A Big Day For A Tough Guy

It was a big day for more than one reason. One of the reasons is that I got to go for a very nice bike ride. Another reason is that I got to take a few pictures for the monthly challenge which, you may recall, means they were pictures of things I’ve never photographed before.

Like the featured photo, for instance. I had never photographed thousands of branchless, leafless trees growing out of the ground before. Upon closer inspection, though, I was able to determine they weren’t branchless, leafless trees growing out of the ground at all; It was actually thousands of sticks that were poked into the ground. It was like a stick farm.

Yes, I had initially made an identification error, but I didn’t care because a photo of a stick farm is ALSO a first for me.

My first stick farm ever

I also have three more pictures and a video of never-before-photographed things. They are also related to plants.

In this one, I rode into a blizzard of petals falling off of white crabapple blossoms.

Here is a coating of pink crabapple petals.

With the possible exception of onions sauteeing in butter, I think lilacs have the sweetest smell on earth. Yet, I don’t think I’ve ever taken a picture of a lilac. And if I have, it certainly didn’t include my bike sniffing the blossoms lower down.

Pictures of stick farms, crabapple storms and wavy grass are all well and good, but they’re not the BEST thing about my big day. Nosiree!

I got home from my bike ride just in time to take a shower before heading off to an appointment I had made four weeks ago. I know what you’re thinking: “Thank goodness, Greg FINALLY made an appointment to see a psychiatrist.

No, I hadn’t made THAT long overdue appointment. Instead, it was for my second Covid shot and I couldn’t wait. The first one went well and I was confident the second one would too. I was not disappointed.

The nurse who administered it asked all the standard questions, which I answered with aplomb. She also explained the possible side effects in a chatty and fun way. Then, just before injecting me she asked, “would you like a Tweety Bird Band-Aid or a plain brown one?”

The injectees are required to sit in a waiting room for 15 minutes before leaving, which is no problem for me. Just as I was being escorted there, however, a young woman was being helped to an adjoining room by two nurses. I saw them helping her to lay down on a couch. I could sympathize. I’ve had that feeling like I was going to pass out when I got tetanus shots in my teens and 20’s and 40’s.

But this shot had no effect on me at all. I think, in my case, the secret is to look away when the needle goes in. I barely felt the pinprick, and even as I write this a few hours later I feel nothing at all on my arm.

# I Got The Shot. (The volunteer in the waiting room said I was the first person this afternoon to make use of the “Selfie Station.” I took that as a compliment.

Was there any doubt I’d choose the Tweety Bird Band-Aid? (I took this picture just a little while ago. My arm is still attached, I’m feeling fine, and I’m pleased to show that even Tough Guys like Tweety Bird.)

There you go. It was a big day. Great ride. Pictures of things I’ve never taken pictures of. And the best part is — just in case some random bike tourists should arrive in MY Town sometime in the early part of June — I feel assured that I’m safe and whoever shows up from Oregon or any other state will feel safe too.

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 "A Big Day For A Tough Guy"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: May 15, 2021

    Congrats! As Rich explained, you’ll feel tingling in your arm when the chip is transmitting data to your new cyber overlords. Welcome to the machine.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 15, 2021

    Yes, as Bill stated, that will happen.
    The good news is, the Tweety Bird band-aid will amplify anything Tweeted.

  3. By: Scooter Posted: May 15, 2021

    Great stick farm!!

    Good news that you’ve been twice shot., so that passersby can feel safe and secure. Probably safest to keep your vaccination card close at hand though should questions arise.

  4. By: BobinVT Posted: May 16, 2021

    Congratulations on joining the two shot club!

  5. By: Rocky Posted: May 16, 2021

    Congratulations! I wish I would of got a tweety bird band aid when I got my second shot.

  6. By: NancyG Posted: May 16, 2021

    Good for shot 2! Nice bandaid choices you had and I am jealous of that.

  7. By: Suzanne Posted: May 17, 2021

    Congrats on shot #2 – I also have both now. My trick when getting shots is to distract myself by pinching myself so hard that I don’t notice the shot at all. And I never look, either.

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