Admiring Trash and Eating Crow

To those individuals who predicted I’d be back with another radiation post this month — despite my claim to the contrary — I congratulate you. I don’t know how your outsmarted me, but you did it.

I would much rather gloat than eat crow. I wish I had said a Terminator-like “I’ll Be Back.” Then the first sentence of this post could have been, “I TOLD you I’d be back with more radiation.”

I am not lying when I tell you that I had no intent to seek anything radiationally related today. Radiation sought ME! What could I do? I took some video and some pictures, and now I’m eating crow.

It would take a much stronger individual than me to resist those spinning radii. Those temptresses literally jumped out at me like Homerian sirens. I was helpless. And now I’m eating crow.

Like I was was going to pass up a picture of an ancient John Deere contraption with beautiful yellow radii. Yeah, sure.


I would rather eat crow than not show this picture of trash can radii.


There were quite a few similar trash and recycling containers in the same park. This one had a lid, which I think provides a more attractive core to help the metallic radiuses stand out a little better.


The underside of a big red umbrella was the last straw, radiusly-speaking. I HAD to take this picture. I didn’t care if people were trying to privately eat their tacos at the outdoor table underneath.


(Before I forget, I better make it clear that I didn’t really interrupt anybody’s meal for that last picture. It WAS taken at the outdoor seating area of the El Mexican Restaurant, but nobody was eating there at the time.)

Even so, I did take the picture and I am posting it . . . and I am eating crow.


Speaking of crows, I can’t really end this post without telling a story from today’s bike ride. What I saw was a pair of crows chasing a red-tailed hawk. Sure, I’ve seen that kind of thing many times before, but this time I was astounded at how long the chase continued.

I don’t want to make any unproven accusations, but I suspect the hawk had been raiding the crows’ nest and got caught in the act. The crows chased the hawk away, occasionally swooping and pecking at it like magpies swoop and peck at our Australian friends.

Usually the chasing and swooping and pecking only continues until the hawk leaves the immediate area. This time, the hawk didn’t want to leave the immediate area. It kept circling instead of fleeing. I could tell it’s plan was to circle back and return to the nest.

The crows would have none of that! I’ve read crows are one of the smartest birds and now I believe it. The two crows, working in tandem, cut off every maneuver and every path that hawk tried in order to get back to the nest. The battle lasted for at least five minutes and, finally, the hawk gave up and flew off into the distance.

I was so fascinated by the ordeal that I completely forgot about two things I should have done: 1) Take pictures or video of the event, and 2) Use my newfound bird-speaking skills and yell out to the crows and the hawk, “please, please, can’t you just try to get along?”

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.

7 response to "Admiring Trash and Eating Crow"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: August 5, 2020

    I see you admired the crows but I’m glad you didn’t eat the trash!

    • By: gregblood Posted: August 5, 2020

      That was a good twist on my title, Suzanne. Chapeau!

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 5, 2020

    Lots of radi-ocity!! (spell check doesn’t like that word — oh, well 🙂 )

    Lots of geometry there figuring out the angles per the number of spokes or whatever.

  3. By: Laura Posted: August 6, 2020

    I thought you were going to say the crows were circling your head or something you’d turn into radiating. Very interesting observance. I took a close up photo of the talons of a hawk just behind my house. They should be able to take out two crows at a time. Or perhaps you were drinking Old Crow. 🙂

  4. By: NancyG Posted: August 6, 2020

    Uh Huh, we knew better than to believe you would not be posting more radiating finds 😏. My crows do not stay still once I get off the bike with an attempt of a photo shoot. So no eating crow here ;’-)

    Good finds for radi-ocity as Rich coins.

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: August 7, 2020

    I knew you wouldn’t be able to resist, at least Homer had his shipmates to tie him to the mast.

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