So my commute this morning looked like this:
Ride with my kids on our bikes
…from our tiny house in the trendy pedestrian-friendly neighborhood
…past the duck pond
…through Reed college
…to the language immersion magnet school
Down the occasionally-blocked-to-cars bikeway
Stop at the hippie co-op1 for fruit
Ride over the choked-with-bikes Hawthorne bridge past idling cars
Weave my way through the dragonboating retirees2 by the marina
Get a muffin at my favorite coffee shop3
Take an elevator to the pedestrian-only interstate overpass
(the nice one directly under the tram)
arrive at my shared workspace in the basement of the old Craft Arts museum4
…where I do webby-techy-designy things
(self-employed of course)
& I drank a lot of coffee too.
1 Why do hippie co-ops all smell exactly the same? A kind of minty, celeryish, bready smell? The co-op on Lopez Island smells like this. So did the one in Ubud, Bali. And the one in Lincoln Nebraska. AND YET FOR-PROFIT HIPPIE GROCERIES LIKE NEW SEASONS DO NOT SMELL LIKE THIS. Wha?
2 Dragon boating is the new shuffleboard maybe. I have never seen these dragonboaters on actual dragon boats. I think they just hang out at the marina with paddles and drink coffee.
3 Upstream Coffee
4 This basement has a wall of windows and a deck and a view of the river & mountain. It is on a hillside.