Saturday, April 10, 2010

Easy Rider

Just back from taking my new set of wheels for their first spin. It seemed like the right time to replace my old bike, considering a) I bought the old bike nearly thirty years ago and b) it was stolen last fall. After looking at several models I decided on a 7-speed Kent Glendale. (I was eying up a lovely 21-speed Schwinn for a bit more money, but since I'd never figured out what to do with three speeds back in the old days, it would have just seemed like a waste of good machinery.) I actually bought the new bike last week but today was my first opportunity to inflate the tires, adjust the brakes, attach the water bottle and the dorky reflector stickers and, most importantly, figure out if there really is anything to that expression about how something you never forget how to do is like riding a bike.

Happy to report it went great. I live near the bottom of a moderately steep hill and, as a young man, I was generally unable to bike to the top of the hill wi
thout stopping to rest. Having now advanced to the age when I have children who are older than I was in those "can't do the hill" days, it was no small triumph to make it to the top, slowly at times but without stopping. (I admit reading the manual about how to use speed settings helped some.) It ended up being a three and a half mile round trip along a main boulevard. I felt so good about my newly-restored healthy lifestyle I stopped along the way for a celebratory hot dog with mustard and sauerkraut. (The garlic in the sauerkraut is, after all, very good for you.)

Everything went so well that, upon my return, I felt compelled to pose for a photo. (It's amazing what yo
u can accomplish nowadays with some photo editing software and a camera-phone propped up on a trash can.) After taking it, though, I did start wondering if it was uncomfortably close to another "take a picture of me posing" photo...

Unrelated Topic: Like Shooting Fish in a Barrel from an Airplane

"No administration in America's history would, I think, ever have considered such a step that we just found out President Obama is supporting today. It's kinda like getting out there on a playground, a bunch of kids, getting ready to fight, and one of the kids saying, 'Go ahead, punch me in the face and I'm not going to retaliate. Go ahead and do what you want to with me.' (Sarah Palin on Sean Hannity's Fox "News" program, April 7, 2010)

What's the difference between Sarah Palin and Dan Quayle?

All together now: "Lipstick!"

As much as I don't want this journal to be reduced to a series of "Sarah Palin Says the Darnedest Things" essays, sometimes she just makes it too easy. (For my readers across the pond, Sarah Palin is something like our version of Prince Harry.) Palin, who still insists that interview debacle was Katie Couric's fault (as opposed to those hard-hitting questions people like Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, and Fox's other Palin-lapdogs throw at her), and who is considered to have done well in her VP debate simply because she avoided saying anything too laughable, is now the republican party's elder-statesperson on nuclear proliferation as it relates to foreign policy.

I'll pause a moment while you finish laughing.

The treaty which, according to Palin, has us saying "go ahead and do what you want to with me" calls for both the US and Russia each to
reduce their nuclear arsenals from 2,200 deployed warheads to 1,550 over seven years, and their long-range missiles and launchers to 700. If she thinks those numbers leave us unarmed, it makes one wonder about a number of things, not the least of which is how large a weapons cache is stored her garage.

Perhaps my starting this by comparing Palin to Dan Quayle wasn't fair. At least Quayle eventually caught onto the fact that he was coming off like a fool and stopped issuing public statements.


Angie said...

I wish I knew more about politics. I wish I even cared. With a General Election coming up on May 6 over here I have got to try and get myself some informed opinions.

Shelly Rayedeane said...

It is only when one realizes everything is a lie that the eyes can finally open up and begin to see the truth most will never know.

Today I was eating lunch at one of my favorite restaurants and was trying to pick a puzzle to do. So, I picked one at random out of a 300 page puzzle book.

Ironically, when the puzzle was finished, the state of New Jersey came up, the state motto, the capital Trenton, and the state fish which is a brook trout.

And yesterday, on my blog, I mentioned the words "the lone gunman".

Whether you understand what I'm saying in the above passage does not matter, but I do know where my thoughts will be taking me next.

So thank you Easy Rider.

Thank you.

oldhousegal said...

I'm so jealous that you got a new bike! I want a new bike too! If you have a choice between listening to Sarah Palin or riding your bike... well, I know what I'd choose.

Tawnya said...

Nice bike you have there!!

Lisa said...

I'm impressed you made it up the hill without stopping! Woohoo, that is something to proud of. 21 speeds, heck I never even used 10 of them back in the day. LOL.
Happy Riding!!!

mrs. miss alaineus said...

you play the violin???

that's awesome and congrats on the new bike. i need a new one too but since i cant deal with any gears, i want either a balloon tire bike (like an old skool schwin) or a bmx bike.

we have lots of good trails in the metro parks here plus state parks with trails too!

ps loved the palin joke.


Lori said...

Congrats on the new bike! I need a new front tire on my bike. I'm sure my daughter would love it if I started riding with her again. I enjoyed the Palin/Quayle joke!

Big Mark 243 said...

I will be looking into a new bike soon... to Palin and her comments, Jon Stewart did a segment on them last week and showed how much in common Obama's policy had with a similar one Reagan made during his Presidency.

Sarah can only tell you what they want you to believe. She doesn't have the brain capacity to form an original thought or develop a policy.