UPSIDE-DOWN IN ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA

Most of you can skip reading these first two paragraphs of this post, as well as the video that follows.  Their only purpose is to, once again, defend my tough-guy stature.  I know, I know, last time I vowed to ignore anybody else who dared to dare me.  However, this time I am responding to a comment that wasn’t exactly a dare, but more of a subtle hint that I may have been exaggerating my ability to perform a perfect headstand.  Now, it’s certainly understandable why people would question whether a doofus like me is capable of executing such an astonishingly amazing stunt, but you should know that I take headstanding very seriously.  It is the one skill I possess that has made me famous all over the world.  You probably remember a few decades ago when a talented young fifth-grader at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School in Dyersville, Iowa outlasted his entire gym class in a headstanding contest.  (By far, I might add.)  Well, that talented young fifth-grader was ME.

Therefore, this video should be quite easy for an accomplished headstander such as myself.  In fact, it should be SO easy that I plan to add a little extra touch to my performance.  I call it “HeadStand-Up Comedy.”  Like the famous stand-up comedian, Rodney Dangerfield, I don’t get no respect either.

 

Hopefully that will satisfy all you Doubting Thomas’s and Doubting Janets out there.  Note that there were no strings or cables holding me up.  No special effects.  Feet together.  Toes pointed.  And I could have stood upside down all day like that, but doing so would have taken way too long to upload to YouTube, so I discontinued the headstand after I ran out of hilarious jokes.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, we can move on to the more important bicycling part of my day.  I am pleased to show you a few photos of some great St. Paul monuments, and even a little liquid, without having to constantly remind you about my incredible feats of balancing magic.  Yes, the feats are wonderful and astounding, but this post is about St. Paul, not ME!  So try to forget about the marvelous video you just saw, and concentrate on the beauty of Minnesota’s capitol city.

An impressive work of art and also a futuristic sculpture in the West Side Sculpture Park.

 

A statue of a soldier is impressed by the statue of a guy standing on his head, on marble, at the Korean War Memorial.

 

The guy who ran through that wall was clearly standing upright. Just sayin’.

 

Monoliths of various sizes and shapes.

 

My bike stands upside down on a bridge above the liquid of the Mississippi River.

 

In the foreground to the left is a recent addition to the St. Paul skyline.  (Feet together, toes pointed.)

 

I noticed a festival was going on at Harriet Island. I thought it would be beneficial to check it out. It was the Irish Fair. There are a lot of Irish folks in St. Paul.

 

I spent less than 20 minutes at the Irish Fair, but I managed to purchase two souvenirs. Number one was a pint of Finnegan’s Irish Ale. The second was a t-shirt of the Irish version of Walt Disney, which was modeled by my bike while standing on its head.

 

Charles Schultz was from St. Paul. His cartoon characters–Snoopy, Charley Brown, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty, etc.–are honored all over the city. I’m a cartoon character too.

 

I hope you enjoyed my selfless tour of St. Paul.  After many years of experience, I’ve learned that sometimes you just have to get over yourself–and your amazing abilities–and just appreciate the wonders of a great city.

 

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.

7 response to "UPSIDE-DOWN IN ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA"

    • By: gregblood Posted: August 14, 2018

      Now that guy is amazing. I think Emily (The Navigator) used to do some of that kind of stuff.

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: August 13, 2018

    You’d do well in Downunderland, we’re always upside down. What about some cartwheels or backflips.

    • By: gregblood Posted: August 14, 2018

      Cartwheels and backflips? Oh, oh . . . sounds like another video coming up.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 13, 2018

    Very impressive! (Im challenged standing on two feets part of the time!) 😉

    • By: gregblood Posted: August 14, 2018

      Theoretically, the headstand should be easier than regular standing because it provides three contact points with the ground. Give it a try. You might never go back to standing on two feet.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: August 14, 2018

    Wow – so many headstands on CONCRETE and BRICK! Absolutely amazing – and a lifelong talent. You must have a very strong core to do that. Now if only we could see you doing this on a very windy and frozen liquid-y day! Does winter apparel affect balance?
    I did ride freestyle bikes for about 10 years but I could never do the tricks linked by Suzanne. I loved learning different tricks, but I sucked.

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