Driving and Biking in the Big City

Shorter days and dangerous nights

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The bad news is I didn’t hop on Streak for my bike ride until almost sunset. The good new is it was a colorful, amazing sunset.

The bad new is that it is pretty cold because I still have on my summer biking gear. The good news is the stars pop out brighter when they aren’t dimmed by the heat from the Earth.

The bad new is I could only bike to the flat part of town that I call El Paso. The good new is the sky is 360 degrees like the inside of an umbrella and the way I learned  my constellations.

The bad new is I can’t see many birds at this time of night. The good news is their songs are more beautiful from the deep dark of the bushes.

The bad new is these riding mowers are throwing grass in my face. The good news is this one guy seemed to challenge me to a race, which I won. Hmmm. That one can go either way because surely Streak and I are faster than a guy on a riding lawn mower.

Let’s switch hands and try this for a change.

On the one hand, the kids in this neighborhood are urchins and like to trash talk me. On the other hand, they are riding bikes, playing sandlot baseball and sassing adults, reminding me of my own kid-hood days.

On the one hand, these folks have the biggest, barkiest dogs of any of my bike trails. On the other hand, I love dogs and don’t mind the barking because I get plenty of that at home.

On the one hand, this is a young neighborhood with plenty of screaming and crying babies. On the other hand, they aren’t my little kids and I can feel sorry for the exhausted adults. Also, some of the little kids and lonely parents like to wave at me — also fun.

On the one hand, I’ve gotten tired of my current book on tape for some reason and have lost track of the plot. I think it’s because James Lee Burke can get harsh in his characters, and work has been too busy to keep my mind on the intricate plot. On the other hand, I just got Louise Penny’s “Beautiful Mystery” on download from the Harris County Library and I can try it out. We can do a bad news and a good news with this one because I paid Audible for the one I’m not liking and got the new one for free from the library. Even Steven.

On the one hand, it got dark really quickly tonight and I would hate to be killed by a hectic soccer mom, careless teenager or distracted Houston commuter . On the other hand, I have this excellent headlight that charges up on my computer and is almost as bright as a car’s headlight.

On the one hand, the mosquitoes are out in full force after the sun goes down and it doesn’t take a half mile to discover that now it’s time to make my way home so I can use the other hand for swatting.


Written by commuterchroniclesdbh

October 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm

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  1. Loved it! Riding in the dark and seeing all that God has projected for you. Thanks for sharing, I was swatting along with you. LOL

    Victoria Beryl Allen

    October 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm

  2. Wish I could have been with you on the ride. Very thankful for your heart and your head. I love you and John’s package was mailed on his Bday. Your surprise is coming.


    October 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm

  3. Enjoyed this read. Missed you at dinner. Janet

    Janet Wallace

    October 3, 2012 at 4:11 am

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