[O.C.T.O.B.E.R. VI-29] HEY!

When I have this post title, it could mean a lot of things. But, I’ll rule out each of the following:

  • Navi the fairy, wanting Link to listen to advice…
  • Lincoln Southeast cheerleaders, jumping in a circle with arms entwined.
  • Gary Glitter.
  • Lorem Ipsum with Decky.

Continue reading



The picture is an old one from last summer, but I still wish to use it once again. It’s part of the story from yesterday and today. If you recall from M.A.P.L.E. V, I had a post entitled “Manifold.” This is yet another good thing to talk about.


Yesterday, my summer research student met with me at 09:00 instead of 14:00. I was due (or maybe overdue!) for an oil change, so I headed to Racine with a car, and also with my folding bike in the trunk.

I had planned, during the oil change, to go eat lunch at a nearby Chick-Fil-A, just for the heck of it. Indeed, I got a spicy chicken sandwich (no cheese of course) and waffle fries for free (plus $7.20 for shipping and handling :p [and I probably shouldn’t use that quote since I don’t actually know where it comes from!]).

But just before I got in line, Wally World called me and said that one of my tires had damage on the side wall. This resulted in a three-ring circus between myself, Walmart Auto, and my Dad for advice on the situation.


Evidently the damage was such that the tire was unsafe to drive on, but they didn’t have the identical tire or a superior brand in store. They said that they could get it today, and therefore I took advantage of being bimodal! Since I was already riding my bike anyway, I just rode it the 9 miles back to my apartment without any problem.

Then, today I returned to Walmart on the same two wheels after meetings and lunch, and the car repair was completed.

It really makes me happy that ever since I have started riding my bike, I’ve always been in a situation where I have at least two viable alternatives (excluding cabs) to any failed mode of transportation. If my car isn’t working, I can ride my bike, walk, or take public transit depending on where I am.

If my folding bike is out of service, I can ride my road bike or vice-versa in good conditions. (Of course, I am now wary about riding my road bike if my folding bike is out of service, due to the Rule of Three. Number One was The November Crash, and Number Two was the March Larceny. Though I know that those were merely coincidences.)

And when it’s too icy to ride my bike, I’ve got four wheels or two feet!


MathFest: 7 days

Nebraska Regional: 18 days

Semester Kickoff: 49 days

blog signature

Open Campus

Open Campus is defined, at least in the States, as the opposite of Closed Campus, and is frequently applied to high schools during the lunch period.

If a school has an Open-Campus rule, students are allowed to leave campus to eat lunch. If the school is Closed-Campus, students must receive an excuse in order to leave the school for lunch.

Continue reading

[M.A.P.L.E. VI-22] Riding Interstate 37

Interstate 37 is a highway in Texas, so clearly that’s not what I’m referring to by the title of this post… given that I’ve never been to Texas

However, it is true that I rode interstate on my bike today.

It’s not quite as exciting (or dangerous) as riding ON the Interstate, but is fun to say that I went down to Illinois. (Though, I will say that it is legal to ride your bike on stretches of the Interstate in Colorado.)

Here are a few pictures, with the latter mentioning US Bike Route 37, or as I’ll call it, Interstate 37. (The interchange is at 21st Street in Zion. But there are no exit numbers on exits on Bike Routes… too bad!)


A photo that is nearly 6 years overdue. I should have taken this picture during the Wrigley Field Road Tour in 2011! 


Winthrop Harbor, Illinois.


Interchange of 21st Street in Zion and USBR 37. 


ארץ ישראל: י”ג ימים (Israel: 13 days)

Lincoln: 25 days

(Dirty?) Thirty: 42 days

אתמול היה אחד וארבעים יום–שהיו חמישה שבועות ושישה ימים לעומר

Today is the twenty-first day of the sixth round of M.A.P.L.E.: three weeks.

blog signature