My very favorite aspect of riding my bike instead of stuffing myself in a rolling box to get to work is meeting of the people I would not otherwise get a chance to encounter. This morning (actually now yesterday morning) coming off the bridge I spied a wonderful couple, dressed to the nines strolling with the "we are in our own world and have all the time in the world" air that only young lovers.can have.
Of course I had to intrude. It was too wonderful of a sight so early in the morning to pass by. I asked what the occasion for dressing up. They looked at one another and she, with a little giggle replied "we are celebrating!". Well, even I could tell I should not question any further.
I took their picture-here they are looking so lovely. I went on to work, having a spot of my day filled with that loveliness. How great is my view from a bike!
An update-when I took the picture of this lovely couple, I immediately e-mailed it to them (the advantage of taking pictures with my phone. People love having their picture taken if they can get it for themselves). So I had their e-mail when it struck me that I should get permission to put their picture and story up. It was such a private moment and maybe they would object to having it spread to the whole world. Alex wrote back-now I have a name. I didn't ask names before-a lovely note back. These people must be totally wonderful . It seems they just have that inate loveliness with everything they do. Here is the note ne wrote me-
Dear Ms. Colleen,
It was a very fun time meeting you! I have not ever been stopped to have a picture taken of me before, and it was a fun experience. Please do not feel that you were not being intrusive at all.
I must say that the occasion for the fine dress was in fact a celebration of a birthday.
My girlfriend, Naomi, and I (Alex) were having a nice day together after being apart for a long time, and she was treating me to a birthday present.
Naomi and I will be glad to give you our permission for publishing your story, and you can include our first names if you would like. Thank you for the picture and the fun experience!
Again, I will say how I love my view from my bike. I get to meet such lovely people!
I started riding my bike as my primary form of transportation because I love riding bikes. Add in all the wonderful benefits- you know the drill-exercise, money saving, pollution free, oil free, and all the other great things, it just seemed a reasonable choice.
But what I had not anticipated was how different life would look mounted on top of a bike verses looking out of a rolling metal box. The places I go, the people I meet, the things I see are so different. And I love it all.
This is a record of my adventures!