So this meant no family turkey dinner this year, but it does mean two days off to go do whatever riding I want. However my good friend Lynne invited me over for dinner with her family, and I’ll be doing that instead. How gracious of her … thank you.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Gobble gobble gobble.
They had See’s Candies come by to the office yesterday. They would be sitting on the ground floor, just before we make our way to the Cafe for lunch. The kid in me was in high heaven, so I went and got a box of peanut brittle … mmm
It was enjoyable, but the after effect … not so much. Going to the bathroom countless times, which made the bike ride home uncomfortable, to put it mildly. Every little bump I hit on the road made it painful. Luckily, I was able to make it home without any real issues (helped having a bathroom at the park on the way home).
Spent the rest of the evening on the toilet … not a good feeling. That teaches me for scarfing down an entire box of peanut brittle.
We can’t always be striving to get PR’s (Personal Records), and sometimes when you try too hard, you end up getting a mediocre time. The weather looked like it was going to be nice, so I headed on the first train on Caltrain over to San Francisco, and decided to be a tourist, even though I do this excursion pretty regularly.
Golden Gate Bridge from Marin Headlands
I mean, how can you not enjoy this? Yes, I know … this is making everyone on the east coast a bit jealous, but what can I say?
On my train ride back home, unfortunately I was on a train full of fans going to the Stanford – Oregon game. It meant having to wait in a crazy long line … but at least it was a bullet train, and limited the number of stops we had to make.
Here in California, the weather doesn’t get all that extreme. This allows us to commute wherever we need to by bike, just about every day of the year. We have no snow, tornadoes, or hurricanes to contend with (most of the time). However, there is one thing to fear … thunderstorms and lightning.
With me being on call this past weekend, and basically no riding available those days, I was really antsy to get out there. Luckily, I did get into the office before the T-Storms hit.
I didn’t see any other bikes out there on the commute today … was it because everyone drove in because of the T-Storm?
Once again, it is time to do the time change again. I was all used to the morning commute in darkness, and possibly the home commute in the dark as well. Darkness is not a problem for me, as I’ve got ample lights.
Now, we gotta do another time change, and when I go into the office, I may think I woke up late! I mean, why do the time change? Channeling John Oliver, why is this still a thing?
Now this will probably take me a couple of weeks to get used to this. Oh, and then there’s confusion with international conference calls and communications with other countries (like case handovers between US and India).
Once again, our east coast guy is on PTO … so that means another 5 am commute for me. Woohoo!!! Yeah, I’m nuts. Who would do such a thing? Well, double century riders, of course. I mean, it’s not like I’m getting up at 3:30 am …. Oh, wait a minute, my body did wake up at 3:45 am … scratch that previous thought.
But once your body is all prepared to leave the door at 5 am, it’s really not that bad. As long as you have good lights (500 lumen on my handlebar, 250 lumen on my helmet) … that’s enough to light up even the darkest road. Since hardly anyone is out there, I don’t have to worry about fighting with traffic. It was very peaceful commute this morning … and no, I didn’t have “Peaceful Easy Feeling” playing on my headset .. it’s just that as I was riding, that is just the thought I had in my head.
And since my start is at 6 am, I get to get out of the office by 3 pm … or at least that is the plan. This will ensure my ride home will be in daylight. Score!
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