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Getting back in the saddle

It’s been eleven months since I got knocked off my bike by a car. The result was a busted elbow, and a busted bike.

The elbow has been a source of frustration – it is taking a long time to heal and the end of that healing process still isn’t in sight.

The bike, a 2006 Trek Madone SL 5.2, has been sitting in my basement, exactly as it looked on the day of the accident.

Today I finally loaded it into the back of the RAV4 and took it over to Duke’s Cycle to be assessed and repaired. It’s a carbon frame and fork, so there’s always some concern about having cracked the frame which would mean it was toast.

Six months ago I thought I’d never want to ride it again – to be honest, I kind of hoped it was toast. Today I hope it’s not. I’m looking forward to getting it back so I can start working towards getting back in the saddle.

While my arm continues to heal, at least my bike will be fixed. The guy at Duke’s said he thought maybe the chain ring was bent, and they’d be taking the crank apart to look for damage, but that the frame seemed uncompromised.

Considering the severity of the accident in terms of my arm, I think the bike looks pretty good and just pushing it down the street from the car to the shop left me yearning to hop on and go for a spin.

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These thoughts are my own

We’ve been doing a little thinking at work about how personal and professional have blended and how things you post online as yourself could be mistaken as views that represent the views of your employer.

A lot of this stems from something going on in an industry that my employer is also involved in. I generally steer clear of talking about anything work-related on any social media sites, including my blog. That is sometimes tough as things like Internet censorship and policy are topics I’m very interested in and would like to comment on.

We don’t have a policy at work per se. But there is an understanding amongst those of us who work there that we all represent the company to a certain extent in everything we do.

Over the five years I’ve been there, I’ve bumped into the edge of this quasi-policy a couple of times. It’s never been anything major – in both cases it was related to being openly critical of a company or person that was connected to a customer. In both cases, it was good to be reminded that the Internet is vast and interconnected.

You might notice the new little disclaimer to the right in the sidebar of the blog. It’s not anything new – my views have always been my views. What is new is that this is the first time I’ve felt that I should have it there.

The specific text, which I adapted slightly, comes from an Apple policy that I think is well done. I won’t post it here, since it belongs to Apple, but it’s fully posted at in this post at 9to5Mac. It doesn’t give me a free pass to say what I want, but I think it is important to have it there to ensure that readers understand that what I put here isn’t always in agreement with what my employer might think.

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