I had to drop off some paperwork, including a letter of reference for a former student of mine. I think I was the only person there who wasn't part of the maintenance or security crews.
It's funny: I don't think of this as a commute or a "work" ride. I felt like taking a late-day or evening ride, and it simply seemed convenient to go to the college and take care of a bit of business.
Almost nobody rides a bike to or from the college. So, people--students and faculty alike--are surprised when I do. And when I don't, some faculty members give me that smug, self-satisfied grin that says, "I told you so."
Tonight I experienced none of those things. I was just a faculty member who happened to ride a bike--or was I a bike rider who simply happened to be a faculty member?