BeanQuest

July 16, 2006

Mirth

Filed under: kidwork — Brian @ 6:49 pm

Last weekend, I took my much-neglected bicycle out for a ride on the path by the river that goes past Ohio Stadium and beyond to (I think) downtown Columbus.

If you’re going to an OSU football game, you could do much worse than parking somewhere along the trail and riding the rest of the way. (Beating The Post-Game Traffic 101, this is). I will surely do that myself, if I ever make it to a game. By myself, of course, ’cause nobody I know would be likely to want to do that, too.

Anyhow, about 19 miles on the bike, round trip. Just over an hour’s worth of riding. Repeated this weekend. I feel so much better when I get some decent exercise. I was telling Jennifer that it’s like I feel “clean inside” – like my blood is moving around better than it was before, and whatever junk may have accumulated is gone. I am developing a list of excuses to go ride my bike, now. I love that thing. I’ve had it for years, and am just now realizing how much I love it.

I just got back from a little outing with my younger (3-year-old) son. We went to Caribou for coffee, a cinnamon roll, and a glass of chocolate milk that would have had me in the bathroom every 10 minutes for an hour, but he gulped down with no apparent effect. Maybe he immediately transforms it into little boy components before it gets to the bladder. He’s certainly growing as if that’s the case.

Stopped on the way home to look for a cheap little USB hub (no luck. “little” yes, “cheap” no), and a few minutes running around the large, bright yellow circle of tile on the floor near the door of the store. One of the best things about going out with a little boy is that you have an unassailable excuse to act like a little boy, wherever you are.

Got home and played a game of checkers. He’s got the rules figured out, and now just needs to work on strategy. We’re still in the let-the-little-guy-win phase, but if he keeps his interest up, that may not last long.

One’s in bed, the other is getting there, perhaps after a quick game of chess. Much work and play done this weekend. Quiet time for the parents now. Time to figure out what to do with the last hours of the weekend.

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6 Comments »

  1. What?! You let them win? That reminds me of the first time I taught my youngest daughter how to play chess. And she BEAT me! Fair and square! Lord knows there was no “letting” involved. ;-) The good in that was that I did end up with a willing chess partner because no one else in my house likes to play.

    Bicycling does feel good, doesn’t it? Being under your own power with no need for fuel or electricity is kind of a novelty in this day and age. As adults, we should all ride more, imho.

    Comment by Gwynne — July 18, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

  2. Not them – just him. We’ve played a total of maybe five games of checkers so far.

    His older brother gets little such mercy, even at chess, anymore. The leniency at first is a ruse, just to get them to like the game enough to play with me. Same deal as with your daughter, it seems.

    Comment by Brian — July 18, 2006 @ 8:04 pm

  3. You’re a much “bigger” person than I am. ;-)

    Comment by Gwynne — July 19, 2006 @ 11:29 pm

  4. I meant to ask this question a few days ago and got sidetracked.

    What kind of bike are you riding? We need details…

    Comment by Eric — July 20, 2006 @ 6:01 pm

  5. It’s a Trek 7300 “hybrid” from about 1997. It’s mstly road bike, but with a few mountain bike characteristics – wider tires and cantilevered brakes, mostly. No shocks or anything like that.

    I’ve been looking to try a recumbent, since you have so much good to say about them, but I haven’t been able to find a store around here that has them. I hear of stores near Dayton (about 80 miles west of here) that have ’em. Also, there are lots of bike trails that way – I may find a weekend here to go out there to try a few out.

    Comment by Brian — July 21, 2006 @ 6:16 am

  6. Brian, as they say, your mileage may vary, but I ride more often and enjoy it more since switching to a ‘bent. I miss being able to stand on the pedals and recumbents aren’t as maneuverable, but we don’t have any hills or twisty trails in our neck of the woods so those things aren’t big drawbacks for me.

    I do recommend trying before buying. If possible, ride both short- and a long-wheelbase models, and both over- and under-seat steering, to see if you have a preference. Not all recumbents are created equal, and, as in the world of conventional bicycles, you get what you pay for. Expect to pay more than $1,000 for a light and fast bike.

    Here’s a great source for more information about ‘bents and specific brands and models, including prices.

    Comment by Eric — July 21, 2006 @ 11:32 am


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