Sunday, March 20th, 2011
9:20 pm - Spring is Springing...  
Crocuses At least the crocuses next to the south wall of the house seem to think so. There's also a daffodil over there that seems ready to pop, as well. The other beds that don't get sunshine reflected off a wall appear to be a bit more uncertain about things.

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I took the photo with my new camera, a Panasonic Lumix that I picked up on Woot! for not a lot of money considering it's got a 12x Leica lens. I still have my DSLR, but I was looking for something that I can slip into my pocket, or (even more so) more readily stick into the handlebar bag on my bike. The only thing I don't like so far is that there is no optical viewfinder. Of course, those are almost impossible to find on point-and-shoots. I've never liked using an LCD for framing shots, even if it is more accurate. It's hard to see anything in the sunlight, and even when I can see the screen, it's hard to keep things steady at arms length. I mean, all I'm asking is that they drill a little hole through the case. How hard can that be?

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I've been riding, although not on my usual bike. I hit a sinkhole on the path at speed last Saturday, and broke a spoke on the Fuji's rear wheel. Thus I had to celebrate the onset of daylight savings by riding the old Univega until I could get over to the bike shop to get the spoke replaced. The Univega is a bike I rode without complaint for 12 or 13 years, but now that I'm used to the lighter, more nimble Fuji, the Univega rides like a pig. Plus it appears that the 5th gear on the rear cassette is shot, because any time I shift onto it, regardless of what chain ring I'm on, the chain slips. A lot.

The weather, apart from this past Friday, when it got up into the sixties, hasn't been particularly warm in the evening, especially in the shade of the bike path. It's also been pretty blustery, with a good stiff headwind to be fought on the return legs. Still it's good to be out.

I stopped by the bike shop yesterday on my way out to Tom's. Bike shop guy fixed the spoke and did some adjusting and fine tuning of the gear and brake cables, and didn't even charge me.

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Yesterday I drove over to Tom's for our annual March Madness and ribs get together. Good times.