I think this sounds like just the kind of fun that one needs this time of year- a beacon of hope in the long slog towards spring! I only found out about this today, and it's been going on for a couple of weeks, so I'm behind, but I'm going to retroactively count a couple of things from the last weeks to be posted later :). A lot of the "categories" are things I do so often that I don't bother documenting them anymore, but, in the spirit of the event, I'll play along.
Today I completed one category, the "community meeting". I left work early to volunteer for Livable Streets, buttonholing people on a street corner to tell them about the dire state of MBTA funding, and what they could do about it.
Me " do you ride the T"
Richard Davey "yes, every day"
me "are you aware of the T's funding crisis"
Richard Davey (deadpan) "Intimately."
At this point I realized who I was talking to, and got all flustered. He was very nice, and thanked me for being an advocate for the T, and seeing my LSA sticker told me to say Hi, to J_ the director of LSA.
|Minerva locked up next to the gracious and charming McKim Mead and White wing of the BPL|
|People queueing to get into the meeting, in the less charming totalitarian vastness of the Phillip Johnson wing of the BPL. The whole wing smells like cigarette smoke. Gah!|
The Scientist is going to Europe a couple of times this summer to give talks, I wonder how he would feel about tracking down aluminum westwood rims :)
|Every time I'm about to remove Minerva's lights, I get a random compliment on them, so I keep them a bit longer|
I also got to enjoy the Mass Ave bike lanes, which are a delight. The Mass Ave bridge lanes seem meagre in comparison especially where they crap out on the Cambridge side. Rode home with stops at both Trader Joe's and Whole foods to get some treats for a midweek Valentine's dinner. Grocery shopping is another one of the controls, for the Utilitaire, but I do that so often, that it's hardly blog worthy, unless I bring home a record amount of stuff..
Edited- I forgot I'm supposed to report milage, which is a bit approximate, because I' doing it via google map. This ride 4.2 formwork to meeting, to home
Since the second half of the ride was after dark, I should mention that Minerva has a generator hub and an IQcyco headlight and B&M rack mounted tail light
Hey there! The challenge is getting started in U12 a little late, and only being allowed two controls per week. I can just get the 12 in, I think. I also do most of them regularly, and some things not listed, but it's fun, and bloggy, and on a bike, so I'm in.ReplyDelete
The Utilitaire 12 is a fabulous idea. I will adapt if for use in the tiny rural Florida community where I live. It will be a lot of fun for the biking crowd here. Thanks!!ReplyDelete
Great utilitaire, and AWESOME that you talked w/ the Secretary of Transportation!ReplyDelete