Some days are diamonds…

… and, some days are stones – though until I just checked the lyrics for that song, I had thought that some days were “coal”.

Anyway – it’s been a bit of an unlucky afternoon for me. The day started OK with a great ride in to work; I’m finally back on the bike after all of our sicknesses. Last week was my ride in six weeks, and oh my has my fitness dropped! But my time/pace this morning was almost back on par with what it used to be – though my colleagues tell me that I was very red in the face when I arrived! Whatever!

Even better – my riding buddy Jason had also ridden in this morning, so we arranged to meet up for our ride home. We got about five KM into the ride when I noticed that my bike wasn’t holding a straight line at speed, so I pulled over and checked my tire pressure. Sure enough – my back tire had a slow leak!

Ordinarily, this would be totally infuriating – and of course, I’d be lying if I said that the whole experience of changing my tire filled me with joy – especially after it started raining. But you know what? Things could be a lot worse. There were quite a number of things that went through my mind which on the whole made me think that perhaps it wasn’t really all that bad:

  • I wasn’t alone! In fact, it had been ages since I’d seen Jason, so stopping to change the tire actually gave us time to chat;
  • Besides the rain, it was perfect conditions for riding – not cold, but not hot;
  • Overall, I’ve never had a serious accident while cycling (though I’ve come pretty close a couple of times – watch out for cyclists, people!)

Perhaps it was stretching to find a silver lining a little bit, but seriously – a bit of perspective shows that first world problems aren’t really all that bad. Anyway, it didn’t take too long change and inflate the tire, and I found a number of suspicious pieces of glass lodged in it in the process. Hopefully having them all removed now means it won’t have any more problems for a while. I’m yet to change the back tire over to the Conti GP 4000s that I have on the front, but I do have one sitting ready in the cupboard! I’ll give the current tire one more chance, but any more flats and it’ll be time for the switcheroo!

When I got home, I discovered that we were once again having problems with our Media Centre PC. This time I’m certain it’s the solid state drive, because as soon as I disconnect it, the computer runs no problems (though of course it doesn’t boot). The drive is still in warranty – just – but having it fixed involves sending it back to Thailand, plus (no doubt) a lengthy wait for it to be returned, so shelling out for a new one seems like a better option.

Oh well! That’s life I guess! Be happy!

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9 comments on “Some days are diamonds…
  1. Stace says:

    That’s right!! Silver linings are everywhere! Life is actually great for most of us, isn’t it!!?!

  2. That’s right!! Silver linings are everywhere! Life is actually great for most of us, isn’t it!!?!

    [Stace, via blog]

  3. That’s right!! Silver linings are everywhere! Life is actually great for most of us, isn’t it!!?!

    [Stace, via blog]

  4. Dani says:

    Lovely article cuz! Always look on the bright side of life! (do do, do do…) :)

  5. Lovely article cuz! Always look on the bright side of life! (do do, do do…) :)

    [Dani, via blog]

  6. Lovely article cuz! Always look on the bright side of life! (do do, do do…) :)

    [Dani, via blog]

  7. Bill Harvey says:

    And on the bright side you had three smiling faces to greet you when you got home with another arriving soon after.

  8. And on the bright side you had three smiling faces to greet you when you got home with another arriving soon after.

    [Bill Harvey, via blog]

  9. And on the bright side you had three smiling faces to greet you when you got home with another arriving soon after.

    [Bill Harvey, via blog]

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