juldea: (bicycle)
My "problem report" to Google Maps, which suggested bikers go up Walnut Street in Somerville -- one of the largest hills in the city -- has finally resulted in a direction change. Requesting biking directions from Harvard to Winter Hill no longer goes up Walnut. Hooray!

Of course, this doesn't avoid the fact that it's hard, perhaps impossible, to avoid going uphill at all in that route. Still, I think Walnut is demonstrably wrong.
juldea: (bicycle)
My "problem report" to Google Maps, which suggested bikers go up Walnut Street in Somerville -- one of the largest hills in the city -- has finally resulted in a direction change. Requesting biking directions from Harvard to Winter Hill no longer goes up Walnut. Hooray!

Of course, this doesn't avoid the fact that it's hard, perhaps impossible, to avoid going uphill at all in that route. Still, I think Walnut is demonstrably wrong.
juldea: (JoCo personal jesus)
Hooray, long weekend!

Friday night: just chillin' at BCOS, watching Doctor Who with the folks there. Prepped for Strange Boston.
Saturday day: Strange Boston! Long complicated game was long and complicated. A few fun moments of roleplay, like scaring the dickens out of [livejournal.com profile] witticaster. Oh, and songwriting. ;)
Saturday evening: End of Summer party! A very fun time. Drank and was merry, did a hefty amount of flirting, watched people play with fire.
Sunday day: D&D group got together for not-D&D gaming. Riding bike there and back though not directly led to a surprise 10 mile total for the day. Met [livejournal.com profile] usernamenumber for tea in Harvard Square.
Sunday evening: @ home.
Monday day: Attempted to get to [livejournal.com profile] purpledj and [livejournal.com profile] quish's party. Was thwarted by flat tire but saved by various good Samaritans.
Monday evening: Party. Eventually got home and tried to catch up on internets some. Thus post.

I am nearly booked solid for the next two weeks. Lots going on, including leaving the state multiple times. See you when I see you!
juldea: (JoCo personal jesus)
Hooray, long weekend!

Friday night: just chillin' at BCOS, watching Doctor Who with the folks there. Prepped for Strange Boston.
Saturday day: Strange Boston! Long complicated game was long and complicated. A few fun moments of roleplay, like scaring the dickens out of [livejournal.com profile] witticaster. Oh, and songwriting. ;)
Saturday evening: End of Summer party! A very fun time. Drank and was merry, did a hefty amount of flirting, watched people play with fire.
Sunday day: D&D group got together for not-D&D gaming. Riding bike there and back though not directly led to a surprise 10 mile total for the day. Met [livejournal.com profile] usernamenumber for tea in Harvard Square.
Sunday evening: @ home.
Monday day: Attempted to get to [livejournal.com profile] purpledj and [livejournal.com profile] quish's party. Was thwarted by flat tire but saved by various good Samaritans.
Monday evening: Party. Eventually got home and tried to catch up on internets some. Thus post.

I am nearly booked solid for the next two weeks. Lots going on, including leaving the state multiple times. See you when I see you!
juldea: (joco full)
Thing 1: biking

I've ridden my bike to work twice now. It works out to take almost exactly the same amount of time to get there as if I walked to Porter and caught the best train. As I often don't catch the best train, or there are train delays, or something else slows down that commute, this means that biking is a good idea. Plus, if I do it more, I'll be able to handle the hills along the way faster and get there in less time, right? (Although it turns out I still do have the high-gear-isn't-high-enough problem on THIS bike, too, sigh grumble.)

HOWEVER, I'm not about to start doing this daily yet, as it turns out I can't work out on my own a safe route back from work - at least the office to the Longfellow Bridge part. Inbound, I use Charles Street and cut through the Common. But Charles Street is one-way. The nearest route in the other direction uses Bowdoin Street to Cambridge Street, the former of which is small, busy, and not well-lit and the latter of which is large and SUPER busy, and neither of which have bike lanes. Also, Cambridge Street onto the Longfellow involves going through a pretty nasty intersection where I, as a pedestrian and a driver, have really never seen bicyclists go. So... yeah. I need to get my hands on a bike map of the city and figure out how to get home from work without endangering myself. THEN I can start doing it regularly.

