June 10th, 2008

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Biking in the Rain

Last night I noticed that a library book was due (overdue, to be precise), so I decided to ride my bike downtown and drop it off. On the way back, I could stop at the drugstore and pick up some cards.

It had been almost unbearably hot and humid all day, but the weather outside was beginning to cool a bit. I thought getting out and getting a breeze would be lovely. As I pulled out of my driveway, I saw the skies flash in the distance. "Hmm," thought I. "That might be a bad sign. Well we just had thunderstorms, surely we can't expect more."

I started pedaling, and a few minutes into the ride I felt drops of rain. "Yikes, I can't get my library book wet!" I started pedaling faster. Now that I am typing this story, I find myself wondering if I shouldn't have turned back rather than continued forward. I was only a few blocks from home. However there wasn't a whole lot of rain, and the library wasn't that far away, and my book was in a bag that could offer some protection -- I remained relatively confident that I could keep my book dry.

As I neared downtown, I saw an impressive bolt of lightening. Cool! Pedal faster. As I pulled up to the library, the rain was more serious about its precipitation, but still minimal. The book was dry, and I popped it into the book return box. Whew!

I then rode to CVS. I locked my bike under a tree and walked into the store. I was clearly rain-splattered, but not soaked (yet). (Oooh, forshadowing!)

I found some nice greeting cards, purchased them, and happily wrapped my satchel up in the plastic bag they gave me. Since I'd just been popping out for a quick ride through the neighborhood, I hadn't organized myself or brought any of my gear. I didn't have a waterproof bag, and I didn't have my helmet or sunglasses (which also have great rain lenses). I also didn't have my blinkey red light I wear on my back at dark, although I DID have my blinkey front white light.

No worries though, I was less than two miles from home. The rain was quite seriously coming down when I fetched my wet bike from underneath the unprotective tree. I turned on my light, pulled onto the quiet residential road that would get me home. The skies let loose. Within a few blocks, I was quite soaked! Without eye protection, the rain kept getting in my eyes and I couldn't see much. I came upon the solution of riding one-handed and holding my other hand over my eyes to block the rain. It worked quite well.

At first the ride was a bit nerve-wracking. However once I figured out how to protect my eyes so I could see again, and once I got wet enough that the rain no longer felt cold, it was really a lot of fun! I paid careful attention to cars, but there were almost none on the road. I got home safely, quickly, and easily. I found myself grinning at the entertainment of it all.

My book stayed dry, my purchases and satchel stayed dry, and I didn't get struck by lightening even once! It was good fun, although I didn't stay out any longer than it took to get from CVS to home. When I arrived, I tip-toed to the bathroom trying not to drip too badly through the house. I literally pealed myself out of my soaking clothes, then jumped into the shower to get wetter clean off and warm up.

An unplanned but exciting little adventure! I enjoyed it.
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I Like New York in June

My sister and I are planning a trip to NYC for the end of June. I'm getting excited! I'm using frequent flyer miles to get there. I just bought tickets to a sold-out showing of Wicked off of Ebay - row E. We're going to do a mutual birthday dinner with each other on saturday before the show, take a bike tour of Central Park on sunday, have dinner with various aunts and cousins and our grandmother on sunday and monday. Monday will probably be Spend Time Wtih Grandma Day (an important holiday). Tuesday I bought myself a day pass in the Newark Worldperks lounge, and I'm planning on putting in a day's work there before flying home tuesday night. Don't know what else we'll do, perhaps some dress-shopping since I have a wedding to attend in August.... Yay! This should be a good little trip.