I forget what I was upset about in the morning in question, but something had soured me on everything, and I was stomping around the apartment, cranking up a storm, all set to have a really cruddy day for no good reason.

And then I got on my bike.

It’s amazing how far a little exercise can go towards improving my mood, and biking goes triple for that. In almost any weather, a bike ride will cheer me and make me feel fast and light and free again. And if I could manage to remember this little fact when I get into a funk, I’d waste a lot less time sulking over dumb things.


Also, if you’re in the Chicago area, I’m going to be hawking some books and things at the Chicago Book Expo! It’s a weird and awesome little pop-up bookstore taking place this weekend in the abandoned Uptown Borders. Come by and say hello!