Zero day. I thought getting to the Cow Palace by 9:20 would be plenty early, but then, so did almost 1,000 other people. That meant standing in very long lines for an hour-and-a-half to get to the safety video. It doesn't take long to adjust your attitude about lines. I'm usually so cranky about waiting around. But this ended up being kind of fun. First I met another teacher--high school science--from San Jose also doing the ride for the first time in part because her students encouraged her to do it.
After we checked our bikes at bike parking, I ended up in line behind part of the Google team. One of them handed me a brand new pair of cycling socks just because he had an extra pair in his bag.
Behind me were a couple of guys from the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center. They work in mental health and medical programs. We had a long chat about how bad the governor's budget proposal will be for HIV/AIDS programs. One of the men said the mental health program had already lost $1 million in government funding.
Eventually we got into the auditorium for the safety video and then on to all the other check-in points. Three hours later I was on my way to spend the rest of the day packing and taking care of last minute errands.