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Life at the BAP

Tons of birds this morning. One white pelican is still hanging out, and there were multiple kinds of herons and egrets congregated at one end. I mostly worked on my catches while J did some resistance rowing using a boat strap. I'm not quite ready to try adding drag yet. My catches are now better about 70% of the time, but old habits creep back in if I'm rowing hard continuously. It takes time and lots of strokes to reshape technique. In that respect it was really good to make it back out again this morning because I could feel some incremental improvements from Tuesday.

There's a lot of algae growing in the Berkeley Aquatic Park, and apparently it gets worse during the warm, sunny summer, to the point where it reaches up and grabs the oars and can almost bring a boat to a standstill.

The geese seem to like it. They also seem to be learning to stay out of the way of the rowing shells, for the most part.

I ran out of time and energy to assemble breakfast for myself, so I stopped at Catahoula Coffee instead. The guy in line behind me was wearing a Berkeley Parks uniform, and it turned out he works at the BAP. He said the geraniums planted along the freeway weren't planted by the park and the older gentleman I often see out tending to them is a volunteer. We chatted about how the park has some interesting character (it's a gay cruising site), and about how wonderful it is. I said I'm sure he has a ton of interesting stories.

On my way to work along Hearst, I witnessed a car running over a squirrel. Another cyclist came up from behind me and commented on how horrifying it was, watching the car hit the squirrel, and how it made her not want to get into a car again anytime soon. I agreed. I've said it before, but I'll say it again: it's easy to become desensitized to the bloodbath that cars cause if you travel around in them all the time.

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twoeleven
Jun. 30th, 2016 11:24 pm (UTC)
There's a lot of algae growing in the Berkeley Aquatic Park, and apparently it gets worse during the warm, sunny summer, to the point where it reaches up and grabs the oars and can almost bring a boat to a standstill.
I keep imagining algae monsters reaching up from the depths to drag unsuspecting rowers down to Davy Jones.
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