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March 5, 2003 Wednesday

Cold snowy ride

Riding a bike to work during winter is always challenging, sometimes fun, and at times, outright frightening. This morning's ride proved to be both fun and challenging. Snow was being dumped the entire night and hasn't stopped, leaving the ground covered up to 6 inches of snow. I initially thought about taking the TTC instead until I realized that this is really the moment worth taking a bike to work. It just doesn't get any better than this - very cold, very slippery and very hard to pedal on (like biking in sand)...definitely not your average winter ride. I put the gears to granny and pedaled away. Every stroke was a balancing act as I was constantly correcting my steering since the wheels were constantly slipping through inches of snow. By the time I reached work, I was soaked like I did cross-country skiing.

Chess with Babak

Babak, an amiable colleague always ribs me about backing out of a chess game. I called his bluff and the game was set for noon. The outcome? Modesty prevents me from gloating. Surprisingly, he starts carrying on a conversation. Being an intelligent man with years of experience behind him, our talk became engaging. Stemming from his intriguing tenet of "apologizing for being right", we talked about the concept of altruistic giving to people dear to you - and its extent until the human need for reciprocity kicks in. The exchange of ideas revealed a man with a big heart.

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