From Portland, Oregon.
@ELECTROMAGNETIC CHAOS Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails, duh.
@Queen Elisatits I ride 10 miles to school every day round trip, and I really like my road/touring bike. It has lots of gears (good for hills!) and a steel frame (I have a rack attached to the back that I can stick paniers on. Riding without a backpack strapped to you will change your life! So comfy!). I also prefer a racing saddle, which seems like it would be uncomfortable, but paradoxically it's the other way around: super squishy saddles create pressure points and aren't at all nice for long distances. Road bikes can be intimidating at first because thinner tires = a little wobbly, but a few rides around the block will fix that.
If you're riding in city traffic, road bikes are best (IMO) because they're lighter and faster than hybrids or cruisers. If someone is about to squish me, I want to have some get up and go.
Like everyone else said, definitely ask the folks at your local bike shop, and consider buying used. It can save you lots of money. And check out a bike maintenance class for ladies, lots of shops offer them, and it can be a nice way to meet other lady cyclists.
@yunkstahn If you bike on the sidewalk, and a car hits you, YOU will be at fault in the eyes of the evil insurance companies. Sidewalks are for pedestrians, and unless you can prove that you were traveling at the speed of a pedestrian on your bike, you will be considered in the wrong.
This actually happened to my brother (he was ok!), and while it was a bummer that the insurance company wouldn't pay for his bike, I can see the logic of it - as a driver, I'm not looking for cyclists on the sidewalk, I'm looking for them in the street. So yeah, don't bike on the sidewalk!
@fondue with cheddar As a small lady with a bottomless vagina, I can attest to this. (Now you knoooow!)
@Oliver St. John Mollusc Peanut butter + butter on toast is my midnight jam.
Amy's frozen Indian dinners - the peas and paneer one loaded up with buttery curried peas and tons of hot sauce.
Hot dogs are gross. Eat your greens. And all of the BBQ.
@Lu2 Pretzels with mustard for the win!
And snap to THIS IS WHY Y'ALL SHOULDN'T OWN GUNS WTF FORGOT IT WAS LOADED?
If there is any level of drunk that makes you think playing with your firearm sounds like fun, you shouldn't have one in the first place. Nick is super lucky it was only a shotgun, and it sounds like the door caught some of the spray. Gun safety rage!
@parallel-lines On the other hand, it drives me nuts when a teacher goes on about how hard a pose is. Well, it wasn't, until you mentioned it.
@TheBelleWitch It can be a breathing thing, too! If you 'breathe up the back,' you can feel the area above the kidneys expand if you're sufficiently... I don't know what the word would be, maybe loose? The more you do yoga, the deeper you can breathe and eventually the breath expands into the back. Ujjayi breathing in child's pose is a nice way to check this out.
Like @LolaLooksFrench said, knit the lower ribs together, and puff up the kidneys = take the arch out of your lower back, but keep breeeeathing.