Friday, October 24, 2008

20 miles in....

After shipping all my stuff out here and having it live in a few guestrooms, garages, and basements (thanks to all!) The one thing I was really excited about was getting back on my bike again. I'm sure I bored you to tears about it before I left SF, and there are pics on FB if you want to see them, but I did my bike ride around the bay, felt pretty inspired, and wanted to make sure that biking wasn't something I just did in California. Selling my car before i left helped a lot.
When I finally unpacked my bike, i found that i was missing a pedal, my brand new allen wrench set, and the bolt that keeps your handlebars on your frame. After replacing these from the local branch of performance bikes, just before closing, i rode my bike to the metro, and once again had my own personal city transportation. It was about 20 miles in to biking in DC that I really felt a sense of freedom and belonging. I have always felt free on my bike. It never fails to put a smile on my face, and running some errands up in Columbia Heights, through the twilight of rush hour traffic I felt the exhilaration that comes with the freedom and danger of urban cycling that I have come to love over the years.

New Beginnings

Dear Diary,
A week or so before i left the bay, i was hanging out with some capoeiristas and one remarked that i should make a list of the things i knew about the bay. I don't know everything, not even close, but I had seen some things in my nine years between the ocean and the sierras. I had a decent list of places going over on but i knew not everyone would be so keen to join yelp, and i have no idea if they do RSS (yelp, or the people that might be reading this) and later on another friend mentioned that i should blog about the bay area(s) since i guess DC is near the Chesapeake Bay. I had a few name ideas to work on, and if you're reading this, i must have found one i could be happy with. Being unemployed is a great reason to blog, since so many people were doing it six or seven years ago after the crash. Let me tie this up before i begin writing other posts within this one. Look for things I miss about the SF Bay Area, things I'm discovering about DC, and if you're lucky, I might even do a compare and contrast. I'm sure I'll be throwing a bit of biking chatter in here as well, but i promise, no serious gear-head talk. Hi MOM!