cycling at minus six

Toronto, 2016.12.09

My rear shifter cable was locked up this morning due to the -6°C weather. The cold certainly separated culled the fairweather cyclists, wiping out 2/3 of the riders who've made it this far. And yet, that hardy species persists, there were half a dozen riders with me at several intersections.

The snow did claim one victim; a fellow who took a spill on some packed snow at a broad turn on a gentle grade. I stopped to see if I could help; his brake handle had cracked from the blow!

Three good things that happened this week:

  1. I've found someone who'll sell us joint life insurance for only 50% more than I've been paying just for my cover.
  2. I managed to save nearly $400 on our home & auto insurance by finding a new provider.
  3. I'm managing a project for a non-profit; the usual mix of screw-ups (resignations, technical issues, licensing matters) and I'm having a ball.

Three reasons to be thankful:

  1. My cheap sketchy tires dealt with the ice and snow quite nicely, thank you.
  2. No more TTC for the week, I cannot over-stress what a good thing this is.
  3. Bright and clear skies, after weeks of gloom.

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It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.

-John Steinbeck, Cannery Row