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A bad day

Old 11-11-05, 09:56 AM
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A bad day

9:30 AM
Woke up way too late for work.
9:30 is my starting work time.
Get my stuff.

9:40 AM
I left in a hurry. It was clouded so I got a raincoat, but nothing else to protect me from the water.

9:43 AM
Nice huge fat rainstorm begins.

9:49 AM
Shoes and socks are soaking.

10:03 AM (33 minutes past work starting time)
There is quite a bit of traffic, the lights are green but traffic is stopped. I have space on the right to pass, so there I go.

Rain is still pouring hard.

10:03:38 AM
Young lady with a baby "stroller?" crosses the street. (She has a red light).

Started stopping, wet brakes are not working well.

Lady sees me. Instead of crossing or going back, she just stands there looking scared.
Its either me or the baby. So I break harder. Bicycle slips on wet pavement and down I go.

10:04 AM
Lady says: "Im so sorry".
Old man says: "are you ok?"
I say: "grrrr.. mmm.. grrr.. arghhh".
Get up, look at my bike. Nothing seems wrong.
Another Old man: "Lady you got to be carefull with that baby";

10:05 AM
Ride again, Im late for work.
Two blocks ahead, have to turn right, car in the way, push the brakes a little.
Front wheel locks.
Down I go again.
Now Im wet up to my spine.

10:06
Man in car says: "Are you ok?";
I say: "just wet thanks.. (grrr.. mprhshsh.. grrr)"
Get up and check bike, now more carefull than before.

10:07
Front brake is locked. I guess from the first fall, since this second fall was very strange thing.
Loose the front brake and finish the ride to work.

10:10
Forty minutes late, I arrive to work.
No change of clothes.
Spend the rest of the day on the office half naked, freezing my butt.
Of course, a lot of work, and stressfull day. But that I should post in a ihatework-forums.com (or something like that)

19:30
Leave office to go home.
Ride was extremely slow, due to all being wet, not having front brakes, and rear brakes not very tight.

20:00
Arrive home. Eat, and do other home stuff.

20:15
Check the bike.
Nothing seems wrong, except the front brake.

Try adjusting brakes, nothing seems to work, its either too loose, or too tight. Cant make it work.

21:15
Roommate comes home and sees me working with my bike.
Roommate: "Dude, front wheel is out of true".
Me: (Insert spanish swaring and curses here).

22:00
After all the tweaking, my brakes still suck.

03:00 (am)
After a horrible day, finally go to sleep.
(grrr.. mpfhssss.. grrrrr.. arghhh.. mmm... brrrr.. grrr..)
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Old 11-11-05, 10:15 AM
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Ahhh...I know this day as the holes in the wall where I put my fist will attest...
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Old 11-11-05, 11:27 AM
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yesterday - 3 flats, rear, rear, front. One on the ride in, one kept me from riding to lunch, and one waiting for me as I got out of work to catch the train.

Had all I needed to fix them and didn't miss either train, so I guess I shouldn't really call it a bad day.

Good job, not hitting the kid. Day woulda been a LOT worse, but for that.
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Old 11-11-05, 01:39 PM
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fatdogvinn, I think you started the day out right. Subconsciously you knew the day was going to suck so you over slept. Then your conscious mind over ruled the better judgement of your subconscious mind and you got out of bed. The day went down hill from there.

Anyways, the learning points from the story for us all are:

Baby strollers are unpredictable, give them plenty of room.
Misfortune comes in droves so when one bad thing happens, be ready for the others that will follow soon.
Keep spare clothes at work.
No matter what happens, there is always an old man around to witness it, but unfortunately can't help you much.
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Old 11-11-05, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by unkchunk
fatdogvinn, I think you started the day out right. Subconsciously you knew the day was going to suck so you over slept. Then your conscious mind over ruled the better judgement of your subconscious mind and you got out of bed. The day went down hill from there.

Anyways, the learning points from the story for us all are:

Baby strollers are unpredictable, give them plenty of room.
Misfortune comes in droves so when one bad thing happens, be ready for the others that will follow soon.
Keep spare clothes at work.
No matter what happens, there is always an old man around to witness it, but unfortunately can't help you much.

You are right, I might try to follow my subcionsciousness more often.
Now what will the boss think about that?

Baby strollers: Yes, they are going up on my red-alert list, along with dogs on long leashes, kids playing, and people wearing headpones.

Spare clothes already at the office.

Misfortune: Thats some kind of universal law, like Murphys.
Old man witness: Thats another law, that also cracked me up for a while.

Now is friday, and this "warrior" nees some of this.
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Old 11-11-05, 02:32 PM
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Vinn- if you were my neighbor, I'd offer to true your wheel.

Truman, if you don't have kevlar-belted tires and/or tuffy liners, you should.
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Old 11-11-05, 02:53 PM
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I would've given up and gone home...
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Old 11-11-05, 03:46 PM
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Well,

I was trying to think of something quirky to say, but I am afraid I just can't. It is just a good thing you were not trapped in a ground hog day kinda thing.
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Old 11-11-05, 04:00 PM
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I was out of town on business, returned home last night, rode my bike to work this morning, got called into the boss's office and was given the pink slip.
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Old 11-11-05, 04:21 PM
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I'm sorry you just beat fatdogvinn. That sucks. Hope you make it work out to a better sitch for yourself.
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Old 11-11-05, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by richardmasoner
I was out of town on business, returned home last night, rode my bike to work this morning, got called into the boss's office and was given the pink slip.
we have a winner...
at least you got to ride home right away...

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Old 11-11-05, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by bennyk
at least you got to ride home right away...
Injury free, pleasant dry weather, perfect riding temperatures. I should have gone on a long ride but I spent the day job-hunting instead.
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Old 11-11-05, 05:48 PM
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dude that sucks sorry to hear that.
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And I thought Wednesday was bad... I was 10 miles from home, left day job early, was gonna have some free time before teaching class that evening. Well, flat, no problem, fixed it, another flat, no problem fixed that, pumping tire and stem nipple broke off, no spare, AURRGGH, and of course no cell phone or change to call anyone. Walked 10 miles home and had to cancel class. Nice day though.
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