Thing 2: The Pie Hole

I got an email yesterday from my landlady saying she's selling the building, and showings start on Monday. Meep. There was some discussion on Twitter, and thanks to folks' input there, I'm not worried about anything upsetting my lease. The new owners will probably just take the place of my landlady as far as lease terms go, so I'm good until next February. Still, more instability and changes in life, sigh. (And, to some extent, it would be okay for the lease to end at a more convenient date. Me + 2 cats looking for roommates in February? Hard to find.)

Thing 3: personal life

Just a quick update for anyone who is not on my more personal filters: I'm having a rough time with stuff right now. Looking into getting some professional help for it. You can assume I am out of spoons at any given time, and in return I will assume that you have commented saying you're here for me if I need it.
juldea: (joco full)
Thing 1: biking

I've ridden my bike to work twice now. It works out to take almost exactly the same amount of time to get there as if I walked to Porter and caught the best train. As I often don't catch the best train, or there are train delays, or something else slows down that commute, this means that biking is a good idea. Plus, if I do it more, I'll be able to handle the hills along the way faster and get there in less time, right? (Although it turns out I still do have the high-gear-isn't-high-enough problem on THIS bike, too, sigh grumble.)

HOWEVER, I'm not about to start doing this daily yet, as it turns out I can't work out on my own a safe route back from work - at least the office to the Longfellow Bridge part. Inbound, I use Charles Street and cut through the Common. But Charles Street is one-way. The nearest route in the other direction uses Bowdoin Street to Cambridge Street, the former of which is small, busy, and not well-lit and the latter of which is large and SUPER busy, and neither of which have bike lanes. Also, Cambridge Street onto the Longfellow involves going through a pretty nasty intersection where I, as a pedestrian and a driver, have really never seen bicyclists go. So... yeah. I need to get my hands on a bike map of the city and figure out how to get home from work without endangering myself. THEN I can start doing it regularly.

Thing 2: The Pie Hole

I got an email yesterday from my landlady saying she's selling the building, and showings start on Monday. Meep. There was some discussion on Twitter, and thanks to folks' input there, I'm not worried about anything upsetting my lease. The new owners will probably just take the place of my landlady as far as lease terms go, so I'm good until next February. Still, more instability and changes in life, sigh. (And, to some extent, it would be okay for the lease to end at a more convenient date. Me + 2 cats looking for roommates in February? Hard to find.)

Thing 3: personal life

Just a quick update for anyone who is not on my more personal filters: I'm having a rough time with stuff right now. Looking into getting some professional help for it. You can assume I am out of spoons at any given time, and in return I will assume that you have commented saying you're here for me if I need it.
juldea: (bicycle)
I didn't intend to, but I rode almost 10 miles today! (According to gmap-pedometer.com - thank you [livejournal.com profile] anitra for introducing me to it.) I rode from my house to the Cambridgeside Galleria, where I had an eye exam, and shopped a little for glasses and other things. While there I got a call from [livejournal.com profile] siderea and set up a time to meet her in Davis Square a little later, so I rode there. At some point there I realized that one of my purchases from the mall had fallen out of my tote bag along the way (follow the saga of asking the b0st0n LJ community to find my underwear here.) siderea and I had dinner at Boston Burger Company (excellent), and then I retraced part of my route back through Inman Square before giving up and returning home.

My butt hurts. I'm not certain if I will end up needing a new seat, or if I just wasn't used to it and rode 10 miles on it! My knees and back are a little sore, but only a slight bit. I'm fairly certain I still need to adjust the seat height a little higher, even if it means more discomfort when stopped. Camberville is hilly and I change gears a lot, but the gears available on my bike are good for this and my ride is comfortable! All of which add up to A+++, will ride again. Maybe to work tomorrow, unless my butt is bruised.

Also, endorphins are a nice thing, and I hope you all support my getting hooked on them.
juldea: (bicycle)
I didn't intend to, but I rode almost 10 miles today! (According to gmap-pedometer.com - thank you [livejournal.com profile] anitra for introducing me to it.) I rode from my house to the Cambridgeside Galleria, where I had an eye exam, and shopped a little for glasses and other things. While there I got a call from [livejournal.com profile] siderea and set up a time to meet her in Davis Square a little later, so I rode there. At some point there I realized that one of my purchases from the mall had fallen out of my tote bag along the way (follow the saga of asking the b0st0n LJ community to find my underwear here.) siderea and I had dinner at Boston Burger Company (excellent), and then I retraced part of my route back through Inman Square before giving up and returning home.

