Saturday, September 15, 2007


I don't think I could have imagined a nicer day today. So I took my bike out for a spin this evening and rode up to the main road which is a mile away. As I casually meandered I saw an old neighbor out in the yard and I stopped to talk a spell. It had been so long since he'd seen me that he had to walk up close to get a better look. He's in his early eighties and he still gets around quite well. He'd been picking up litter along the roadside. We stood and talk for a long while catching up on our families. He lost his mother, who lived next door, last year and that took the wind out of his sails but he seems to be doing better now.
When I left I made my way on toward my destination and another neighbor's dog came charging out at me. I stopped for a moment and when he realized I wasn't a threat to his family, he was fine. We made friends and he loped along beside me for a while with his tongue hanging out barking for fun.
I felt a little like that dog while I was riding the bike. With the sun warm on my back and a nice breeze in my face, I felt like chasing a rabbit or something. Fortunately none crossed my path so I turned at the main road and started back. Once came to a small hill, I had to change gears on my bike or get off and push so I was slow getting to the top. Once I started down the other side I got up a nice head of speed and I turned loose of the handle bars and coasted for a while. I haven't done that in a long time.
Tonight we are going to my old friend Glenn Allen's wedding. He's been a bachelor for many years but he's finally throwing in the hat and tying the knot. It should be a lot of fun.
Y'all have a great weekend.

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