Friday, November 7, 2008


When I was a child I quite often heard it said "Don't get too big for your britches". Meaning, of course, don't get carried away with your own importance. I think I took the advice to heart. Today I'm not big enough for my britches.

Yesterday my new foul weather gear came. When I ordered this gear from Anne, the sales person at the Hostel Shoppe, she advised ordering a size larger than normal. I did. I thought I was one of the big boys. I'm not! When I tried the XXL clothes on I discovered they were made for the really big boys. The legs were at least a foot too long and the arms hung down for about eight inches. They are now on the way back to Wiconsin. I have had to pay for having them shipped to me, for shipping them back and then, having the correct size reshipped. Didn't save much money on that catalog order. The positive news? I was also reminded as a child when I would get lucky and win, "don't get a big head''. I didn't. The waterproof helmet cover fit great!

Today the new locking brakes came for my Terra Trike. More like a car with manual transmission than a bicycle, a trike will just roll away if you don't set a parking brake. The trike came with a velcro strap with which one could lock the brake but that was a nuisance.

Is there a rush for this gear? Well, yes, but not because several days of rain are forecast. While I own at least three backpacking rain suits they are colored to blend in. I need colors that stand out when I'm riding low to the ground on my trike. I need to get back down to Cincinnatti so my son, Todd, can add an air horn and other goodies to the trike. I surely need the locking brakes. But, Todd will want to ride. And, it's late fall and cool. And, raining. I will need that new rain gear with Todd!

May your "Rainy Day" be like those of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He wrote that "behind the clouds the suns still shining". Is rain, then, just filtered sunshine? Maybe! It's up to you!

God Bless!


Mark Pierce said...

Dad - I love your positive attitude. I'm used to hearing it when I talk to you. But I'm not accustomed to reading it from you. You're even more positive in your writing! I also love your references to poetry. You're doing a GREAT job with the blog. Keep up the work! Love you always. Mark

Phatmom said...

Mr. Pierce,

I think I may be one of your distant cousins! I was doing a search on my grandfather's name, Indivan, when I came across your blog. When I read your entries, I thought, man this is kind of creepy, but in a good way. haha! My grandfather was Indivan Oglesby Gardner, whose parents were Deborah K. Pierce and Perry Oglesby Gardner (Mason Co, WV). Of course, Deborah's parents were Indivan & Elizabeth Pierce. It was really neat to learn from your blog that that Indivan Pierce was a Civil War soldier.

I don't want to be intrusive in any way, but would love to learn any family history that you are willing to share with me. I am a member of, but haven't made my tree public, as, I don't feel I have enough info to share yet. My tree name on there is Gardner/Walker. Or vice versa...
If you would like to email me, my email addy is phatmom57 AT Looking forward to hearing from you!
Thanks Cuz!
Mrs. C. Buckley

PR said...

I'm related to you Phatmom! My Great-grandfather is Perry Gardner! So then maybe I'm related to you too Mr. Pierce, because that's a family name as well that I know.

Please, either one you contact me! I'm doing family research, of so much has been lost over the years!