Let’s Explore (mostly) Burbank some more!

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The name of the city

Luther Burbank is a famous botanist and many places are named after him. The city of Burbank, California is not. It’s named after a rich dentist named David Burbank who bought a bunch of land and named it after himself. It’s confusing because I work at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, which also has Burbank High School. The high school gets called “Burbank” for short; our school gets called “Luther.” Our school is so friendly that everyone is on a first name basis with us.

I had the helmet I’m wearing here for a year when I found out it’s a women’s helmet. What makes it a women’s helmet, you ask? It has a “hairport” – a space in the back to feed your ponytail through. I should grow my hair out to test it. Nothing looks cooler than a guy who’s bald on top but rocking a ponytail. It’s the ultimate mullet.

180something miles. 1000something dollars donated to help people with HIV/AIDS. People are awesome.

Spoooooooooky!

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This ride was mostly what I expected it to be, but I accidentally put a challenge in the second half.

That’s an elevation map. On the top and left you can see the line gradually get darker as the route goes higher, then lighter at the bottom. But look at the middle right section. See that tiny dark section? That’s a steep hill. So steep that as I was going up a guy on the street said “that’s quite a climb!”

One of the best things about riding on Halloween is playing “Is That A Costume Or Do They Dress Like That?” Some are easy, like the five year old kid dressed as the corona virus. Some are slightly more challenging: “It looks like a Batman costume, but he’s not wearing the cape or mask.” Most challenging: “Is she a cowboy, or does she just like that hat and shirt?” As for me, I wore my Cookie Monster jersey, which is about as close as I’ve come to wearing a costume in years.

Bonus video of the route:

BIKE PATROL

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A Brief Tour of (mostly) Burbank

Some things I didn’t show in Burbank:

  • The TARDIS on Magnolia
  • Oh, so much Disney
  • The confusingly-named Hollywood Burbank Airport
  • The Fry’s with the spaceship crashed into it
  • My school (which wouldn’t have been very interesting for you, but I would have enjoyed riding my bike through the halls at night)

Don’t expect a video every day. Some days I don’t ride, y’know.

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First Ride: Up To Griffith Observatory

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The Year of Alternate Plans continues!

After yesterday’s “I don’t have clothes for a cold and windy ride” cancellation, I bought some fancy arm warmers to be ready for the elements- so naturally today was warm and sunny. I wore my Hawaiian Shirt jersey to celebrate. I only had about 90 minutes to ride, so I did a quick (for me) ride up to Griffith Observatory.

Griffith Observatory Fun Facts!

Griffith Observatory is in the middle of Griffith Park. The land was donated by Griffith J. Griffith, who later shot his wife in the face. This did not make him popular. When he later tried to donate money for the Observatory and the Greek Theatre, the city said “Uh, no thanks!” But they eventually took the money when Griffith graciously died of liver disease so they could accept it without thanking him.

Griffith Observatory is in a lot of movies. It’s the first place the T-800 (The Arnold model) shows up in The Terminator. It’s where James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo wind up in Rebel Without A Cause. It’s where Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone save jazz in La La Land. It’s even been on Star Trek. Well, Star Trek: Voyager- that still counts! A partial list of movies and shows with that feature the Observatory.

Another “fun fact”: Parking at the Observatory (as of October of 2020) is FIFTEEN DOLLARS AN HOUR. Park at the bottom and get a bonus hike for free!

Today’s ride:

https://www.strava.com/activities/4251808045

Okay, TOMORROW the riding starts!

I planned to start riding today: I figured out a nice route and made sure the bike was ready so I could jump on it right after work.

Then this morning the wind showed up.

Riding in the wind, especially cold wind, is hard. Worse than hills, worse than rain. Still, I would have gone if I had the right clothing; long sleeves would have been enough. However, it turns out that losing a bunch of weight means your warm clothes that used to be just a little too snug are now oversized to the point of being non-functional.

So: alternate plan (this is a year of alternate plans): avoid the wind, order some warmer cycling clothes (REI will have them ready for pickup today!), and make bake some bread.

And if I can’t pick up clothes today: a ride on the indoor trainer tomorrow!