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Five on Friday: Face-breaking edition

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You want to know why I am totally breaking my face today? Read on, dear one!

1. New Bike Day

Oh wow…… I have a new bike and he is marvellous and wonderful and everything good in this world. He’ll be my roadie so I won’t be putting a rack or anything on him at all. I guess I’ll just have to learn to lighten my load and carry my crap in that cute Crumpler messenger that Frannie got me on one of his trips to Asia.

New bike day!!!

Look at how stupid happy I am in this photo. I was on the verge of exploding from happiness.

2. Oh cutiepie!

So my friend, cutiepie was integral in getting this bike for me. He took the Caltrain to San Jose to buy it and bring it back for me. Wow. And it fits me perfectly. And I’m already in love with the bike. And I love cutiepie too. And… and… ahhh…

3. World Cup goodness

Hey there football fans, World Cup is upon us! I’ll be at Irish Bank to watch the USA vs England match tomorrow at 11:30. I’m hoping the pub won’t be terrible crowded, but it is a rather big match, so who knows. I’m really excited to see who wins this one!

4. Alarm Alarm!

I’ve been drinking coffee everyday and very much enjoying the random selection I made at Rainbow this past weekend. I actually don’t know which one I got, but whatever it is, it was good and I’m sad that it’s all gone and I have no idea which one it was! Aww… I have this idea that I am going to try all the coffees at Rainbow, starting at the top left and going across each row. The only problem with this is that I may need to skip the espresso and french roast bins since I really don’t like my coffee to be roasted too dark. I much prefer the medium and light roasts. Mmm… Oh coffee, so addictive and yummy.

5. The requisite “I am so thankful for people” bullet

Seriously, I am so thankful and grateful for everyone I come into contact with on a daily basis.

I am happy for my coworkers who are part of a supportive, helpful environment. It makes such a huge difference to work with people like that.

I am so happy for my friends, especially J and A who have been close and simply wonderful lately. Fabulous friends, I might say. I love all my friends to death, but I am very much in love with those who have been generous by sharing their lives with me. I am lucky to have friends with similar interests like art, books, photography, biking, good food, etc.

Of course I am ever grateful for my Frannie who has put up with my insane crying jags over the pain in my leg, picked me up and dropped me off at work when I can’t ride my bike, and is just generally that guy I want to spend the rest of my life with. I know that there are tons of great (and super hot) guys out there, but would they really be the ones I would want to trade Frannie for? He’s really a keeper, I swear to god. All he needs to do is hold me tight and everything in the world feels calmer and better, and that is worth more than anything to me.

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June 11, 2010 at 10:46 am

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Roger, Roger!

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I’ve been losing some weight lately through little to no effort on my part. Maybe it’s because we live up in town now, so I bike around a lot more than I used to, or maybe it’s because I’ve somehow changed my eating habits without noticing. Whatever the reason, I’ve lost a few pounds and noticed that some of my clothes fit better and some of them are now too loose to wear without belts or other cinching methods.

For whatever reason, I’ve decided that the reason behind this is not a) increased exercise, or b) decreased appetite. It must be either some kind of horrific degenerative disease or a tapeworm, whom I’ve named Roger. (It’s not as easy to name a horrific degenerative disease, so I’ve gone the "easy" route with the tapeworm instead.)

You heard me right.

Roger and I, we get along pretty well and he likes eating whatever I’m eating. He probably likes it so much that he keeps digesting everything for me and not letting me eat any. I’ve come to think of Roger as my secret little alter-ego and not just any old tapeworm living off my body. I’d like to use him as an excuse once in a while when I am feeling too tired to meet with people.

I really wish I could hang out tonight, but I’ve already got plans with Roger. Yeah, again. He’s feeling kinda lonely today so I really should spend some time with him. Sorry!

Luckily, I haven’t had to use that on anyone yet, because people don’t really ask me to do stuff. I’m usually the one to ask them to do stuff with me. Boohoo for me. Well, that’s not really a problem at all. I am just outgoing and usually end up being the one who does the planning.

But yes, I’ve secretly been using Roger as my really awesome excuse for everything. He’s become a bit of a scapegoat, but I’m sure he doesn’t mind. I’ll just help myself to another slice of cheese for him.

