Browsing through my e-mails, I came across one I never replied to:
Fantastic! Although I'll miss having you to set up bike racks and give me a hard time. I hope your training goes well – keep us posted! I hope all is well with you. I'm having a good autumn so far and am doing a bit
more traveling than I had expected. I spent two weeks in Europe for holiday, which was really nice, and have plans to go to the East Coast to see a friend next weekend. For the last couple of years my time away from work has only been for the Ride, and it's nice to add other trips that don't involve getting up at 4:30am.
UC Berkeley Facilities Services
1936 University Avenue 2nd floor
Berkeley, CA 94720-1380
This followed an e-mail I had sent out to all ALC participants I knew (from this year and last) shortly after I had received my participant package.
The “hard time” she refers to is a bout she and I had while riding the bus to the next campsite. We were all rather tired, sleep deprivation was taking its toll on everybody so I guess we were all a bit edgy. Plus I had cumulated frustration over the way she was managing the team. There were periods during the day when everybody was needed, when setting up bike racks and putting them down, other than that only a fraction of the team was useful so it was rather obvious Christine should have thought of splitting the team into shifts allowing a maximum to rest and profit from life in the campsite.
I had felt that newbies in particular were rather discontent so took the opportunity to voice a suggestion so as to give everybody a break.
– Why don't we just pause for a quarter in a starbuck café?
– We can't. They're waiting for us at the campsite and we need to set up bike racks very fast today.
– Today is like yesterday and the day before. C'mon, there's no way we can make it faster than the 10, 20 fastest riders so why not just take a break? It'll do everybody good.
I don't remember exactly what else I said but I do vividly the answer:
– Are you a fucking communist?
Although I'm not sure now if she really said 'fucking'.
Still, we did have a break in a Starbuck Café that very day …
I don't remember having another bout with Christine, honestly. I think she felt bad afterward (why is that?) and have been worked up a bit. This is probably the reason why she mentionned the 'hard time', over 3 months later.
I'm ready to reply. I'll suggest shifts, and, maybe, a better way to keep track of all incoming cyclists… ^_^