Sunday, August 3, 2008

Virtual Vacation: A Walk in the Neighborhood, Bike Polo, and Shakespeare

I started the day off by taking my bike wheels over to Community Cycling on Alberta to get new tires. The originals--about 20 years old--were looking not so hot and since I decided to press the old Specialized Hard Rock back into service, I needed some new ones.

Nancy and I then took off on a walk around the neighborhood, stopped by the New Seasons to pick up some dinner makings and then headed down Alberta to pick up the wheels. Along the way we saw a couple new restaurants getting ready to open, passed by a meme-o-matic shrine hailing those sayings or words that spread virally through society, and arrived at the bike shop. Actually, Nancy tells me a meme is defined as "an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, esp. imitation" and she thinks this shrine is a post-apocalyptic TV set... The Community Cycling Center is dedicated to providing low cost bikes for low income people. All the bikes are donated, refurbed, and sold at reasonable prices to people who need them. They also run a repair service. Newly tired wheels in hand (along with some warning bells we bought), we headed home, past the garden at the school that is sporting a huge crop of chard and a lot of developing pumpkins.

We stopped to watch and film a bike polo game in the court at Alberta Park.

After installing the wheels on Old Paint, we headed off on a ride and ended up at Woodlawn Park where a theater group was staging Troilus and Cressida at the small amphitheater. It's performed by the Northwest Classical Theatre Company. We stopped to watch most of Act III. You can watch too. Good crowd of about 75, enjoying the sun and the Bard.

After all that, we pedaled home and relaxed in the backyard with a Venetian spritz--a mixture of Aperol (orange bitters), prosecco, San Pellegrino, and an olive or two. In Venezia they come with a small bowl of potato chips. Salute e per cent'anni!

1 comment:

Ronna said...

Love the Venetian Spritz!!