Went to the hardware store and found that Lowes has declared that summer is over, it's time to move on and buy autumnal stuff now.
|9/01/12 0# 232m|
As I think about it, change is supposed to be hard but the retail industry is very good at selling change. You bought your baggy shorts and Teva sandals? Hey, it's fall - windbreakers and rakes and Holloween! And Thanksgiving! And Christmas!
In fact, while "we're" supposed to be change-resistant, I wonder if our consumer-society isn't change dependent. Would the economy be different in a place with one season, or in a culture without holidays where people just, you know, lived?
Anyway, it's September and it must be Fall. I saw a high school football game Friday night, and now Lowe's is selling ghoulish skeletal lawn ornaments. Any anthropologists out there?
A few items I found interesting:
- WD40 Bike is a new business unit focusing on bike-specific products. For years, in spite of what "they" say, people have been using WD40 on bikes; maybe they just gave in and decided to get in the business, much in the same way that Armand Hammer eventually bought Arm & Hammer because of persistent questioning.
- Surly has gotten into the bike trailer business with two models, inevitably named Bill and Ted (as in, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.) Whoa.
- Google adds turn-by-turn, voice bike navigation for 'Droid devices.
- Outside Magazine maintains a bleeding-edge position on the Lance Armstrong denouement with a book review of Tyler Hamilton's The Secret Race: "The Secret Race isn’t just a game changer for the Lance Armstrong myth. It’s the game ender. No one can read this book with an open mind and still credibly believe that Armstrong didn’t dope. It’s impossible."
Some thoughts on the end of August and the ostensible end of summer.
- My total mileage at the end of the week/month is 4505, so in 9 months I've ridden the same mileage as in all of 2011.
- 4505 miles in 245 days = 18.4 miles/day
- Projecting to 12/31, a full year at 18.4 miles/day is 6700 miles/year
I had originally wagged a goal of 7000 miles for my first year of retirement. There wasn't any science or concept to it, it was just a conceit. I'll be happy at 6000 miles. It would be cool to hit 7000 miles.
The reality is: it would be great to keep riding my bike and avoid injury.
|Sept 1, 2012 Week 35 |
|238#||3rd Qtr 1487 miles|
2012: 4505 miles