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Old 09-18-06, 06:53 PM   #1
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My coworkers think I'm nuts

Today when I left work, there was a light (and I mean light) drizzle. Even with the moisture, it was nice and warm.

As I was walking to my bike, my very well-meaning coworker pulled up beside me in her car and tried to insist that she drive me home.

Funny - it's as though my coworkers think I've lost a bet or something...
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I have a few people at work who give me a weather report each day when I leave work. They like to let me know when it's raining outside. Strangely enough I can see the rain outside too.

They get very concerned when I'm about to go out into the rain. Heck, it's only water. I get a lot wetter when I get home and have a shower.
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Around Northern VA a little precipiation can cause major problems. In Tysons Corner it's guaranteed to add 50% to any commute by car.
Perhaps some of the concern is for the lowered visibility and stress level of cagers.
BTW - you are nuts
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They'll get used to it after a winter of commuting. Just give yourself more time to stop on wet/slick roads and in turns.
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Heck, it's only water. I get a lot wetter when I get home and have a shower.
Classic! I'm going to point that out to the next person that is surprised by my riding in the rain, although my co-workers have pretty much given up hope on me regaining my sanity.
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As I was walking to my bike, my very well-meaning coworker pulled up beside me in her car and tried to insist that she drive me home.

Funny - it's as though my coworkers think I've lost a bet or something...
Same thing happens to me - any chance of rain, I get offers to drive me home. I guess I should be thankful that they're looking out for me, but enough already...
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They'll get used to it after a winter of commuting. Just give yourself more time to stop on wet/slick roads and in turns.
Indeed. Hopefully their actions are out of concern for your well-being, and not some subconcious "oh, poor fellow, let's give you some valid transport" agenda. The novelty is going to wear off for them after a while and they'll have to find other things to talk to you about. In the meanwhile, try not to feel too singled out. You are, after all, probably enjoying your commute much more than they are.
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I have a few people at work who give me a weather report each day when I leave work. They like to let me know when it's raining outside. Strangely enough I can see the rain outside too.

I get that all the time from certain coworkers. I have 1 coworker who constantly complains about her "rigorous" 25 minute commute by car since she has moved.
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I tell them it just let's me go faster. Due to the lower body core temp.
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Every time it rains I get that. "You didn't RIDE today, did you?!?!?!?!"

"Yeah, I rode in. I wear a rain jacket and pants..." /cuts me off

"YOU are CRAZY!!!!"

"Yep, I guess I am..."
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I love rain days....(hope my new raingear gets here soon). It always strikes me as funny I get offered rides usually when the rain isn't so bad...bring on a monsoon...I'm working OT or hittin' the pub rarely am I offered a ride when it's super rain.

Comes with the turf though...I ain't gonna melt that's for sure.
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If that were a cute female coworker, then yes, she's right.
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My coworkers think I'm nuts because I ride 10 miles each way. I think they're nuts becuase they drive to work (one lives across the street and still drives )
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Old 09-19-06, 01:25 AM   #14
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They will get used to it. I'd just say no thanks, my ride home is one of the most enjoyable parts of the day.Media, I thought Perth, was an extension of the desert. Climate not like California's.
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Media, I thought Perth, was an extension of the desert.
You really need to visit Perth sometime.

The city itself is built around a beautiful river and the suburbs have the world's best white, sandy beaches.
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Media. A life long dream. I consider crossing Australia on the bike. Might some day, because after our nephew in Singapore retires, he plans/hopes to retire to Australia. Queensland. I had the idea, Australia is the dryest continent in the world. I have heard/read great things about Perth.
ps. Did I read/hear Australia has a huge head tax on potential immigrants who retire to Australia, even if they are totally self sufficient. ? Guess, that won't effect our nephew. He is doing just fine in Singapore.
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If that were a cute female coworker, then yes, she's right.
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My coworkers think I'm nuts because I ride 10 miles each way. I think they're nuts becuase they drive to work (one lives across the street and still drives )
That's awful!!!
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If that were a cute female coworker, then yes, she's right.
I'm female.
Not that there is anything wrong with that.

What strikes me as odd is when I get in the office in a rainy morning, some people look at my rain gear with the "you're nuts" expression, then inform me it's raining outside. Yes, I know, I just rode 15 kms there. Here's your sign.

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Oh Sharrison, didn't notice before that you're in Burlington too.

I commute from by Ikea to the Canadian Tire by Burlington Mall. Nice short, flat commute (although I quite often detour down to Spencer Smith on the way home.)

I get the same thing with riding in the rain - but I hardly ever wear a rainsuit or anything. On the way home, I'm going to shower as soon as I get here, and on the way there, it is short enough that I dry quickly.
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I got the same remarks yesterday. "You're gonna get soaked on your way home!"

"Yup. It happens." *shrug*

When I got home, I hung up my wet clothes, put on some dry ones, and was good as new.
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After commuting everyday for the past two winters I still get coworkers asking me "What are you going to do when its starts snowing?". I just say "bike".
My bike is visible to most of my coworkers sitting just off of a frequented isle, so they should have known that a little precip does not stop. I have another coworker who bikes with almost the same regularity that parks his very obvious trike in a much more visible location and still some people don't realize we ride year round.
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Yeah, I've recieved a few funny looks so far this morning because I biked in. It'll only get worse as people trickle in to work. I get these looks to the effect of "but, you're dry..." as well. Duh. I brought a change of clothes, dummy.
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I get a few of that stuff as well. The programmers here call me 'Crazyman', and this morning while carrying amy bike up the steps to my office, a lady held open the door for me and said "That is the strangest thing I've seen in a long time."

I think she needs to get out more
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We DEFINITELY need to get of this oil addiction.

In LA, probably < 5% of people in my experience (could be as low as <1 %) will make a <1 mile walk/bike to a local store, and opt to drive instead. Yup, even if it means dealing with the hassle of parking, and ending up walking virtually the same exact distance.

Forget about biking opinions - I'm now official "hardcore" at work because I make a paltry 7 mile commute in the perfect Southern California weather, without any rain/slush/snow/or sleet. They'd DEFINITELY think I was crazy if I showed up with any rain gear whatsoever.

Kudos for the bike commuters!
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