Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Listen

I think the universe is trying to tell me that I should have ridden my bike today. This morning, it took me 35 minutes to drive the 4 miles from my house to the park and ride. I know I could have made it faster on the bike. Then, just after I left work for the evening I realized that I forgot to put my boots on and was still wearing my "leave under the desk shoes." I turned to go back, and while waiting for the light to change some jagoff in a big Yukon drove right by me and splashed crap all over my pants in his hurry to get through the yellow light.


There was the nice bonus of finding this snowy little friend at the Government Plaza light rail station though. It was made of found items, though it's hard to tell in the lousy cell phone camera picture. The eyes are pennies, there's a cigarette butt hanging out of it's mouth, and there's a long leaf or some thin bark wrapped around the neck like a scarf.



When I got to the park and ride, I got my jumbo extendable ice scraper out and did my windows. Then I did the windows of the lady in the van who was parked next to me. She was quite pleased, as she rolled down her window afterward to thank me she told me she couldn't find her ice scraper. Let's see, a snow advisory was broadcast all day yesterday. No reason to make sure you know where your scraper is, right? Ah well, I guess maybe I was meant to be there instead of on the bike after all. After she pulled away, I drove out of my parking spot and spun a great big cookie in the parking lot. No matter how old I get, spinning cookies is still fun as all get out. Though I only do it about once per winter now, instead of nearly every time I got the car in high school. There's just something about that sensation of being in a controlled spin, but yet at the same time you're somewhat out of control, coupled with the centrifugal force that makes it unique.

Yesterday was my first commute with the new fenders. The best part? No more salty road spray on the top of my water bottle. I had clean tasting water for the first time in nearly a month.

7 comments:

Sascha said...

yep, shoulda ridden. Mine was a no stress commute.

Lunatic Biker said...

Stylish trousers. Did you have to walk around all day like that?

Pete said...

*Did you have to walk around all day like that?*

In the trousers? Yes. With the stains? No. It was at the end of the day on my way out the door. So things could have been worse.

Jon said...

You callin 'em cookies, huh? That's a new one, I always knew them as doughnuts.

Pete said...

For some reason we used to call them shittys back in the day. As in, let's go 'whip some shittys.' I'm not sure why. But I was trying to be somewhat family friendly.

Tex69 said...

in kentucky those are 'doing donuts' instead of turning cookies.

and good blog

Jon said...

My kid thinks "whipping shittys" is hilarious. He,he. Seriously though, that's another new one and a funny one at that.