What a week it’s been for yours truly! And, of course, I’m going to tell you about it, whether I think you’ll be interested or not.
The first event came on Monday when my dad called to say he just got his second Covid shot. He was feeling good and also pretty cocky about feeling no side effects.
The next day we called to check in on him and he was feeling miserable. He said every joint in his body was aching. I was already thinking about having to make a trip down to Iowa. Then on Wednesday we checked in again and he was feeling fine and all the pain was gone except, for some reason, his thumb hurt a little.
With great relief that my dad was doing OK, I went out for a ride. There was a little bit of fresh snow sticking to the ground and the tree branches, but it was melting quickly. As I rode along, I pulled my phone out of my pocket to take a picture of the pretty snow. The bad thing is that, while holding the phone with one hand, I squeezed my rear brake lever with the other hand and I didn’t slow down at all. I put the phone back in my pocket and squeezed the other brake and got only a very little resistance.
Upon inspection, I could not believe the rear brake pads were worn down to almost nothing and the front pads weren’t much better. Usually brake pad wear becomes evident to me well before they completely fail. I was lucky I wasn’t approaching a stop light while speeding down a hill when I discovered this.
Obviously, that event put an end to my bike ride and I had to drive 15 miles to the nearest bike shop.
I’m not done yet, though. With my brake pads replaced, I went riding again yesterday. I had a great idea for the Cycle-365 Kodachrome Challenge. I’ve been noticing that the absolute BEST colors in MY Town right now are on the playground equipment at the city parks.
By carefully planning a good route, I figured I could hit all 37 city parks in about a 25 mile bike ride. I could photograph all the colorful playgrounds and be home by 1:00 to start posting my amazing finds.
Well, as the famous saying goes, “all great plans by bikes and men get screwed up big time.”
I did fine for a while but, while setting up my phone for a timed-picture at about the sixth playground, the phone fell off a bench onto the concrete slab underneath. I’ve dropped my phone many times over the last five years. The screen has been full of cracks for over a year, but everything keeps working good enough. Not this time. Every function on my Samsung Galaxy S-8 froze up. Nothing worked. Nothing.
I panicked and rode straight to the T-Mobile store to get a new phone. Never in my youthful 62 years did I ever think I’d be so addicted to a phone that suddenly it would become the ONLY thing I could focus on at the time. I almost felt like the broken phone was a worse disaster than having no brakes on my bike.
So I got the new S-21 and it’s pretty cool. I resumed my city park playground expedition this morning. Between yesterday and today I got to all of them. Only about half of the 37 parks have playground equipment, and some of the equipment is so faded out that I didn’t even bother to take pictures. (You can be thankful for that.) Following are some of the most colorful ones and maybe you’ll be able to find the so-called adult playing on a few of them. After this hectic week, can you blame me for wanting to get out and PLAY?
That’s all I’ve got. Hope you enjoyed the Kodachrome.