Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Right Start

Yesterday morning my cube neighbor rushed his kid to a band trip, arriving just in the nick of time, only to discover he'd forgotten the kid's trombone.

There's a special sound effect tailor-made for just such an occasion - but you need a trombone to make it.

Sometimes life is like an O. Henry story.

But then, sometimes, it's like this:
This is my new morning commute, the boardwalk I was looking forward to a few months ago. It's so worth the wait. The boardwalk portion is about two miles long, and completes the 10-ish-mile hike-and-bike trail loop around the river-shaped lake thingy in the middle of Austin.

It's about a half-mile coast down a quiet neighborhood street to the boardwalk ramp off of Riverside Drive. It's a beautiful ride in the cool of early morning, with the last of an overnight mist burning off the smooth surface of the water.

Unfortunately, you can't follow the same route back because the afternoon traffic pattern is much less conducive to jaywalking across Riverside - traffic is backed up just enough to get good and angry, without quite coming to a stop - so you have to cross half a mile away at the light and climb up a much steeper street. And it's 97 degrees.

But you don't need a trombone, so that's something.

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At August 14, 2014 10:24 AM, Anonymous crosspalms said...

That commute looks like fun. We have a tiny boardwalk in a lagoon in Lincoln Park near the zoo, but that's as close as we come in Chicago. By the way, I admire you for going back to school (even if the job kind of forced it). That's a lot of juggling, so best of luck!

At August 14, 2014 11:36 AM, Anonymous crosspalms said...

And that trombone story is a thing of beauty.

At August 26, 2014 11:05 PM, Blogger Beth said...

Thanks for the good wishes. Not sure I have done anything to prove myself worthy of them yet but they are appreciated! And my cube neighbor is full of rather lovely stories; I should try to "curate" more of them, I think.


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