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A Tale of Two Cities - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Jan. 30th, 2004

09:24 pm - A Tale of Two Cities

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It only just occured to me that it has been months since I've been to Chicago and eaten delicious food or gone to a show. I grow weary of the wintertime cultural offerings of our fine C-U.

It's been more than a month since I've hung out with my Chicago friends. It's been more than a month since I've hung out with my family.

This was all by plan. I planned to spend a month in town so I could Get Things Done (I've got business meetings scheduled for every Saturday this month, among other things). But I can't believe just how much I miss Chicago.

I always said the best things about living in C-U was that it was cheap to live here and Chicago was just a hop, skip, and jump away. And I've made that triple jump OFTEN over the last several years. I never realized just how addicted I really am to going up there.

Combine not having hung out with my family and friends for so long, being bored with the wintertime version of my town, bad sleep and eating habits, general wintertime blues and my mood over the last week starts to make a lot more sense.

I'm not depressed, I'm just bored and flat. I haven't REALLY been excited, haven't REALLY had fun since the NYE party. This kind of gap might be normal for many but it feels maddening for me right now.

Also, I want to be in a band or go to more shows or book more shows. I feel musically deprived.

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From:xymboulos
Date:January 31st, 2004 05:05 am (UTC)
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I don't know if this helps, but winter is slowing things down up here in Chicago too. The snow, winds, and temperatures are just making it hard to go out except when absolutely necessary, so you probably are not missing much. Once the thaw sets in, I think a trip and an explosion of urban culture is in order.

BTW, the place we are moving to in March is very accessible via the Elston bike lanes from Union Station. Just a hint.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 31st, 2004 06:33 am (UTC)

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A fantastic plan my friend.

(This summer I'd really like to complete the Champaign->Chicago bike trip that Arun and I tried to do several years ago (and FAILED due to 50 mph cross winds and torrential downpours of nearly freezing rains)). I think some delicious food and good culture would be a just reward for finishing such a trek.)

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From:arun251
Date:January 31st, 2004 05:34 pm (UTC)

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Me, too, if I may join you!
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From:mr_ducktape
Date:January 31st, 2004 09:21 am (UTC)
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So getcher ass up here!

We miss ya, Mr. Bitches!
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 31st, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC)

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The problem is having all my weekends scheduled for January and the first weekend in February and maybe now the second and third weekend in February too!

Damn.
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From:mr_ducktape
Date:January 31st, 2004 06:01 pm (UTC)

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Heh. I completely relate.
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From:boannan
Date:January 31st, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)

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What kind of Saturday business meetings are they?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 31st, 2004 11:05 pm (UTC)

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This can certainly be arranged! I'll be sure to give advance notice of any trip that'll involve some social activity in the City.

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From:aces219
Date:February 2nd, 2004 10:21 pm (UTC)
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I rode 50 road miles on my hybrid last summer, and it was agony because of the wind. I want to get a road bike if I decide to take up hardcore riding. The hybrid is great for forest preserves though.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 2nd, 2004 11:44 pm (UTC)

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Goddamn non-conservative force fields.

Wind is agony.


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From:arun251
Date:February 3rd, 2004 05:29 am (UTC)

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I did the 88 miles from Urbana to Kankakee on my Bianchi hybrid. Zach was using his spiffy road bike from the '60s or some ancient decade when they didn't weld aluminum forks. I survived on the hybrid, except my bike seat was ass at that time, so my butt hurt. I have a better seat now. It has gel instead of springs.

I kinda dream about getting a road bike for touring, but even touring is a dream. My hybrid's really comfy... and I think that, like Zach, my back tends to ache when hunched over drop handlebars, so maybe a hybrid is best for me at least.

I think a lot of it is about the tires. I have a 75psi front tire and an 80psi tire (with Kevlar!), and that can be awesome when they're properly inflated.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 3rd, 2004 06:25 am (UTC)

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Yah. It's all about the tires. Anyone trying to sell you on aerodynamics is full of crap. Frame weight, gear ratios, tire pressure, tire width, tread (not too knobby), quality of lubrication, even overall posture/comfort...all of these things are going to make a MUCH bigger difference than whether you are hunched over or not. Wind is just going to suck no matter what, the key is to make everything else (friction) not suck so that you're ONLY losing energy to the wind and not to a bunch of other crap too.
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From:sarpo
Date:February 5th, 2004 12:44 am (UTC)

to tuck or not to tuck

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It's not necessary to "tuck" (ride hunched over) to get the benefits of a roadbike. There are basically 3 positions for your hands on the drop handlebars (or 2, really, if you want your hands on the brakes at all times), and only one of them requires you to tuck. I never tuck. It's really all about having skinny tires for long rides.
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From:boannan
Date:February 3rd, 2004 07:23 am (UTC)

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I have Kevlar in my tires too!
Only because they kept getting holes poked in em by too much nature debris on the Iron Horse trail.

I always feel like Superman or something when I say that ;)
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