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To and fro

It is still disorienting to be so surrounded by friends and family. This morning, after breakfast, sytharin took L and myself on a ride over to her workplace in Emeryville. From there, I rode on up to my new workplace, in the Very Large Science Building, where I received a well-timed email from CW with instructions on how to reach her office and what to expect for the day. At almost the exact same time, I realized, with a sense of dawning horror, that I had failed the single most important mission of the day: remembering to bring the correct identification paperwork for my Onboarding at 3 pm (I find it both hilarious and disturbing to have been Onboarded).

Regardless. After a Monday lab meeting (woo, I get to work with awesome folks!), I rushed home as quickly as I could, grabbed my passport out of my filebox (hallelujah for having consolidated those), then rushed back to campus and made it to the Onboarding just in the nick of time. Whew.

One paperwork blitz later and I was free again. Over to Berkeley Bowl East for groceries, finally.

Now THERE is a grocery store that is not for people who hate crowded, rushing people pandemonium everywhere. I am *this* close to swearing off the place entirely, except RAC and others inform me that it's generally cheaper than the organic foods shop a mile from the house. I have yet to explore the conventional grocery store that's a half-mile away. We shall see.

Then I came home and orchestrated the cooking of a giant vat of vegetarian chili plus a grandly-sized pan of cornbread, which we fed to the household. The household approved.

I feel a bit like a country bumpkin in the face of this quite busy urban landscape. The signs, sights, and sounds are overwhelming, but I have a feeling I'll get used to things in short order. To some extent I am reminded of living among Boston's bustle.

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bluepapercup
Dec. 1st, 2015 01:16 pm (UTC)
There are TWO BBs! The one on Oregon St is the INSANOMART and is to be avoided. The one on Heinz is bigger, brighter, and more manageable in all ways. I still recommend going early in the morning.

Try the Lake Merritt farmers market too. Saturdays until 1.
bluepapercup
Dec. 1st, 2015 01:20 pm (UTC)
I thought of something else. Bike theft in the Bay Area (particularly SF and Berkeley/Oakland) is rampant and the thieves are both bold and persistent so take any and all possible measures to lock, hide, and otherwise protect your bikes, especially the expensive one, but I have plenty of friends who've lost components off less expensive bikes.

Edited at 2015-12-01 01:21 pm (UTC)
randomdreams
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
Aieee! Time to start looking at unusual bolt heads that take special tools to remove, maybe?
bluepapercup
Dec. 1st, 2015 07:27 pm (UTC)
You'll love this one. A few years ago a friend came out of his building, where the bike was locked up tightly out front, and found a guy unwrapping the bar tape off the handlebars.
rebeccmeister
Dec. 1st, 2015 10:38 pm (UTC)
People!

I suppose that really, anything could happen. It's disheartening when these things happen, but really, if it's just stuff, it will generally be okay in the long run. All of this is reminding me of getting burgled in Arizona, plus the time even before that when someone stole my (unlocked) bike and my housemate's (unlocked) bike out of our backyard. I hope I am less foolish now than I was then.
randomdreams
Dec. 2nd, 2015 02:49 am (UTC)
EW.
thewronghands
Dec. 2nd, 2015 06:04 am (UTC)
What the what what ewww why gaaah.
rebeccmeister
Dec. 1st, 2015 06:32 pm (UTC)
Seattle is equally bad, so I'm being pretty vigilant. We have plans to keep stored bikes locked up inside a locked-up area at home, and thankfully at least one of my roommates (if not two) are around the house at irregular/unusual hours, which can be tremendously helpful. On top of that, it appears that I will be able to lock up the Jolly Roger inside a secured bike parking space once all of my hiring paperwork goes through. And that's a big part of why I keep the Jolly Roger so natty-looking...Mountain bikes with 26-inch wheels are less attractive than road bikes anyway.
randomdreams
Dec. 2nd, 2015 02:51 am (UTC)
I'm reminded suddenly of a friend who took to sticking ball bearings in the hex wrench sockets of his bikes, with a bit of wax in there to make them stay. He could get them out with some wire, but it was nearly impossible for anyone without a tiny bit of stiff bent wire to extract the ball bearing.
rebeccmeister
Dec. 2nd, 2015 06:05 pm (UTC)
Hm! That's an intriguing notion. I'm optimistic about the secure bike parking here, although I will stick with the program of removing everything from my bike every time I lock it up and walk away.

Seriously, this is why Bike Snob says never get too attached to any bicycle. He has a point.
randomdreams
Dec. 3rd, 2015 02:43 am (UTC)
It's true. Plus, for me, no bicycle ever stays anywhere that's in sight of people or not behind locked doors. So twitchy about even having a bike in the back of my car, under blankets.
rebeccmeister
Dec. 1st, 2015 06:33 pm (UTC)
sytharin travels through the BB-East parking lot on her bike commute, so she has volunteered to be in charge of picking up miscellanea from there. Apparently there's also a Tuesday/Saturday farmer's market somewhere at the El Cerrito Plaza, which is a half-mile from the house. It's sort of amazing to get filled in on the good resources so quickly, instead of having to bumble around and find them on my own (which has its own charms).
dichroic
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
I can see where it's overwhelming to have all your people around you, especially after the relative isolation of Texas and Nebraska (and maybe AZ at first), but I like the thought of you having lots of people around who love you :-)
rebeccmeister
Dec. 1st, 2015 11:03 pm (UTC)
This is true! Also the thought of being in a place with rowing, near many of my favorite rowing pals!
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