Among Other Things, It’s National SMILE Month

I tried to produce a bigger smile than G-2 but found it to be impossible. Obviously, he has a huge advantage because he’s a cartoon character. No human being can curve his or her mouth as exaggeratedly as G-2 can.

Sometimes I think it would be nice to be a cartoon character. I mean, they can get flattened by a truck and still get up off the pavement. They can get torn apart by a dog, ride over a cliff, have an anvil fall on their head, or get blown up by dynamite, and in the next scene they reappear with nary a scratch. That kind of resilience would be a big advantage for us bike riders.

Speaking of bike riders, today, June 3rd, is World Bike Day. How appropriate is that?

My three surviving bikes are up for that celebration!

June is also National Candy Month. I don’t eat much candy, but I can’t wait for National Popcorn Month–if there is such a thing. (After seeing all the crazy June celebrations, I have to believe popcorn gets a chance to shine sometime during the year.)

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 "Among Other Things, It’s National SMILE Month"

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 4, 2022

      One day? That just isn’t fair to my favorite snack food.

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: June 4, 2022


  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 4, 2022

    Jiffy Pop makes a great fire alarm too — just hang it on the wall 😉

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 5, 2022

    National Nougat Day was in March too…Not fair

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: June 6, 2022

    I am so totally with you on the popcorn. I could eat it everyday… and have done so at various times in my life. Off the menu at the moment as I deal with the gut bugs, but I crave it all the time!

    I think your new bike has a very mean looking seat compared to your other bikes – very aggressive-looking.

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 6, 2022

      I never noticed the obvious difference in seats until you mentioned it. It does look more like a racing saddle, but it doesn’t feel any different. I guess I just have a hard ass. One thing I HAVE been noticing is the new drop bar configuration. In the past, I’ve pretty much always ridden the brake hoods. I’m very pleased with how much more comfortable it is to ride the new bike in the lower drop bar position.

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