Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The World Series

The last week marked the start, and unfortunate end, of a most intriguing World Series matchup.

McCovey Cove

I get to cycle to and from work right next to AT&T Park — home of the San Francisco Giants. This made the Giants' improbable comebacks in both playoff rounds all the more interesting. The Detroit Tigers, my hometown team, also made it to the Fall Classic after winning across the bay in Oakland and making New York look foolish.

World Series @ AT&T Park

The morning commute was different because there were tents and stages everywhere while SportsCenter was broadcasting live on location. The evening commute was different too, as fans packed the stadium, nearby park, and boats filled the cove. And there we were, in the middle of it all.

World Series at McCovey Cove

note a few more photos, including panoramas, available on flickr.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Side of The Bed

I keep my glasses to the side of the bed.

While not the best of ideas, it hasn't been a problem yet.

Surely that would change with just a bit of harm,

which is exactly what caused this morning's general alarm.

General Alarm

With the crunch came an exclaimed "What did I do?!"

Shortly there after, Ginger presented some glue.


Disaster avoided for the second time in two years.

These glasses are ready for Monday. If there was a crowd, I'm sure they'd all cheer.

Glasses Mend

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Cycling The Commute

This week marks the fourth month I've had a bicycle in San Francisco. After months of public transit, the occasional cab, and a startling realization of how little I actually move in a day, I headed to Performance Bike in June. I walked out with the second Fuji of my cycling career.

Thanks to the magic of Hipstamatic, here's what it would have looked like in the 1970's —

Fuji Newest 3.0

Early On

Those first few rides were especially difficult. I saved no time at all versus public transit — about 45 minutes for 3.5 miles. I also showed up to the morning meeting with greetings of "Wow, did you swim here?" Fortunately for us all, things have gotten significantly better since then.


Recently, with the help of the iPhone Cycling Application Velocio, I've come to expect making it to the office in less than 20 minutes.

The current records are quite a bit better than those 45-minute rides:

  • To Office — 16:24
  • To Apartment — 14:59

Fun Facts

There are a few things I've picked up cycling in a busy city.

  1. Some sidewalks are shared path, meaning that walking and cycling is allowed
  2. Some sidewalks will ticket cyclists
  3. Pedestrians tend to look right through cyclists while trying to cross the street. When a pedestrian steps in front of you with no time to swerve, you'll both go flying through the air. Really.
  4. Sometimes your spokes will break with no visual indication. Sometimes it'll take a week to notice your brakes are rubbing, and it will cost $20 to fix.
  5. Riding with the brakes rubbing for a week will shave several minutes off your commute when the problem is fixed.