May. 24th, 2010

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A brief update -- the Hertz people at the Austin airport did recover my CD's. I'll have to pay to have the CD's shipped back to me, but I'd consider that getting off pretty easily for gross stupidity.

I should have spent some of the evening in lab, as I got in very late this morning after my late arrival at home last night, or else done some practicing at home, but I decided to go to Scottish class to see what Alex Gray would be like. I didn't really talk to him, but did dance in a set he was in during the social hour. He is a lot more jovial and friendly than what I would have expected the chairman of the RSCDS to be like. I'm glad I went, as now I'll be more at ease about Thursday, and with the amount of playing I've been doing of late it has been ages since I actually danced a full class and social hour.

On the way home, alas, I heard a clatter behind me shortly after coming through the pothole-riddled section of Main St near the Rt 16 overpass. The bracket for my bike tail-light had failed, and while the LED's are intact the unit was effectively destroyed by the fall from my bike, and by the traffic that passed before I had a chance to recover the pieces from the middle of the road. I started to walk my bike towards home as biking with fast-moving traffic without a functioning tail-light scares me a bit. Fortunately, a fellow Scottish dancer who also routinely bikes to class came by shortly after, and he kindly gave me an escort home.

This is the third tail-light I've lost in less than a year. My first one was a Cat-Eye removable clip-on; its bracket was sufficiently weakened by the crash I had in November that a few days afterwards the light fell off while I was biking, without me noticing. I replaced that light with a cheaper clip-on, but due most likely to jarring from potholes that light also fell out of its bracket several days after I installed it. I finally replaced that one with another Cat-Eye, but one that bolted on to my rear rack via an L-bracket. The bracket failed right where it was bolted on, which is also right where it bends, which in hindsight is not too surprising.

I'm not sure what I want to replace this light with. I kind of liked the bolt-on bracket; maybe it's OK if I plan on replacing the bracket every six months or so. Nothing else I have encountered stands up as well to the constant jarring of riding the pothole-riddled streets of Somerville and Medford. Any cyclists out there have any opinions?


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