September 16, 2009
Upon reading my previous posts, I realize (and this is not the first time) how much personal information I divulge and also how incredibly wacky my posts are. I'm talking about babies. And bikes. And my dress. And the weather. Jeez! Thanks for putting up with me and continuing to read the rampant chronicles of Miss Sarah.
Weather continues to be good. Thanks, global warming.
I had a lunch downtown this afternoon. When I was getting ready earlier I was rummaging through my closet looking for something that I would never wear in the winter. Found this old gem! I remember when my mom saw it years ago and said that it was so ugly, and that it looked old and tacky. Ironic, because I LIKE it due to its being old and tacky looking. Go figure.
It was a joyous day of "Hello!" out on the bike. Like stopping at the same red light next to this tree remnant collecting truck with three shirtless dudes inside. Talking about how it's hot out, and negotiating who is going to go first when the light turns green... that fun banter you don't always have with motor vehicles. Glorious!
After crossing the bridge I ran into Raffaella and Wade reading books in the park. Stopped to say 'hi' to them and took a picture of another fellow bike sister out during the lunch hour.
Continued on and had somebody shout to me that they were impressed that I was biking around in heels (yeah yeah) and later on some girl shouted from the stoop of a music venue that she loved my bike, all while the roadies were moving gear into the place for a show later tonight.
One of the things I love the most about biking is the sense of community. Not just with other cyclists, but with people in general. The feeling of being connected to the space and people you come across on a daily basis, just makes me feel so very alive, active, and happy.
So the lunch was at the Edmonton Marriot, whose restaurant has a fantastic veranda overlooking our river valley. Friends Ashley and Mina took the City of Edmonton bikes. The city has a bike library that its employees can use for work or recreation... so they came on bike too.
Here's Ashley, who was having a hell of a time with the wind tunnel our bikes were parked in. I think I saw both her bum cheeks a total of 3 times as she was trying to get the wind to stop raping her skirt. The best part was her mortified squealing. I thought it was funny. But we all know that I'm going to have some problem with my own skirt and bum exposure in the near future because the Universe will think it's funny when it happens to me too.
Ashley also had on pretty shoes. Good colour. Ditto with the toes.
Since we were in front of a huge parkade the girls were joking about my taking photographs showing off how pretty Edmonton is. I took this last picture to commemorate the irony.