Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ride On, with Better Luck Tomorrow

Weekend Bike Rides (Saturday and Sunday, 9/11/10 and 9/12/10)

This weekend taught me that I have not completely adjusted to life in a small town.  I rode my bike to and from campus Saturday morning (again…sigh) with no problems, but when I did the same ride on Sunday, I left the lab to find that my back tire was completely flat.  Like, “oh WOW how did that happen?!?” flat.  It was not good.


My first thought was to go to the bike shop near campus.  Certainly they’d be willing to diagnose my tire and help me out!  Then I discovered that the bike shop is closed on Sundays…what?  That was also not good.

So I did an awkward ride/walk home.  I know I shouldn’t try to ride a bike with a flat tire, but it was so hot outside and I was hungry and wanted to get home for lunch.  But I felt guilty enough about doing something I know I shouldn’t do that I took lots of walking breaks and rolled my bike alongside me.  Fortunately, I think it only took an extra 15 minutes or so to get home.  That was good.

On Sunday night, I set out to Michael’s to buy wrapping paper for my niece’s birthday present—she turned four today!—and discovered that Michael’s closes at 7 PM on Sundays.  Doh!  Am I just out of the loop with my big-city ways?  Fortunately, I made a note that on Monday, they’d be open until 9 PM, so I was able to snag some pretty paper with polka-dots in pastel colors.  I hope Lydia likes it.  It certainly beats a flat tire on a hot Texas morning!  (And I got it 50% off with a coupon!  Score!  I suppose this blog post has a happy ending after all.)

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