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Hello hello, winter travelers! De-scarf, un-coat, kick off yer shoes, have a stretch, grab a beverage. How are you? Where have you been? How was it getting here, was the traffic bad? Get on into this here Friday Open Thread and tell me all about it. Have a gif of an owl and a cat being friends.
I recently bought my first adult-sized bike for getting around and grocery-hauling and other Adult things, which feels like a big step for me. I’m a trains and buses kind of gal. A public transit kind of lady. I dislike having to take more than a laptop and some snacks when I leave the house, and now here I am, a Bike Owner, who hauls her bike with her everywhere. The responsibility! Potential theft aside, I did not know so many things could go wrong with a bike (besides getting flat tires) until this month, when everything bad happened! But also, the freedom! Do you know how much time you spend a day walking to, waiting for, and then walking from your bus/train/subway/trolley/hot air ballon/zipline? Turns out for me, the answer is a lot. Almost an hour. An hour that I could spend sleeping. At this pace, I’ll almost want to own a car in a few years. (LOL nah I hate having a car, that’ll never happen.) Of course, getting a bike has caused other changes in my life. I get leg cramps more often. I show up to every event a shade sweatier than I’d like to be. Two out of the 4 cats that live in my house are scared of me and my wheeled beast. And the biggest change of all, what do I do now during my morning bike commute?!
My commute activity varies by city. When I lived in Brooklyn for a summer, I finished one very long and kinda pretentious book over the course of the 1.5 hour journey to the Upper East Side. When I lived in Boston, I didn’t usually go far on the green line (cue beleaguered groans, shaken fists at the green line) so I just listened to a lot of dance music to pump myself up for my morning shifts. When I lived in semi-rural North Carolina, my office was a ten-minute drive away, so I listened to NPR. When I was bikeless in the Bay Area, I always needed to stay alert for stops, so I’d obsessively alternate between Google Maps and Pocket on my phone. Now…now I don’t know! I can’t keep listening to the same playlists over and over again, so what do I do? Think? About life?? About how I am just a tiny biker on a road full of California drivers and oh god what if someone just isn’t paying attention or they just suddenly swerve or they’re parked and not looking and they OPEN THEIR CAR DOOR ONTO ME?? This is getting heavy. Maybe I’ll finally get into podcasts.
Help me out, y’all. What do you do for your morning commute? Are you a driver, a biker, a trainer, a busser, a none of the above? What kind of music do you listen to to get ready for the day? Or do you take that time to catch up on the news? Or do you read (ooo, what are y’all reading these days?) It’s okay if you just play Candy Crush/Two Dots/Strata, I do that too when I’m on the bus! Or are you fueled entirely by your road rage the whole way to work?
If you primarily work from home or don’t care to talk about your commute, then tell me about your week! What have you been up to? What are you doing this weekend? Do you have hopes? Aspirations? The occasional surreal dream? Come on down and tell ’em to me, I want to hear all about it.
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