Today *celebrates* my second anniversary working at my law firm. I biked to work in the rain against a strong headwind, on the Dork Bike (unlike the Julep, she has fenders). My sleep the night before was restless – apparently the decaf label on the coffee I drank in the afternoon was false. Also, Blackie was a royal terror last night – many, many times she woke me up as she attacked the items on several levels of shelving. Somehow she managed to even knock my ancient, beast-of-a-laptop down, and once I awoke to her biting my calf. An ominous beginning to an already dark day.
BUT, it is also marks the second year anniversary of being a full-fledged, year-round, Chicago bike commuter. Yeah! In the summer of 2001, I began bike commuting from Uptown, Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul. However, two years ago was when I started my first job in Chicago and had my first commute in Chicago (the half-mile walk to law school doesn’t count as a ‘commute’).
I didn’t keep track of the days I DIDN"T commute by bicycle, but my guess is that those days number around ten. None of them were because of the weather, but were days when I used a rental car to go out to the ‘burbs to meet a client. There were also a few days when I took CTA into work, because I was leaving straight from work to go to the airport/train station to begin a vacation and didn’t want my bike parked outside for too many days. The rest of the days I went both to and from work by my own pedal power.
PLUS, I’ve learned a lot about the practice of law. Even though I don’t enjoy litigation, it is the area of law most familiar to non-lawyers. There is a lot more that I could learn about litigation, but I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on it. Certainly this can’t hurt in the rest of my life/career.
To be honest, these last two year have been a blast, and my job (or at least the money I earn) has played an important role. Even though he is crazy, my boss has offered me a lot of support and encouragement in pursuing other interests.
I can’t wait to see what changes the next two years bring!