Today I had some great cycling plans. I was going to ride down to Galena via The Great River Road and take in some nice river scenery. Then when I got back to MY Town, I would get my growler filled up at the local brewery, and I would cap off the day by picking up some Thai take-out food for which The Feeshko would thank me and call me her hero.
Unfortunately, that story has already been written by somebody else and, from what I’ve been hearing, reproducing somebody else’s words and ideas and presenting them as one’s own isn’t exactly kosher. There’s even a term for somebody who does that: “Cheater! Thief! Plagiarizer!” Yup, that’s me.
I’ve got some explaining to do. I’ll try to do it quickly. Yesterday I wrote a post about riding out in the country. I thought it would be clever to post the song Out in the Country by Three Dog Night, not only because I was actually riding out in the country, but also because our friend Scott had posted a Three Dog Night song the day before. Turns out, Rocky had already attached that very same song to a video in their other blog to which Scott provided a link.
Now, I COULD try to claim that I never saw Rocky’s video and it was just a coincidence. But I know you Cycle365-ers would do the math and come to the conclusion that the odds of dumb ME, randomly coming up with the same song as smart Rocky just one day later, are about 1 in 17 BILLION. Go ahead, get your calculator and check it out.
So I’m not even going to go there. All I can do is admit to the 99.999999% probability that I truly am a dirty, rotten, low-down, cheating, thieving, plagiarist. I thank my lucky stars that Scott and Rocky have publicly forgiven me on the contingency that I buy the first round next time we meet. And yes, we HAVE met before. (That would be the time I led them past the questionable beauty of Minnesota’s largest oil refinery and then on a bike path where a big deer actually slipped and fell RIGHT IN FRONT OF US.)
Good grief, I’ve written five long paragraphs and I still haven’t gotten to what I DID do today. Well, here it comes . . . all new . . . all original . . . and all serious.
I did not ride to Galena. Nevermind the fact that a ride to Galena, Illinois and back via the Great River Road would have involved something like 600 miles of biking in one day. Sure, I would have done it, but not now that a ride to Galena has already been done. Instead, here’s what I DID do.
I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to trespass on this particular day. It was back down into the lower 40’s and it was windy and I knew I wasn’t going to surpass yesterday’s mileage. It’s okay though, I reversed directions, I got a cool picture of a fleet of bicycles, and I created an awesome video.
I’ll finish with some music. With my cheating, thieving, plagiaristic ways, it won’t be long before I have a confrontation with the police.