Jill and I are visiting my daughter in Bethesda this weekend. I managed to duck out of a day of shopping by the sly expediency of renting a bike.
And oh, the things I saw on two wheels…..
I am not normally given to paranoia. But cycling the National Mall I had the distinct feeling I was being watched. And, after all, we do live in a surveillance society.
I saw a building that was literally coming apart at the seams. And I thought, Damned, there must be a whole lot of shakin’ going on in Bethesda.
I saw that somebody had locked up the historic C&O Canal. No doubt to keep the likes of me out.
I saw this young lady where an informational sign used to be on the Capital Crescent Trail. Don’t know who she is but I liked her immediately.
I looked into the window of an Apple Store and discovered that it was looking back at me.
I passed an Amazon Book Store and discovered that they had recreated the Choose Poorly/Choose Wisely cup scene from Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade.
I saw that Bethesda offers free bus service for people who want to spend a lot of money downtown. I yelled “Get a bike why doncha!”
I took the Path Not Taken and that has made all the difference. (With apologies to that Bob Frost fella.)
I discovered that Bethesda was founded by pioneer moms in covered wagons. Who knew?
I saw that there are tent cities popping up all over the nation’s capital. And I wondered what’s happening to America.
Still can’t shake the eerie feeling that I’m being watched.
Saw this but the less said about it the better.
I discovered that the “gommint” is best viewed from a safe distance off.
OK, I’m definitely being watched!
I found a memorial to people lost at sea. And discovered that I could relate.
I discovered, and not for the first time, that on a bike is the best way to escape the darkness and race into the light.