I suppose you thought I forgot about my duties as Czar of the Cycle365 Challenge just because I’m out of town and I’m preparing for a bike tour. Perish the thought!
In a way, the idea for this month’s challenge originated back in July. Remember when there was some discussion about seeing faces almost everywhere once we started looking for them? And remember how those faces became something like a visual version of an ear worm? And remember how Emily suggested ear worms might be a good theme for a future Cycle365 Challenge?
I agreed it would be a good idea and I put it on the back burner. But it got moved to the front burner while The Feeshko and I were driving from Minnesota to Washington. Here’s the story:
We were cruising along on I-90 at Montana’s legal speed limit of 80 MILES PER HOUR!!, listening to Montana Public Radio. For a couple hundred miles there had been some interesting news and human interest stories from NPR. Then, after the local affiliate out of Missoula took over and broadcast the local news, a children’s story hour came on. A woman with a very kind voice read a story about a heron and a frog who were good neighbors and good friends.
As I said, it was a children’s story but I enjoyed the heck out of it. After the story, the host played a couple of children’s songs. The first one was OK, but the second one was easily the best kid’s song I’ve ever heard. The Feeshko agreed.
When we got to our motel near the Montana-Idaho border, The Feeshko wanted me to find the song on Youtube so we could hear it again.
The next morning we wanted to listen to the song again and, of course, it became an ear worm for us the rest of the way to Spokane. That’s what got me to thinking about the ear worm challenge again. I wasn’t sure though, because we just had a music-related challenge a few months ago. So it went back to the back burner.
The next day, I rode my bike all over Spokane and came across a street sign that put the ear worm challenge right back on the front burner.
Well, I’m not a big believer in destiny. Therefore, the ear worm challenge has been moved to the middle burner. Let me explain.
For the first time ever, there will be two challenges going on at the same time. There will be the earworm challenge AND the challenge that had been on my front burner for several weeks. That would be my “Things That Make You Happy And Things That Make You Sad” Challenge. I’ll provide a few examples.
So there’s your challenge. Write about your earworms and the things that make you happy or sad. And unlike my pictures above, try to include your bike. Thank you.