In the name of love?


*BUZZ* No.

Collaborate and listen?


*BUZZ* No.



*BUZZ* No.

OK, wait just a second. Longtime readers of my blog may realize that they’ve seen this movie once before.

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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

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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.

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[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.

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[M.A.P.L.E. VI-20] Cabin fever!

Well… so much for getting a long bike ride in on either Friday or today. The cruddy rain that I mentioned in yesterday’s post continued today, so that I couldn’t get outside on a long ride (well, I could, but I wouldn’t have been a happy camper).

The good news was that it allowed me to do some more apartment cleaning and Deck Lab on some old and new Pokemon decks.


And, when the rain abated at 14:30, I did go on a short loop of 4.5 miles to avert cabin fever. Nevertheless, that is not as exciting as the planned 20+ mile ride. Maybe I’ll try it on Monday… weather permitting!

And as for the title… don’t worry, I’m not sick. Just irked by the weather ruining my plans.


ארץ ישראל: ט”ו ימים (Israel: 15 days)

Lincoln: 27 days

(Dirty?) Thirty: 44 days

אתמול היה תשעה ושלושים יום–שהיו חמישה שבועות וארבעה ימים לעומר

Today is the twentieth day of the sixth round of M.A.P.L.E.: two weeks and six days.

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