a flat tire kept me from riding this morning. well, sort of. a flat tire and some lousy self-sticking patches that didn't work kept me from riding. i decided that i could get some rubber cement from wal-mart. since wal-mart isn't far from our house, i pulled on the green swarm and made, very literally, a run to the store and back. on the way out, the clouds darkened, so i located what i wanted as quickly as possible and ran back a slightly different way, hoping it would be quicker. it was about .05 mile shorter. not much. i made it to my front sidewalk before the rain and lightning hit.