Coffeeneuring Control #1

Big Blue in Front of Peets

I’ve been recovering from a bike accident last July, and only recently got back on the bike. I can’t handle any long distance yet, but am managing to commute at least, and am doing light shopping trips.

I really miss randonneuring, so when I saw that one of my favorite bloggers, MG from Chasing Mailboxes, was starting up her coffeeneuring challenge again this year, I had to do it!

I knew it would be a lot of fun, and I thought this would be a great way to get back, in spirit at least, to the concept of randonneuring.

The concept is simple: Go to seven different coffee shops by the middle of November, document your trip, and show proof you were there. It has to be on the weekend, and the minimum distance is two miles roundtrip.

“Big Blue,” my original commuter bike and cargo-bike in progress, inside of Peet’s.

For my first adventure, I went to my local Peet’s, the Bay Meadows location in San Mateo, CA. last Sunday 10/14/12,  a good two miles round trip, just at the mileage minimum. That distance would be easy enough on my hand.  In the spirit of the season, I had a pumpkin latte. Unbelievably delicious!

Pumpkin latte from Peet’s. Yumm!!

After finishing my drink, I headed over to Whole Foods and did a little shopping, then headed home. This was a great way to start a Sunday. Can’t wait for next weekend!

( I wonder, do I have to send in a signed receipt with my coffeeneuring brevet card?)

Yep, that ‘ol gray beard is me!

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Nerd Alert! Harry Potter now available on Kindle!

Cover of "Kindle Wireless Reading Device,...

Cover via Amazon

So I have been waiting for this forever. I bought the very first Kindle for the very obscene price of $400 when it first came out. Curse of the early adopter.

The one thing that bugged me from the beginning, is the author of the Harry Potter books, JK Rowling, was always dead-set against ebooks.  Every interview she came off, in my opinion, as very pretentious,  saying that books should always be read in their proper format, paper, and she didn’t want her readers to lose out on that experience.

Frankly, I thought that was crap. Anybody who reads a book on a  proper eReader will tell you that it is very easy on the eyes, and with some minor differences from a paper book, is quite enjoyable. I can read for hours on my Kindle, and I also use the Kindle app to read on my smart phone as well.

Let’s not forget that ebooks are “E” friendly! It’s just a heck of a lot better for the environment, no matter how you slice it. I use cloth bags for my groceries, I use my bike for all travel and grocery trips, unless the distance is too long, or the load is too big (Note to self: must get on that Xtracycle project.) So I just thought it was ridiculous that she refused to enter the 21st Century. Thankfully, she changed her mind.

So now I can dork out and re-read the series! The best part is, that like reading all books on an eReader, that nobody will look strangely at the 50-year-old guy reading a kid’s book…