“The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.”

This morning we have a President-Elect. Pennsylvania put Joe Biden over the top. President Trump now joins only five other presidents who did not win re-election. I can finally stop watching the news channels.

The weather is superb for the third day in a row. I think it is even warmer than yesterday. The high could reach 70˚. I need to go out to do a bit of grocery shopping, and I’m glad.

Yesterday I cleaned my little library and added two books. I know it is being visited as there was space for both books, and other books have been added by my little library patrons, including some kid’s books.

When I was a kid, I would loved today, a perfect day for bike riding. I would have left in the late morning, after my favorite shows. Most times I’d pack my lunch and take off by myself. There were different routes I followed through town. One road led to the zoo, another to uptown, the third went pass the golf course to the next town, and the last road, the best road, was Main Street, and it led everywhere.

I have pictures in my memory drawers from when I was a kid. Many, even the simple memories, are still vivid. The bike rack at my school was wooden and painted dark green. It was under the trees. I’d slide my bike into the rack and leave it. I had no lock. My bike was always there at the end of the day. I expected it to be.

I remember the aisles in the movie theater. They were a slight slant. The last row was where couples would sit and make-out. We always laughed. We were kids, and it was the matinee.

The soda fountain at Middlesex Drugs had a granite counter top. Silver straw holders were on the granite. You had to lift the top of the holder and pull the straw out from the pile. They were paper straws. I always ordered a vanilla coke. The soda jerk pushed the container lever to spurt the vanilla syrup in my glass then he’d add the soda water and mix the two. I always sat close to the action so I could watch. It was well worth the dime.

I knew all the big hills and how far I could make it up the hills until I had to walk my bike. I still remember the day I was able to pedal all the way up the hill where I lived. I stopped in front of my house and cheered.

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14 Comments on ““The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    In any other year this would be the day on which Lennie left us and we celebrate Joni’s birthday

    But this isn’t any other year, President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris have been announced and will lead us away from the past 4 years on misery


    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I have cheered and cheered. My first cheer was for Pennsylvania and Biden going over the top. My second was a goodbye Donald cheer.

      This has been the worst year, but I suspect it will get worse between now and when Trump leaves or not.

  2. Pat Says:

    I went to the Rexall and had Harvey? put a squirt of chocolate syrup in my root beer. Looked like a swamp but tasted delicious!

    • katry Says:

      I remember Pullo’s Rexall next to the movie theater. It has the smallest soda fountain with maybe three stools, maybe 4. Mr. Pullo always wore a Ben Casey type jacket unbuttoned at the top. He was also the pharmacist.

  3. Christer. Says:

    We are all very happy over here 🙂 Congratulations to finally get rid of the rotten tomatoe 🙂 I hope this is the beginning of getting rid of politicians like that over here too!

    Not as nice weather over here today but I did actually see the sun shine for almost a minute 🙂 My neighbors were outside and since they had lots of bark from their fire wood they decided to burn it all up in their garden today, smelled wonderful and very much like autumn 🙂

    Have a really great day!


    • katry Says:

      The streets are crowded with people but they are singing and dancing happy that Trump will soon be gone. He, of course, claim he won because of cheating.

      Tonight is even nice and warm. Last week it was in the 30’s, and now it is in the high 60’s. The night is lovely.

      I love those smells from fall burnings. It is against the law here now, and I miss the wonderful aroma.

      Have a great evening.

  4. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    It’s another gorgeous day for both the weather and the fact that we have gotten rid of Trump. My fear is that he’s not going to go quietly. He doesn’t like losing and only the lord knows what’s in his deranged mind that he might do or in the deranged minds of many of his followers. Lots of those lunatics are armed to the teeth. 🙁

    Let’s celebrate that sanity has returned to the White House.

    Today my daughter and I went out for our weekend ride with the sunroof open and the sunshine beaming into the car. The high temperature hit 76°. We listened to Frank Sinatra, CSN and Young and the musical the King and I. We lunched on a Popeye’s Chicken sandwich. I would never eat one from Chick-Fil-A no matter how good it is. I don’t support companies that actively support discrimination against anyone.

