I decided to buy "panniers" or "saddle bags" for my bike so that at school I have a means of shopping without a car. We drive over to the bike shop and when I ask about the bags I am showed a row of options. I pick out a handy pair of red bags that looks something like this. While looking for that link I found this that is a bit more what I was looking for initially but I think what I got will work out quite nicely.
I hooked the panniers onto my bike and took it over to the bakery and then to Tops. No problems along the way until I reached the Tim Hortons Corner (dum, dum, dum, dum, DUUUUMMMM!!!). I pull into the left turning lane and a man who appeared slightly out of it was pulled along the curb. He calls over some comment about staying on the side of the road and I politely tell him I am turning left and therefore need to be in the left lane. He stated he too was going left but he just went out around the outside. I instantly start to wonder what happens when we both try to turn left and images of the confusion as a car tries to turn right flash through my head. As soon as the light turns green and the coast is clear I continue onto Tops. After picking up the two things I needed I leave the store and there is my friend, reeking of alcohol, watching as I hook my pannier back to my bike.
"You got that ok?"
"Yup, I'm fine" I reply though I'm thinking he wouldn't be any help in his drunken state if I did need it. I seriously worry about his ability to stay balanced on a bike and hope he isn't going back the same way he came.
He courteously lets me go first and I ride off into the sunset... no not really... I jump down the curb send my rear light flying into the middle of the road. I watched painfully as the light got run over not once but twice. I discovered that though the panniers work great, my light setup could use some work... and a new light.