“She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life.”

Today is a gift. I’m thinking Mother Nature has decided to stop teasing us with winter and has embraced spring. Not a branch moves in the stillness of the morning. The sun is bright and is framed by a blue sky. The birds are singing, and I hear several different songs. My feeders are getting a lot of traffic. It is in the mid 50’s but will get warmer as the day grows older. Tonight will be in the mid 40’s. It is a Cape Cod spring day.

This is the time of year when I’d ride my bike to school. I remember speeding down the hills and feeling chilly from the wind. My jacket would fill with air. The ride was short, probably about ten minutes, all downhill going and uphill returning. It should have been the opposite.

The bike rack was old and wooden. It was under branches from the tree in a yard next to the school fence. It was painted a dark green and had layers of paint. You could see them all when the paint chipped. I never had a lock for my bike. I don’t think anyone did. The bikes weren’t fancy. They had the back pedal brakes. Most had wire baskets. The best part of riding my bike was getting home fast and having more time to play in the afternoon.

The streets all had sand from winter when the sand trucks would come by and spew their sand on the snow to give cars better traction, but this time of year it was the street cleaning trucks which would come by. They had brushes low to the ground and would sweep the sand to the  curbside. A couple of times I skidded in the sand. Sometimes we did what came to be called wheelies. Our bikes would leave circular skid marks. Braking at the right time and place was the key.

The day hasn’t started well. I had an early morning meeting and nearly fell out of bed when the alarm went off. On the way to the bathroom I stepped in cat throw up. I have to go out but not for anything fun. I have to some x-rays done of my back. I’ve decided I deserve a good lunch, my favorite sandwich and a whoopie pie for dessert. I definitely earned it this morning.

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8 Comments on ““She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life.””

  1. Richard Says:

    Alternating wet und dry here … greyness interspersed with bright shinies. So long as it’s dry this evening when I drive to hear Youngest Grandson’s concert, I’m good with it.

    After moving to Memphis, I toyed with the idea of getting a 10-speed. Once I was sufficiently exposed to the ‘conceptual deficiencies’ of the average Memphis driver, I vetoed that plan. I always like 10-speeds, even tho’ I never quite got the hang of that ‘derailleur’ thing … I’d still like a 10-speed, but I like living an uninjured lifestyle, so …

    Time to take an early shower so I’ll be all clean-smelling this evening at concert. I may even wait ’til then to slap on the cologne …

    Today’s Guest Artist is, unfortunately, in the ‘Deceased’ column … his name is Elliott Smith, and this composition is titled ‘Waltz Nr 2’ … It’s one of his more intriguing compositions, even tho’ it uses the traditional 3/4 time signature. The chordal progressions are quite interesting in the way they’re positioned throughout the piece’s length … enjoy.

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      The day was perfect. It was in the low 60’s with a bit of a chill still. The sun was as bright as I’ve seen it in the last week. I was out and enjoyed the fresh air with my windows open.

      Boston has designated bike lanes and continues to try to place them all through the city. With all the college students, Boston is a bike Mecca. You still take a chance but less of a chance than biking in and out of traffic.

      He looks too young for the deceased column. That seems to be filling up with others well into their late 60’s and 70’s.

      I did enjoy!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Even warmer today but from now on it will cool down, we might get thunder tonight because I can see thunderclouds building up. It will still be nice until Friday but the heat will move on.

    I lived too close to schoolö to use my bike but it did get used as soon as the homework was done. None of us had fancy bikes either but we did unfortunately need a lock, my neighborhood was poor and a bike no matter how ugly it might be was still something worth stealing.

    The first semifinal in the Eurovision Song Contest tonight, I won’t see much of it since I must up at 5 tomorrow morning. Justin Timberlake will sing in the intermission!! If he comes alreadyu in the first semifinal what on earth will they have in the big final??

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • Richard Says:

      Christer … just hope the Big Final doesn’t have that ‘Other Justin’ – Bieber …

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We’ll have these lovely days for the rest of the week: 60’s during the day and 50’s at night.

      I lived in a pleasant little town, and bicycles were safe. There were not separate neighborhoods based on income. It was just your ordinary suburb of Boston.

      How will Sweden do this year?

      Have a great evening!

  3. Bob Says:

    Yesterday a friend of mine uploaded a photo from his home in Boseman Montana of snow falling. Only a couple of days before he was mowing his lawn. Here in the south end of tornado alley thunderstorms erupted this evening with heavy rain, small hail and a lighting show. There’s a possibility of thunderstorms every evening this week into next. Weird weather is the result of human induced global warming.

    I had a bike similar to yours with wire saddle baskets on the rear fender, coaster brakes and a three speed selector.

    Have a great day tomorrow.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Meanwhile, we have had two days of glorious weather. I think they’ve predicted one wet day either Thursday or Friday, but the weekend will be just lovely: bright and warm.

      I had a friend with saddle baskets on the back. One of my later bikes, when I was older, had 3 speeds. One Christmas my brother got one with turn signals. I really loved my bike.

      You also enjoy tomorrow!!


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