Every household needs someone who is mildly obsessive/compulsive. With two Type-A personalities in the house we are more than covered. Our saving grace is that the OCD hat gets passed back and forth between us depending upon the topic, saving us from having one or more of us constantly in full-on freak mode.
You’ve read already about some of our obsessions: raw milk, grass-fed beef and local produce so you’ve gotten the sense that we’re not social odd balls doing the Howard Hughes continual hand washing thing. Our obsessions have a more practical bent to them.
With gas at $4 bucks a gallon, the newest is commuting by bike…
With each new obsession, the practical hurdles erected up by one of us are torn down by the research done by the other. As with every relationship, one of us is the primary barrier builder and the other is the primary researcher and champion of progress.
Bike commuting presents a series of obstacles to be overcome, not the least of which is that the return trip home is uphill. And there is the small matter of getting Junior (who is not known as “slim” on the playground) home…on a bike…up a hill. Oh yeah, also plan to pick up a few groceries on the way home every once in a while.
Clearly just jumping on the bike and riding to work won’t work. Time for an infusion of technology.
Never heard of Xtracycle? They make this really cool conversion kit for your bike that adds 15 inches in the back to give you room for passengers, cargo bins, and a whole lot of style! Who knew you could make a stretch Limo out of a bike?
Truth be told it ends up being more like the the mini-van of bikes but who wants another mini-van in their life? “Stretch Limo” sounds way more cool. And in certain circles, it could help you pick up chicks (literally).
We are in the process of converting two bikes to Xtracycle SUBs. We expect to get some of the optional accessories including the one that allows you to carry wide loads (think “the cooler” to and from the Farmer’s Market) and the one that is a bike rack. Odd indeed, but this will allow us to add Junior as a passenger and his bike as cargo if either distance or temperament do not look favorable for four-year old to bike commute.
Based on our calculations, the two SUBs should pay for themselves by the end of summer. Not a bad investment and one that pays a dividend in better health via more exercise.
There’s a better than average chance that the Type-A/OCD genes will fire up and a household competition will commence to see who can haul the oddest or heaviest or largest or ?? thing on their SUB.
It’s good to be a bit odd. Time to go wash our hands!