I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up this Before & After stuff for 15 more days. I know I said that last week, but this time I MEAN it. I’m running out of quality, reproduce-able cycling pictures. If I am to maintain any hope of completing this project, I’m going to have to take a few liberties here and there — ethically questionable liberties. And they begin today. That’s why I am now offering a sincere apology in advance for what you are about to read.
I was very lucky this morning. I had no clue what I was going to do for today’s post until an idea was handed to me on a silver platter. I’ll explain more about that later. For now, let’s just say I was reminded of a memory that is memorable for being unmemorable in a did-this-memory-ever-happen kind of way. (Hmmm, perhaps the explanation about the silver platter coming up later will help explain that last sentence as well.)
I’m not done yet, so please don’t go away. It was one of those days when one idea, which was served up on a silver platter, helped me to think up another idea all by myself.
While hanging around that overlook in June of 2017, I got another photo. It included a gal who was on a Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Lake Superior bicycle tour. Her husband took the picture for us.
What a day!
Oh boy, it’s time for me to come clean. Half of this post is fake news from ME, who I affectionately like to think of as The Liberal Media.
The first picture — the one from Australia — isn’t mine. Neither is the story associated with it. I’ve never been to Australia and I probably didn’t fool anybody because I’m sure you all recognized that middle finger as being Emily’s. The second picture, however, is mine.
In regard to the silver platter reference, I got the idea for this post from a message Emily posted last night on one of my posts. She intended for me to see a photo of her wearing a pre-Covid mask, but I scrolled down further and saw the “finger” picture. As a guy who frequently flips the finger at signs (and other things) while biking, I liked that one better.
I took even greater liberties with the next few photos. I like to think of it as “artistic license.” The photo I claimed was Me taking a picture of ME is actually ME taking a picture of fellow 365-er, Scott Anderson. The next one is really ME taking a picture of ME via a timer.
And, of course, the gal who was on a MN, WI, SUPERIOR TOUR isn’t just some random gal with a great smile. It was Rachael. And the gal in the follow-up picture was none other than Doris. Oh, the lengths I will go to complete a challenge.
As you saw, I had good reason to start today’s post with an apology. Several reasons, actually. Like using inflammatory hand gestures. Like illegally using other people’s photos without permission. Like multiple counts of impersonating respected Cycle-365ers. Like posting fake news on social websites. Like reckless idiocy. I am so, so sorry.