A near miss for the missus

Wednesday was mostly an errand day for me, as we started preparing to break camp and move on to The Dalles, our next temporary home.  This is such a strange and unnerving time, and the first time I’ve had any misgivings about not having our own home.  It might be nice to be sheltering in place in our own place, without wondering who was the last guest in the spot we’ll move on to next.

While I was tending to business Rachael sped off on her bike for a 42 mile loop out to the Columbia River and back.  Just a normal day for her, until her ride was cut short by an enormous UPS delivery truck that turned into her at an intersection.  She’s fine, thank heavens, other than for a few fairly minor scrapes; but we’re both feeling very thankful today.

This seems like an odd time to introduce my song, but it’s been on my mind for almost a week, literally.  It’s Volare, by  Domenico Modugno.  It came to mind a few days ago when I read of housebound Italians singing it in unison from their balconies to keep their spirits up.  I’m very  susceptible to earworms, and I’ve been cycling to Volare ever since.

You might enjoy our visit last spring to Polignano a Mare, where the song originated.  It’s a beautiful little village on the Adriatic Coast, and everywhere you turn you find people breaking out in chorus – in front of the statue of Modugno, or at the feet of a street musician.


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5 response to "A near miss for the missus"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: March 21, 2020

    I saw your story about Rocky’s incident with the UPS truck on Cycleblaze and meant to comment on it there. Since I failed to do that, I might as well do it here. First, I seem to recall a story of her surviving a crash after a collision with a dog or cat or squirrel or something. She’s tough. She isn’t called “Rocky” for nothing. It’s no surprise to me that she also survived getting hit by a truck with nothing more than a few scrapes. I’d hate to see the damage that truck suffered.

    Thanks, Scott, for giving me an earworm now. I mostly remember that song from a car commercial in the 1970s? I believe Ricardo Montalban sang it. “Volare’, ohh ohh ohh.”

    • By: Scooter Posted: March 21, 2020

      She’s tough alright, but she was wondering this morning how many of her nine lives she’s used up by now.

      You remember it from the 1978 car commercial! I keep forgetting how young you are, kiddo. I remember it from when it first came out 20 years earlier, when I was in 6th grade. I don’t recall now, but I probably watched that Ed Sullivan show.

      And not to correct you, but I feel I must: Sergio Franchi was the singer in the car commercial, according to my best sources.

    • By: Scooter Posted: March 21, 2020

      Oh, and it was a dog. A German Shepard that she T-boned at about 20 mph, going downhill. It was amazing to see from behind. It appeared out of nowhere and she had no time to react so she hit it straight on and rolled over the top.

  2. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: March 21, 2020

    I can remember Dean Martin crooning Volare. I reckon it was on BBC radio in the pre pirate radio era and before they enlivened the airwaves with non-crooning music. I wish you hadn’t mentioned it – it gets stuck in the head!

    Sorry to hear about Rocky v UPS truck. Sharing the roads with drivers who won’t share is our biggest bugbear.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 21, 2020

    Yikes! Glad Rachel is ok!

    Good advice for handling traffic at intersections as well. As you stated: Stay ahead and make eye contract or stay behind and let them go first — many trucks/cabs have enormous blinds spots.

    Truckers remind us: If you cant see my mirrors, I cant see you.

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