Friday, January 27, 2012

The Little Things

After 2 weeks off at Christmas/New Years, I went back to work on the 3rd of January.  Since then, I have had 2 days off, I have worked 22 of the last 24 days.  This has my RA grumbling a bit more than normal but I will survive.  As I typed that I immediately felt a strange alliance with Gloria Gaynor and her song from the late 70's.  Odd how a simple word or two can pull up something that you have not thought about in decades.  Now I can't get that crazy song out of my head.
Sunday was a beautiful warm day but I was so tired from work that I wasn't up to a full day of riding.  I just decided to do a short urban ride instead.  I didn't even put my boots, riding pants and knee pads on, just opted for jeans and my work boots.  I did grab my heavy, black Fieldsheer jacket with pads built into it (weighs 11 pounds) and my Shoei DS helmet.  I am really starting to like this helmet the more I wear it now.  It looks like a dirt helmet but has a face shield that raises and lowers.  It is unbelievably quieter than a regular dirt helmet with goggles.  Anyway, while out exploring some dirt roads on the back side of the small town I live in, I turned down a road I have been by many times but never knew where it went.  As I was riding down the road, I was soon greeted by a winding hill.  I rode by a house where there was the cutest little girl, not more than 3 or 4 years old with long blond hair, riding a brand new electric ATV by herself in the front yard.  She grinned big and did a dainty little girl wave at me.  I waved back as I rode past her house and proceeded toward the hill.  Turns out there was nothing much up that way so, after several miles, I turned around and headed back out the way I came in.  As I was dropping off of the hill I could see she was still riding in the front yard.  I got closer and she stopped and again did her dainty little wave at me.  This time however after getting closer, I could see that she had put on a tiny black jacket and her bicycle helmet.  I couldn't help but grin big underneath my helmet while waving back at her again.  I don't know if I inspired her to put them on or if her parents, no one was outside with her (which really bothered me), made her put them on.  She reminded me so much of my daughter at that age ... somedays it's just the little things in to make you smile.

10 comments:

Lana said...

Is that a helmet? It looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. That story was absolutely adorable. Wow, you inspired a little kid – go Terry!

tharr said...

lol I wish I were living in a sci-fi dream and would wake up and be normal again. That is my new helmet, at $485 it had better look good as well as being protective.
The little girl reminded me so much of our daughter, it really bothers me that she was out in the front yard all alone. I rode within 6 feet of her on the road. There is just so many bad things happening nowdays, you hate to think that way but you can't help it.

Joel said...

Hey Terry, great blog! What made you choose the Shoei helmet over some of the others? At the time I bought mine, a Fly Trekker, $500 for a helmet was out there for me. I have a hard time paying for a name unless the quality/features warrant it.

Anyway, keep up the great blog and keep riding!

Joel
2wheeledjourney.blogspot.com

tharr said...

Hey Joel, thanks! I have rode dirt all my life, been a Bell guy most of it. I went with the Shoei because it is a good looking helmet that fit's right (you know how you put some helmets on and they just don't feel right). This helmet has really good peripheral vision with no distortion from the shield like some of the cheaper DS helmets have plus good ventilation. If I would have paid full price($485), I would probably have spent a little extra for the Arai XD-3, but I bought it used (the guy said he rode with it 4 times, I'm not sure it was that many before he bought the Arai) for $270. I would still be extremely pleased with it if I would have paid full retail for it.

I enjoyed your car show post, I tried to leave a comment but my computer was not cooperating. I'll try again later.

Candied Frogs said...

Glad to hear you're getting out Terry. I got out on the streets today for the first day in a couple of weeks. We've had nothing but snow and rain for a week or so and it finally cleared up enough to allow me a quick ride. I just put a Garmin GPS mount on my bike... lol... Can't wait to try it out without freezing off my extremities! ~Andy

tharr said...

Hey Andy, we've had a super mild winter here so far. My problem is riding with my RA, it hurts if I ride when the temperature is below 55. Glad you got out, it does you good to get out for even a short ride. I am currently running a Nuvi 550, what gps do you use? Hang in there, spring is almost here.

abcsofra said...

Ummmmm....$450 is rather cheap compared to our ra meds and its longevity will work out to cents on the minute with use. Wow...can you tell I majored in business. I just love that story. And yes, I was also thinking the same thing as you...like why is she out in the yard alone. The mommy coming out in me. But maybe her Mom or Dad were watching from a window. And I have to say...I am impressed with you and working. This new med combo must be doing some bit of good. Just try not to overdo as we raers so often do. But then again...I don't consider biking an overdo option but rather a must do option. Cut down on the work hours instead :-)

tharr said...

Deb, you're right about the money, as long as you don't take a serious blow to the head. The standard rule of thumb is to replace your helmet every 2 years, the shell starts breaking down by this time and may not protect you as well if you take a hard blow to the head. If you should crash and take a hard blow to the helmet, you should replace it then ... it has done it's job.
I thought the same thing that maybe they were watching from inside, but the house was 100 feet or so back from the road and I was riding about 6 feet away from this little girl on the road. There is no way the parents could stop someone from grabbing her that far away. I know we live in a small town, but bad things happen in small towns too. I hate thinking this way but this is the world we live in today.
I haven't volunteered for any of the OT, it has all been mandatory so far. I just had my first full weekend off this year and I was sick ... haha, figures.

Coopy said...

ah, you went up the hill and returned for that girl. One day when your RA hits hard, you think on that little girl. I adore moments like that. They stay in my head forever.

Gloria Gaynor.. thanks bud, now i'll be singing that song for days. It was great then, okay once every 5 years or so but now, come on man. Hehehe... Big hugs and ride on.

tharr said...

I actually went back to shoot an abandoned bridge ... I guess you could tell she had me wrapped around her little finger? lol Just like my daughter at that age. You're right though, I probably will remember that forever.
I know, why can't you ever get a good song stuck in your head. I guess you do, a good song doesn't annoy you so you don't think anything about it.