Top of the evening everyone...
I have not been blogging much lately. I am not sure as to why. One of my loyal readers told me the other day that she misses my missives. Now I am feeling pressure.
You may remember last year that I won a bicycle last year in a contest. That was amazing. I then had two bicycles. The one I won was a little bit more mini-van than sports car, but that is okay. I teased it up a little. The free bicycle ended up costing almost $500.
We were visiting my in-laws in December. One of Rav Jen's friends from USY came up to visit us. While we were chatting, it turned out that he likes to ride. He is much more serious. He rides triathlons. I use that word playing Scrabble. He said he had an extra road bike and offered it to me.
After spending several minutes confirming that he was serious, I said sure. We would swing through Philadelphia in February to get it. I told him to attempt to sell it before then. He said he was either going to keep it or give it to me. We picked up the bicycle in February. He will not miss it. He has five or six other rides.
Another free bicycle...yes, and another $500 from my wallet. I have got to stop getting free bicycles. It needed pedals, a tune-up, the right kind of shoes, and a saddle.
I can lift this bicycle with two fingers. I took it for a ride last week. Clip-in pedals take some getting used to. I did not fall, but I humbly thank a congregant for being next to me at a moment when I lost my balance (I was standing still at the time).
I took it for a longer ride today. I have to tell you...you all know that I fully support the idea of riding on Shabbat. I do not know what it was, but I felt utterly free while I was out today. That feeling of freedom is what Shabbat is supposed to be about.
The really good news is that I have a road bike...a really good one. I also have two other bicycles. One of them will go to Jesse as soon as he tells me wants it.
The only thing left to do is to convince my daughter that riding is almost as good as chocolate.
Have a great evening.