I’M BORED: A Story With Two Parts

Part One

Yeah, damn it, I’m bored. That’s the reason I’ve been posting a bunch of crap every couple of days. According to my skewed reasoning, if I’m bored, others should be bored too. You Cycle365-ers have been chosen. I keep writing this stuff because I’m bored; You’re bored because I keep writing this stuff. It’s a lose-lose.

A couple weeks ago I really believed this self-isolation thing would be right up my alley. Normally, I just walk the dog, ride my bike, go grocery shopping, hang out with The Feeshko a little, and cook dinner. Very little social interaction is involved in my day. Well, I’ve come to learn that VERY LITTLE social interaction is a lot different than ZERO social interaction.

I think the thing I miss the most is my daily rides to the grocery store for the fresh meat and vegetables I needed for the evening meals. I almost always saw somebody I knew and we would chat in the aisle for a minute or two. That’s all I needed to fulfill my social needs and obligations.

With this bloody Covid-19 deal going on, The Feeshko made me go with her to shop for about two or three weeks worth of groceries. We filled up the cabinets and the refrigerator and the freezer. What’s a guy like me supposed to do?

All I can do is to ride my bike longer and then come back home and do my socializing on this website. (I mostly abandoned Facebook a couple years ago.) So you guys have to suffer along with me for now. I am sorry about that, but at least you aren’t forced to read this, whereas I DO have to write.


Moving on to the real part one, I’ll just show a few pictures from today’s bike ride. The weather was really weird. One minute it was sunny, the next it was cloudy, the next it was raining, the next it was sunny again, the next it was sleeting, the next it was snowing, then I heard a roll of thunder, then the sun peeked out again, then dark clouds covered it up. The only constant was a pretty strong wind with stronger gusts.

I’ve been seeing a lot of chalk art on the sidewalks and driveways of MY Town lately. Is that some kind of craze created by the internet?

I guess, in these days of social distancing, some people ride their bikes and some people write inspiring messages on the sidewalk.

The sleet was small, but it did sting a little.

Sprinkles of rain became a rain/snow mix.

It got colder and windier and snowier. Ah, what the hell, it wasn’t so bad. Thank goodness, nothing worse could happen.


Part Two

[After giving it some thought, this should have been Part One since it happened yesterday. But it would be too much trouble to change it now. I’ll just proceed as if nothing was unusual.]

A while back, one of our Cycle365 friends named Lednar posted something about one of his continent’s animals called a Kuokka. (Hope I got that spelled correctly.) He mused of creating a Kuokka documentary and, in jest, I bragged about creating an albino squirrel documentary since I had seen a couple of them around MY Town recently. Before I knew what the heck was happening, Lednar turned my little joke into an official CHALLENGE.

I try to never back down from a challenge, but albino squirrels are pretty rare. I never thought I’d see one again. So I ignored his challenge–until I saw one yesterday–and I wasn’t even looking for it. At first I was excited to just get the following picture of an albino squirrel up in the tree.

Pretty cool, huh?

There it is running alongside the house.

Now it’s rounding the corner of the house.

The video documentary is coming up next, but first I should provide some information I learned today. Not all white squirrels are albinos. Some of them are just plain white tree squirrels. Both, however, are pretty rare. You can tell the difference by their eyes. White squirrels’ eyes are black and albino squirrels’ eyes are pink. Maybe the camera on my phone isn’t quite as good as the cameras they use on the National Geographic Channel, because I couldn’t see the color of the eyes in the following documentary.

Can’t stop honoring John Prine Now.

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.

11 response to "I’M BORED: A Story With Two Parts"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 9, 2020

    Greg, do you remember back in the way olden days when it was common to see unspooled streamers of recording tape from cassettes and 8-tracks strung along the side of the road? Well, maybe not up your way where tidy Minnesotans keep everything neat and clean, but it was definitely a thing. Haven’t seen those streamers in many years, but now I’m starting to notice dirty face masks on the side of the road, something I never saw before. If you’re REALLY bored, now that you’ve completed your fabulous white squirrel documentary, you might want to go in search of discarded masks, which would no doubt make another compelling documentary.

    • By: gregblood Posted: April 9, 2020

      Yes, I do remember those discarded strings of tape, but not in tidy Minnesota. I lived in Iowa and Michigan during the mercifully short history of the 8-track and cassette. I haven’t seen any discarded face masks around here yet, but I’ll see what I can find in the next few days. Thanks for the suggestion.

      • By: Bill Stone Posted: April 11, 2020

        Man, I hope these don’t become as ubiquitous as empty beer cans along the road. Talk about community spread….

      • By: gregblood Posted: April 11, 2020

        I’m sorry to see the mask plague is invading rural Illinois. Before too long, your region could be the next coastal California.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: April 10, 2020

    I have never seen a Casper the squirrel before. And you certainly got every possible precip in one ride. That is hard to do. I am sorry you are finding the isolation hard – it is driving more than a few people crazy. It has been interesting to see how different people have reacted to it. I am not bored at all. As usual, I’m trying to do more things than my energy allows and I’m behind on everything. I’ll transfer some of my work calls and emails to you if you get really, really bored and want to figure out what to do with kerbside collection contracts in Oz when all the contracts are ending but there is a freeze on tendering due to uncertainties of COVID-19, processing and overseas markets (yeah, it is pretty boring, too, so that might not help you, but you could listen to Aussie accents….).

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 10, 2020

    You’re never boring Greg, maybe a little zany, but not boring. Liked the albino squirrel doco. I’ll put some squirrel photos on my next post. I’ve still got to go to work but this Easter it’s home, although we’re allowed to sneak out for a cycle here for exercise reasons but no more that 2 people..

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 10, 2020

    Very cool white squirrel! It looks like a gray squirrel with a black tail in the video too, or maybe just the lighting made it appear gray and black?
    I have seen two black squirrels, had to look it up to see if they are for real, they are.
    Olney, Illinois is famous for their white squirrel population, and they are true albinos.

  5. By: Rocky Posted: April 10, 2020

    You’re definitely not boring! I’m enjoying your posts a lot! They say laughter is the best medicine. Keep up the great work!

  6. By: Suzanne Posted: April 10, 2020

    I never saw or even heard of white squirrels! Amazing, thanks for the video! And the music, I didn’t know John Prine either.
    I feel the same as you about the restrictions – my life hasn’t changed much. In normal times we don’t have a big social life, but the little bit makes a big difference I notice now that it is missing.

  7. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: April 10, 2020

    If I didn’t know better, I’d say in your extremely boredom-filled state of mind, you probably caught the squirrel, painted it white & turned it loose so you could photograph & record it. Alas, I concede albino &/or white squirrels really do exist, so your documentary is plausible. Now that your documentary is done, are you going to take up chalk art leaving random biking wisdom and quotes along your path?

    By the way, good music choices. And for the record, I can safely say, all of us enjoy your stories, musings, and write-ups – bored or not.

    Cheers & happy “un-boredom” pedaling.

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