Monday, September 7, 2020

The View From My Exercise Bike


       I have a recumbent exercise bike in my sun room situated so I can see the nearby neighborhood street.  A great view through several windows.  Each day I spend an hour or so spinning with relatively light resistance.  During the exercise I typically read the Syracuse Post-Standard and The New York Times.   The reading is a diversion.   During the hour  I enjoy as well watching what it happening in the street.   We live in a quiet neighborhood with no through streets so the the auto traffic is minimal.   Therefore the streets are hospitable to pedestrians, bicyclers, and runners.   

    Each day I noice the regulars.  There is the usual couple leisurely walking in side by side.   Another is regular is the lady with the large brown dog on a leash always pulling to the length of the leash.  He  sniffs at my grass and of course occasionally makes a deposit.  We have good neighbors who do pick up after their dogs.

    Other than regulars are the visiting families with their strollers and perhaps another child or two.  They tend to be dawdlers taking in likely unfamiliar sights.  Recently I have watched a young male runner whipping by at a good pace.  We have waved recently when I have been out on my e-bike.    We do have a number of young bicyclers and scooter riders.   They remind me of the days when I was a young bicycler with my new Schwin bike obtained shortly after the end of WWII.  In today's world I worry about the youngsters that go by without helmets!  I groan and moan to my wife about this and also wonder why their parents are not concerned.  Ah well, the life of the curmudgeon geezer.

    I conclude if you open your eyes, you can always find ways to amuse yourself and engage the world.   Life is good!