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Cecily O'Connor,  March 20, 2007

I do some of my best mind-wandering when I’m exercising. On a three-mile run in Marin County, I can come up with next week’s story idea, devise a plan to pay for our summer vacation and settle on a dish to make for dinner that my one-year-old son might not throw on the floor. Mind-wandering is my key problem-solving time. Truthfully, I’m not so concerned why I do it. These days, I’m just thankful that I have found the time to let my thoughts run wild and see where they take me. Researchers point out that mind wandering can be a negative activity when it takes you away from the task at hand. Maybe they have a point… it took me about 30 minutes to write this 130-word blog.

P.A. MacLean,  March 15, 2007

Biking over to the weekend farmer’s market, happy as a shaggy dog rolling in the grass because it was the first real spring day this year.  And then I see it.  One of my biggest peeves about cities that put in bike lanes then have the street sweepers blow all the dirt and glass out of the traffic lane and into pile in the bike lane.  Piles of little bits of glass that just wait to give you that next flat.  Clean the corners folks.   Or don’t throw those beer bottles out the car window on Saturday night to smash on the street.

P.A. MacLean,  March 14, 2007

Last week I had to invoke the three-patch rule.  Got a big old hunk of glass in the tire just two blocks from work.  Walked in and got it patched in the building basement.  Once a tube has three patches it is officially cooked.  If I get a fourth flat on the same tube it goes to the tubular graveyard.
 

Tom Murphy,  March 11, 2007

My colleague, P.A. MacLean, makes a good point or three in her story about bike commuting. I know because I’ve commuted by bike for more than 20,000 miles over the past two decades, with most of that coming in a clump of 6,000-mile years. In my first year in Marin County, California, I cut my car mileage to about 3,500 miles from 15,000 the prior year simply because Marin makes it so easy to ride a bike just about anywhere: to work, to the store, to get some exercise with friends. Just think how much the price of gasoline would drop if everyone would do a shopping trip a week using a bike. Think how clear the sky would get if they would ride their two-wheeler to the office now and then. Think how medical costs would fall if we dared to get a little extra exercise on the old velo. Pretty soon, we might start riding as much as they do in Amsterdam, which is way ahead of us on this. Maybe more kids would even start riding their bikes to school again along safe routes that are now crowded with SUVs. Just maybe.

 



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