I sanded it down, painted it, and now it's off to it's yuletide recipient- my 2 year old nephew.
I wanted to send it via UPS ground through my office, so I strapped it on the back of Gilbert, pushing the limits of my luggage straps.
It was so sunny and relatively warm that I ended up stripping down to just my cords, a very thick wool sweater, gloves and scarf, and still being too warm. I know that Uggs are considered a fashion crime by many, but I have the smooth leather footed version that looks a little better, and boy are they toasty warm!
In the evening, I had a very calm and quiet ride home, thanks largely to off street paths. I rode the Vassar street cycletrack all the way down to the "secret" shortcut through Ft. Washington park, and thence through quiet residential streets in Cambridgeport to Trader Joe's, and then along the river path home to Harvard Sq.
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With very few cars, and on a crisp cold night, the city seems so quiet- all I can hear are the soft noises of my bike- the whirr of the wheels, the click of the freewheel, the small noises of chain and axle.
I've made some tweaks to my saddle position and am feeling unusually connected and tuned into the bike. Everything just feels so natural, like the bike is an extension of my body that I use to get places simply and quickly. What a pleasant and calm ride- the best kind of silent night.
Oh, and Somervillain really wants me to remind people of the Illuminations ride in Somerville, and say that Bloc 11 closes at 8 on Saturdays, so we will probably go to 1369 instead. For best results, meet us at the ride, and we'll all decide where to go from there!