Fun With Frozen Water (Featuring a Performance By The G-2 Comedy Troupe)

It’s a New Year and even though we’re only half of a day into it, I’m already liking it. I guess that’s because I just got back from a refreshing 90-minute bike ride.

I’m going to back up a little and tell you about my exciting New Year’s Eve. For the first time in several years, I was awake at the magical hour when one year turns into another.

Now, don’t go thinking I was partying all night. I had a couple of the finest beers in the world (Surly Abrasive) and I was in bed by 10:15 p.m., just as I am EVERY night. But last night I was awakened by a flurry of loud fireworks in my neighborhood that lasted from about 11:55 p.m. on December 31st to about 12:05 a.m. on January 1st. Then I rolled over and went back to sleep. The Feeshko didn’t wake up at all. We are so lame.

This morning’s weather was pretty nice. Twenty-degrees (F) with hints of sun and no wind. My intention was to find polygonal shapes for the January Challenge, but that was too hard. Instead, I focused on ICE which is quite easy to find in MY Town. The temperature hasn’t been above freezing since Dec. 24 and most of the night-time lows have been in the single digits above ZERO. That means the lakes and rivers have been icing over, and the city has started flooding the outdoor skating rinks.

Awesome athlete that he is, even The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong cannot stay upright on sheer ice.

Even the mighty Mississippi River is no match for the overwhelming power of ice.

Here is the first significant icicle I’ve seen this winter. It’s a pretty good one, but they’ll get much better in Febiary, Febyuairy, Febluary, Febalary, February.

I hope you enjoyed my pictures of ICE so far, but I’m not done yet.

Minnesota is well known as “The State of Hockey.” It is also an ice fishing Mecca. With that in mind, G-2 and G-Three thought it would be funny to act out a very old joke. They were hoping that nobody outside of the upper-midwest had heard it before. They even recruited me to participate in their skit. Collectively, we are known as the G-2 Comedy Troupe.

Just a couple of Minnesota buddies fishing on the ice.

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.

11 response to "Fun With Frozen Water (Featuring a Performance By The G-2 Comedy Troupe)"

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 1, 2021

      Surely I should correct my spelling of the brewer’s name from Surley to Surly, but I’m not going to.

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 1, 2021

    Run, skate, slide, or ride, G2 and G3!!!! The Zamboni is approaching!!!

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 2, 2021

      I wanna drive a zamboni! Next time I visit one of the local hockey rinks, I will post a great Zamboni song by a Minnesota band called Gear Daddies. Oh, what the heck, I’ll do it right now.

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 2, 2021

      Probably not, but I can’t help myself.

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 2, 2021

    Good thing that Arena Manager kicked you off. Fishing is horrible unless you’re on a beach in summer with a beer watching a sunset at the same tame as you’re pulling in large tasty fish.

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 2, 2021

      I’ve gone fishing on ice, and I’ve been fishing on a beach, and I’ve gone fishing from a boat. I can honestly say I haven’t enjoyed any version of fishing. Even beer can’t make it better.

  3. By: BobinVT Posted: January 2, 2021

    Tnis is inspiring me to do a post with ice fishing pictures. Unfortunately, our ice has not gotten thick enough for the shanties to be out yet. Soon perhaps.

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 2, 2021

      I haven’t seen any ice fishing shacks around here yet either, but I suspect they’ll be out soon. Are there any dumb Vermontians who drive their $40,000 trucks on the ice before it’s thick enough? There are plenty of Minnesotans who do that every year.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: January 2, 2021

    Oooh, the first icicle. Yay! I had not heard that joke before, and I did have a boyfriend for a couple years who was from MN. All of that looks very, very slippery – which could be lots of fun, just not on a bike. Stay safe, and all the best to the Feeshko getting around in all of that on her new knee.

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