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One of those mornings …

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

It’s been one of those mornings. You know the ones. Seemingly everything goes wrong, including small and fundamentally unimportant things, but eventually they build to one giant heap of frustration.

I woke up late and stumbled into the second bedroom that functions as our home office. My computer was turned off and I couldn’t seem to turn it back on. I unplugged the power cord, and suddenly the computer sputtered, lights flashing and fans spinning, for about half a second, then fell silent again. It did this a few more times — with no power source connected! I was more than a little creeped out by this, and frustrated that it wouldn’t work. I messed with it for a few minutes, but ultimately gave up. I hope I’ll be able to fix it later. I used my file server to send an e-mail to work saying I’d be a bit late.

I got ready to ride to work and looked outside. Rain, as predicted. Great. When I went to extract my coffee mug from the dishwasher, I hit it on the underside of the counter where the dishwasher is screwed in, covering the mug with sawdust. I dropped the lid on the floor and it got covered in gunk. This was not going well. I almost forgot about three different items and kept having to go back for them as I continued my struggle toward the door.

Once I exited my apartment, I realized it was wet and foggy, but not actually raining much. Actually it was quite pleasant outside, a nice quiet morning. I paused to admire some buds on the trees in front of my apartment.

Budding trees

As I started riding, I felt better almost immediately. I actually like riding on cool, overcast, foggy days, if I don’t get too wet. There were very few people in sight until I reached campus, which had quite a bit of foot traffic. Some fields and paths off 7th Street approaching Jordan were flooded.


Flowers have been planted on campus

When I got past campus I once again had the roads to myself. I didn’t push myself and savored the ride, knowing soon I’d be mired in work. I wished I could have ridden off into the distance.

Green light, and fog

I did take a slight detour to capture this:

Johnson’s Creamery

Even though it’s no longer a creamery, this is a real Bloomington landmark. All in all, a great ride to work. The ride home promises to be much, much wetter.

5 Responses to “One of those mornings …”

  1. Noah Says:

    1) it’s the power supply. Try a known good one before you try anything else. And FFS don’t try the damaged power supply on another machine. 😉

    2) We had similar conditions this morning. Dewy, balmy, foggy with a bit of mist and pleasant temperatures.

  2. Dan Says:

    We had a pretty wet day here as well, but it sounds like you made the best of it. I hope to get out tomorrow afternoon (vacation day), or at least on Saturday.

  3. Marty Says:

    I’ve had days like that – and you just have to keep going and hope you outpace the gremlins!

    FFS? Strange – I’ve never heard that abbreviation, and yet knew exactly what it meant. Great minds and all that?

  4. Jon Says:

    Oddly, my favorite rides are in the rain. Something about the sound of tires on wet pavement…

    And, if the wet ride coincides with one of those “really should just go back to bed” mornings, all’s the better.

  5. John Says:

    Love the photos. They always add so much.

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