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After a wonderful weekend of drinking, debauchery, and an unidentifiable scrawl found on piece of paper in my pocket, I once again have my emotional batteries recharged so as to face the work week with enough zip to suppress my tendency to occasionally wonder "is this all there is?"

Part of the weekend was spent with Tony while he gave my bike a tune-up. I then spent a fair chunk of change buying the accessories necessary to turn it into a commuter bicycle. Tomorrow morning, I will ride it to the Max, take the train to work, loiter for 9 or so hours and then cycle home. The quick route involves taking Sandy Boulevard back to my apartment. Were I to do that, the world's population would briefly drop by one and the Earth would cease to revolve (actually, I'm not sure the Earth will cease to revolve, but I won't be in a position to hear you yell "I told you so").

As I am looking forward to more drinking, debauchery, and conversations with various handwriting experts and/or cryptographers regarding the meaning of the scrawls on the aforementioned piece of paper, I've decided that I will be taking the Marine Drive trail from an undisclosed location near the airport, down to 33rd. From there it's pretty much a straight shot to my apartment. I measured the distance on the map, checked the legend, did the math and realized that it wasn't as far of a drive as I thought. Then I realized I did the math wrong and knitted my brow while redoing the figures. 13 miles. Not as bad as it could be, though. I used to ride 25 miles a day. Of course, I used to be about 50 pounds lighter, too.

After a while of doing riding back from work, I would like to take my bike both ways. I'm told there's a shower at work, but I can't see me pulling a wrinkled dress shirt and slacks out of my backpack. Not very professional. I wonder how others pull it off.
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er, is there a dress code there?

ie, will my black t-shirt wearing self be a-ok?
This message might arrive after you're leaving for work, but no worries, you probably won't have an issue with a T-shirt. Others wear them. I wore them for a bit, but decided not to because technically there is a dress code and if I ever want to be anything more than a programmer, violating the dress code isn't the best first step.
Oh, please

You are a geek. You work with geeks. What do a few wrinkles matter? Most peolple will just be impressed that that you don't have toothpaste on your shirt or toilet paper stuck to your cheek.

"...I would like to take my bike both ways" just sounds so, so very wrong.
Re: Oh, please
I'm glad I wasn't the only one that did a double-take on that line. ;)
Why don't you put your nice clothes in one of those bags that people use to carry their suits traveling, and attach it to your backpack in such a way that it can also double as a sail?
Good for you. The first week will be really hard but you will feel so much better for doing it. I would also only commit to one way to begin with. If you overdue it the first week, you will just give up and go back to driving.

I do have to laugh at your timing. Let's wait until it starts raining again. Maybe the summer would have been a better time to start riding your bike, when it was still nice outside. :-)
When I ride my bike to work, I roll my clothes up after smoothing them all out first, then, I put a towel in my backpack next to my back in the case I'm a sweaty mess when I arrive.

Having showers at work is so fabulous... If they also have a safe spot to park your bike, I'm thoroughly jealous!