Frowny Face

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Day’s Verse:
“Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple.”
Luke 14:33
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I got my first flat while commuting in Washington while home on the Burke-Gilman trail tonight. I felt particularly depressed when I realized my problem because night was falling and today was the first rainy day in a couple weeks. Good things about the flat, as they go:

  • It happened on the way home, so I simply walked to the closest road crossing, called in reinforcements, and leisurely passed time waiting for my ride to arrive by changing the tire.
  • To make the emergency call, I borrowed a cell phone from one of the dozen kind bicyclists who asked as they rode by if I was OK, if I had the tools I needed, or if I needed any help. I think most of them realize that it could just as easily be them next time.
  • I amazed myself by getting the tire back on without any problems. That boosts my confidence in general, because in the past I have spent ages wrestling the darn thing back onto the rim, and sometimes I even needed Ian to help me.
  • It happened on the front tire, which is so rare as to be almost mystical.
  • When I got home and looked for the source of the flat, I had no trouble locating the problem:
    Cause of Flat Tire
    I know, who would have expected me to find a penny embedded all the way into my tire?! I just included that little pointy bit of red plastic for reference.

Bad things about the flat, aside from ruining my perfectly good evening commute: Continue Reading >>

Confirmation Is So…Stinky?!

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Day’s Verse:
Because you got a double dose of trouble
and more than your share of contempt,
Your inheritance in the land will be doubled
and your joy go on forever.

Isaiah 61:~7 (context)
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After having conducted a controlled experiment, I can confirm that it’s the dried apricots themselves, not the preservatives in store-brand dried apricots. Sorry, anybody who has to be around me for the next 24 to 48 hours, but it was for science. And my taste buds. Yum.

Is this turning into a food blog, or it just me? Continue Reading >>