An intimate relationship...

...with the road. I've been riding my bike to work for the last, um, forever, and I just realized something this morning. A car drove by me this morning, passing probably a few inches from my arm. The thought hit me, "I trust the road with my life." A man was killed a few years ago because his bike tire hit the curb and bounced him into traffic. Everyday I hop on my bike and start the 2-mile ride to work over bumpy, cracky, constructiony Santa Ana roads, always with a prayer that all will go well. It is a form of relationship, intimate in the fact that I give all my trust away to the unknown and hope for the best.

I got the biking fever from the missionary days, and then again when I thought about training for a marathon and the next day my knee gave out in the middle of a 6-miler and has never really been the same since. I took up biking and my bike - both the old mission clunker and the new 10-speed, 10-dollar garage-sale special I got two years ago- has grown to become another appendage. After a full week of bike riding, I always feel like things are moving so slowly on the weekend. 'Why aren't I going faster?' I wonder as I walk.

This post was inspired by Triết's post, briefly mentioning his bike in an entry all about cold weather. I used to ride bikes with him from member's houses to investigators' homes, until he got a nasty stomach condition that came from excess oatmeal consumption. Oh, wait.. no, that was Mẫu. I think Triết suffered from a broken lung. Anyway, we had some good times, especially when Mẫu took a nose dive into the sprinkler ditch and when Hiếu got hit by a car. Oh wait, that was a not good time. Thinking about that makes me want to put my bike away for good.

1 comment:

Triet said...

lol. You crack me up, Phuong. Yes, those were good times. Luckily, nobody died and my lung isn't broken anymore. Glad to see you've joined the blogosphere.

travel log
  • 02.13.08 - to the temple with Luan and his mom, good to be back
  • 02.14.08 - Mẫu's alive! and staying for the weekend
  • 02.15.08 - floor hockey and Thái food makes for some strange dreams
  • 02.17.08 - frisbee and swamp monster at the park: fun but I'm pooped!
  • 02.19.08 - just read Triết's response to my last post - game on!
  • 02.20.08 - raining and expected to continue through Sunday - thank goodness!
  • 02.21.08 - 3-hour nap is a bad idea right before bed
  • 02.23.08 - to the beach to watch kites, a baptism @ 5pm, and homemade bulgogi - what a day!
  • 02.25.08 - just gave myself a haircut - woo, cold head!
  • 02.26.08 - 75° and spring cleaning - couldn't feel better
  • 02.27.08 - fed the elders bún đậu tonight - think it's their first time
  • 03.01.08 - working on new background...
  • 03.02.08 - finalized javascript to change background without muffing up my other scripts
  • 03.03.08 - fhe: "In his strength I can do all things" (Alma 26:12)
  • 03.07.08 - some decisions are harder than others, but some are downright excruciating
  • 03.08.08 - there is life after work... i almost forgot
  • 03.11.08 - the distance between good and bad is much shorter than between better and best
  • 03.12.08 - conversion is sometimes a gradual process, so much so that we don't even notice
  • 03.14.08 - for some reason everything was a little harder today, looking forward for bed!
  • 03.15.08 - last night after blog reading, I missed OnlyBlue, today I find she's back
  • 03.16.08 - best day of my life!
  • 03.19.08 - "Pray for the answer that they've been looking for"
release notes v1.0 - FINALLY DONE!
  • 12.07 - first thought of starting a new blog
  • 01.08 - busy with election stuff but blog design still on back burner
  • 01.13.08 - first idea to imitate jk rowling with the "desk" theme
  • 01.28.08 - start sketching current design, breaking down development into phases
  • 02.02.08 - election only days away but still drafting final plans
  • 02.04.08 - v0.6 LAUNCH
    • main components (blog body, sidebar, header, etc) designed and implemented
    • styling for font, links, drop caps, etc. finished
  • 02.07.08 - v0.8 LAUNCH
    • image style to imitate polariod
    • moveability - post-it notes and static clings can be repositioned by drag and drop
    • release notes styled and written
  • 02.16.08 - travel log (beta) added in hopes of catching the mundane
  • 02.22.08 - lightbox 2.03 reinstalled and working fine (hopefully - let me know otherwise)
  • 02.26.08 - v0.9 LAUNCH
    • travel log seems to be working, so I'll keep it
    • lightbox also seems to have passed the test, so it's a keeper
    • some credits/info added to bottom (will expand)
    • keeping old Viet terms in archive for future viewing
  • 03.18.08 - v1.0 LAUNCH
    • installation and testing of time-sensitive background completed (for now)