Last night TheWeeOne and I went to a movie. We didn’t speak on the way home – it was late.
Pulling into the driveway, the engine stopped, and we rested briefly in the quiet. My ears hissed and echoed the freeway speeds like a small shell on the beach.
It’s so quiet here
She nodded and I filled the space again.
But, I guess I hear like, a hissing noise in my ears.
She gestured with her chin out the window wordlessly, paused for effect, and said
Silence has lots of sounds.
Yesterday – LaGrande and I took a twelve mile ride – her first on my original Silvio. She handled it quite well – all on the flats.
Still some swerving and loss of concentration but she is relaxing into it and managed to increase her peak speed three times during the ride – all on the flats.
First 17mph was her goal; done.
Then 19mph was her goal – she hit 20.
Then the last part segment of the day she was shooting for over 20 – she hit 22.
Beyond that her average speed was around 13mph.
a favorite quote
I like the wind on my face! I can see why you like this!
Then, today, I took it upon myself to thin the herd in the front of the house.
Removed a lot of the juniper and other evergreens that were choking out their neighbors.
Essentially – we’re setting the stage for enabling some of the nicer ornamentals to fill out.
I’m exceedingly itchy tonight.
On a walk in the nice yet windy weather TheWeeOne noted,
Hey, did you know, when I turn my head to the side the wind noise goes away.
To which I replied,
/insert here/ a 15 minute, one-sided “conversation” about the dynamics and resistance of fluids on objects culminating with how that sound represents turbulence and it’s deleterious impact on the speed of a moving bicycle. /end insert/
TheWeeOne first organized, and then shredded, bits of grass she clutched in her fist.
It’s definitely time I get back on my bike.