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After the storm…

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Like much of the northeast, Buffalo got pummeled with snow last night. Thick, heavy snow. Though it is late in the season it still looked beautiful to me (maybe it’s because I had a snow day off of work). Anyhow, I walked to a coffee shop this morning and brought my camera. Here’s a few things I saw. Click any for a slightly larger view.

Urban Simplicity.

Adapting…

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Single digits (again).
All bike racks buried under feet of snow.
The winter that goes on and on.

The desire to stop for a beer and a couple slices of pizza.

 
Adapt.
verb.
: to change your behavior so that it is easier to live in a particular place or situation.
: to change (something) so that it functions better or is better suited for a purpose.

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A few things I saw while walking in the snow today…

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So I’ve said this before (regarding all-weather bike riding) but I have to say it again…I may be a little crazy–ok, a lot crazy–but I’m not stupid. If the weather gets too bad I just walk, and that’s what I did today. This winter–even by Buffalo standards–has been a challenging one to say the least. I’m not sure when they started naming winter storms (is this something new?) but this one is called Winter Storm Neptune. Anyhow, I was feeling the effects of cabin fever this morning and took an elongated walk to a coffee shop. I took a few photos, these are my favorites. Click any for a larger view.

Urban Simplicity.

An inanimate de-stressing smile…

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So today–for various reasons–I found myself stressed and anxious, and with me this usually manifests into profound sadness. And when I came home this evening on a cold dark night after a cold dark bike ride I found this drawn into the giant snow mound that is currently my front lawn. Then I noticed (as I left again and rode down my street) that there were smiley faces (each at least 2 feet in diameter) drawn into snow banks of front lawns all down the street. Thank you anonymous snow-drawers…this cheered me up and in fact made me smile.

Urban Simplicity.

Encore plus de neige

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For some reason Mother Nature will not release her snowy grasp on much of our country this year. There has been talk of an impending storm for days and last night it was upgraded to a blizzard. Today the Governor declared Western NY under a state of emergency. So far we have well over a foot of new snow. It’s difficult to capture in the pictures the wind. I had to brace myself against trees or firmly plant my feet before trying to snap a photo. Today when there was a brief respite in the heavy snow I went to a local food store (which was closed) and took my camera. Shortly after taking these photos it started to snow so hard I could not see more than a city block ahead. But as ferocious as the weather can be, I still find it beautiful. And no, I was not on a bike.

Urban Simplicity.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#573), the view from my handlebars, and a brief comment…

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 On the bike…groceries, sundries, dog food, a gym bag, and an order of moo shoo vegetables.

So the weather was just beautiful today and this evening…40F which feels like a heat wave after the past few months. And I was particularly enjoying this sunset as I rode (and pulled of to the side of the road to snap a photo) because the day after tomorrow we are supposed to get another foot of snow. Good thing I still have snow tires on my other bike.

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Things that can be carried on a bike (#470), and on another really cold and snowy evening…

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A gym bag containing wet clothes, and $46 worth of groceries.

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And on a really cold and blustery day…

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So I only have a very short “commute” to work every day (today, though, was a split shift so I had to commute four times). And I normally don’t complain about this; I actually like the winter. But geeze o’ man…

It.
Was.
Cold.
Today.

Really cold. The bottom photo is a screen shot from my phone (and yes, to those not viewing this from the States, that’s 5 Fahrenheit). Both the other photos are shots of my ride in this morning about 8am. The temps today did not even reach double digits; tomorrow looks to be colder.

It was been this cold and snowy prior this winter (many many times in fact), but today it just hit me. I only saw a couple other cyclists brave enough (crazy enough) to ride today. And one of them is pictured above. We chatted a bit at a stop light just before I took this photo. He agreed, this has been a challenging winter to say the least. That’s all I’ve got for tonight; I think I’ll throw another log on the fire and pour another glass of wine.

Urban Simplicity.

Washington Square Park (during a heavy snowfall)

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Things that can be carried on a bike (#566), and a brief comment…

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On the bike…a case of red wine and a gym bag.

A brief dialogue…

The Sales Person at the liquor store: Would you like me to carry the case of wine out to your car?

Me: No, but you can carry it to my bike.

Sales Person: [blank stare]

Me: But no seriously I can carry it to my bike to myself.

Sales Person: [smiling now, as if I’m teasing him]

Second Sales Person: No he’s serious…he’s “that guy with those bikes.”

Me: [smiling]

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A Winter’s Morning (three photos)

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The Good Neighbor…

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So here’s a picture of my bike parked in front of Cafe 59 on Allen Street in the neighborhood in which I live in Buffalo. No big deal, right? Well it is, and this photo speaks volumes. Not only does the owner shovel both of his sidewalks (it’s on a corner) he also shovels the sidewalks in front of the restaurant he owns across the street. And he also thoroughly shovels out all the bicycle racks in front of his restaurants (something like five of them…get one for your business). Anyhow, this is a rarity. Often times I end up sort of piling my bike on top of a snow mound to lock it against a pole in the snow. And when I went in and thanked him for shoveling the bike parking, he simply replied: “Bicyclists deserve good parking, too.” Nice. It’s things like this that really make a difference in my life.


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