N.B. I hope I don’t really have a tapeworm (or a horrific degenerative disease), but for now it’s fun talking about Roger.

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June 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm

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Honey memories

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I have never been a big fan of honey. I didn’t grow up with it in the house, my mother preferring to use white or brown sugar instead. As an adult, I generally avoided eating honey for whatever insane personal reason (bee puke, not easy to use because it’s so sticky, etc). It’s only recently that I’ve begun to use honey as a preferred sweetener.

I’m not exactly sure what prompted the change, but I’ve noticed that I enjoy looking at the honey jars in the store and finding unusual brands or types. I love that it’s all natural and has that mellow honey flavour to it that I’ve learned to like. It is just so different from plain white sugar, which is just mostly sweet with no distinct secondary flavour.

Honey reminds me very much of my college roommate (we lived in the same room for 4 years, crazy huh?). She would stash a jar of honey on her food shelf and used it all the time. I haven’t actually asked her about it, but I wonder if she’s grown out of the habit of keeping honey around. It was one of the many things I always remember fondly about living with her, watching her stick a spoon into the jar and carefully waiting for the drizzle to thin before capping the bottle again. Even today, when I do the very same action to grab a spoon of honey for my tea, I think about watching her for almost 4 years.

I feel like I’m too far past the point of living with random roommates anymore, other than Frannie of course, and I feel a bit sad about having moved on from that point. Roommates weren’t always fun, but they were always interesting and I secretly liked learning about their personal quirks and lifestyles. I guess I’m just stuck thinking fondly about my past roommates instead. Ah, let’s break out the rose-coloured glasses.

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June 8, 2010 at 12:44 pm

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Five on Friday: Biketastic edition

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Yes yes, I know that I talk about the bikey life way more than I really need to, but it’s such a big part of my life right now that I can’t help but gush about it to everyone I know.

1. A beautiful Sunday

This past Sunday I met with J in the Mish and we went to a bunch of random furniture and thrift shops. We both bought some used books and ended up at the Elbo Room for a beer or two and a nice talk. It’s good to have close friends nearby. Does making friends and opening up to them mean that I’m really settling in here? Is this the place to end my constantly nomadic travels? I want to say no, but who knows, maybe it is.

We're on sale!

2. Peaceful rides

I love riding through the Presidio at night. It feels so peaceful and the seemingly never-ending hills make me feel invigorated. It’s nice feeling alone in the middle of this giant city.

A lonely road

3. Blue gets an upgrade

So, depending on who you are, you may think this is a downgrade. This weekend I popped the LeTour’s drop handlebars onto Blue, also adding some aero brake levers that A gave me. The upright handlebars were really nice, but the original bike had drops so it’s been good to put those back on. She feels a lot more stable going down hills and the brake levers pull more than the old ones. I haven’t taped the bars up yet, but I’m going to wait on that for a little while to see how horrible and painful it really is before I do it. I like the look of the bare handlebars, so if I can tough it out, I’ll just leave them bare.

Drop it like it's hot

4. My bikey friend

I love my friend A. I love riding with him, and I love hanging out with him. He is pretty much the best bikey friend I could ask for. He’s always up for riding, even putting up with my slower pace, and we both like riding up and down hills and all around town. He is one of the main reasons why I ride so much and feel so comfortable on the road.

Let's go

5. It’s a small world after all

I don’t think twice about riding up to the Richmond for dinner from SOMA, or popping by Ocean Beach after my train gets in. I don’t find myself having to find the energy to ride anywhere. I just do it. I think a lot of how I view biking around town has to do with my rides with A. If I want to go somewhere, I just go there. I don’t wonder if I am going to make it, or if I’m too tired to get there.

Unless I’m really falling down tired, I can get on my bike and get where I need to be. I am really appreciative of this feeling that I can get anywhere I need to go, as long as I can spare the time needed to get there by bike (which by the way, is usually faster than taking MUNI or driving and parking). I used to think that some places in SF were just too far to bike, or that I wouldn’t be able to find an easy route there, but I’ve found that just by riding more, distance and flatness are less of a consideration when it comes to getting somewhere.

What a great feeling.

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June 4, 2010 at 9:31 am

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