Monday, September 29, 2008

Bailing out my sanity

So I’m talkin’ to a co-worker the other day after she gets back from a trip. And I’m all, “Hey, like, how was Chicago?”

And she’s all, “It was 85 and humid.”

Then I’m all, like, “Really? OMG!”

Ya see, sometimes I tend to forget that autumn doesn’t start in mid-September for everyone. Up here in Palinistan, we Alaskans are so busy watching those pesky Russians from our front porches that we just don’t have time to keep up with things like the Bush Doctrine or seasonal changes in the Lower 48.

Hell, I can barely keep up with my shopping, and I have an important wedding gift to purchase! (I’m pretty sure I’m just going to wrap up a box of condoms with a big ol’ bow.)

Anyway, it’s been getting nippy in the morning for several weeks now, and the snow on the Chugach Peaks won’t be going anywhere until next spring. I finally rode to work again this morning after a week of being sick, and I saw ice forming on puddles.

But that’s OK. Birch leaves are pretty when they turn yellow and start drifting down. And we can all use a little beauty right now. After all, we still have several weeks to go before this insufferable presidential race ends. In the meantime, eight years of Dubya has run us off an economic cliff, and the people who are supposed to save our skin are standing around arguing over how to properly tie a noose in the rope they’re thinking about throwing to us.

So I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to turn off the news, pedal out of the driveway and listen to the crunch of leaves.

Few things are as comforting as the sound of rolling bicycle tires.

12 comments:

WheelDancer said...

Wow, I had no idea the debt of gratitude we owe you for keeping us safe. All this talk about bears, I had no idea it was all code for the Russian Bear!

Jon said...

"Few things are as comforting as the sound of rolling bicycle tires."

Amen, my brother.

JordyB said...

My morning bicycle commute sounds the same way, love the sound of those yellow leaves and big ole wheels rolling over them! Glad your feeling better!

OneMoreMile said...

Palinstan huh? Are you referring just to AK or whole of this weirdly confused country? Perhaps if the country spent more time riding bikes they'd be less likely to spend time riding on vice-presidential band wagons.

Tim said...

AK or the whole nation? Who can tell?

I'll tell ya one thing, though. I'd rather be in Tina Feyville.

CycloneCross said...

I'll 2nd that Tim. What's really sad/funny is that Tina could probably do as good or a better job of answering those questions if she wasn't doing a skit...

Jill said...

Yeah, after I watched the SNL skits, I was wondering if I could vote for Tina instead.

The saddest thing about it is that the actual Palin interview was even more funny than the skit mocking it. Cringe-worthy laughs all around.

the old bag said...

I'm so encouraged that you all, you mavericks in Alaska, are keeping those Russians out of the US so that all Americans can rest easy knowing we'll have change in Washington, be able to reign-in spending and...umm...so we....wait, it's something about jobs....

Tim said...

Remember, TOB, trade is not a scary thing.

And health care. Stimulating the economy.

I tell ya, like a lot of voters, I'm just ill.

the old bag said...

ill

got that right

m e l i g r o s a said...

biking is my daily private shrink. indeed the rolling tires are my lush therapy! nice blog, will stop often
xoxo from sunny and foggy (and never complain) san francisco
<3meli

Anonymous said...

Man, I haven't had the pleasure to right in the fall, but it has been cold for the last month here in Ruidoso New Mexico. Especially when I get off work after 11:30 pm and try to avoid the elk.