It’s the last day of April and it sure is a beauty. Sunny, mid-sixties, minimal wind — so far, the best day of the year, weather-wise. Oh man, I am in for one heck of an awesome bike ride.
[At this point, please try to imagine the classic sound of a cartridge needle sliding across the grooves of a record album.]
I announced to The Feeshko, “I’m heading out for my bike ride.”
The Feeshko said, “You have some long overdue yardwork to do.”
“I’ll do it tomorrow,” said I, quite cleverly.
“You’ve been saying that for weeks,” she reminded me, quite correctly.
“But I MEAN it this time,” I responded, quite sheepishly.
“No, we’ve got to get the leaves in the yard raked,” The Feeshko retorted, quite insistently. “You can go for a bike ride afterward,” she added, sympathetically.
“Yeah, but I’ll be too worn out by that time,” I pleaded, futilely.
You know, it just didn’t seem fair that I should be FORCED to work when so many people are currently unable to work during these times of sociable distancing. As I raked up bag after bag after bag of leaves, I felt like I should be standing in support of my non-working brothers and sisters, and I lamented my poor logic with that argument. I raked, I sweated, I pouted, I sighed, I moped, I acted bored — all to no avail.
After more than two hours of raking and leaf bagging, The Feeshko asked me to run an errand for her. She needed eggs, and she was fully aware that the only way she was going to get them from me was if I was allowed to ride my bike to the grocery store. A Win-Win situation if there ever was one.
Don’t believe for a second that I went straight home after that. Sure, I was tired after all that raking, but I still managed to ride around for an hour while imagining myself stopping at a number of other businesses and giving the workers something to do in the form of providing curbside pick up.
Okay, most of the previous pictures were fake news. But I swear, the next picture is actual photographic evidence of a true curbside pickup.
Sorry about that joke. Well, I guess I better get back to the chain gang.