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Old 10-23-08, 11:21 AM
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Normally, I'm in a GOOD mood....

The days I commute in, I'm usually in an upbeat mood...even when the weather's bad (gives me bragging rights about how 'tough' I am.....)...but today was a bit different...

My Airzound was only capable of a wheezing blip, instead of its usual blast. I don't think it was the cold - it was stll in the high 40's....

My bar-end bell just fell off while I was crossing an intersection. Wasn't going to stop or turn around to get it...didn't want to play Frogger while trying to retrieve it.

I recognized a guy from work when he started to pass me....but the guy just whipped around me with no acknowledgement at all...not even an 'on your left.'

Had to stop briefly to do a phone call, and as soon as I got on the call, a literal parade of lawn mowers started up and took off down the MUP....so it made the call a bit tougher...and more annoying for the others on the call.

Since my bell was no longer there, I called out 'passing on your left.' to a pedestrian....and after I went by (giving them at least 3 feet of room) , they yelled out...."Oh, is THAT what it's called?"

The final insult was when I got to work. I unlocked the bike cage, and rolled mine in to lock it up. As I was taking my bag off the bike, another rider came in behind me, and raced to strip his gear off the bike, then cut in front of me as I was leaving so he wouldn't have to lock the cage.

So, normally, I'm in a good mood...but things were really testing me this morning.....
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Old 10-23-08, 11:38 AM
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To tell the truth, it kind of sounds like you're just wearing the cranky pants today.

1. Your Airzounds wasn't working...okay...it's a bummer to have a piece of gear you'll need to fix/replace. But not having it for one day shouldn't really put you out of sorts, should it? I can see why people have them for emergency use, when they really need to get a driver to pay attention, but is it really a problem on your daily commute that you can't announce your presence at 120 decibels? Particularly on a MUP, is it really necessary?

2. Bummer about the bar end, I've dropped stuff in traffic too -- you made the smart decision just leaving it. It stings, but you gotta just tell yourself you did the smart thing and let it go.

3. Please don't fuss about how this guy from work didn't "acknowledge" you, and read all kinds of things into it. A lot of people, myself included, tend to zone out on the commute -- I'm focused on safety first and getting from point A to point B second, scenery third, I'm really not checking people out to see if there's anyone I know. You could be my mother and I'd probably ride by you without even noticing. It's nothing to get cranky about.

4. When I'm out in public and I make (or answer) a cellphone call, I don't expect the world to hush itself to allow me to conduct my call. I don't think that's a reasonable expectation.

5. So the ped responded to your "on your left" in a way you didn't like...who knows why? He/she was sick and tired of hearing "on your left" yelled at him/her when he/she is walking on the right, in a straight line, with a perfectly good set of ears, aware of what's around him/her? He/she is a jerk? Either way, ya know...don't carry it around all day.

6. Guy at work "cut in front of me as I was leaving so he wouldn't have to lock the cage." Or because he was late for a meeting? Worth letting it ruin your day?

Ditch the cranky pants and go commando, you'll get admiring glances at your shapely cyclist legs and the day will seem a whole lot better.
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Old 10-23-08, 11:39 AM
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Sounds like a rough day, go for a ride at lunch if you can and work some of it out. Tomorrow's a new day.
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Old 10-23-08, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by kokomo61 View Post
The days I commute in, I'm usually in an upbeat mood...even when the weather's bad (gives me bragging rights about how 'tough' I am.....)...but today was a bit different...

My Airzound was only capable of a wheezing blip, instead of its usual blast. I don't think it was the cold - it was stll in the high 40's....
fill up the tires, thats usually the culprit, that or a bad nights rest, and judging from the rest of your post, i'm going with the latter and maybe a tiny bit of the former.

My bar-end bell just fell off while I was crossing an intersection. Wasn't going to stop or turn around to get it...didn't want to play Frogger while trying to retrieve it.
can't do much about that other than hope it's there when you get back, I've lost plenty of things mountain biking, half of them I didn't notice until after I was done and didn't feel like going back. Luckily it was a bell you lost and nothing expensive.

