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bicycle and bento

A couple new areas of preoccupation for me: my bicycle, and bento lunches.

I'm taking a Bicycle Repair and Maintenance class through my county's Recreation and Parks Department in an effort to get my long-neglected Schwinn Woodlands hybrid-style bike back in decent condition and to learn how to keep it that way. I've learned quite a bit so far, starting with—but not limited to—how to remove the front wheel to fit it in my car. :) Students are encouraged to bring their bikes to class, and the instructor riffs on whatever he notices. Along with my first helmet and a floor pump, I got a basic set of tools—not that I plan to do any "serious" work on my bike, but there are lots of important adjustments that can be made with a few wrenches.

As for the other new preoccupation, I got a two-tiered bento box and a cookbook of Japanese recipes. I don't actually cook much, so I expect to use a lot of prepared foods in it, but I suppose what sparked my interest is that efficient use of space that's a hallmark of Japanese design. Plus, there's a high potential for cuteness. On my way home from work, I stopped by a nearby Asian market only to find that it was going out of business. :( I picked up a few pantry items, but I had hoped to check whether they stocked any Japanese produce like daikon, naganegi, yuzu, taro, kinome, green perilla, asatsuki, or any mushrooms that I couldn't get from a regular supermarket. I know there are other Asian markets in this region, including one I haven't yet visited that shouldn't be more than a 20-minute drive away.


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Nov. 22nd, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
That bento box is adorable. Now I want one.
Nov. 22nd, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
Completely off topic -- we should do lunch or something after this week!
Nov. 22nd, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. Any chance you can make it to the DC LinuxChix meeting on December 3? Of course, in general it would be easier to get together somewhere out here in the 'burbs.
Nov. 22nd, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
There is one? Awesome! Sure. (My e-mail server is still down, but should be back up in the next day or so. Stupid Verizon, give me my IP addresses!)
Nov. 28th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, we're planning on having one on the evening of December 3. I would have replied sooner, but I'd been hoping the details of the meeting would magically present themselves. :) Three of us DC LinuxChix (elwing2000, me, and another 'chick we meet at a recent meeting) are going to be taking the JLPT that afternoon at Georgetown University, and the idea would be to meet up afterwards for dinner. Where and exactly when, we haven't yet decided.
Nov. 29th, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)
Okay, I can totally make that. Just let me know where and when as that gets decided, as Verizon has screwed up my DSL line yet again. (It used to work. Now it doesn't work. Grrr.)
Nov. 30th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
dc-linuxchix meeting
I think we've pinned it down: 5:45 p.m. on 3 December at Delhi Dhaba in Bethesda.
Dec. 2nd, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
Re: dc-linuxchix meeting
I'll be there!
Nov. 22nd, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
i love bento lunches; i want to learn how to cut vegetables so that the look beautiful. maybe you can give me some pointers next time we see eachother ^____^
Nov. 22nd, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
It looks like one of the tricks to cutting cute vegetables is using cutters like these. And then there are nori punches for cutting decorative shapes to sprinkle on top of rice or make a face for this egg dude.
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