Ah… the most revered day 29 Feb. is upon us and what wonderful quip do I have for you? Nuttin’. Just wanted to say Happy Leap Day! as I don’t get to do it very often.
Kera’s off doing her work/snow shoe trip but comes home this afternoon. Tonight, we go say goodbye to the director of the school that I do most of my work for. She’s Irish and is moving back home to Ireland because her German husband got a good job there. What’s interesting about this is that she’s having a lot of the same feelings that I have when I think about moving back to the States.
For example, even though there are a few things about the German system and people that irk me, there are far more about the American system and way of life that get under my skin. Kera and I live in a foreign land and we’ll ALWAYS be foreigners here, there’s nothing that we can do about that….short of giving up our U.S. passports which won’t happen.
However, when we were last in the States, I realized that I just don’t really feel comfortable there. I’ve gotten used to using my bike and the subway for transport. Getting in a car EVERYTIME that you go somewhere really started to bother me. Also, I like going to the grocery store or the bakery daily. It’s just part of my life now. It’s something that I don’t want to change and I can’t think of a place that we can have those things and still have easy access to mountains like the Alps on the weekends.
Basically, I guess that I’m saying I’m a foreigner where I live and I felt like a foreigner in my own land. Maybe that will never change, who knows for sure?
In less dour news. I got a decent run in yesterday. I didn’t have time between classes to get in a ride, so running gives me the right to have a bumper sticker that says “my other bike is a pair of running shoes”.
We didn’t get in to the Kulsheim 12 hour race as we missed the cut-off date. I sent an email inquiring as to why and they responded saying that last year someone almost took them to court over an email over same. Crazy! So, I’m on the hunt for a race to replace it that is 12 or 24 hours with something in the range of 10 mile or more laps. Most 12 & 24 hour races here use 5-8 km length laps. That means that a winning solo or team will do 99-200 laps.
To me, anything shorter than an hour lap begins to get tedious after about 6 or 7 rounds.
O.K., I’ve got to get headed to school. It’s raining like crazy today but it’s been mostly beautiful the last few days, so we’re lucky.
Taken on a ride the other day. Look familiar?