21 Nov 2002 jfleck   » (Master)

I had a great idea for a book this morning while I showered, but I don't exactly remember what it was. It had something to do with free software and the tragedy of the commons, I remember, and how the tragedy doesn't happen because the commons is unlimited. Or something. If you remember, drop me a line.
Stopped by Nora's school yesterday afternoon for our semi-annual meeting to fill out paperwork required in order for her to continue to be lavished with special attention. This year they crammed "gifted" into the health curriculum, and their teacher made a Rube Goldberg hydroponic contraption in which they're growing tomatoes and chiles. This may sound like it has little to do with "health", and it does, but the teacher's enthusiasm for the bizarre little contraption overcomes all misgivings a befuddled dad might have. It was a delightful visit.
Overwhelmed. Today seemed like the first day in three weeks where I didn't arrive at work to discover some unexpected story I needed to write. (OK, I checked, it's the second day in three weeks....) A lot of it's been fun stuff, but I'm tired.
Here's how slammed I've been: barely been on the bike in a week. But last Friday Jaime and I did an awesome ride on a new route from his house on the west side of town. It's up Boca Negra Canyon (to the left in the first picture), a little old paved road that climbs straight up the escarpment. It's the steepest road I've ever tried to ride up. I could barely turn over the pedals. Had to walk the last 20 yards after my heart rate topped 180 - highest I've ever gotten it on a bike. And then, over the top, a newly paved road out across the mesa with great views of the city. It was brutally windy Friday, into the wind for all the climbs, cold, ugly, and delightful. What is it about suffering on the bike that is so compelling? Coming back into town, downhill with the wind at our backs, every time we saw a posted speed limit we'd try to break it. Succeeded a couple times (Jaime, as usual, more than I.).
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