given that my typical bus to and from work is $2.25 each way and the money I’ve spend on Frankenbike is about 25$ I only need to ride the Frankenbike six times before I’ve gotten my moneys worth; the great thing about winterbiking is just once even feels worth it. I’ll likely break even on that before the end of next week assuming weather holds out.
My job has me talking to people across the states; I love when they complain about it being cold at 40º; I avoid mentioning that it was very warm today at 27º - easy biking weather.
The biggest adjustment for winterbiking is that everything you know about what is easy and hard is wrong.
Uphills on snow put your weight on the drive tire; no problem.
Downhills in snow is a interesting combination of sledding; tightrope walking; and suicide.
So I guess anything south of 31st doesn’t count? Sorry Pizza Luce on 32nd but this site has deemed you unimportant. Don’t feel too bad though, I’ll still keep telling people to turn at Pizza Luce to get to my place because it’s a heck of a lot better than driving/biking on 31st.
The latest update on St.Paul’s snow emergency page should be saved as a relic of history. The biggest question is, of course, who writes these?
I am sure many of you and our residents are exhausted from digging out cars, driveways and sidewalks. …
We have been plowing streets for 36 continuous hours now and are using 80 plus pieces of equipment, some of which has proven to be to small for the challenge but like the “Little Engine that Could” we are getting thru it - it is just taking longer than a normal 4-6 inch snowfall. …
…This delay prompted many calls and our clerical staff has been doing a good job answering phones and dealing with some not so nice people.
Such voice! Where is the normal, even-handed bureaucratic tone? GONE! Gone, like the rounded muffin top of our fair Metrodome. Gone, not at all like the snow that still plagues our city streets!
An out-of-town friend asked where they put all the snow. Quite honestly, I have no idea.
Oh, and I’m not done quoting this:
It will take weeks for us to dig out from this storm and we cannot be everywhere at one time. When you think about the trouble you are having magnify that 10 to 100 fold for our folks. Many of them have plowed 20 -24 hours and then had to go home to deal with their own situations, get some sleep and get back for the next shift.
It’s like a mother reaming out her child with guilt. Ah, Minnesota.
“The newspaper headline screams: “Eighteen-Year-Old Slain by Husband after Giving Birth.” As you continue reading, you learn that the young woman was brainwashed by a strange blood-drinking cult who call themselves a “family,” though none of the members were actually related. The young woman’s husband was much older than she and had a history of violence. In fact, you learn that her husband used to stalk her prior to her marriage, watching her secretly from the woods near her home and climbing into an unsecured window at night to watch her sleep without her knowledge. Once the young woman, then seventeen, was initiated into a relationship with the man and his “family,” she was encouraged to marry right after her high school graduation. The young woman reportedly had bruises all over her body after returning from her honeymoon, where she also reportedly became pregnant. Her husband was not happy about the pregnancy and wanted her to have an abortion. She refused, eventually leading to him ripping the child from her womb, then, draining her of her blood until she finally stopped breathing. Sounds torturous and sick, doesn’t it? But in fact, this is the basis of a tween-teen literary phenomenon called the Twilight saga…”—
Twilight and Philosophy, p.178 (chapter by Rebecca Housel)
I have a need for this entire book. Preferably in Kindle edition so no one has too look at the cover.