09/04/13 01:02 - ID#58050
People Powered Commuting
Less than two months in of driving to work, I realized more than ever how much I hate driving. It's so wasteful for me to push my 170lb self around with a 3000lb car at 28mpg for an hour a day. I hate the aggression everyone gets in with each other, how isolated you are from other people and how easy it is to speed by and not even see what's going on around you. I hate how much space they take up and how much noise and pollution they generate. I wish Buffalo had a real 24x7 transit system, and hope that the bike culture keeps growing like it is.
Since I dislike it so much, I figured why not do something about it? It seemed hypocritical not to try just because the ride seemed long. So now that I can shower at work, I rode down. It was really nice to get out when few other people were. It took about 1hr for 16 miles and was without incident, besides yelling at a lady to pick up her dog's poop.
On the way home was a little bit different. It took 1hr 03min for 16 miles, but felt so much tougher. There was a headwind off the lake, a lot more traffic downtown, and even a minor road rage incident. This woman was upset after she tried to left turn at a stop sign while texting her lap, where apparently I surprised her coming from the opposite direction with the right of way. She caught up to me at a light, and I started yelling back at her for texting and not paying attention to the road. Of course while she is doing this, she has the nerve to look down in her lap to text and tell me it's not illegal while she's stopped. We parted with a few choice words before it escalated. I seriously need to watch my road rage but she deserved it.
I was pretty wiped after all that, but I am going to try to bike at least every other day. I can probably drop the hammer a little more as I get used to it so it'll get better. Finished the day with some 90 cent cones from Anderson's with Emily and Carrie. (4 of them to be exact)
Day one: 32 miles, 1080 calories, 2 hr ride time
Eat more, I felt so sluggish on the ride home
Watch out for crazy middle aged ladies
Leave earlier for home
Getting into work
Poorly tagged inspirational quote on the Rt. 5 overpass
Riding through Larkinville
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09/04/13 12:57 - ID#58049
Zoar Valley and Hoarding
All of it makes me just remember this video .
Thankfully we made tons of progress on clearing it this weekend.
Later Saturday, I headed down to (e:Paul) and (e:Terry)'s, to find Paul working on (e:Mike)'s unicorn bike. I have to say, that's one of the most awesome birthday presents I've ever seen. I took some pics with my newish lens that I'll have to put up later.
We ended up going out to Zoar Valley. I can't remember the last time, if ever, I was there. It ended up being a great day for a hike, and quick swim in the creek before we headed back for Mike's party. Can't wait to go back sometime!
Chillaxin' after climbing a bit.
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09/04/13 12:54 - ID#58048
Mike's Birthday and Skybar
The party was amazing too, and I was glad that a few of my good friends came. A good time all around, from the supa fly unicorn bike to the clearance themed decorations. I took some pictures that are blurry, but then again so was the whole night.
Everyone looked to be having a good time, especially Mike. Even after the jello shots caught up to him.
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08/30/13 12:12 - ID#58030
Lotus at the Canal
After I headed down for the last harbor of the year (and almost got hit by a bus). Besides that, the rest of the night was pretty awesome. I caught up with (e:Paul) and (e:Terry) for the second half of Lotus performing. It was a great show to dance to and there were even fireworks from the last Bison's game which seemed fitting to close out the concert.
Rest of the night was spent well with Mike, Dave, TK and Alex, dancing and playing football on Delaware. It was a great time, but I stayed up too late again!
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08/29/13 12:09 - ID#58027
After work, Terry and I tried to make it to a bike ride I heard about on College Street, but we weren't able to find anyone around. It ended up being alright going on our own bike ride, down past the canal, Ohio and Fuhrmann and around the Union Ship Canal. We found the floor from this old warehouse or factory nearby - there still was tiled floor from a bathroom (?) and this giant array of holes in the floor that must have had to do with whatever work was done there. It still kind of boggles my mind how much empty space is down there now, and how packed the waterfront with industry once was. On the way out to the street we ran into a
Heading back, we ended up going through South Buffalo up Tifft, South Park, down to Larkinville and down Seneca to downtown. I swear with all the overpasses and bridges, it's probably the hilliest route in the city. South Buffalo will always feel like a foreign country to me.
After going home for dinner I came back down for the birthday celebration, a few good rounds of glow in the dark bocce ball, shenanigans with the spoon, and some good conversation. Ended up finishing the night with an awesome cake assembled/made by (e:paul), even if it did end up collapsing slightly!
Also, I may have relapsed on my candy addiction. I really just need to keep myself from eating that first piece, otherwise I can't control myself.
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08/29/13 12:05 - ID#58026
Fleeing to the Cleve
After Sarah and I went to go check out our old stomping grounds at Coventry and Case. It was weird to see all the new freshman moving in, roving in herds from their dorms, and some of our old friends. We were those freshman only a few years ago, but it seems like forever. Even weirder to think that we'll never have a first day of classes together again.
We went back to Sarah's house way after for dinner and to hang out with her family. Definitely had fun it, but by we ended up being too tired to even go out at that point. I slept 9 hours the next day, felt good to catch up on some sleep. I convinced Sarah to finally ride her bike in the bike lane (omg) on the way to get doughnuts, the breakfast of champions.
Not that a picture taken (dangerously) while driving over the innerbelt does it justice, but I love Cleveland's skyline. My second city fo sho.
The next day I got to go on a ride early in the morning. I love being able to ride around when almost no one is around, and it's still not hot yet. It made me want to start biking to work, hopefully I can start soon!
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08/27/13 04:48 - ID#58024
Yay, I made an estrip!
I decided to sign up when I started thinking what an amazing summer I've been having since I moved back. I've made tons of new friends and met new people, done things that I never got around to before, became obsessed with Buffalo again, and just feel driven in a way I haven't since freshman year of college. It'd be awesome to go back and remember some of what goes on, and collect some thoughts here.
Random, but I ended up on here all the time at school when I'd be procrastinating and searching random things about Buffalo. It was kind of crazy when I met (e:paul) and found he made this site, because I remembered some of his posts about Kenmore.
We'll see if I'll actually be able to keep something like this up.
Last Modified: 08/27/13 04:48
- going out