Pasta that dad cooked at his apartment.
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Pasta With Good Old DAD!!!!!

Yesterday was a very busy day. Not only did I have a lot of important stuff to do in the morning, I had to do some work on my blog. Starting and maintaining a blog takes more work than anybody can ever imagine. In a sense it’s the same as running any other type of business. There’s been days where I’ve worked on it until wee hours in the morning.

Would It Be The Brompton Or Xootr To Get To Dads Place?

When Dad called yesterday asking me to go over to his apartment to join him for diner, I couldn’t pass the offer up. Dad said that he’d start the pasta immediately and hopefully have it done by time I got there. Not knowing which type of transportation I’d choose for the trip, I decided to do just flip a coin. Heads I take the Brompton. Tails I take the Xootr Scooter. Without a second thought, I tossed the quarter into the air. As the quarter landed and settled, I noticed that it landed on tails.

Looking at the clock I noticed that it was around 2pm in the afternoon. Even thought the quarter decided Xootr Scooter, I overrode the decision and went with the Brompton instead. I figured that if it got late, the Brompton would get me home much faster. Plus  I took the Xootr Scooter out the day before and wanted to switch it up a bit. Another plus would be the option to take some pictures along the way for my blog, while still being able to get there in time for dinner.

The Beginning Of The Journey To Dads Place

Passing a tree on way to dads while riding my Brompton folding bike.
Passing a tree on way to dads while riding my Brompton folding bike.

As I rode down to the street to dads house my enthusiasm for taking photographs go the best of me. I had to stop and take a photo of a tree. Proceeding further, my excitement grew even further.

Beat up old sidewalk leading down to the Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Beat up old sidewalk leading down to the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

By the time I got to the path that leads down to the Veterans Memorial Bridge I just couldn’t contain my enthusiasm anymore. The old beat up sidewalk that leads to the bridge hasn’t been repaired in ages.

The Veterans Memorial Bridge

In the past I use to ride across the Veterans Memorial Bridge, but there’s always a bunch of debris on it. There’s usually a bunch of broken glass and other garbage that can puncture the toughest of tires. With the Xootr Scooter this isn’t ever a problem, but with a bicycle it can mean the difference between riding or walking home. I chose being able to walk home.

Crossing The Veterans Memorial Bridge

Looking down the long sidewalk on the Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Looking down the long sidewalk on the Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Railing on the Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Railing on the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

As you can see, this is a fairly long bridge that takes about 5 minutes to cross. And along the sidewalk are these dividers where the sidewalks connect. Riding across these bad boys are rough unless you have a mountain bike. With the sixteen inch wheels on my Brompton, I’d feel jolts strong enough to loosen the fillings in my teeth. Even my dads Dahon Folding Bike with 20 inch wheels aren’t that great over them.

That Time Brompton And Me Got Stuck In A Rain Storm

Pedestrian bridge next to Maplewood Park.
Pedestrian bridge next to Maplewood Park.

Finally after crossing the Veterans Memorial Bridge, my photo taking adventures didn’t end. I just had to take a photo of the place where me and my Brompton got stuck waiting one day for my sister to pick us up.

That day when we got stuck I was just coming back from the bike shop, where I got a new chain for my Brompton. At first it was just a light sprinkle. I barely made it to the part underneath the pedestrian walkway next to Maplewood Park. Seconds after making it there, it started raining extremely hard.

Spot where me and my Brompton had to hang out for a while during heavy rain storm one time.
Spot where me and my Brompton had to hang out for a while during heavy rain storm one time.

I called the house to let everyone know that I wouldn’t be home for quite some time. Fortunately my sister answered the phone and volunteered to pick me up. I folded the Brompton up, put the waterproof cover bag over it, and watched the other cyclists ride past in the pouring rain.

A Few Pictures Of Maplewood Park

From that point on, I couldn’t help but take a few more photos. Maplewood park was very close so I figured I’d take just a few more, and then proceed to dads place. I didn’t want to keep him waiting too long because most likely he was hungry, and looking forward to spending time with me.

Water fountain in pond at Maplewood Park.
Water fountain in pond at Maplewood Park.

The last pictures I took before arriving to dads place was the water fountain in the pond at Maplewood Park.

And the geese that like to swim in it.

Ducks in the pond at Maplewood Park.
Ducks in the pond at Maplewood Park.

With the picture taking frenzy out of my system, I rode to Dads house at a comfortable pace. As I approached his apartment he called me and asked where I was. I told him I’ll be there within a few minutes, and to meet me downstairs. Upon arriving, dad was there waiting for me. Dinner was done and dad was ready to eat. Everything was still simmering in the pot in order to keep it warm.

Dad Had The Pasta Ready And Waiting For Me

Pasta that dad cooked at his apartment.
Pasta that dad cooked at his apartment.

As soon as I walked into his apartment, I could smell nothing but pasta. Dad immediately put some on a plate for me, and soon after joined me at the table. We had an amazing time while eating. The time I was spending with him meant a lot to me, because in the past I haven’t been able to see him that much.

After dinner, dad turned on “The Walking Dead”. About a year ago I got him hooked on this show. At first he thought it was like all the other zombie programs, but found out otherwise after watching a few episodes. Now he’s totally hooked and cannot wait to watch the new series as they become available.

Did Some Work On Dads Tablet While Visiting Him

I sat at his kitchen table, and looked a few things up on his tablet as he watched his favorite program. As I mentioned earlier. A blog requires a whole mess of time in order to make it successful. But in the end it will be well worth it.

It soon became 5:30pm. Time flew by while working on dads tablet. I told dad that I was going to get going. With a little but of convincing, dad agree to ride with me up to the Veterans Memorial Bridge, just to get out and get some fresh air.

On my way home I thought about how helpful he’s been lately, and how we are finally forming a bond again. It’s been a long time since me and dad had this type of bond. We haven’t spent much time together in the past. And we never had such deep and meaningful conversations while together.

This is definitely a sign that I’ve moved on with my life and it feels good. It’s time to put the past behind me, and start achieving personal goals that I’ve never had the time or courage to strive for. I now know what is important to me, and I will correct former mistakes I’ve made in order to keep from repeating them.

I’ve evolved as a person and moments like this only confirms it.

Let’s Have A Little Recap Here

  • Blogs are a full time business.
  • Couldn’t decide between the Brompton folding bike or Xootr Scooter.
  • There’s an old beat up sidewalk leading to the Veterans Memorial Bridge.
  • The Veterans Memorial bridge is long with lots of debris.
  • I had to once wait under the pedestrian bridge while ther was a rain storm.
  • I took a picture of the water fountain in the pond at Maplewood Park.
  • Lots of geese swim in the pond at Maplewood Park.
  • Dad cooked up some pasta for us both.
  • Had some great conversations with dad.
  • Worked on blog while dad watched “The Walking Dead”.
  • Dad rode up to the Veterans Memorial Bridge with me on my way home.
  • I evolved as a person and it feels great.

P.S. More Great Posts: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3, Post 4, Post 5, Post 6.

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