I was sitting in at my computer desk and it was pouring rain. Let me emphasize pouring as there were no individual drops. The cloud ceiling was about 20 feet, lighting was striking all around and out my window (I'm surrounded by windows) what do I spy but a small boat rowing through the yard. It had been stolen from one of my neighbors and was navigated by the fleas that live in the yard two of which were wearing scuba gear.
Then I woke up. Shaken, I checked my medication to see if I had double dosed. That was OK so I looked around to see if I had lucked on to something else I might not remember. Nothing there.
After pondering the idea that I was nuts I decided, as usual, that I was and it was time to do something really nuts, like go out. So I went to the village of Raceland bearing gifts for the poor and visiting my favorite thrift store's book section. Books and being among books sooths my fevered brain. I selected seven, equaling about twenty pounds, paid my $2.95 and chatted for a while until the rain dropped to the mere drenching level then it was off to the the next village (Mathews) to buy a Vidalia onion for my bride. I also needed some magnesium to satisfy some insane desire to make white hot fire (maybe I should check my medication again).
While wandering around in the Chinaland outlet store observing the other fat people that were out in this weather I spied these good signs that utilty bikes are hitting the mainstream. I reported this phenomena back in May when I first saw some cheap bikes that were useful for something besides being toys.
I'm happy to say that those Huffy's had been sold and new stock brought in to replace them. I have seen them around town. Now these Chinese Schwinn's with the retro stamp steel racks are on display. For snobs that see these bikes as an abomination, lighten up. Most of those sold will not see a hundred miles in their lifetime and they will last that long. The tires will rot before they show wear meanwhile we have a new bike owner.
This single speed coaster brake Huffy has a handlebar bag, cup holder and a welded rear rack that extends for larger loads.
I kind of like this black one but I already have a real Schwinn besides I only ride step through frames.
As for the magnesium I found some. Back many years ago (54) I was an apprentice printer at the El Paso Times. That was back in the olden times when printers actually set type. Our page forms that were the size of a newspaper page were made of magnesium. Shaving off a litte pile and lighting it was frowned upon but we did it anyway. I wonder if Benjamin Franklin did that when he was a printer.
The shavings are piled on the bottom of a wet paper plate.
Nice huh? Now maybe I'll find something constructive to do.
Although I have seen the movie "The Wizard of Oz" too many times to count I have never read the book. I think it's about time. The movie came out in my birth year.
"The Watch" has a bicycle on the cover and the first page captured me. "Thoreau" is something I'll read a little of from time to time for inspiration.
"Dragonworld"? What can I say? I love dragons. Good ones, bad ones, fat ones and green ones I love them all and want to be a Dragonrider. Besides this book is chock full of fantastic line drawings of little people, air ships, boats, wise old talking trees and dragons. What could be wrong with that?
Carl Sagan's "Contact" is a masterpiece and I want to go there again. "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" I read when I was young then again when I was in my forties. Entirely different meanings the second time. I read them again in my sixties and found yet again that the book had changed. I expect it to be different this time around as well. Maybe it's me that changes and not the book. In any event it is magic.