My butt hurts. I'm not certain if I will end up needing a new seat, or if I just wasn't used to it and rode 10 miles on it! My knees and back are a little sore, but only a slight bit. I'm fairly certain I still need to adjust the seat height a little higher, even if it means more discomfort when stopped. Camberville is hilly and I change gears a lot, but the gears available on my bike are good for this and my ride is comfortable! All of which add up to A+++, will ride again. Maybe to work tomorrow, unless my butt is bruised.

Also, endorphins are a nice thing, and I hope you all support my getting hooked on them.
juldea: (geek girl)
I have a bike!

[livejournal.com profile] chaiya and I went to the yard sale we had seen advertise having a bicycle, and lo and behold, it did. A men's mountain bike, but with a smallish frame. They inflated the tires for us (it had been sitting in a garage for years) and I rode it up and down the street several times with the seat at various heights, playing with the shifters, showing chaiya my posture (as a bodyworker, she has valuable insight on these things.) What modifications might need to be done to the bike were discussed. In the end, though, it was priced at TEN DOLLARS which, if you know anything about bikes, is clearly a price put on it by someone who doesn't know any thing about bikes.

The plan we worked out is that I'll buy the ten dollar bike and all the non-specific-to-that-bike accessories that I would need to ride it around a bit: helmet w/ mirro, lights, lock, reflecting pantsleg straps. Then, ride it around a bit, specifically a week or two. If it works out, then I can spend money upgrading that particular bike (new tires, perhaps new handlebars, storage racks, fenders.) If it doesn't work out, I can probably sell it for more than $10!

I avoided the temptation to ride it to Waltham (~10m) yesterday for [livejournal.com profile] bleemoo's birthday party, but I'm about to take it down to the Cambridgeside Galleria (where I will get an eye exam to get a prescription that will get me new glasses online!)

I was right: I can at least be happy about my shop-fu. Other aspects of life, not so much. ("Stormy Weather" has been playing in my head too much lately.)
juldea: (geek girl)
I have a bike!

[livejournal.com profile] chaiya and I went to the yard sale we had seen advertise having a bicycle, and lo and behold, it did. A men's mountain bike, but with a smallish frame. They inflated the tires for us (it had been sitting in a garage for years) and I rode it up and down the street several times with the seat at various heights, playing with the shifters, showing chaiya my posture (as a bodyworker, she has valuable insight on these things.) What modifications might need to be done to the bike were discussed. In the end, though, it was priced at TEN DOLLARS which, if you know anything about bikes, is clearly a price put on it by someone who doesn't know any thing about bikes.

The plan we worked out is that I'll buy the ten dollar bike and all the non-specific-to-that-bike accessories that I would need to ride it around a bit: helmet w/ mirro, lights, lock, reflecting pantsleg straps. Then, ride it around a bit, specifically a week or two. If it works out, then I can spend money upgrading that particular bike (new tires, perhaps new handlebars, storage racks, fenders.) If it doesn't work out, I can probably sell it for more than $10!

I avoided the temptation to ride it to Waltham (~10m) yesterday for [livejournal.com profile] bleemoo's birthday party, but I'm about to take it down to the Cambridgeside Galleria (where I will get an eye exam to get a prescription that will get me new glasses online!)

I was right: I can at least be happy about my shop-fu. Other aspects of life, not so much. ("Stormy Weather" has been playing in my head too much lately.)
juldea: (raverkitty)
Being a modern female who just went through some emotional issues and then met with a sudden windfall, I did what was expected: bought new shoes. (Some of you might know that my last favorite pair of sandals are dying a pretty painful death right now, and I have been bemoaning my inability to find a good replacement. These are so far doing the trick.) I got the black. Also, omg, shoes.

