Five Faces

Judging by the barn’s red face, it must be either very sunburned or very embarrassed.

A face on a net

Cement eyes, grass nose, cracked dirt mouth

Lit up eyes, orange nose, yellow mouth.
Knotty eyes, rusty mouth
A picture of my bike to fulfill the requirements of the challenge. A lot of green and blue in there.

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.

12 response to "Five Faces"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: July 12, 2021

    Greg, I’m giving this quintet of faces a “C” grade, and that’s being pretty generous. The thing that’s most disappointing is that I KNOW you are capable of doing so much better. You have the potential to be the next Da Vinci of face pictures, but you put in no more effort than a three-year-old with a box of crayons. Why can’t you be more like Richie and Scottie and Emmie and Nanc and Suzie and Lednie? They’re all “A” students. You could be too if you worked a little harder like they do. You are single-handedly bringing down the G.P.A. of the Class of ’21. Listen kiddo, if you did only a little bit more than NOTHING you could get your grade up to at least a “B.”

    See me after class and we can discuss this matter further. Sincerely,

    – Your Homeroom Teacher and Czar of the Challenge

    • By: Scooter Posted: July 12, 2021

      You beat me to it, Greg. I was going to grade you myself, since I think your objectivity must be in question. If it were me, I’d give you a B. You show a keen and imaginative eye. Especially creative is the cement eyes, grass nose, and dirt mouth composition. Really, someone should write a poem for you here. It’s a shame that we don’t have a poet laureate any more.

      • By: gregblood Posted: July 13, 2021

        Only a person with a very strange mind
        Would post face pictures of this kind.
        I’m surprised someone would bother to grade me
        I’m surprised that someone even gave me a “B.”
        And don’t worry that I’ve become a challenge czar
        Cuz I can still be a laureate — a poetry star.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 12, 2021

    Helen vehemently disagrees with your homeroom teacher — all photos show creativity and imagination.
    That is to say, HR teacher is now on Helen’s S list.

    BTW, she adds being 5 faced is actually better than being 2 faced.

    PS I liked ’em too!

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: July 13, 2021

    You get an A+ from me! And I’m a former teacher, so I know something about grades!

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 13, 2021

      Thank you, Suzanne. Far be it from me to argue with a REAL teacher.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: July 13, 2021

    I think it is all A-grade work! And I marked university level assignments for a while, so I think I should have some weight, too (not as much as the teachers though!). I love the Cement Eyes guy. The round eyes must remind me a bit of WALL-E which is my fav animated movie.

    So with the road construction… when they come in and put in curbs and gutters, do the residents have to pay for part of it? Over here I was a very surprised that residents’ have to pay about a third of the costs for the curbs when they are put in. They calculate it per metre. Apparently, having curbs increases property value, so they think you should have to pay a bit to get that value increase. You can’t opt out either! Poor Nigel dreads the day they come to “improve” the village he lives in – he has a 1/4 acre block but the street frontage is wide (most older blocks in Oz in towns and cities are long in depth and narrow in breadth – but his is opposite!). All the new blocks are just tiny all ’round!

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 13, 2021

      Yup, when road work is done in MY Town we get assessed an additional property tax based on the width of the homeowner’s lot. It happened on my street about 7 years ago. I have to admit, though, the tax wasn’t as high as I was expecting. It probably didn’t hurt so bad because the city spreads the increase out over five years. I’m definitely glad we don’t live on a corner.

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: July 13, 2021

    I think you’re a little tough on yourself. The ‘Cement eyes, grass nose, cracked dirt mouth’ is a classic, at least a AA-. As we say here ‘You’ve got runs on the board’ I haven’t even started.

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 13, 2021

      You haven’t started? I thought you posted something. Well, I guess I’m going to have to take back what I said in the first comment — the one where I gave you credit for being an “A” student along with the others. I’m afraid I’m going to have to give you a grade of “INCOMPLETE.”

  6. By: NancyG Posted: July 13, 2021

    Definitely A — for each and all. Such creativity should not be squashed by that home room teacher.

  7. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: July 15, 2021

    These are among your finest work as a cyclist. Seems like we’d all like a word with your home room teacher.

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