In which I become a triathlete (sort of)

15 Jun

And so, Wednesday floats in on a cloud of smoke. The city of Jacksonville has issued an air quality advisory which says something along the lines of, “I wouldn’t advise breathing that air if you can help it.” Now there are warnings of “particulate matter” in the smoke. I got a bit of particulate matter in my eye on my way home from work yesterday. It stung!

As I was riding my bicycle to work yesterday morning, singing a happy tune as I pedaled away, I had a sense that something was amiss with my bike. I decided to stop and check it out. Oh, what’s this? My rear tire is flat! So I reached into my utility belt (or backpack) and got my air pump out and began to blow up the tire. It took a lot of pumping, but soon the tire was inflated. I got back on my bike and pedaled away, trying to remember the happy tune I had been singing (I think it was One from A Chorus Line…)

One singular sensation, every little step…

Crap. The tire was flat again. As I was closer to my house than I was to my office, it became obvious that I would have to turn around and walk home. For some reason, to me, there is nothing sadder than a person walking a bicycle (“sick bicycle, coming through!”) and I was one sad character. I wasn’t singing a happy tune anymore.

I arrived home 40 minutes after I set out in the first place and, being the consummate bicyclist that I am, exchanged bikes and pedaled off, retracing the route I had just cycled and walked, singing a happy tune (every move that she makes…) until I was, at long last, at work.

I remember years ago hearing a comedian talk about the people who participate in triathlons–events where the athletes have to swim, cycle and run to complete the event. She said people who participate in triathlons must not have jobs. Or, they have jobs that are really hard to get to.  I felt a little bit like a triathlete myself after riding, walking, riding–just to get to work. They really should give me extra credit for even showing up.

There was a bit of flurry in the news yesterday about Facebook. FB use in the U.S. and the U.K. is reportedly on the decline. People are leaving, prompting some comparisons to Myspace. Speculation is that Facebook has peaked. The people in charge at Facebook are trying to put a good, um, face on the news and are insisting there is no decline. Their plan for world domination continues at a nice pace according to them. Still, there is some speculation that people are becoming concerned about privacy issues concerning social media in general. I don’t know why I got on this subject. It is a big topic. Far too big for a spur of the moment, off the cuff blogger to tackle just now.

Hopefully I will have a less eventful commute to work this morning. Breathing in that smoky air and particulate matter and singing a happy tune.

Something besides One, I hope. I am getting really tired of that song…

Happy Wednesday

 

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