This morning my luck ran out. It was raining steadily when I was riding to work. Except for my back, I got plenty wet. And that was with the rain cape on! The zippers on all compartments of my bike trunk leak. Luckily I had most of my stuff in plastic bags. My little memo pad was a loss, though.
This would be the morning when the key of my U-lock didn't want to turn. I must have spent a good ten minutes struggling with the thing before I got it to work. Meanwhile the rain continued to fall. That, on top of a wet ride and being short on sleep, left me feeling pretty cranky.
When it was time to go home, I had to get help with the lock; because again, the key wouldn't work. I thought that the key looked worn (the lock is about four years old), and I went to the bike shop and got a new U-lock.
To be honest, if I weren't trying to help my team win the "most bike rides to work" prize, I would have left the bike home today and walked. I still would have gotten pretty wet, but I wouldn't have had my own lock trying to lock me out.