Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Aftermath

I've been back from the Bike Coop Tour '09 for a week now, and it's been a trip.  I feel like the tour was decades ago, just because of the amount of stuff I've been trying to cram into my days.  One of those things that I'm cramming into my days is getting the documentation of the tour digitized and presentable, my goal is to have it done by the end of the work week.  But really, 43 days worth of pictures, poorly written journal entries, and memory is a lot of data to work with.

What I can tell you now is how weird it is to be back in the "real world." By the end of the tour, you don't compare the last 40 days to the preceding years of your life, you're just thinking about the tour. But after the tour, making comparisons between how I spent the last 6 weeks, and how I spent this week is unavoidable.

The biggest change is sleeping. I've slept for not enough hours of the night starting in middle school, and really only get enough sleep when I have nothing at all happening in my life, or am sick.  During the tour I was on a relatively regular sleep schedule, going to bed around midnight and waking up at 7-8am.  Now I'm back on my insane sleep schedule, which involved going to bed last night at 3-4am, and waking up at 8am this morning. I may take a nap soon, but won't go to sleep until pretty late tonight. I blame this on A. Electricity, and B. The Internet.  Both of them let me apply for jobs, check up on friends and do other stuff late at night, when I should be sleeping.

My diet has dropped below my normal resting requirements, and far below what I was eating on the tour. I'm doing one meal a day most of the time, and feel fine. I've also only had one beer this week, which is at least a 7-fold reduction in my drinking.  I think I've lost weight this week, but can't be sure.

Then there are the little things, like seeing people around, interacting with a larger number of people each day, and being in one place.  It's a little weird to wake up in the same place, and be doing stuff in the same city area every day. It's actually mildly disorienting, although not necessarily boring, as I still have a lot to learn about the layout of Davis.

It's also nice having music again.

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