Chamblee54

Summertime And The Riding Is Easy

Posted in Holidays, Politics, Trifecta by chamblee54 on May 28, 2013










During the time between Memorial Day, and the day Elvis died, the sky is light enough to ride long after suppertime. Around the Summer solstice, daytime heat is such that most sane people stay in the air conditioned shade. It is only during twilight that the outdoors is fit for man and beast.

A bicycle is a great companion for these times. When you go uphill, your muscles clench and relax, your lungs hoover the magnolia scented air, and your heart goes plump plump plump. Many bystanders only see the face of the rider, which may appear to be in pain. Often, the face is playing the martyr, while the heart is delirious with joy. Once you reach the top, you get to ride downhill.

On this day, PG rode past a house that was closed for repair. In a trashcan was the sun bleached remains of an American flag. The flag had been placed in the yard, by a realtor, as an advertising gimmick. PG was offended by the shabby treatment of this flag. He pulled it off the pole, put it in his bike box, and rode on. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.










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  1. k~ said, on May 28, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    What a wonderful journey of images to go along with your story. These are priceless.

  2. Jo-Anne Teal (@jtvancouver) said, on May 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Your entries are so unique, the photos adding so much vague back-story and setting to the brief written component. I really enjoy your approach :)) In this wonderful scene, there is one line, in particular, that knocked me sideways with its happy delivery: “the face is playing the martyr, while the heart is delirious with joy.”

    So very well done!!

  3. The Real Cie said, on May 29, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Thinking to that one sign, I wish more people realized that all blood is human blood. No matter our race or nationality, no matter our size, no matter if we are pretty or plain, we all bleed red.

  4. MOV said, on May 29, 2013 at 8:56 am

    love the photos you included! they really add to your writing, help tell the story. :)

    best,
    MOV

  5. Draug419 said, on May 29, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Nice take on a nice summer pastime.

  6. trifectawriting said, on May 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    That carefree descent down a hill of smooth asphalt makes the grueling climb worth it.

    Thank you for linking up!

  7. Cobbie's World said, on May 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I’d like to hoover the magnolia scented air sometime. Until then, I will live vicariously through your fine, photographic essays.

  8. Pimping The Flag | Chamblee54 said, on July 2, 2013 at 11:34 am

    […] in July of 2012. PG sent an email to the offending realtor, and did not receive a reply. In May of 2013, PG found one of last years flags in a garbage can. It had been worn down by the elements. The red, […]


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