Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Back in Fairbanks

At least I can generally find close-in parking though not nicely covered. My office is just through the door and maybe 20' to the right. Sunrise is getting later and later (10:28 today) but that trend will end in less than three weeks. I find that I prefer to head home before it's completely dark as there is more traffic but that's getting impossible. I usually leave the house at about 7:15am and traffic is pretty light. Yesterday, I had to dig out the snowblower to clear off some of the snow from the driveway. In comparison to last year, I think the trials tire I used last year worked better than the K60. It had a flatter profile so the studs had better contact. Maybe I'll try some studs near the middle of the tread.
I thought it felt a little bit colder than usual (is there a usual?) this morning on my short commute in. The forecast was for warmer temperatures. This morning, the sidecar wheel came up a couple if times while tooling around campus. There have been "bumps" near the curb where the snow gets really packed down from pedestrian traffic on right turns. The first time was a surprise but the others were expected. In all cases not a problem as speed was low and recovery as simple as reducing throttle.
Maybe this is a gimmick but I'm hearing about more and more of these treadmill desks. I think if you are really tied to a desk then it may be good but I still prefer to get out and about.
Posted using the BlogGo app. It posts only the small version of the photo and they aren't "clickable". That's probably to save bandwidth so you can post from the cellular network. Very convenient but I'm not sure I like the limitation.  

16 comments:

SonjaM said...

Why not take a walk on the treadmill… isn't that what work is about anyhow?

I am lucky that my current assignment involves a lot of walking around while assessing business processes… keeps me warm.

RichardM said...

I suggested that they tie the Internet on the computer to the treadmill. Stop walking and the Internet shuts down. That comment got something thrown at me ;-)

redlegsrides said...

Ha, tying internet access to movement on the threadmill....genius! That'll cut down on the mindless surfing by folks. As to your -8F temperature, Denver must seem balmy to you Alaskans.....here, folks are freaking out slightly.

Unknown said...

Richard:

bet if felt good to be back home where it's warmer than where you were

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

Conchscooter said...

Seeing you ride daily makes me feel inadequate, shivering on my bike in 68 degrees...The idea of sunrise at10:28 is too grotesque for words. And the prospect of the reverse in June is no comfort. Grotesque but interesting.

RichardM said...

My suggestion wasn't received well but without something like that, where is the incentive? As the day progressed, the temperature dropped a little bit but normal activity goes on. At noon, folks went out running and skiing but most just went out for lunch.

RichardM said...

Without the wind and humidity, it really does feel warmer.

RichardM said...

If you can get used to KW heat and humidity, you can get used to anything. I find the cold much easier to deal with so maybe that's why I'm here. The lack of light doesn't seem to affect me as much as some others and too much light is just fine too. Easier to get things done outside when it isn't dark.

RichardM said...

BTW, sunset was at 2:51pm. How grotesque is that?

Trobairitz said...

I like the idea of a treadmill at my desk, but me thinks it won't work for my sit down desk.

Welcome back to Alaska. Brrrr. Have you talked to your mom recently? Corvallis is predicted to get down to less than 14 on Friday/Saturday nights.

RichardM said...

Maybe you can use it by sitting in an office chair with wheels. Just kidding...

14F would be pretty cold. Does the pellet stove keep up? And, no, I haven't talked to her since before Thanksgiving. I think last weekend was spent in Washington.

Bluekat said...

I'm not sure if I could deal with that much darkness. I just tolerate what we have down here. I'm counting down the days until they start to get longer again.

All this talk of cold, but it seems like it's been pretty mild this year, and not that much rain. I just hope it doesn't make up for it next spring.

RichardM said...

Only 17 more days until the days start getting longer. At least that's what I'm going with. And you're right that this has been a pretty mild winter with our first "real" snow not arriving until November. Really odd.

SonjaM said...

I might have been around the one tossing stuff at you ;-)

RichardM said...

At least it wasn't anything sharp!

Steve Williams said...

Maybe the treadmill should be generating power for your computer --- no run, no blog. Reading the post just reminds me of what a slug I am and how I need to introduce some activity into my life. Too bad riding isn't exercise.

Judging from your weather forecast image you should now be in a heat wave!

Steve Williams
Scooter in the Sticks