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Got my bike yesterday! No bike ride (Jeff's back is still not up to it) but we did drop by the Martin Goodman trail so Jeff could give me a brief lesson. I learned how to disengage the brakes and take off the wheels, for instance, something I never had to do with my old bike (from when I was 12). Jeff adjusted my gears, my toe cage strap thingys, my brakes. When we got back to our building, we ran into another tenant who congratulated me on my new bike and said, "So you do know about biking in Toronto, right? Never leave your bike anywhere in the city, locked or unlocked." Mark Osier told me that Toronto has one of the highest bike theft rates in North America. Now I'm feeling all paranoid!

Forgot to mention about the Musical Box concert of the other people in our group accurately commented that the crowd at the concert also looked like the type of crowd who would be going to a Barney or Sharon/Lois/Bram concert. :-)

Going to Amherstberg for my sister-in-law's baby shower today. Hope everyone had a good weekend!

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