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Sunday, April 20, 2008
 Rainy day off 
It's not fun when the only weekend day off is a day like today, with steady rain the entire day. It doesn't seem to happen often here but when it does, we go into a bit of a funk. Imagine what we'd be like in a place like Portland or Seattle. So instead of riding around town to do our chores, we hopped into the car and drove. I miss the exercise, even for one day.

Working almost full time is taking some getting used to. My former schedule allowed more time in the mornings for working on volunteer projects, blogging, etc. Now there is much less time for those activities and a little too much time spent at work, although I was ready to head back to work after a winter off. The shop has been busy and I've been learning a great deal as one of the only experienced mechanics on several of the days.

I use the term experienced liberally; it takes many years of daily work experience to begin to know about all the different types of bikes and bike parts encountered in a typical bike shop. Then add a fleet of recumbents and trikes and the challenge increases greatly. Each day is a learning experience, usually under some pressure to complete the job in a timely manner. That's one of the inducements and downsides of the job, depending on the success or lack thereof in doing the task. It's a little like being in school, requiring constant study and thought to come up with the correct solution to a problem.

I'm hoping for a dry Monday.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008
 Bike Florida 
We're back from another Bike Florida trip. This year the route was from Clearwater north to Fanning Springs, mostly on trails. We were reluctant to ride this year knowing that 700 cyclists on two-way trails in Florida was a recipe for disaster, but we have friends in Clearwater and we were anxious to pay them a visit and do some country and western dancing. A trip report is in the works.

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Monday, April 07, 2008
 Best of Kottke 
Rather than blogging I should just point people to kottke.org. That's where I find much of what I read on the web. Here are a few highlights from recent posts:
Pitchfork interview with Colin Greenwood of Radiohead
Colin Greenwood's blog
What every American should know about the Middle East
New Yorker profile of former baseball star Lenny Dykstra

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