Denise Goldberg's blog

Thursday, June 15, 2006

An unexpected walk

This week started with two sunny suitable for bike commuting days, but continued with two very wet and somewhat gray days. I say somewhat because the sky cleared to blue around three this afternoon. It seemed like a good day for a short after-work ride.

Well, it seemed like that to me, but apparently not to my bike. I was about 5 miles from home when something started feeling odd. What? It turned out to be a flat tire, not something that happens too often. It was odd in that it was the same tire that flatted just about a month ago. I pulled out the old tube, looked at the tire and found a piece of protruding glass. Hey - that doesn't belong there! At that point I found a slash in the tire. Hmmm. I guess I'll put a tire patch (usually used on the tube!) on the inside of the tire. (Actually, a dollar bill would have worked better as a tire boot, but silly me only had a twenty and that seemed like a lot of money to keep inside of a tire! I need to remember to take some one dollar bills with me, just in case).

As I was putting my "enough to get me home" patch in the tire, the woman who lived the in house where I was working came out with two of her sons. They were about to go watch her other son play softball. She stopped to see if I was OK, and my answer was yes. Then she offered me a ride home. Normally I would just fix the tire and continue my ride, but that slash on the tire made me very nervous. It was a good offer, and I took her up on it. Road angels appear when you least expect them, don't they?

I found it interesting that when she offered me the ride she said "I know I'm a stranger and you don't know me, but if that doesn't make you uncomfortable I'd be happy to drive you home". To which I responded "you don't know me either; you just noticed me sitting in front of your house changing a tire and were kind enough to offer help in the form of a ride - but I'd be glad to take you up on your offer". I guess we are both trusting people. And I had an interesting conversation with her young sons as they gave me a lift home.

It was early enough when I got home to head out on a different bike, but maybe the tire was a sign that this wasn't really meant to be a riding day. Walking with a camera sounded like a good alternative to me for today.

And yes, I am going to replace my slashed tire with not one but two tires - one for the bike, and one as a backup. Hopefully buying an extra tire will mean that I will not need it.

I'm always amazed at the beauty around me - looking at things (as opposed to looking beyond things) has definite rewards.

And sometimes it's the unexpected things that bring a smile to my face. This rubber duck was paddling aroung the reflecting pool on the Merrimack College campus. The flash of unexpected yellow in the water drew me closer...

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