I got this parasol from guess where?!
A country where people are obsessed more with the idea of staying pale than any other insidious effects of the sun… Japan of course!
This parasol affords UVA/UVB protection. Because not all umbrellas do that?
Anyway I love this parasol because it is tiny and collapses to fit in the side of my bookbag.
First of all… why are we still having to play this game of squeezing our liquids in tiny bottles and jamming them in litter sized ziplock bags?
Come on. Why did this ever have to be a thing? And even after this recent bust on the TSA, why should we continue to carry on with this farce?!
Anyway, before getting too worked up about this, let’s just try to look at the positive side of things.
I think there is one upshot to this restriction on the way that we travel. It forces us to travel light.
Before leaving for a 2-week trip to Japan, I made a conscious decision to bring only what I could carry on the plane with me.
Today was my first time riding my bike to work! Yeah!
It also happened to be Bike To Work Day throughout the SF Bay Area.
Because I’m a cautious cat and highly sensitive to inner city pressure, I had waited for this very day to make the leap from casual biker to urban commuter.
Prior to this, I even made sure to attend an urban bicycling safety class provided by the SF Bike Coalition. Yup.
I mean yeah, I’ve ridden bikes in traffic before. But never in a city like San Francisco. With all the hills and the trams and the freaking cars, cars, cars everywhere.
Bike To Work Day is perfect for first time commuters like me.