I recognized a guy from work when he started to pass me....but the guy just whipped around me with no acknowledgement at all...not even an 'on your left.'
If he's anything like me he was probably using you as a carrot and was in the groove and just kept going. I use my commuting miles as training miles and the only person on my commute who i'd recognize is my immediate family members and close

Had to stop briefly to do a phone call, and as soon as I got on the call, a literal parade of lawn mowers started up and took off down the MUP....so it made the call a bit tougher...and more annoying for the others on the call.

Since my bell was no longer there, I called out 'passing on your left.' to a pedestrian....and after I went by (giving them at least 3 feet of room) , they yelled out...."Oh, is THAT what it's called?"
thats just bad luck, and on another note, stay off the MUPs

The final insult was when I got to work. I unlocked the bike cage, and rolled mine in to lock it up. As I was taking my bag off the bike, another rider came in behind me, and raced to strip his gear off the bike, then cut in front of me as I was leaving so he wouldn't have to lock the cage.

So, normally, I'm in a good mood...but things were really testing me this morning.....
Another bit of bad luck, you don't know why he was in a hurry, but I know how small things can just piss you off after a while. You just had a bad morning, can't do much about that other than have a good meal, a good nights rest and go again tomorrow.
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Sounds like a sucky day. It'll be better tomorrow I'm sure. Glad it was you and not me.

Look at it from the bright side - I have some bug and drove in today. I hate a day not on my bike!

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Ditch the cranky pants and go commando, you'll get admiring glances at your shapely cyclist legs and the day will seem a whole lot better.
None of these are life-altering events. The lawn mower thing was funny - it was literally a line of 7-8 mowers that were headed down the MUP (probably starting time for the park maintenance crews)....the bell thing couldn't be helped - the guy from work passing me was really no big deal....but now that I know that I know the bike, I can compliment him next time I run into him...(the guy really IS faster than me). The pedestrian was just being a dick - someone else probably kicked his dog some time ago, and I happened to ride by after that....The AZ may be kaput anyway, so if I can't fix it, time for a new one.

The only one that really bugged me was the guy trying to get in front of me so he wouldn't have to lock the cage. As I was walking out, he literally jumped in front of me to get out first.

So, while irritating, it's at least educational. I know I'll be enjoying the ride home.....The headwinds shouldn't be nearly as tough as they were on Tuesday.....
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Old 10-23-08, 12:01 PM
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Great, now you can add "got chastised on the bike forums when I was just venting" to your list!!
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I can relate..we all have off days.

The thing I always think of is the time I couldn't ride due to injury for 5 years...puts things in perspective. Any day on the bike is a good day.

Ohhh...and please ignore the guy who said stay off MUPs...he's probably having a cranky day too.
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I recommend gin + tonic with a spritz of lime. Works every time...
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Great, now you can add "got chastised on the bike forums when I was just venting" to your list!!
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^^ Screw that. Make a new friend. Meet Russell:

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Either vent (AKA this thread) or ride home like the devil is chasing you. That always unwinds me.
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^^ Screw that. Make a new friend. Meet Russell:

I recently bought a couple of books by Chris Miller - he's one of the founders of National Lampoon, and Animal House was based on a series of short stories he wrote about his college days at Dartmouth. Anyway, I got him to autograph the books, and one of them is a line that he wrote for the script:

"My advice to you is to start drinking heavily."
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Either vent (AKA this thread) or ride home like the devil is chasing you. That always unwinds me.
+10 Riding is my greatest stress relief, and also stress prevention. Now if you add in the booze after the ride you've got a match made in heaven.
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^^ Screw that. Make a new friend. Meet Russell:

Sweeeeet. I know a lick o' bourbon would cheer me up.

I go straight for Woodford Reserve, Basil Hayden, or Buffalo Trace.
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