Photograph: "Polish Bicycle" © 2006 Lee Hobbs
"The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets." ~ Christopher Morley
Caption: The reliable old "rover" of an elderly, Krakovian gentleman, chained to the drainage pipes of a traditional bakery on Kazimierz Street (1998) . . .
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Posted by lhobbs at January 7, 2006 12:08 PM
This photo reminds of when I lived in Beijing most of 1999.
I had a one speed bike much like the bike in the photo. It had a black basket on the front and a small rack on the back.
The black basket was perfect for small groceries or random shopping. The rack on the back was the size of a book rack in America, but was a passenger seat in China. I could take my students anywhere through tight streets and twisty alleys through the Hutongs.
I figure I was on my bike, at minimum, 2-3 hours each day.
And yes, I did feel poetic and free...
I miss my bike almost most of all.
Posted by: Morf at January 9, 2006 04:03 PM
Note from Lee:
Morf, your remarks about poetry and cycling remind me of something author Flann O'Brien once said in The Third Policeman about Irishmen and bicycles (wish I could remember exactly what it was now!).
Which also leads me to recall an Irish joke I came across here.
"Cathal is at the pub when it closes, so he buys a pint a whiskey for the trip home and tucks it into his hip pocket.
He is riding his bicycle home through the dark night when he hits a pothole and goes flying over the handlebars.
As he lies there, slightly stunned, he feels something wet and sticky against his hip.
'Oh, please God, let it be blood!' "
Thanks for the comment!
Posted by: Lee at January 13, 2006 04:57 PM
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