MY CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #1

The Goddess expressed her wish to hear our voices. Her wish is my command.

I’ll never understand why I look and sound so strange in these videos. In real life I look fairly normal. My voice is relatively normal. The Greg I see here is more like some kind of alien being.

As mentioned in my 49-second monologue above, the most powerful goddess of all provided me with a great day for a bike ride. In accordance with another one of her wishes, there is a map of my ride and you can see it by clicking on this thing:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32079478 (That didn’t seem to work. If you’re interested, which would be quite surprising, you can type that link.)

Every time I ride my bike, I see SOMETHING that reminds me of a song. Emily has said that too and I bet many others also find that to be true. (In my case, I’m reminded of songs whenever I do almost anything. Sometimes I think The Feeshko gets irritated when we’re walking the dog and, for example, I point to a sign that says “Please Pick Up After Your Dog” and I burst into “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign / blockin’ out the scenery blastin’ my mind / do this, don’t do that / can’t you read the sign.”

I worry about being overwhelmed by all the challenges out there, so I figured it would make it easier for me to combine Kathleen’s Cycle Life Challenge with my own March Song Challenge. It WAS easy. See for yourself.

Is it even possible to ride past this pizza chain store without singing “OH OH, DOMINO . . .” ?

“TAKE ME TO THE RIVER / WASH ME DOWN / CLEANSE MY SOUL / PUT MY FEET TO THE GROUND . . .”

“WASTING AWAY IN MARGARITAVILLE / SEARCHING FOR MY LOST SHAKER OF SALT . . .”

“HEY, WAIT A MINUTE MR. POSTMAN / PLEASE LOOK AND SEE / IS THERE A LETTER IN YOUR BAG FOR ME . . .?”

“SLIP SLIDING AWAY, SLIP SLIDING AWAY / YOU KNOW THE NEARER YOUR DESTINATION / THE MORE YOU’RE SLIP SLIDING AWAY.

“AND YOU CAN SEND ME DEAD FLOWERS EVERY MORNING . . .
. . .SEND ME DEAD FLOWERS BY THE U.S. MAIL / SAY IT WITH DEAD FLOWERS AT MY WEDDING / AND I WON’T FORGET TO PUT THE ROSES ON YOUR GRAVE.”

I could go on and on like this, but it was time to make my qualifying purchase. I headed up to the grocery store, as I do almost every day. On this day I had to pick up a couple of things for the stir fry I was planning for this evening’s meal.

“LOOKING THROUGH A GLASS ONION . . .”

I only contributed $6 to the local economy. It was just an onion and some broccoli — my two favorite vegetables and required ingredients for my stir fry — and that was about all I could fit into my handlebar bar. I’m riding my skinny tire bike because The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong is still in the shop for a tune-up.

P.S. Did anybody identify all the songs and performers without the aid of Google?

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.

8 response to "MY CYCLE LIFE CHALLENGE #1"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: March 7, 2020

    Nope, did not get all those songs, but well done! I literally laughed out loud in your supermarket video. Glad you got good weather on the first day of the challenge!

    • By: gregblood Posted: March 8, 2020

      Were you laughing out loud because I sounded so much like The Clash? Or was it just the opposite? Or was it just because it’s a pretty funny lyric?

      • By: The Navigator Posted: March 9, 2020

        I appreciated your take on the Clash and the fact that you were doing it in the middle of the soft drink aisle. The CCTV video of that must be good, too.

        I heard my first Clash song when I was about 9, I Fought the Law, and I LOVED it right away. So maybe I was doomed to get into punk music a few years later at 12/13. I think you can hear the Clash in so many bands that came after.

        • By: gregblood Posted: March 9, 2020

          Oh God! I didn’t think of the closed circuit video they most certainly have. And here I was trying to sing it in a soft voice so nobody in the other aisles would hear me. Had I been outside riding my bike, I’d be singing it in full-on Joe Strummer mode.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: March 7, 2020

    You are a regular pedaling jukebox, Greg! But I think I know most of those.

    :::::::::Spoiler Alert!:::::::::

    I’ve tried to obfuscate the answers, but don’t read the remainder of this message if you’re trying to name the artists on your own!

    OH OH, DOMINO: Econoline M.

    TAKE ME TO THE RIVER: I like the version by Tina Weymouth and the boys on More Songs about Buildings and Food

    WASTING AWAY IN MARGARITAVILLE: JB and the Coral Reefers

    HEY, WAIT A MINUTE MR. POSTMAN: ??? Know the song, don’t remember the artist

    SLIP SLIDING AWAY: Art’s former sidekick

    AND YOU CAN SEND ME DEAD FLOWERS EVERY MORNING: I think Mick Taylor was their guitarist at that time

    LOOKING THROUGH A GLASS ONION: JGPR

    • By: gregblood Posted: March 8, 2020

      Good job getting almost all of them, and an even better job of disguising the names of the artists.

      • By: gregblood Posted: March 8, 2020

        The “Econoline M” was particularly hard to decipher. But I got it.

  3. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 21, 2020

    Late to the party, dearest, but thanks for the good wishes in your video. Great to hear that Minnesota accent too, to keep it realer.

    Well done on the inaugural CLC20 entry. You get extra points for that. And YOUR town certainly features in so many popular songs, it’s amazing.

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