Monday, November 05, 2007

What's with the colors above me?

The morning sky looks strange this morning. Usually it is black, laced with a combination of ethereal, feathery entities and sharp, pulsating glitter. Now, for some reason, it's a gradient of vibrant fire into a deep pink, fading to a slate color from east to west. What the heck is going on?!

Oh, that's right. It's this "Sun" thing that I haven't seen on my way to work in seemingly ages.

The word of the day is "Balmy". With temperatures in the mid-50s and no wind to speak of, it was a nice ride to work at a moderate pace, with a few sprints upwards of 30 MPH just for fun to see what drivers' reactions would be if they saw a cyclist keeping up with them in traffic on the Boulevard. I made a hot batch of pressed coffee right before I left, and took my little travel coffee press with me on the ride. I didn't take a single swig of water on the way in. No, I was powered by freshly ground, freshly pressed, strong, black coffee. Then, I went polar opposite when I got downtown and chased it with a sugary, diabetic-coma-inducing mocha. As I write this, my foot WILL. NOT. STOP. TAPPING. Powered by the trifecta of caffeine, carbs, and more caffeine, I am flipping WIRED right now. Gnnnaaaarrrr!!!!!!!11!!!11!@ - It doesn't help that I'm listening to 135-BPM Trance/Dance stuff right now. WAKEY WAKEY!!!

Oh yeah, I stopped on my way up Main to take the above photo, which includes The Pitch's office. Those of you in KC might want to keep an eye out for Wednesday's issue of The Pitch. A little birdy told me there might be something bicycling-related in there. Those of you outside of KC, feel free to keep an eye on Wednesday. I'll link to the article if I see it.

Random Tunage:
DJ Relay - Tokyo Pop
Iio - Smooth (Steve Porter Mix)


Anonymous said...

Hi Noah,

Great blog entry, emphasizes the crticality of proper caffeination for commuting.

More detailed "how to" on proper caffeination while cycling from one of our local San Francisco Bay Area commuters at:

You might check out his equally quirky but relevant page on bicycle lighting at:

May your commute be well caffeinated, and brightly lit.

Yours, Eric in Santa Clara, CA

Mentat Mantra from the movie "Dune"

"It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion."

Bicycle Commuter Morning Mantra

"It is by caffeine alone I set my wheels in motion. It is by the Bean of Java that pedals acquire speed, hands begin a-shaking, shaking become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my wheels in motion."

Noah said...

I've got a great setup for my coffee. It's a French press with a spill-proof lid that fits perfectly in a bottle cage. Pic 1
Pic 2

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Pitch already has a bike related article up. It's on the loss your bicycle-pedestrian coordinator.

Noah said...

I saw that! Carolyn has been covering a lot of bike/ped stuff lately. Rest assured, something else should be coming on Wednesday. I'm not 100% sure what it'll be yet, but I have kind of a good idea. No more hints, though. ;)

martinoffroad said...

Ever happen to see any "entertainers" as you ride by Bazooka's????

Noah said...

No, but when I worked for a company that's got an office directly behind there (17th and Walnut), I would see them arrive for "work" on occasion. Goodness, that was almost 8 years ago!

They'd often go there for lunch, but I have better things to spend time and money on: Like bike parts.

There's a perfectly awesome woman waiting for me at home, I've never felt the need to mess it up at a titty bar.

Anonymous said...

Hi Noah,

Thanx for the pics of your caffeine transport system.

Press on! (Pun intended...)

Yours, Eric in Santa Clara

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