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Five on Friday: Jet-setters

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We took a weekend trip to NYC to see my parents and a bunch of friends and it was pretty… well… amazing! It wasn’t that the city itself was so amazing, but it was just so great to see so many friends packed into two short days.

1. Well hello, parents

We met with my parents for some tasty Korean lunch and it was so good to see them. My mom squealed that I’m so thin now, even though I think I’m the same weight as the last time she saw me. Whatever. I’m taking that compliment and running with it! Thanks, mom! They’re doing pretty well and I was really happy that we got to see each other.

2. Film time

I got some major photo-making time in over the weekend, mostly shooting with my Nikon 35mm camera. I always like to shoot medium format the most, but it’s just so bulky to carry around, especially when we’ll be out walking around for the whole day. Ah, 35mm… I missed you! I missed you, film, and I didn’t even know how much I missed you.

I’ve been shooting mostly digital crap with my camera phone and my teeny, and sadly, the photos just look like crap to me. I don’t have much control over framing with my camera phone and exposure is pretty much a crapshoot altogether. Sure, I guess I could do massive post-processing (uh… Hipstamatic anyone???), but I’m not a huge fan of that and I’ve been steadily disgusted by folks who have iPhones and are Hipstamtic-ing EVERY goddamn photo. Seriously. It doesn’t make your bad photo any better when you make it look retarded like that.

But anyway, I’ve really missed shooting film and holding a regular camera instead of my silly teeny and camera phones.

Dessert corner

3. Weeknight outings

Now that we live in SF, it’s a lot easier for us to go out at night with friends in town. In the past, if I wanted to meet up with someone in SF, I’d have to worry about taking a train back down to SJ, which is a long ride! I always hated taking the trains back home after rush hour because they become locals and if I miss one, I’m stuck waiting for a long time for the next one.

Of course, I went out with friends down in SJ too and I really miss hanging out with them. I guess it’s just that when I lived in SJ, I never saw my SF friends. Now that we live in SF, we get to see them more often, so it’s a nice change of pace. I still miss the south bay folks though!

4. Go team!!

So my Team Bike Challenge team is doing so well. We’re still not the best in the world, but we’re doing okay and everyone on the team is logging commutes so far. It’s pretty awesome. I am really enjoying racking up the miles and secretly competing with the other people on my team. I’m not the strongest rider, but I’m trying to put in my miles and earn points. Right now, I’m beating the novice in miles, but not in points (because he accrues them much faster than I do).

5. Fabulous Times with Frannie

We had such a wonderful trip back east this past weekend and Fran and I have been really feeling the love lately. It sure seems that the best way for us to travel is for me to plan the majority of the activities and for him to take care of the hotel and travel arrangements. This seems to work the best since I am usually more picky about what we are doing and I need to make sure we have enough activities lined up (contingency plans!) so we don’t just get bored, and Frannie likes just following me around and not having to worry about where to go since I usually have all the transport figured out too.

So that’s exactly how our trip went. He took care of getting the flight and hotel arranged, and I figured out what to do and how to get there. It’s really great when we can find a system that works well for us and it is successful. How nerdy of us!

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May 7, 2010 at 9:24 am

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The way we move on this earth

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Houston and Varick

We went to NYC this past weekend to see my parents and a good number of friends. So good to get out of town, but I was still so happy to come back home to the whiny meow-meow kitty cat that felt abandoned all weekend. I think she feared we would never come back.

The best parts of the NYC trip were walking aimlessly around everywhere, stopping to eat and drink with friends, and lots and lots of photo making. It’s been a while since I’ve been on foot with a camera, so it felt like a whole new experience. I took a lot of photos, and already developed two of the rolls, finding a surprising number of shots that I liked.

The trip made me realise that I need to do more photo walkabouts around town, and I have since resolved to do just that starting… now! I’ve been riding my bike everywhere and it seems that riding has so consume my life that I’ve forgotten what it’s like to walk around with a camera in my hand again! Walking is definitely so much more pedestrian than riding my bike, but sometimes I just need that change of pace to remind me of a different way of seeing the world around me.

Bike riding is just such a well-integrated part of my life at this point that I don’t know if I’ll ever stop using it for the majority of my transportation, but yes, I do need to remember that photo-walking is still fun too!

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Ah… how can I not love riding my bike when it’s beautiful out? It’s so freeing and wonderful. Stress and problems just melt away when I’m out riding. Sure, it’s like any kind of exercise that releases feel-good endorphins, but I also take so much pleasure in the knowledge that my body is strong and capable of propelling itself around. It feels good to feel useful and fit.

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May 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm

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O captain, my captain!

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11:38

You may or may not know that May is Bike to Work Month, with Bike to Work Day happening on Thursday the 13th. Of course, I’m very excited about this month and have been steadily commuting to work for the past few days. Since we moved train zones, I was also really excited to finally have a monthly pass that reflected the new zones and I no longer need to buy a silly upgrade with my old pass anymore (yay!). May is looking pretty freakin’ awesome at this point.

You also may or may not know that my workplace has a cycling club that is really, really into racing and wearing spandex. When people found out that I joined, I was repeatedly asked if I had bought the team jersey or not. (I had not.) You probably know that I’m not a spandex kinda girl so this is pretty much a no-brainer, and why in the hell would I join such a cycling club anyway? Well, I did it because I like bikes and I like other people who like bikes too, and I don’t mind if those bike-liking folks are spandex-freaks or not. They can be aerodynamic enough for the both of us.

So as it turns out, in conjunction with Bike to Work Day, there is a month-long challenge called the Team Bike Challenge, where teams of 2-5 people collect points by recording their non-exercise rides throughout May. The point is to replace motorised transport with bike transport instead, so you can’t count exercise rides but you can count trips to the store, going to meet friends, and commuting to/from work. Of course I decided to create a team for my workplace and we now have a happy little team of five bikey people, including the requisite novice.

Being team captain, I should be setting a good example and logging a lot of miles, right? Right?? Well, no. I’m currently in last place for both points and miles for my team. It doesn’t help that I’m categorised as an Expert Cyclist since I ride more than 12 times a month. Because of this, I earn points more slowly than a novice for the same rides. Boo…..

You get points for how many miles you ride each day, so you get 1 point for 0-4 miles, 2 points for 5-14 miles, 3 points for 15-29 miles, and 4 points for 30+ miles. Since my commute is 13 miles a day, I’ve been tacking on an extra 2 miles just so I can reach that next tier of points. Let’s face it: I’ll never be able to ride 30+ miles a day just to get that extra point, but I can pretty easily find 2 miles somewhere everyday. I can run some errands and ride to Embarcadero after arriving up in SF to grab a couple extra miles. I can also ride to lunch and back during the day for another few miles to rack up the total.

It’s not too hard to get up into the 15-29 mile range everyday, and if I keep this up, I may even get out of last place on my team! Even our novice is kicking my butt right now. I’m secretly hoping that people are energetic
right now, but will lag off later in the month and I can slowly pull out of last place, much like the tortoise.

(And yes, I am quite the tortoise on my bike.)

But in the meantime, I’ll just keep plodding along and logging my miles.

Written by Reese

May 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm

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