I told Nancy I was going to rip off the “FROTY” acronym she used yesterday. I gave her at least 5 minutes to object. Since I haven’t heard anything back from her, I figure I’m good to go. (I’m pretty sure that’s how copyright law works.)

My actual FROTY was on a cold January 1st morning, and I rode each of the next five days as well. They were all cold. January 6th was my FMROTY. (First Missed Ride of the Year.) I made my monthly trip down to Iowa for the purpose of driving my dad to his Oncology appointment in Cedar Rapids. He’s doing extremely well.

As I’ve reported previously, my dad caused a pretty serious auto accident back in July. The state of Iowa took away his driving privileges pending his being able to pass written and on-the-road driving tests. Surprisingly to my brothers and me, he passed them both. But we made him promise not to drive at night or out of town.

Quite coincidentally, on Friday evening, an episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond” aired on the TV Land Channel in which the Barone family became concerned about Raymond’s dad’s erratic driving. My dad was laughing his ass off (as was I) and he said, “Hey, that’s just like me!”

Anyway, I’m back to MY Town. We drove back yesterday when the temperature had gotten all the way up to 30-degrees (F) but it was too late for a bike ride. This morning it was back down to -2 degrees and there was a bit of a wind. I had to ride anyway. That would be the FRATIT. (First Ride After the Iowa Trip.)

My icicle pointing routine failed in a couple of ways. First, I dropped the icicle and the point broke off. Second, the stub-nosed icicle wasn’t even aimed at the chimney. How embarrassing.

I liked the contrast of the brick chimney rising up in the middle of a house with vinyl siding.

I’m not sure why I liked this concrete chimney with a metal chimney rising out of it.

I really, really liked this mailbox because it looked like a cabin with a chimney.

CHopper is a slang word for helicopter. I had to take a picture because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a chopper with a contrail before.

The next three pictures were intended to show you another CH word–CHump. That would be ME. Only a chump would ride in these conditions, right? And several failed attempts at a timed picture proved me to be an even bigger chump and also brought a premature end to my bike ride.

My first attempt was oh so close. The next two attempts didn’t have any part of me in them.

The fourth attempt snapped before I set the timer, yet I think it might have been the best one.

This blurry one was the final straw. My hands were ridiculously cold after that many attempts. I accepted this photo as the best I could do. I’m not a cold weather CHump, I’m a cold weather CHarlatan.

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.

6 response to "FMROTY and FRATIT"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: January 9, 2022

    Nice house in the first picture. And I think the blurry shot is kind of artistic. Just call it intentional motion blur.
    “Surprisingly to my brothers and me, I passed them … ” Intentional joke or a typo? Your dad took the tests, right? Or did I miss something?

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 9, 2022

      I thought about explaining the blurry photo as me being too fast to photograph, but I knew nobody would believe it.

      Good catch on my typo. I can’t believe I didn’t see that myself. Of course, I had to correct it so your comment will make no sense to anybody else who reads this.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: January 9, 2022

    Laughed out loud at your acronyms Greg! I say, how could you possibly have those two kerfuffles with your icicle/pointer. Just not like you oh great guru. I like all your photos, including the blur ;’-),

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 9, 2022

    Nice ensemble of chimneys!
    Can’t say I’ve ever seen a contrail behind a helicopter either.
    Glad to hear your dad is doing well, and a great sense of humor to boot. (Must be a DNA thing) πŸ™‚

  4. By: Scooter Posted: January 12, 2022

    Not sure why you like that concrete chimney either, but the cabin mailbox is very nice. Especially good to hear that your dad is doing well with his treatment, but can’t someone just grab the keys to the car and toss them through a hole in the ice somewhere?

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