So, today was the first day back to work. The DNC is in town, and I thought traffic and parking and security were all going to be a nightmare…
TRAFFIC: I rode in 19 miles (almost from home) and traffic was almost non-existent. I think the majority of folks are either taking vacation days for this, or they are working from home. I had a great ride into work.
PARKING: Usually, I park my bike right out front on one of the MANY public bike racks. In talking with one of the Security Guards last week, he made it sound like I wouldn’t be allowed w/in a 1/2 mile of the building on my bike. I had contingency plans to park far off and use 3 to 4 locks on the bike to secure it. As I rode into the office today, I got closer and closer to my office. At each intersection, I was waiting for one of the many police officers to stop me and tell me I couldn’t proceed. Not the case. I pulled up right to my normal parking locale and locked the bike up. I did use 2 locks instead of the normal 1. I’m going to have more security guarding my bike than ever before. I know it will be super safe.
SECURITY: Security is tight and security is in force. Hundreds of officers from multiple jurisdictions. Everyone was cordial. I truly believe that if you treat them with respect, they’ll return the favor. I chatted it up with 3 officers today and they were all really really cool.
So, day 1 is in the books. 2 more to go.
This afternoon, my biggest challenge will be the weather. I’ll have to plan my escape here accordingly.