This has been a week of ups and downs.
The week started off in a downhill slide. As many of you know, Microsoft laid off around 3,000 of my coworkers this week. Fortunately, I wasn’t one of them, but I have a great deal of good friends who were affected by this second round of layoffs. I won’t say too much about it here, but Tuesday really sucked.
On the brighter side, I got some new toys this week. I took advantage of an REI sale on Shimano shoes and bought some clipless pedals for the bike. Today, it’s beautiful out and Diann’s out volunteering, so I hit the road with the bike. Definitely one of my best bike rides to date: went 20.6 miles, from home to the Red Hook brewery (no beer stop this time) and back home, in just over 1.5 hours. That gives me a 12mph average, which is great considering the route home was mostly uphill. Here’s an elevation graph of the ride from home to work, and you’ll see what I mean (click to embiggen):
Now it’s off to get cleaned up, go get a haircut, and then drinks with a friend who’s in town for the first time in months.
Then, later on, the night looks promising for some stargazing. That brings me to the other set of toys I got this week: a new mount for the telescope. 90 pounds of new mount. It’s crazy. Tonight’s not ideal for stargazing (pesky full moon), but I’m going anyway just so I can get familiar with the new gear.