Bike with bouquet.

No fathers around here today. Herself’s is gone, mine is goner, and as far as I know there are no young baldheads with attitudes wondering whom to blame for their shortcomings. So I went for a Not-a-Father’s Day ride today, down to Balloon Fiesta Park and back.

For the way home I chose the Domingo Baca and Paseo del Norte bike paths, which I hadn’t ridden in forever.

And look! Even though I’m not a daddy-o, somebody’s kid gave me flowers.


15 Responses to “Wallflowers”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    None here either. The smarter half is still in KY dealing with a sick mother still with hard decisions to make in the next few days.

    Me, I chased my tandem riding buddies around town this morning. Yesterday, my guitar buddy Alan and his wife and I went to see P.D. Ronstadt and Co. concert up at the folklore preserve. Very good.

    Right now I am just hanging by the phone and ‘puter waiting for some news from KY.

    Anyone hanging around here might want to think about this ride.


    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Moms and hard decisions. Been there. Wasn’t particularly good at it. I wish your smarter half the best. Mine proved invaluable.

      I haven’t been playing much lately for some reason. Got to get back on that hoss.

      The ride through Bisbee looks interesting. I like climbing, though I can’t claim any proficiency. I have ridden many a mountain pass without distinction.

  2. Sharon Says:

    Fur baby dad!

    I celebrate mom’s day with my kitty. We adopted her when she was barely a handful. She knows no other.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Well, there is that. …

      Field Marshal Turkish von Turkenstein (commander, 1st Feline Home Defense Regiment) was a wet-behind-the-ears recruit when we first met. Lord, he was a cute little fella … so much so, that we thought he was a girl at first.

      The Young Turk

      • Libby Says:

        Oh wow, very young. Very tiny! I remember you adopting him but I have no recollection of him as a kitten! Happy Pawther’s Day then. Ya, cringeworthy. But, c’mon your tiny Turkish Van is so darn cute.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        We unearthed some video of the Young Turk a while back. I’ll have to root that out and do something one of these days. He was a lively little nipper until the weight of responsibility fell heavily across his shoulders.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I am a dog person. Cats? Meh. But, that is a cute little shit right there. It would be hard to resist taking him out of the shelter.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    I was gonna comment but I’m sober.

  4. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Didn’t Hallmark invent this day? Does anyone actually purchase and send greeting cards anymore? My mother-in-law sends out these awful electronic cartoon things – gawd knows if she pays for them or what? Hallmark probably owns the company.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      According to Wikipedia, Father’s Day began (like so many things) with the noblest of intentions, only to be snatched up by the capitalists and turned into “a second Christmas for all the men’s gift-oriented industries.”

    • Dale Says:

      Our 80 somethingish neighbor sold her house and moved in with her daughter nearly a year ago. I used to take out her trash, mow her lawn, rake her leaves, shovel snow (with other neighbors), fix little things around her house, and get her back on her feet when she fell.

      Didn’t do any of it for money and always got a Hallmark thank-you card for every chore and a Hallmark holiday card for every holiday that I was aware of and some that I never heard about. Two Hallmark stores probably closed when she left town.

  5. ryansubike Says:

    My Dad too is gone, I rode bikes with my Daughter to breakfast and she actually paid, that was a good morning, getting her bike cleaned and ready after it had spent a year in exile under the porch at her Mom’s was a small price to pay. I need to ride and ride with her more darn oftener,

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Good on ya, keeping the offspring on two wheels. Not an easy thing to do, as anybody in The Industry will tell you.

      The womenfolk in these parts are riding too. Herself has begun cycling a couple days a week with a colleague and another woman. Herself bought new kit from Shebeest (her spirit animal is a pig, which explains why she married one) and the others bought bicycles. I have a feeling that a new bike is in the cards for Herself as well.

      Say, how come there isn’t a New Bike Day? We’d better get the Congress on that straight away.

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