Thursday, August 25, 2011

Who's 11?

I really hate to exercise. I have a blue bike a nice one and couldn't remember why I never rode it so I took it out one evening and rode it to a friends house for dinner. When I got home I was trying to get my leg over the bar in the middle and fell over on the grass.
 Of course I only have avg. length legs and I did have about 3 glasses of wine but it jogged my memory of why I didn't ride it in 10 years. I decided I wanted a new bike for my birthday so I got on the internet and started looking. I wanted one kinda like when I was a kid with a groovy basket, a bell, bright colors, and no gears. I don't get the gears thing. I only rode a 10-speed because it was cool not because I needed all those gears. And foot brakes. Not hand brakes. I just can't get used to the sudden pitch forward of hand brakes, hello front flip over the handlebars...

I found some bikes called cruisers and there she was, it was a "AAAAAAHHHHHH" cue the angelic orchestra music moment. I looked up where they sold them in OKC. I called Larry and asked if we could go look at them and he said sure. So we all pile in the car on his lunch break and mosey down to the store. There she is. They take her down and I wobble around the parking lot. It is a little adjustment to having the different handlebars, it has only 3 gears, and foot brakes but not a huge deal. Im so excited.  Then I look at the price. HOLY MOSES and part the red sea theres no way we are buying this bike! It cost more than my wedding ring AND engagment ring. I gathered those boys up and said thanks but no thanks.

I did want a bike really bad. I would talk about riding around to all the little art festivals, to my friend Jennifers house over in Mesta Park, with COnor around the lake. I live in a beautiful neighborhood near all the fun parts of downtown and it would be fun to bike to stuff. But I resigned myself I'd have to find something else. I looked and looked but couldn't find exactly what I wanted. It was a bummer....

Cue to about four months later. We are sitting in the living room and Larry just jumps up out of his chair and says get up we have to go somewhere. I said where? He says just come on. So we all jump up and get in the car and head towards a old area called Automobile Alley. We get out and I see all these people walking to this little area set up for music with tents and stuff so I think we are going there, nope. Then I see the new Hideaway Pizza are we going there? Nope. He says in here so we go in this door and we are in the bike store. I still don't have a clue. I said what are we doing in here are you getting a part for your bike? Conor grabs my arm "No Mommy we are getting YOUR NEW BIKE!" 

Now it sinks in. All the whispering and sly glances. All the can I tell her what she's getting can I give her a hints from COnor. The remark about "I paid off your birthday present but you have to spend a little so your can take it to Florida." I thought it was a new car stereo or something. Maybe a IPad. Certainly not a bike.

Its her! Its the gypsy. The ultimate colorful crazy most beautiful bike in the world. I asked the guy how I would fit a wine rack on there and he laughed and said we can fix you up. THEY HAVE COOLER BAGS FOR WINE FOR BIKES?!

I have just got the best gift ever ever ever! My boys paying on this layaway every week so I could have my dream bike...I would have cried if I hadn't been so thrilled I was hopping up and down...


In front of THE WOMB art gallery
 COnor says Mom you looked like you didnt know whether to hit us or hug us. I jump on and ride down the sidewalk. 3 guys walk out of a building and are looking at me and smiling , I yell my new bike! as I ride by, they all laugh and clap. I ride over to the little festival and push my bike around. We put on funny mustaches. I take my picture with my new bike in front of the WOMB art gallery. Im so happy happy happy!

We put it in the Honda and have to ride really slow home with it hanging out of the back and Conor holding it in a death grip.


 I bring it in and take all these pictures of its fresh, no scratches, even smells new sweetness.

 Custom paint job, daisies my favorite flower.

Water in the basket ready to go. The perfect leather seat so comy and the hand grips match, ahhhhhh.

Yes I did take it for a spin, its maiden voyage. Yes it was splendid. I took it out on Sunday around 7am and rode for about an hour while it was cool. I was glad I had glasses on because of the little gnats. I was also glad my mouth was shut when I hit the cloud of them. Because moments earlier I caught myself grinning. Grinning from ear to ear, grinning to beat the band.  And humming the bicycle song by Queen....

Feeling my little tassels whipping back in the breeze, cruising along the wheels bouncing and whirring.

 Im not 50, Im 11 again...

All i need is the yorkie in the basket and wizard of oz music...

Beautiful and comfortable...

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