BEFORE AND AFTER: June 22

“What Are Words Worth?”

There aren’t going to be a lot of words in this post even though I like words quite a bit. In exchange for not subjecting you to my wordiness, I’m going to post my favorite “rap” song of all time. It’s a LIVE version, so if you don’t like the words you can watch the band playing and dancing around. The song pretty much says it all about words.

But first, here are my Before & After pictures:

July 27, 2013, somewhere outside Clark Fork, Idaho. The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong was young, reckless, and curious about what could be beyond that gate.


June 22, 2020, somewhere outside Welch, Minnesota. The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong is now older, wiser, reckless-er, and curious-er about what goes on behind “DANGER” signs.


What are words worth? They’re worth a lot.

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.

9 response to "BEFORE AND AFTER: June 22"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 23, 2020

    I’ve always appreciated your wordiness Greg except when you denigrate the GBP (although a clever insult isn’t bad). I lasted 2.31minutes into that video which I’m impressed with (my forbearance not the video).

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 23, 2020

      Oh, c’mon dude! Somewhere around 2:35 is where the fun REALLY begins. The Tom Tom Club has a highly respected, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section. I know music is a very personal thing, but crank up the volume, turn up the bass, and give this another chance.

      • By: Bill Stone Posted: June 23, 2020

        It probably helps the rhythm when the bass player and drummer are married to each other.

        • By: gregblood Posted: June 24, 2020

          Indeed, one of the happiest married couples in all of rockdom.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: June 24, 2020

    Haha! I had kinda forgotten about the Tom Tom Club. I much preferred Talking Heads.

    BUT, one of my memories from kindergarten is going to school skating parties at the local roller rink. It had once been a bowling alley and the skating rink was where the old lanes were and consequently was a bit wavy. At the first few parties, when I was first getting up the courage (I was pretty fearless as a kid) to go out and skate on the big rink with all the big kids, I remember the song Genius of Love being played. Whenever I hear that song, I’m 5-years-old again and going out on that big slippery rink in the dark with all these kids 2-3X my height (the rink was so much slicker than the concrete driveway at home!).

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 24, 2020

      I greatly enjoyed that roller skating story.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: June 24, 2020

    By the way, I was just reading this article in the New York Times about how Baby Boomers can be divided into two groups with the younger cohort can be called Generation Jones. It made me think of you and your different music preferences to the older Boomers. Check it out here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/opinion/baby-boomers-trump.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
    It starts:All summer long we’d been reliving the ’60s. Again. There were the boomers, reminiscing about Howdy Doody, Vietnam, the Summer of Love.

    Watching all of this, I thought, well, damn. I don’t have anything in common with these people at all. Which is awkward, because I too am a baby boomer.

    Or so I thought. Because then a friend of mine — born, like me, in 1958 — told me that we’re not boomers. We’re Generation Jones.

    It was a term I’d never heard before, although a quick internet search revealed that yes, Generation Jones is an actual thing. It refers to the second half of the baby boom, to a group of people born roughly from 1954 to 1965.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: June 24, 2020

      Wow, thanks for the pointer to the article! I’m a Generation Joneser and never knew it (1956). Reading the article, seems like it describes me pretty well, at least the good parts of Generation J but of course not the bad. I do like the Beatles though, so that’s a bit of an anomaly. Oh, and nobody would describe me as conservative…

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 24, 2020

      Yes, I AM a Generation Jones. Like Bob, I’m not conservative and I never knew I had my own generational status until now. (1958 for me–same as the author of the article.) My favorite sentence in the article was “The fact that most people have never even heard of Generation Jones is the most Generation Jones thing about Generation Jones.” That sounds like something I would write.

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