I'm sure I'm not the first bike commuter to discover this, and I won't be the last, but maybe my experience can help others avoid the problem. What problem? Going more than a month off the bike and letting little things become reasons to not ride.
The ride this morning? Fan-freaking-tastic.
I remember now what I loved about bike commuting in the Bay Area before, 4 AM wake-up and all. My plan, to "trick" myself into riding by having my truck in the shop worked beautifully and I fully expect to continue.
Why did I stop in the first place? I can't even remember.