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Adapting…

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.

Urban Simplicity.

Adapting…

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.

Urban Simplicity.

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

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.

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

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…

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.

An inanimate de-stressing smile…

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.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#612), some studs, and a couple other things…

So first of all before I say anything about the snow I have to say that my heart and prayers go out to those who may be still stranded, and especially to the families that have lost loved ones in this storm.

Though I have moved away a few times I have always found my way back to my hometown of Buffalo and have weathered many storms in my 53 years, including the Blizzard of ’77 when I was a teenager. But this storm was different. The path it cut was more like a tornado snow storm, this is why people are referring to it as the “knife.” It’s path was somewhat narrow and direct. And the thunder and lightening it produced was really eerie. The media keeps saying that Buffalo is buried in snow but truth be told only one area of the city is actually buried (South Buffalo). From what I can tell most of the brunt of the storm hit south and east of the city. The most that we (most of the city) received was 10″ or less. In some places it was just a dusting. But a few miles away the snow was and is life threatening (to date ten people have perished). Two of my sisters live east of the city where there is more than five feet of snow…not drifting because of the wind but just simply five feet deep of snow! (and I rarely use exclamation points.) There is no way to push it out of the way–because of it’s mass–in the traditional snow plow way, it has to be scooped into trucks and hauled away.

My heart and prayers go out to those still stranded. And what is even more worrisome is that the temperatures are supposed to rise, which will cause flooding. And the weight of wet snow is also a concern for roofs collapsing (some have already collapsed, including that of a nursing home which resulted in two deaths) .

Pictured above is my bike as I went grocery shopping last evening; I had just put on the steel studded snow tires. But it seems too trite to even talk about this with the devastation happening just a few miles from where I type these words. If you believe in prayer I ask you to pray for the people south and east of this city, and if you don’t please just send kind and healing thoughts (which of course is a type of prayer in itself).

Peace, and thank you.

Urban Simplicity.

Encore plus de neige

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.

Encore plus de neige

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…

 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.

Urban Simplicity.

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

 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 off 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.

Urban Simplicity.

And on a really cold and blustery day…

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.

And on a really cold and blustery day…

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.

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

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]

Urban Simplicity.

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

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]

Urban Simplicity.