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This has not been a fun week for the almost-daily diary. Our site, based on WordPress and hosted by LunarPages, has been attracting… something. Too much of something. We’re not sure what that something is. It would be nice to think it’s zillions of people reading the Almost-Daily Diary, but the reality is that it looks more like a “Denial of Service” attack, or some weirdly-configured software, either of which is bringing the server to its knees. And LunarPages, when they see a server being brought to its knees, disables whichever website (ours, in this case) which seems to be the cause.

For the time being we’re back up, but not without a few hitches. Images, for one, don’t seem to be showing up on a regular basis. And there’s a new piece of software attached to the front end, so when you log on, you get a message telling you that it’s going to be about 5 seconds delay while your web browser is checked out. I’m concerned that many will think they’re looking at something that’s trying to attack their computer when they see that message.

I’ve spent a lot of time back & forth with LunarPages over this, on the phone, via email, and on-line e-chats. They seem to be sincerely working to fix the issue, but how long should it take? I’m willing to throw more resources (money) at it, but that apparently isn’t an option.

So we’ll see how it goes. Crossing my fingers that things are on the mend and I can get back to posting regularly about rides, lobbying efforts and pointless personal stuff.  –Mike Jacoubowsky, Chain Reaction Web Guy

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If you happen to drive by our Redwood City store tonight…

For just one night, Santa's Sleigh is being pulled by four bikes we're donating to the Redwood City Toy Drive
For just one night, Santa’s Sleigh is being pulled by four bikes we’re donating to the Redwood City Toy Drive

Becky had done a great job coordinating a Christmas window display in our Redwood City store, working with Nate & Chris & Mike to construct a sleigh being pulled by bikes. Over the past couple weeks the bikes changed models & colors as they were sold and new ones built. But tonight’s display is special, because these four bikes are being donated to the Redwood City Police Toy Drive in the morning. It seemed fitting they should have a night pulling the sleigh, all by themselves. This was one of those things I didn’t even think about until an hour after I got home, and Becky was working out the details for getting the bikes to the Toy Drive. It just had to be. So at 9:30pm we drove back down to the shop and spent an hour setting up the window with the chosen bikes and taking photos.

It was a special moment. It still is, as I type this. Kids bikes are as special as they come. More so than a $9000 Project One road bike with all the trimmings. Kids don’t over-analyze a bike any more than you or I over-analyze a doughnut. They know a good thing when they see one!

To answer the obvious question, yes, Becky’s staying in the sleigh all night. Just kidding!!! But the picture will live forever. Maybe we’ll print it up and include it with each bike. –Mike–

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