The Cannonball Xmas has fans where I work. They gush over my bike now that I have it decorated with Christmas lights and jingle bells. The jingle bells are good for clearing pedestrians along the multiuse paths. The lights make me more visible in low-light commutes.
Tis the season? As I pass over the land I carry with me the sensory experience of Christmas. Auditory...visual...and come Thursday some tactile input courtesy of an arctic air mass and possibly snow. Yeah.
I passed a kid today who would have fit right in on the set of A Christmas Story. She stared through her Ralphie glasses in awe at the Cannonball Xmas' glory. I got a few long stares as I pedaled to and fro today.
Y'know, I think I could mount a mini-Christmas tree on the FlightDeck.
Anyway, it's just a few short weeks until Christmas. I'm torn about this holiday. It's not a religious thing for me. And I know all that's left is the worship of consumerism. If not for my kids I would probably just stop observing it at all. But then, what am I teaching my kids? Maybe we can start to use this season to teach them a better way to view their roles in society.
In other news, I have assurances that my Slipnot Traction System is on its way. I just don't know if it'll hit the Pavement's Edge Bikeport before the snow flies later in the week. For my snow and ice traversing needs this coming winter I will be using a combination of the STS and soon to be homemade studded tires. I need to get the stuff together for my DIY studs and get it going. I just need some screws. I've got everything else I need. Oh, and some snow and ice to test it all out on.
Let it snow! Here's a bit of wisdom I'd like to share:
If I was in charge, we'd never see grass between October and May.
Also, I won (along with others) the Blackburn Designs Stay Seen, Stay Safe sweepstakes on Facebook. I gotta say, I love me some bike lights. You can never have enough. And the first set of lights I ever bought were Blackburns. First Klean Kanteen's Freebie Friday, and now Blackburn's Stay Seen, Stay Safe. Hopefully GoPro's Everything We Make sweepstakes is next!
Oh, and don't forget Kona Lisa: