Irene left us unscathed, save for a sleepless night where every wind gust threatened a tree coming down on the house.
On the joys of having a distinctive bike: I parked my bike at City Hall Monday night at the same staple as Renata von Tscharner from Charles River Conservancy. I didn't actually see her, but her pale yellow cruiser with the milkcrate lashed on the back is unmistakable. She was gone by the time I got back, but I imagine she saw Gilbert and thought, ah, Cycler is parked here.
Unless you had a friend with an art car, you'd almost never know if you were parked next to them in a public parking lot. I love how bikes lend themselves so easily to distinctive customization.
Walking into the square, I saw a gentleman coming along with a real live bakfiets. They're not very common here- I see more cargo trikes, longtails and trailer setups, largely I think because there isn't a dealer of them around here. I test rode one when I visited Portland a couple of years ago, but I'd like to ride one again before making a purchase, and as of now, you have to go to NYC (or know someone with one) to try the various options out.
Anyway, long story short, I detained him for a couple of cycles of the light chatting about bikes, and when he introduced himself, it turns out that he's Aaron Naparstek, a real live transpo-geek celebrity, founding editor of Streetsblog. He's in town from NYC on a Loeb fellowship at Harvard, so I look forward to seeing him and his bakfiets riding around the square this fall!