Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Excuses, excuses

Despite my vow to ride my bike regularly upon my return from the UK (see this post) I have been less than conscientious in this matter. This is because

  • I have had late nights teaching
  • I have been giving lifts home to a friend
  • It’s been raining
  • I’ve had to carry big piles of marking
  • The clip on one of my panniers is broken
  • There’s been a big box of professional development resources to carry
  • I’ve been in a hurry
  • I’m tired

They’re not very good excuses, are they? Nearly all of them have been over-ruled in the past. (Well, apart from the “lift for a friend” … since I can’t quite see “dinking” being successful given how much the poor bike already carries—what with a computer, change of clothes, work stuff, small piles of marking, etc).

I guess it just comes down to

  • I’m pathetic

2 comments to Excuses, excuses

  • Libby

    You are not pathetic…
    You just need an xtracycle with lights…
    check them out…http://www.xtracycle.com/
    you’d be able to carry everything, AND your friend…

    I can’t go anywhere unless I ride at the moment (usually towing 2 small girls)… and I’d really like one of these bikes… can you tell?

  • Linda

    Having just come back from 2 days in Melbourne (effects of a day’s workshop on statistics eventually ameliorated by lots of shopping, the Rupert Bunny exhibition and some yummy food)I think anyone trying to ride a bike in Melb traffic must be totally mad! And that’s without the trams! So ‘an admirable sense of self-preservation’ should be your complete excuse.

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