Today’s bike ride was dedicated solely to finding some flags to photograph for the monthly challenge. After only two minutes of riding the streets of MY Town, I could already see that this was going to be the EASIEST monthly challenge in the entire history of monthly challenges. I must say, until this morning, I never realized just how patriotic the citizens of MY Town seem to be. I’d estimate almost 25% of the residences, about the same percentage of businesses, and 100% of the government buildings–from city hall to the county government center to the public library to every single one of the schools–are displaying the American flag. And it’s not even a national holiday for god’s sake.
Since the Stars & Stripes of the U.S.A. are so commonplace (with the exception of my callously flagless house), I decided I should try to find other kinds of flags to meet the October Challenge. Still, here are a couple examples of “Old Glory.”
While on my search for distinctive flags, I saw a couple of interesting things that were not related to flags at all. Like when I rode past the railroad bridge over the Mississippi River. I heard a loud whistle blow, and then the deck of the bridge started rising. It does that to allow barges and other large boats to pass underneath. I’ve seen the bridge in the raised position many times, but I don’t think I’ve ever watched the process of raising the bridge. As cool as that was, even cooler was a sight I saw at the same time. A hawk swooped in and took a mourning dove right out of the air not more than 20 feet in front of me. In only a second the dove seemed to be lifeless and the hawk flew its limp body into a small wooded area nearby.
Let’s go back to the subject of flags, shall we? The next three pictures show a loyalty to something other than one’s country. These families appear to be more loyal to our local football team–The Minnesota Vikings. I am a fan of the Vikings too, but I’d never go so far as to display a Viking flag in my front yard. I might have done that when I was a 7th-grader, but not as a purported adult.
Now, there is a contributor to this website who lives in Perth, Australia. I will not reveal his identity for privacy reasons, but he has adopted the Green Bay Packers as his favorite American football team. He even named one of his bikes “The Pack-Mobile.” I think he knows the Packers are the arch-rival of the Vikings and he did those things for no other reason than to irritate me. I’m posting the following pictures to irritate him.
Finally, I’ve got a couple more flag pictures. Check ’em out!
Well, I’ve bored you enough. See you next month.