Mostly a Bike Ride Report

Day’s Verse:
And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
Genesis 7:12

Yesterday evening Dad, Ian, and I watched Salt. Frankly, I’m astonished it got 61% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’ve rarely been more bored in an action movie, and I like action movies. The whole “Russians are the bad guys” thing felt so 30 years ago. That aside, they just tried to do too darn much in an hour and a half. The first half is a mistaken identity/quest to save her husband story and I kept watching because I wanted to see what happened to her husband. They devoted several minutes to their relationship, so you figure it’s going to be important. Then her husband is summarily shot and vanishes without anybody batting an eye, and the movie turns into a double agent/agent vs. agent scramble. For all that, it was predictable enough that we were able to call out all the twists before they happened. The only redeeming features were the Haagen-Dasz bar I ate partway through and the fact we didn’t pay for it. True Grit was way better. Continue Reading...

Cookie Science

Day’s Verse:
“Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the LORD.
Zechariah 2:10

Introduction
A cookie recipe was received and tested. The recipe as written included directions for 3 different baking temperatures and times. This study evaluated all three combinations, seeking to determine the best combination. Subjects were randomly selected and subjectively evaluated cookies, providing feedback on preference.

Methods
One batch of dough was prepared, strictly following the directions. Continue Reading...

Best Movie Experience Ever

Day’s Verse:
The last and final word is this:
Fear God.
Do what he tells you.

Ecclesiastes 12:13

Yesterday was Ian’s birthday. He turned, oh, approximately mid-to-late 20s. Age aside, we decided to celebrate by using our gift certificate to Gold Class Cinemas to see True Grit.

It’s difficult to describe how excellent the entire experience was. First of all, we dressed up. This made me realize that (a) I need to get a pair of nice shoes; (b) I’ve lost weight and my good dress doesn’t fit as well as I’d like; (c) I need to learn how to do long hair so it looks good. All that aside, I felt pretty sexy getting dressed up and going on a date, and that was fun. Also, Ian looks good in a suit. Continue Reading...

This Doesn’t Happen on a Bike

Day’s Verse:
“Great and marvelous are your deeds,
Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
King of the nations.”

Revelation 15:3

I got in the car.

I pressed the POWER button (the car being a Prius, starting it is more reminiscent of powering on a computer than turning on a car).

Nothing good happened. All the dashboard lights came on, some flashing alarmingly; the screen did not turn on; the engine did not turn on.

For a bit I just sat there and though, “You know, if I was taking a bike, this wouldn’t happen. The batteries never die on my bike.” Then I called AAA, and within 45 minutes a nice guy had come and given the Prius a jump, which is happily all it needed. The little 12V starter battery had drained down somehow. As I drove around aimlessly — the engine had to run for 30 minutes, not something the Prius does naturally; I drove up lots of hills — I realized that I was wrong. The “batteries” on my bike can run down, if I ride too many miles and my legs don’t have time to recover. I’ve had plenty of days I get on my bike and my legs start exhausted, and don’t get any better over the ride. Another potential equivalent experience is getting a flat tire on a bike, but bicyclists don’t generally need to call in help to fix that problem. Also this is maybe the 2nd time we’ve had to jump the car since we bought it in 2006. I can’t even count how many flat tires I’ve had in that same time. Continue Reading...

As It Should Be

Day’s Verse:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Acts 2:42

This is what our garage looks like right now, after I spent the morning cleaning it.

Garage Bike Space

Notice how the car occupies 50% of the space and the bikes occupy 50% of the space? This is the way garages should be organized. Forget hanging your bikes from the ceiling to be taken down a couple nice days in the summer, or burying your bike way in the back behind so much stuff you can hardly get it out. No, bikes as vehicles should be easy in-and-out access the same way a car does. And of course if you have to choose between parking a car in a garage and parking a bike in a garage, the bike should always win. After all, cars withstand the elements much better than bikes do. Continue Reading...

Pros and Cons

Day’s Verse:
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Reasons I like biking alone:

  1. I get to do whatever I want.

Reasons I like biking with other people:

  1. Somebody to be company on the long miles.
  2. Somebody to help if I get a flat.
  3. Somebody to help if we get lost.
  4. Somebody to help pull when I get tired.
  5. Somebody to motivate me to finish.

Pretty easy arithmetic there, huh? However, despite this arithmetic, I ended up riding by myself today. Name a hill in the Kirkland/Kenmore/Woodinville region; I rode up it. Sometimes twice. I stopped only at stoplights, ate as I rode, and went my own pace up and down the hills. No waiting, no pausing, no worrying about getting left behind or leaving behind. But you know, it just didn’t feel as fun somehow, not having somebody besides Fast Bike to share those 45 miles with. Continue Reading...

Satisficing

Day’s Verse:
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:11-13

How do you shop? Do you go to the store, find a product that meets your needs, purchase it, and leave without agonizing about it? Or do you prefer to shop around, comparing similar products from different stores ad infinitum? When I read Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough, the author’s discussion of these two different types of people really struck me. She described the first type as satisficers. Satisficers find a product that meets their criteria and move on without agonizing about whether they could’ve done better elsewhere. The second type, optimizers, find a product that meets their needs, but then thinks, “But if I just keep looking, maybe I’ll find something better somewhere else,” and so they keep shopping around to find the best deal. Continue Reading...