As I finish up my third consecutive week working here in El Segundo, I’m pretty pleasedÂ with myÂ cumulative commute score of 6-6-2, which translates to six days driving, six days mass-transitting, and two days bike commuting. Certainly the less I’m crawling the freeways in my truck, the better. But still… I could’ve been a lot lazier and the tally could’ve been a lot worse. And, hey eight non-vehicular days are nothing sneer-worthy.
Still, it could’ve been better, especially these last twoÂ drag-ass mornings that left me running late and withÂ little choice but to drive.Â Today I was just no-excuse stupid slow, as opposed to yesterday where I could blame the rain if I really wanted to, but I won’t. I was on track to bus-train-train it on-time, but wussed out. Though I must admit that the super-slow surface street drive* home last night and my wonderful encounter with the window punching self-entitled urchin (see yesterday’s post below) notwithstanding, it was nice not to be out in the inclementia.
* The eastbound 105 was so hellishly clogged the
four-mile trip to the 110 Freeway was optimistically
estimated to take 25 minutes, so I just stayed away.
Yet still I’m the kind that’s irked at easy ways out and so next week I’ll be back at it, looking to go 0-4-1 or even 0-3-2… or at the worst 1-3-1. If I’m a real bad ass I might set out at likeÂ 4:30 a.m.Â and get one more pre-marathon training trek in and walkÂ the 15.5 miles toÂ work. Hell, that’llÂ require a whole new scoring column… something like 0-3.5-0.5-1. I know, I know: get the net.
In the interim I’m sure Susan and I will log a four-mile walk around the neighborhood this weekend, and Sunday’s shaping up to be a bright bright sunshiny day for my planned group bike rideÂ from the Cornfield at noon down to Watts Towers for a tour and back. Despite the short notice it looks like it’s generated some interest, and though I’m always retiscent to predict turnout it wouldn’t surprise me if I roll up on Simon Rodia’s awe-inspiring creation with 20 – 30 of my fellow cycling citizens.