I prepared by swapping my geeky t-shirt for something nicer and dropped my bike lights unobtrusively into one of the voluminous pockets of my jacket. Then I rode into Palo Alto for a night on the town.
The moment passed. I proceeded along the street, back to University Ave. I walked along University all through downtown, and then crossed to the other side and walked back. It was still only a little after nine o'clock, so I stopped at the Rose and Crown bar. It was nearly empty. I ordered a Guinness, then pulled my current novel out of a jacket pocket and read until my glass was empty.
I left abruptly and made another circuit of University Ave. just for kicks. I stopped at Borders and looked through their self-help section on a whim, but they didn't seem to have anything that quite fit me. Arriving back at my bike, two or three couples walked by, talking animatedly, as I unlocked it and attached the lights. I went home.