    Unfortunately, a couple of years ago the last soda fountain in the DFW area closed. The Highland Park Pharmacy shut down because the building was being torn down. I took my daughter there on the last Saturday afternoon to have a grilled cheese sandwich and a chocolate malted, a frappe, in your neck of the woods. They had the marble countertops and the swiveling stools. the interior was exactly the same as in the 1920s and the building must have been more than 100 years old.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Like you, I have a bit of fear about Trump and the transition from him to Biden. The news channels are rife with speculation. Trump claimed even before the election that his loss would be the result of fraud. Every other time he has lost he has found some way to win in the end. That wouldn’t. happen here. He is not in charge of the scenario. The courts will not buy his rationale, his lies.

      I love the celebrations in the streets. People are happy at the result. I don’t know where all the Trump people are hiding.

      I have never been to a Chick-Fil-A. I saw there was one in Hyannis, but I haven’t ever been.We don’t have a Popeye’s. I guess it would have to be KFC for chicken sandwiches.

      I don’t think there are any soda fountains left in my old town. There isn’t even a drug store any more. There were many when I was growing up. The buildings are still there and now house different stored.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Now we wait. Already there are calls for electors not to vote according to the election results. The purges of government officials who were deemed insufficiently loyal have also begun. The next couple of months are going to be interesting, I guess.

    On days like today in my more active youth, I would get up at dawn and drive to Parker River Wildlife Reservation. I’d walk up the beach to the state park and back down the reservation road to where I parked my car. I’d have my camera, my binoculars and my bird book. I’d go off the road to check out the trails and the bird blinds. I saw my first weasel and my first mink walking through that reservation not to mention many birds I’ve only seen there and nowhere else. That’s too much walking for me now but I still get up there now and then.

    Today was lovely up here. Warm and sunny. I had planned to do yard work so Rocky and Piki Dog got to go to day care for fun and games. I read the paper and futzed around instead of yard work but I did pick up a wheelbarrow and a half of walnuts so I wasn’t a complete slacker.
    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I also read about the possibility of turncoat electors. I choose not to believe that would happen.

      Many of the Trump cabinet and other coteries will be packing their bags early being all of them are now lame ducks. It is too late to distance themselves from Trump so good luck to them, not.

      My brother used to bike to Horn Pond in Woburn where he’d go fishing. I went with him a couple of times, but it got boring after a while so I’d bike home. We did tramp all over the woods near us and where there were horses in the pasture. At the zoo we fed the animals. It was wonderful.

      Today was lovely here too. It stayed warm all day and is even still warm. I guess it will be like this for a couple of days. I’m glad for that as I have to cover my deck furniture. That’s on Monday’s list. I refuse to go Amy more into the future than that,

      You did more than I did today!

      Have a great evening!

      • Bob Says:

        The real Constitutional crisis would be if Republican governors choose only Republican electors to the electoral college. The only states that would be an issue are Arizona and Georgia which have Republican Governors. Pennsylvania and Nevada have Democratic Governors.

      • katry Says:

        I can’t believe the governors would put themselves in such a position which would ultimately cause the end of their political futures. They don’t have to be afraid of Trump any more.

  6. Birgit Says:

    Today was perfect day for bike riding. We went to the river, some villages, churches and an old castle ruin.
    Congratulations, USA! I hope courts can’t change today’s preliminary election result anymore.
    Unfortunately it was a bad day in my country as ten thousands of fascists and corona conspiracists could riot on the streets again.

    • katry Says:

      Here too was a perfect day for bike riding, but because I stayed home, I didn’t see how busy the bike routes were. Around here was quiet. I don’t know where the kids were all day.

      The streets are filed tonight but with crowds celebrating Trump’s loss and Joe Biden’s win. Trump has announces three times he is the winner. His lawsuits are frivolous and have no proof. Enough of them will be dismissed.

      We have lived through enough!

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