won’t you be my neighbor?

i usually cycle to work a couple times a week.  with thunderclap, i’m wanting to spend as much time at home as possible, so i use my commute and lunches to accomplish my training goals.  this often turns into creative logistics with trying to stage gear, clothing and toiletries for consecutive days workouts.

for example, if i plan a pre work run on tuesday morning, a swim tuesday lunch and bike to and from work on wednesday, i’m looking at trail gear for the run including a hand held bottle and gatorade endurance, a towel for after the run, a towel for the gym and a dry shirt for the drive to the gym plus the days clothes.  for the swim: goggles, swim cap and towel.  for wednesdays ride, it’s a full set of clothes, toiletries and a towel, along with bodyglide to apply for the ride home.  all of this gear must be gathered and staged on tuesday.  i often leave the house in the morning with a couple outfits on hangers and two full bags of gear.  the dance i walk through to ensure i’ve got everything is often humorous to smsmh.

the one thing i almost always forget to factor in, though, is that i need shoes and a belt for work.  on many occasions, i’ve made it to work, showered and changed only to realize that i’m going to have to wear just my socks for the day.  so, i’ve taken to adding a pair of sandals into my gear so that i can leave my shoes and belt at work the day before a ride into the office.

yesterday i rode to and from work.  i had successfully placed my shoes on wednesday, so i enjoyed a rare day of feeling comfortable walking around the office.  today, i wore my sandals into work since i left my shoes here when i biked home yesterday.  as i sat down to change out of my sandals and into my shoes, i realized that i have become mr. rodgers.

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20 thoughts on “won’t you be my neighbor?

  1. You make me laugh, my dear son!! Yes, I’d love to be your neighbor!! I miss you, smsmh, and thunderclap!!
    Mamacita :)

  2. You make me laugh, my dear son!! Yes, I’d love to be your neighbor!! I miss you, smsmh, and thunderclap!!
    Mamacita :)

  3. That’s hilarious! I’m picturing matching red cardigans for you and TC. You could do worse, by the way. I’m a fan. ~ Mia

  4. That’s hilarious! I’m picturing matching red cardigans for you and TC. You could do worse, by the way. I’m a fan. ~ Mia

  5. My only question is where in your checklist is the swimsuit for the pool? goggles, swim cap, and towel…hehe

  6. See? I told you parenting would make you crazy.
    This post is why I can never bike commute; I keep so much training crap in my car, because there’s no other way of gathering and managing it all. So if I want to ride my bike, that gets tossed in the back of the car, too.
    I know, the environment hates me.

  7. ha! you’ll need to start keeping an extra set of clothes and shoes at your office. i’ve ended up with a pile of shoes under my desk.

  8. For some reason my Dad never quite trusted Mr. Rodgers. That fact has nothing to do with anything but you reminded me. You rock for being this organized.

  9. Understatement of the year “…this is humorous to smsmsh…”
    Us linear thinkers are supremely laughable to those around us.
    Great stuff…and tc can be proud!

  10. I’d love to be your neighbor!
    Trolley, take us to the “Neighborhood of Make-Believe” where King Friday rules with an iron fist! bwaaaa!

  11. i felt exactly the same way this morning, packing my bag for the ride to work. I keep a pair of shoes under my desk, but they wouldn’t match the non wrinkle outfit I shoved in my bag, and my bag isn’t big enough for shoes! the drama of bike-commuting!

  12. Doode…
    You realize that, “i had successfully placed my shoes on wednesday” is officially crazy guy talk, right?
    Have you ever had a Don Johnson day where you have all your office cloths except your socks?
    Contrary to what my spouse said in her comment, lists don’t work for me. I have to lay out my stuff on the bed or elsewhere in a rough approximation of where it goes on my body. If I’m packing for a multi-day excursion, so many pairs of socks go at the base of the layout, then pants and shorts, and above them tops. Piles of forerunners, watches, pdas, etc are placed appropriately. Then I pack.
    You need to come work for us at the college. We have wall lockers, showers, and all that. You could stage multiple belts, shoes, and water bottles. You could have your own fridge for honey, butter, and tortas. And, we could use your mad programming skills.

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