Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord!
This morning I met a lady on the train who was riding the train with her bike for the first time ever. She asked my advice, since I had some experience with train-bike interactions, and I told her, “Bring a bungee cord to keep your bike from tipping over.” I showed her how you could loop a bungee cord to some racks to secure a bike. Which started me thinking about the amazing number of changes that I’ve implemented since I started riding my bike last summer:
First I started by wearing normal clothes and riding my mountain bike one way every other day.
Then I switched to spandex with shorts over top, and a work-out shirt.
Then I started riding one way most days.
Then I got slicks.
Then I got a rack for my bike to bungee-cord my backpack.
Then I actually started caring for my bike (greasing the chain, cleaning the bike).
Then I started riding both ways three times a week, one way two times a week.
Then I bought a new helmet, and not long after got another helmet cause that car hit me.
Then I started bungee-cording my bike to the train to keep it upright.
Then I started wearing spandex regularly without shorts over top, cause it was winter.
Then I wore synthetic shirts to wick sweat better.
Then I wore four layers of shirts and pants to stay warm.
Then I bought my Timbuk2 bag.
Then I bought my MassBike membership.
Then I bought the new bike.
Then I started riding both ways every day.
Then I took that bike class.
Then I wore spandex without shorts overtop.
Then I tucked the handlebars into the seat to keep the bike from tipping over.
Then I started riding just for fun on the weekends with Ruk.
Then I stopped driving a car.
Then I bought bike shorts (meh).
On a totally separate topic, I need some advice. The situation is this: My company gives us 40 hours of sick time for the year. At the end of the year, those 40 hours vanish, and employees receive no financial reimbursement for not using any sick time. Naturally, I feel loath to forgo 40 free hours off, but I do not anticipate needing a whole week off for any illness that might strike me. Last winter I washed my hands dozens of times a day and only got a couple minor colds.
The question is, do I lie and take sick time while healthy?
Or should I just let those 40 hours fade into oblivion at the end of the year? I lie only rarely, and even the thought of lying to take sick time while not ill makes me feel kind of guilty. But man, I hate the idea of losing 40 hours off!