As part of my commitment to ride my bike every day during the first 50 days of my 50th year, I met coworker Gary at Union Station when he arrived via Metrolink train from Orange County. We then biked to the office that morning and back to Union Station that afternoon.

I turned 50 today. Yeah… Rather than dwell on it I decided to tie that landmark achievement to some continuous daily activity going forward, and as such I came up with doing “50 Rides In 50 Days.”

This inaugural ride took me downtown to the LAPD Metropolitan Property Division where I took possession of something of a birthday present to myself in the form of a perfectly good iPad that I’d found in the dirt during a dog walk a block from my house back in February. After making my own attempt locally to locate its owner I turned it in to LAPD Rampart Division so that they could try. Three months later, the item’s owner hadn’t been found so the lost iPad became mine.

So this first of 50 rides is of me pedaling there, getting the iPad and pedaling back home.

The last bike commute of the year was also the first of the year, now that I’m gainfully employed with a brand new full-time job. And with a resolution to pedal more miles than I drive there will be many to come in 2014.

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rain1207December 7 will live in infamy for obvious historical reasons. The amount of rainfall caught in our backyard precipitometer yesterday will live in insignificance, to the tune of barely more than a third of an inch, or 0.393″ (or 1 centimeter if you’re in a metric frame of mind).

Season To Date: 2.82″

December 7: 0.39″
November 29:
0.81″
November 23:
0.22″
November 22:
0.88″
October 09: 0.25″
July 11: 0.27″

rain1122Yesterday’s something-of-a-surprise storm did more than I’d expected, but first I gotta play catch-up because indeed after last week’s initial weather system brought us almost and inch of rain onto our Silver Lake backyard precipitometer, the day after ended up delivering a little sumpin’ extra that I failed to follow-up with, to the tune of almost quarter inch — 0.22″ to be as exact as I care to be.

rain1129The gray skies of Black Friday were pretty much completely unexpected. Not only were the various weatherfolk reversing course on previous precipitational prognostications, but at the time we turned in near midnight on Thanksgiving, the skies were clear and starry with nary a drop of rain in sight. Needless to say it was a scramble yesterday morning to cover up the already soggy tortoise hutch. Buster was not pleased. Neither was the hammock.

To make matters wetter the Storm That Wasn’t Supposed To Happen hung around until the latter part of the afternoon, ending up adding more than four-fifths of an inch to the seasonal total.

Season To Date: 2.43″

November 29: 0.81″
November 23:
0.22″
November 22:
0.88″
October 09: 0.25″
July 11: 0.27″

rain131122Various meteorological sources were suggesting a 30% chance of additional showers today, but I’m not feeling it so I’ve called a final total of  7/8ths of an inch or 0.88″ to the storm that began dropping rain late November 20 into our backyard precipitomer and concluded with any residual sprinklings yesterday afternoon. Any more wetstuff that might sneak in today or tonight will be factored in tomorrow.

November 22: 0.88″
October 09: 0.25″
July 11: 0.27″

Season To Date: 1.40″

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