Thursday, August 1, 2013
Bicycle and litter
I don’t even remember when I purchased the bicycle.
I’ve moved it with me over the years.
For as long as we’ve lived in our house in Holly Springs (about 11 years), it’s been in a storage room.
A couple of Saturdays ago, after hearing about some other local bike riders, I decided to see if it was still operational.
I’d always thought that I’d prefer riding my bike for exercise, versus walking or running.
When I pulled the bicycle out of storage, there were cobwebs all over it and even a spider or two. The tires were flat. The chain was rusty, as was some other parts of the bike.
I took it to the water faucet first.
Then I pumped up the tires. Then I put a little oil on the chain. Then I tried it out.
There are too many hills in our neighborhood. I made it up the small side OK and coasted down the other. But making it back up the steeper side was a different story. I had to get off and push a bit.
Quickly, I realized just how out of shape this soon to be 52-year-old really is.
I’ve continued the bike-riding every other day. Maybe I can gradually work my way up that hill.
It’s a lot better in the downtown area. Sunday afternoon, I drove to the office to work a little while, and also loaded the bicycle into the back of my little GMC Sonoma.
After finishing what I needed to accomplish in the office, I rode the bike around the downtown area.
I saw a few familiar faces but they didn’t wave.
I’m sure they were thinking, “Is that Barry? It can’t be – not riding a bike.”
Whether I can keep up the occasional bike riding or get more frequent is still to be determined.
I did have a person tell me last week that it looked like I had lost a little weight. That gave me some encouragement to keep on riding.
On a different topic around town, I’ve not been too encouraged by the garbage along our streets. I’ve written about this many times and urged people not to litter.
Apparently, there’s no cure – at least for lots of folks.
As we were leaving for church Sunday, I noticed a fast food bag with a sandwich box and other contents scattered on Chulahoma Avenue in Holly Springs.
Then I noticed an empty box, once filled with a dozen soft drink cans.
And as we traveled further, I noticed beer cans and some liquor bottles.
A couple of weeks ago, I saw City of Holly Springs crews on the downtown square, picking up garbage left by other folks.
While I appreciate the city workers and their efforts to make our town look better, I don’t understand what these litterbugs are thinking. Apparently, they’re not thinking.
City workers often labor to pick it up and then the next day the streets are trashed once again.
Visitors are constantly either passing through our downtown area or stopping for visits. There are a lot here right now – as part of the film crew for the pilot series, “Quarry.”
First impression means everything.
I guess I will keep writing about the litter problem again and again and again – hoping some day it will soak into the mind of at least one.
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