Not just a chess game
February 2, 2011 Leave a comment
I’ve learned from those wiser than I that ideally every day is an opportunity for learning something new. Today, I learned two prosaic things:
On the way to work, I discovered why commuter bicycles have fenders. Specifically, I had the joy of riding through relatively light rain (which wasn’t a problem), and getting the nice wet trail running straight up my backside like a rooster’s tail. To add to the fun, I learned that the nice heavy trousers which are so good in cold weather take several hours to dry.
On the way home, I learned that riding during strong winds is hard, and a little scary. I’m used to being able to accelerate to a plausible speed on a flat road pretty quickly – tonight, I felt like one of the extras in the Red Queen’s race. The worst is the Key Bridge, because the bicycle / pedestrian causeway isn’t so tremendously wide, is completely unprotected from wind, and strong side gusts can send you straight into the railing.
Fortunately these learning opportunities were mostly harmless.