Tue, 30 Sep 2008

A horrible Valencian tradition

My workmate Pep was kind enough to drive me home back from work today. Ideally I would have cycled home as always, however today my bike was stolen again. It's not the first time or the second one, not even the third. My red Orbea is the fourth bicycle that gets stolen since cycling became my primary means of transportation more than 10 years ago.

Sadly, in València, the norm is to get your bicycle stolen every few years, if you need to leave it unattended during work hours. In this case, its even worse as the bike stays inside the University campus all day, supposedly guarded by security personnel, and in a place where dozens of people tie their bicycles, with constant presence of the people who work in the CPI complex.

This bicycle was given to me by Cherry when she left València, just a week after the previous one had been stolen. She had bought it to cycle around the Valencian mountains during her 6 month stay in Clara's lab, and was immensely kind to give it to me when she learned what happened to mine.

I planned using the mountain bike during the long 9 d'octubre weekend, but I'll have to see if someone can lend one for this year's cycling trip.

It seems I'll have to resort, again, to my 29 year old Laida to move around València, which will need an extensive repair of both wheels and brakes. Time to visit Benimaclet's bicycle workshop.

Thu, 18 Sep 2008

Mouth Freedom

Today I got the brackets attached to my lower jaw teeth removed. What I'm experiencing now is something like mouth freedom. I mean, I can even move my tongue around my mouth painlessly!

Wed, 10 Sep 2008


The word is out! Carles, Jonathan, Sabri and I will be throwing a hopefully great 30th anniversary party next weekend. It will start at 12:00 on Saturday and finish at some point during the next day. We have planned fun games during our “30thlon”, prepared infinite hours of all kinds of music (including Chimo Bayo, NO LESS!), bought a supermarket worth of drinks. Do not miss!

Uno, que no pare ninguno!