St. Patrick’s Day, 2006 Weather: Mild Winter Conditions, above freezing.
Well, we’re almost there. Monday will be the last day of calendar Winter.
Please notice that I capitalized the word Winter. I have been struggling with that all season long. I’ve seen it done both ways, but I seem to remember being taught in grade school that we capitalize the names of the seasons.
Regardless of academic rules, Old Man Winter has earned his title this year with his brilliantly vicious, end-of-season ambush. He is a formidable foe, who must be accomodated on those days when he decides to throw-down on us puny humans. He has left a seasonal legacy a foot deep in most of my neighborhood, and he may not respect our arbitrary calendar limits on his reign this year. We’ll see…
Regardless of that, however, I have got to bring this “Name My Blog” contest to an end. This is last call for entries to win the $100 Aerostich gift certificate by picking a suitable name for my next commuter blog on ridetowork.org.
At noon tomorrow, 18 March, 2006, I will begin to gather and cull all of the entries we have received since the inception of this contest. When I have come up with a top-10 list, I will contact my Ride To Work colleagues, and we will review the best entries to decide the winner. On Monday, 20 March, 2006, we will announce the winner on my evening blog entry. I’m not sure yet if that will be the last entry in TBIW, because I won’t ride anything other than this well-proven Red Baron in the snow. But we will all know the name of my next commuter blog come Monday night.
I am hoping to make a seamless transition from TBIW to whatever comes next. Andy Goldfine has made the suggestion that I take some time off from blogging, but this has almost become an addiction for me. I hope you all are enjoying reading this as much as I enjoy writing it.
My next blog on this site will be much more subtle in tone and varied in subject matter. The adversary will always be box people and cage traffic, along with the tyranny of the clock; but the scenery will vary a lot more.
I will travel into areas as-yet unexplored and introduce you to places, people, and images that you would never see anywhere else. You will meet other riders, and learn their stories. You will see cool places in our Twin Cities and meet the people who work or hang-out there. All of this on my Ride To Work, and home again. After all, nobody ever said that we have to go straight home every night.
This is going to be fun, and I am really looking forward to it. So send me a name! Something that I can wrap this thing around and light it up with. I’m looking forward to your final efforts before we pick a winner. Good Luck!