Monday, October 15, 2012

That was a lot of rain

Today was my first commute in the Seattle rain. Amazing.

I had this nice, surprisingly warm, only mildly misty ride in this morning starting just after 6:00am, and I stuck around work until 6:30 or so, took a few pictures of the drizzly awesomeness that is Seattle, then called it a day.

For those that find the rain gloomy, this is mitigated somewhat by the fact that our floor has a kegerator with an amber ale, though the carbonation is all hosed up:

After a while I went out and left the office and biked back to the house in the rain. (See what I did there?)

I learned - firsthand - a few rather valuable lessons on my seven mile commute home this evening:

  • The Novara rain jacket I picked up at REI is great for keeping my upper body dry, but it's awesome at making me crazy visible.
  • Even with the basically waterproof pants (also courtesy of REI) I had, without a fender on my bike, my lower half was completely, ridiculously, amusingly drenched. As were my shoes, which will probably suck tomorrow since I'm sure they won't dry out tonight.
  • A nice Kelty day pack (also REI), while great for hiking, is no good for biking in the rain.
  • Some sort of eyewear to keep me from squinting at night is probably a good idea.
  • Seattle is a pretty awesome city for bicyclists.
And most importantly, with the exception of those transcendent moments with my kids, I think biking in the rain is satisfying in so many ways that I am perhaps at my peak happiness. This is approximately equal to, by the way, the experiences I've had hiking in the BWCA with Luke, et al, and climbing Mailbox Peak recently (which, unfortunately, I neglected to post about).

For as long as I can remember, my dad has worked at a desk day in and day out, and when he gets home, he enjoys nothing more than working with his hands. He's quite adept at woodworking, but he also does a lot of mechanical repair, metalworking, cutting and chopping wood, and a plethora of other things. I spend much of my time in front of the computer -- both because I'm a software engineer by day and because I am a coder for fun by night. Over the last few years, though, I've discovered that my solitude in biking, hiking, climbing, and so on, are where I am extremely happy.

Life is good.

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