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Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (No. 736)…

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On the bike, or at least being pulled behind the bike…$167 in groceries. (Note to self…don’t stop at the grocery store for “just a couple things” with an empty stomach).

Things that can be carried on a bike (#735)…

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Nine cardboard boxes of varying sizes.

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Things that can be carried on a bike (#734), with brief commentary.

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Things on the bike…$62 in groceries, a bag with a change of clothes, a camera and an extra lens.

So this didn’t happen today, it happened last week and hadn’t happened in a while, but for whatever reason I was thinking about it as I loaded my bike with groceries today, and then was thinking about it still as I pedaled to the JCC to sit in the shvitz for a while. It’s something that will inevitably happen to a cyclist. It happens less that it once did, but still it happens. I’m talking about being yelled at out a car window to get off the road. There are, of course, endless variations of the statement with equally endless possibilities to insert various expletives. Sometimes I’ll yell back, stating that I have the same rights as them, but this time was different. This time they didn’t swear, but they ended the sentence with “snowflake,” and yes I am aware of its derogatory implication. “Get off the road, snowflake,” is what he said and it sort of startled me. This is what they assumed of me simply because I was on a bike.

I was so taken aback that I didn’t yell anything in return. But if I did I should have yelled something like, “Well if being a tree-hugging, climate-change-believing, bicycle-riding, Jesus-following, beatnik, hippie, women-loving/supporting, survivor-believing, black/blue/all lives matter-supporting, immigrant-loving, LGTBQ supporting, pro-choice, democratic-socialist makes me a snow flake, then okay. But I still have as much right on this road as you.

While this statement may sound a bit snarky on my part, and I suppose it is, I’ve also been thinking a lot about the Golden Rule lately. Especially as I scroll through social media where people can speak their mind or post nonsensical memes without being face-to-face to those they target (which, imho is a real detriment to society), it’s sort of like an electronic version of yelling out a car window, I suppose.

Mostly we think of the Golden Rule as spoken by the Jew from Nazareth who came to be known as the Christ, but it is mentioned by prophets before and after him in the bible, and in the sacred texts of most religions, for that matter. It’s the most simple concept but also the most difficult. What I am referring to, of course, is loving our neighbors as ourselves. This, I suppose, even means loving the guy who yelled at me, and also people who I don’t agree with. This is likely no more easy a concept now that it was two millennia ago. What came to me while sitting and sweating in the steam room is that while yes, I do have to love my neighbor (meaning everyone within the realm of my little life, both real and virtual), that I do need to treat them with respect and dignity as another fellow person on this third rock from the sun. But at the same time I don’t think I need to, or even think I have the ability, to like everyone. We can disagree but still treat each other with respect. We need to if we want our country to survive. I’ll get off my little soapbox now.


Urban Simplicity.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#733)…

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There is no machine known that is more efficient than a human on a bicycle. A bowl of oatmeal, 30 miles, you can’t come close to that. Put a bowl of oatmeal in your car, you’re not going anywhere, let alone 30 miles.” ~Bill Nye

On the bike…$62.00 in groceries

Things that can be carried on a bike (#730)…

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“There is no machine known that is more efficient than a human on a bicycle.  A bowl of oatmeal, 30 miles, you can’t come close to that.”
~Bill Nye

On The Bike…
A bottle of red wine and all the ingredients for whole wheat-roast vegetable pizza. Click here for recipes.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#728)…

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A pug!

This is Maxwell, one of the pugs that owns me. He is relieved as we were on our way home from the groomer and having painful ingrown dew claws dealt with. He’s resting now with his new rawhide chew-toy.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#727)…

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On the bike:

A small backpack containing wet gym clothes, about $25 in groceries and sundries, and a small Charlie Brown-Style Christmas Tree.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#726)…

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“The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.”
― Christopher Morley

On the bike…a new 6′ metal shelf still in its packaging. 

 

Things that can be carried on a bike (#725)…

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$52 in groceries, $47 in office supplies, two bottles of red wine, a camera, and a backpack containing a change of clothes from the gym.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#724)…

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“There is no machine known that is more efficient than a human on a bicycle.”

~Bill Nye

To read Bill Nye’s short essay, Why I Bike, and from where this quote was culled, click here.

To see more in the Things That can be Carried on a Bike series, click here.


On the bike: $47 in groceries.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#723)…

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There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine is drunk.

~M.F.K. Fisher

On the bike: An electric mixer, an 18-year-old sourdough starter, and all the small-wares and ingredients to to have a bread baking class.

Urban Simplicity.  

Things that can be carried on a bike (#717)…

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I haven’t been using the trusty old Mundo v3 that often in recent years as I’ve other options these day, but when I need to haul large or heavy things it’s nice to know it’s still there, and geeze o’ man is it fun to ride.

Anyhow, on the bike: A cardboard box with 8 live vegetable plants, a book, a magazine, an extra front bicycle rack, and a small pile of lumber.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#716)…

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Another bike.

Here’s the brief story behind this photo…I had to take the Boda Boda to the shop to have some bearings replaced, so I dropped it off and walked home. They called and said it was ready so I rode the Dahon to the shop and towed it home with the Boda Boda. I’ve done this before with larger bikes but not in a while. It was fun.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#714) and a quote…

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[Commuting by bicycle is] an absolutely essential part of my day. It’s mind-clearing, invigorating. I get to go out and pedal through the countryside in the early morning hours, and see life come back and rejuvenate every day as the sun is coming out.”

~James L. Jones, Barack Obama’s former national security advisor


On the bike: 47 framed photos of various sizes on their way to a show.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#713)

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Two cardboard boxes…one containing approximately forty dollars in groceries, and the other is a case of red wine. Essentials.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#712)…

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A dozen framed photos on their way home after a month-long group show.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#711)…

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A plastic tub containing about $40 in groceries, a gym bag full of wet clothes, and a small Christmas tree.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#710)…

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A bin containing a few groceries and sundries; a cardboard box containing a pair of chef pants and kitchen clogs and a few items from the hardware store; a book bag containing a journal, a few books, and other things; and a new toilet seat.

More things on a bike.

Urban Simplicity.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#678)…

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$170 in groceries, sundries, and dog food. Three liters of red wine. And a double order of Chinese take out.

Now if I were the type of person that liked to scrunch words together and put a number symbol in front of them (which of course is also known as a hashtag), I would likely do it to the following phrases… cars are optional, bicycles are vehicles, human powered, be the change you want to see, and freedom (and yes, I am aware the last one is a word and not a phrase but that’s what makes it special I suppose).

Urban Simplicity.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#676)…

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Among other things, a case of red wine…

Urban Simplicity.

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