walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
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recent cycling, oktoberfest, wonky rail policy reading

A few days ago, I finally had enough energy to attempt some errands on the bike (drop off paperwork at school, return library book, get groceries). Then today, I thought, I'll take A. to West Acton for the little Oktoberfest thing. This was, perhaps, a mistake. A. didn't want to ride in the sling after we got off the bike; she wanted to walk. Had I walked and pushed her in the stroller, that _might_ have worked; more likely we would have turned and returned home without ever getting to the fair. It was a pain in the just about everything trying to get the bike locked to a fence while not letting A. run too far away. We ran into our wonderful neighbors, but I didn't get a chance to chat because A. and M. were both running and not even in the same direction. I swear I'm going to dig up the leash. I'm not kidding; I am that kind of parent.

The bike ride was nice, altho A.'s helmet wasn't adjusted quite right on the way over. On the whole, I'm still glad I did it, because now I know that whatever limitation there is on this sort of outing has nothing whatsoever to do with the bike -- it had to do, in this case, with the destination. Also, I found the bike rack at Citizens Free, which should come in handy the next time I'm in West Acton and want to lock the bike up somewhere.

Oktoberfest itself was a little blurry, and not because I had anything to eat or drink. I was too busy trying to deal with A. It was a small street fair, but there seemed to be excellent turnout.

I'm reading Anthony Perl's _New Departures: Rethinking Rail Passenger Policy in the Twenty-First Century_, which suffers mildly from being a few years out of date (written and published before that whole Amtrak-must-be-self-sustaining crap was resolved). But only mildly. I'm not very far into it, but this is exactly the compare/contrast with other countries that I needed, but had been avoiding. I wanted to have a thorough grounding in how rail (in general, not just passenger) (had) worked in the US/North America, before reading description of other countries. I didn't want to get suckered by some enthusiast who was all rah rah if they can do it we can too. This guy is no enthusiast, and instead supplies detailed analyses of why things went the way they did for Shinkansen, TGV and ICE, and why things haven't gone similarly for Via/Amtrak, and wraps the book up with suggestions for a way forward. That should be particularly interesting, since I have a decent understanding of what has been happening since this book was published.

In unrelated news, I now have a 6 person pass for the Discovery Museums, and since I got the overpay option, I get invitations to breakfasts with the director. Might be entertaining.

ETA: Oh, yeah. It was non-stop, oh, look at the cute seat for the baby, we need one of those, how adorable. We're used to that with T., but it was sort of fun to experience it with A.
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