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« Family Biking is the Anti-Grumpy »

This weekend has been one set of struggs after another. Yesterday morning I was powerful grumpy, having failed to fix our dishwasher, which is leaving the top rack dishes cemented with food grit. A serious funk. Crabby (ask my wife). Almost didn't ride. But Kim reminded me that biking generally makes me happy, so Drew, Luc & I went off in the MADSEN to join some friends on a Spokespeople ride from Wallingford Playfield to Bagel Oasis in Ravenna. Spokespeople rides are generally leisurely, scrupulously law-abiding affairs.

Not so if you miss the start.

"Slow down, Daddyyyyyyy!" from the back as we flew down Latona, caught some lucky lights, and met the ride on 65th. Wooot! We had a great time, lingered over bagels and hot chocolate, and rode home with our friends, Drew hot-dogging and showing off for their boys from the backseat. She's a bit smitten, in a 3 year old way, where hollering and spitting is flirting.

But truth be told, I'd been happy minutes after we left. Works every time. I'm too lazy to run, and walking's too slow, but biking? Biking's just right. The steady cadence, wind on my face, exultant feeling of powering myself through town. Getting an amount of exercise that's just enough to put the mellow into your autonomic nervous system (like deep calming breaths, but less woowoo). 

This morning, on my one sleep-in morning of the week, Luc woke at 6am ready to party, and my wife, bless her soul, had a "sore throat", and asked me to get up with him instead of her. Grumpy things were said. But got up I did, Kim having convinced me that she was actually sick and not just wiped out from carousing at some Banya place on her twin's night out. 


And we were out of coffee.


But I knew just what to do. Me and Luc, we hit the bike, and here we are outside of Aster Coffee, 6:30am: 

6am Aster Coffee with Luc

Coffee, scones, and some crawling around. Good times.

And here we are at the Ballard Market. By then, I was feeling so happy and sweet that we were buying tasty breakfast-in-bed treats and medicines for Miss Kim. And yes, the backdrop in this photo also makes me happy but no, that's not why we were there. 7am's a little early for that.

Next stop, Ballard Market

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Reader Comments (4)

I think that bear suit is the anti-grumpy!!

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Aw, Jasper has that same bear suit! And you'll see him in it very soon... Baby on a Yuba should be coming this weekend!

I'm very excited to start spending time on the bike again. I need that kind of cheerful in my life.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterinkandpen

Ohhhh My Gosh! Thats totally cute!

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPartnersuche

Oh, my! Too adorable :)

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDottie

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