[M.A.P.L.E. VI-23] Circa fifty miles

Depending on where you are, a drive of around fifty miles can provide much different time frames.

Much of that can vary, depending on speed limits and traffic. This post, in some sense, reflects on why I am sometimes hesitant to drive to Milwaukee or Chicago for JUST an evening.

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[M.M.X.I.V. 157] A Dozen Miles And A Dozen More

The title of the post is a parody of The Proclaimers, in a way.  Today, eight years ago, seemed a very salient day for me.  So, in today’s blog, I will reconstruct the journal that I wrote for that day, since it was in bullet points at the time.  Here goes nothing!

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[M.M.X.I.V. 44] Impressive or not?

What is impressive to one person may be completely mundane to another.  Case in point happened today when I got to Tech.

Because the roads were clear enough (it hasn’t snowed in several days in Chicago), I rode my bike to the office today.  Actually, I have only “involuntarily” eschewed riding my bike to the office twice times since the beginning of the year.  The temperature when I left at 08:20 was a “balmy” 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 Celsius for my non-American readers).  Earlier this week, and a few weeks ago, the temperature was single-digits Fahrenheit at 08:30, in the usual sense of 3 to 9 (i.e. -16 to -12 Celsius).

I realize I put too many parentheses in that last paragraph.  So sue me!

Anyway, I got to Tech, and waited for an elevator to go up to the fourth floor.  A faculty member, seeing me with my bike and my cold-weather gear, was colored impressed by me biking in this weather.  Although I tried to downplay it, saying that it has been colder and messier, and also that I live only about 1.2 kilometers from my office, she still said that it was impressive.

It is much like how I think that people running a 5-kilometer run is impressive, despite the fact that when the weather is nice, a 50-kilometer bike ride is pretty easy for me.  Endurance and hardiness is not always a transferable trait, as I have difficulty running a single mile!


Today is the forty-fourth day of M.M.X.I.V.  That makes six weeks and two days.