[livejournal.com profile] chaiya and [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare lured me to their house after dinner with promise of food and media and smoffing. Food was eaten (tasty!), media was watched (compelling!), and smoffing was smoffed (intimidating yet enticing! - but that is for another post). While walking home, I passed a pair of plastic storage carts sitting on the street. I stopped. I examined. I looked for people. I saw sign indicating people moving next week. I found a plastic bag with the note "REMOTE for the free TV/VCR that was here earlier," indicating things found on that curb were indeed possibly free stuff. So I dragged them home. Being both a scavengerenvironmentalist and a pack rat, it's hard to pass up a free item in which I can store other items.

Actually, I still had my hands full of my regular daily items, so I dragged one home and upstairs, turned on the AC (it's almost humid enough here to remind me of Oklahoma!), and went back down the street for the other. From a block away, I saw a guy examining it as I had earlier, looking around, and finally he kind of waved his arms and started walking away. So I called out, "Are you going to take it?" He turned around and said, "I'd like to, but" and whatever after that I didn't hear. I got closer, and said that there had been two, I had just finished carrying the other one home, and I was both happy to take this one or happy to let it go since there had been two. His response was, "Well, I live in Dorchester," which (as [livejournal.com profile] colin_l just learned is a significant train ride away) indicated he wasn't willing to haul it there, followed by, "Would you like a hand?" Normally my mother's warnings all my life about ditches would hold me back from accepting, but [livejournal.com profile] zapf and I recently watched Serendipity and maybe fate can only take you so far, so I said yes. But then he realized he only had a few minutes to get to the train station to get back to Dorchester (or he worried about me causing him to end up in a ditch!) and hightailed it thatway instead, the opposite direction of my house. So I dragged the other home. Yarn storage, yo.

In 9 hours, I'm meeting with [livejournal.com profile] chiaya again, and we're going to a yard sale that just might have a cheap bike for me. If that trifecta occurs, I will be something kind of like happy, at least with my shop-fu.
juldea: (raverkitty)
Being a modern female who just went through some emotional issues and then met with a sudden windfall, I did what was expected: bought new shoes. (Some of you might know that my last favorite pair of sandals are dying a pretty painful death right now, and I have been bemoaning my inability to find a good replacement. These are so far doing the trick.) I got the black. Also, omg, shoes.

[livejournal.com profile] chaiya and [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare lured me to their house after dinner with promise of food and media and smoffing. Food was eaten (tasty!), media was watched (compelling!), and smoffing was smoffed (intimidating yet enticing! - but that is for another post). While walking home, I passed a pair of plastic storage carts sitting on the street. I stopped. I examined. I looked for people. I saw sign indicating people moving next week. I found a plastic bag with the note "REMOTE for the free TV/VCR that was here earlier," indicating things found on that curb were indeed possibly free stuff. So I dragged them home. Being both a scavengerenvironmentalist and a pack rat, it's hard to pass up a free item in which I can store other items.

Actually, I still had my hands full of my regular daily items, so I dragged one home and upstairs, turned on the AC (it's almost humid enough here to remind me of Oklahoma!), and went back down the street for the other. From a block away, I saw a guy examining it as I had earlier, looking around, and finally he kind of waved his arms and started walking away. So I called out, "Are you going to take it?" He turned around and said, "I'd like to, but" and whatever after that I didn't hear. I got closer, and said that there had been two, I had just finished carrying the other one home, and I was both happy to take this one or happy to let it go since there had been two. His response was, "Well, I live in Dorchester," which (as [livejournal.com profile] colin_l just learned is a significant train ride away) indicated he wasn't willing to haul it there, followed by, "Would you like a hand?" Normally my mother's warnings all my life about ditches would hold me back from accepting, but [livejournal.com profile] zapf and I recently watched Serendipity and maybe fate can only take you so far, so I said yes. But then he realized he only had a few minutes to get to the train station to get back to Dorchester (or he worried about me causing him to end up in a ditch!) and hightailed it thatway instead, the opposite direction of my house. So I dragged the other home. Yarn storage, yo.

In 9 hours, I'm meeting with [livejournal.com profile] chiaya again, and we're going to a yard sale that just might have a cheap bike for me. If that trifecta occurs, I will be something kind of like happy, at least with my shop-fu.

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