A Potpourri of Miscellaneous Minutiae

I had nothing else planned for today, so I headed out for my 120-somethingth consecutive day of riding a bike. Along the way, I thought about some stuff and took a few pictures related to current events on Cycle365.

For example, we’ve been pretty active with our blue challenge. There was no way I could do this post without including a little blue.

About six years ago, the Highway 61 bridge across the Mississippi River was torn down. The only saved remnant of that blue bridge was deposited on this prairie meadow. It’s a minor work of art now, but in 1,000 years – – after it has been overgrown with prairie flowers, bushes, and grassesit will be a MASTERPIECE.

I acknowledge that the blue in the bridge ruins is faded out pretty badly. In case my Cycle365 friends don’t consider it to be blue enough, I am submitting a provisional photo of these blue pipes.

This is the newer orange bridge. If “Orange” ever becomes the subject of our monthly challenge, I’m all set.

Chains have been discussed recently too. Here is a pretty big one hanging under a mailbox. I’d like to have this chain to secure my bike when touring in big cities. I’m sure I could get all my groceries before a thief could cut through those links. (I could carry 80-pounds of chain, but I’d probably have to sacrifice all my gear and lose 50-pounds of body weight to do it though.)

I also carry a couple of replacement nuts and bolts. The nuts and bolts in this picture are bigger than the ones I have packed in my tool kit.

There has also been a recent revival of Little Free Libraries, and this is a revival of an L.F.L. I’ve posted before. To me, this was worth a second look because it features a cute squirrel that seems to have nested in the cubbyhole at the top. The first time I came across it, that squirrel scared the BEJEEZUZ out of me.

The squirrel living on the top floor prompted me into some pretty deep introspection. In the past, on this very website, I have posted a few pictures of squirrels and at least two videos of squirrels (including a world-famous documentary of a white squirrel.) Today I took a long look into my psyche to try to figure out, “what IS it with ME and squirrels.”

Surprisingly, I think I came up with an answer. Back when I was a child (an even younger child than I am now) people sometimes said I was “squirrely.” I took that as a compliment because I saw squirrels as being quick and agile. And yes, I was also pretty small for my age.

But maybe it wasn’t meant as a compliment.

I mean, I don’t look like a rodent . . . do I?

Moving on, I came across the subject another Cycle365 topic and I took this picture of a massive, six-sided Garceau. The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong has waited for me outside of hundreds of these things.

Finally, just this morning, I saw Scott’s recent post. You probably already saw his great picture of a Kingfisher. I asked for some advice as to how he manages to take such great pictures of birds — more specifically, how he gets them to sit still for him. His response was:

Bird whispering is quite an art . . . it really helps if you can speak their language, so study up.”

Study up I did. And when I saw some birds gathering on an electricity tower like some Hitchcockian nightmare, I quickly pulled the phone out of my pocket and consulted Google Translate.

“Caw, caw, caw, squawk, caw.” [Translation: “Please sit still while I move in for a closer picture.”]

It worked because none of the vultures flew off. A few of them even spread their wings for me.

Unfortunately, I have not yet heeded his advice from last week. That’s when he told me about a good camera for zooming in on wildlife and where to get it. Now you’ll have to settle for my distorted phone pictures.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

5 response to "A Potpourri of Miscellaneous Minutiae"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: July 24, 2020

    I’m not sure you’re getting it yet, Greg. Caw, Caw, Caw, Squak, Caw is crow talk, not vulture. According to All About Birds, vultures ‘make raspy, drawn-out hissing sounds while feeding and fighting, along with grunting noises that can sound like hungry pigs or dogs barking in the distance. Courting vultures may give a yapping sound. Nestlings give low hisses or coughs to beg for food, and adults at the nest sometimes give creaky, pigeonlike coos.‘. Incredible variety there, but nothing that sound like Caw. Little wonder they didn’t let you get closer.

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 25, 2020

      So . . . what you’re saying is . . . while I was thinking the vultures were cooperating with me, they were actually dumbfounded that anybody could be so stupid.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 24, 2020

    Excellent variety of photos! We get to see what you see, minutia or not.

    Speaking of birds . . . . .

    Two pigeons were flying over Washington DC when they spotted Mr Biden and Mr Trump
    One said to the other, Im not sure who you are for, but I put all I had on Trump.

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 25, 2020

      That was a funny joke. A few weeks ago I had a bird “put all he had” on me. That wasn’t very funny though.

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