Or at least, so they seem to me. . .
One night recently, Jenn and I were in our bedroom, preparing to retire for the night, when she looked at me, grinning broadly.
"We're doing it!" she said, enthusiastically.
Um, doing what, Sweetheart?
"We always said we wanted to grow old together, and we're doing it! We're growing old! Together!"
What could I say to that? Yes, we are. And there's no-one I'd rather grow old with than you, dear. . .
I was a recent visitor to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn (a very cool place, if you're at all into historical machinery). At one point, I was walking across an open space past a group of a half-dozen or so girls, who were, I would guess, around seven or eight years of age. One of the girls, bolder than the others, perhaps noting my, um, girthiness, combined with my mostly-white beard and graying hair, approached me to ask, "Are you Santa Claus?"
I smiled at her benignly. "No," I replied. "I'm his brother."
As I walked away, I heard behind me a chatter of excited voices - "That guy is Santa Claus' brother!" "Really?!?" "No, he's not!" "Uh-HUH! He told me!"
And I smiled. . .
The weather around these parts has been unseasonably warm/dry for December. High 30s/low 40s, and aside from a couple inches the week before Thanksgiving, we really haven't had any snow to speak of. And thus, I've gotten in two rides, for 27 miles, so far in December (and 1063 for the year). I've also flatted three of the last four times I've gone out on my bike (*aaaaarrrrrggggghhhh*). My working hypothesis is that, the roads being just slightly damp this time of year, stones stick to the surface of the tire, and slowly get pounded through to eventually puncture the inner tube. But. . . December miles. I'll take all I can get. . .
(*update, 17 December*)
I finally took my bike in to the shop to see if he could figure out any hidden causes of my recent rash of flats. Turns out, I had three pieces of glass lodged in my tire, none of 'em so deeply that I could discover 'em with the standard run of my fingers across the inside of the tire (I always do that because, you know, if you leave the cause of the flat in place, you're gonna get repeated flats. . .) (D'oh!) So, when I'd go out and ride for 20 miles or so, the little sharp edges would keep poking at the inner tube until, Voila! a complete puncture occurred. So, one new tire later, I'm (I hope) back in business. . .