Back in May, Amelia hung a poster in the bookstore bathroom. It has a lengthy physics formula, a silhouette of a bicycle and a quote from Einstein: "I thought of that while riding on my bicycle." (For a fictional elaboration on that story, read Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon.) We also placed, appropriately, some scratch paper, a pencil and a small box labeled "What do you think of/about when riding your bicycle?
This is not a contest. There are no winners, no losers. There are a number about flying, freedom, hills, and even more about sex -- but here are some of my favorites (in no particular order):
1. Why dogs like the air in their ears so much.
2. Some sort of mirror person riding below the road with me. (complete with drawing)
3. "Holy crap! I don't own a bicycle. Where did I get this from?!!"
4. Safety first.
5. The path in front of me.
6. I spend many hours on my bike, but prayer & serving come to mind most often, with the occasional, "Watch out for that tree!!!"
7. Al Green tunes
8. How I look to others -- Poise
9. Potholes and Vonnegut
12, I take out my dreams and dust them off and feel glad of wherever it is I find myself.
13. Can I pet that cat?
14. Comebacks to when people hassle me in heavy traffic. Freedom at other times.
15. Colors. I want to paint everything I see.