Thursday, April 18, 2013

THE STRANGE CASE OF THE SQUARE PEG IN THE ROUND HOLE

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YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might find your life's destination better if you remember
IT'S NOT HOW MANY TIMES YOU GET KNOCKED DOWN
IT HOW MANY TIMES YOU GET BACK UP
 Col. George Armstrong Custer

FOOLS RUSH IN WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD

The novelist, Kenelm Chillingly, published this metaphor in the late 19th century.  The idiomatic expression conjure up a visual image easy to understand, trying to combine two things that do not belong or fit together.  

As I attempted to ride my Terra Trike Tour trike yesterday, I ran nose first into this old saying.


SQUARE BOX, ROUND PIZZA, TRIANGLE SLICES, I'M CONFUSED!


It is critical when riding a recumbent trike, that the rider wear shoes with cleats that lock into the trike pedals.  This does two things; the shoes locked into the pedals holds up the feet, a chore when your legs are projected straight out, and, also, while one foot pushes the other pulls, doubling the efficiency.  I could not get the right foot locked into the pedal and didn't figure out why until 4:15AM when I recalled that I had replaced a lost screw.  Did I reverse the cleat?  Yep!  I was trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

SQUARE MEALS OFTEN MAKE ROUND PEOPLE - E. Joseph Cossman

The lady on the left may have been a queen, but I was a dunce!  I haven't rode this highly engineered trike for three years.  It has 27 gears.  The front gears are operated with a small lever on the left handle, the rear, a small lever on the right.  The trike will not start off in the high gears, made for high speed riding.  They need to be in the low gears.  I couldn't get it all figured out until I had pushed, been pushed and semi-walked, with one foot on a pedal and one on the ground, a half mile from home.


WHEN I SEE AN ADULT ON A BICYCLE,
 I DO NOT DESPAIR FOR THE HUMAN RACE - H. G. Wells

Ride it I did, however!  Like the man in the picture on the right, I felt on top of the world, a conqueror.  Well, now, I may have felt a bit less like a conqueror and more like a well beaten piece of round steak.  I have the giant calves and thighs of a football down lineman, which I was in an earlier day.  The muscle doesn't go away, they still look impressive in a pair of shorts walking the beach.  While they may flex and show a bold outline, they are as soft as a babies behind.  Speaking of football, my legs had the burn remembered from the two-a-days of getting into shape for football.  A night's rest restored them.

NEARLY ALL MEN CAN FACE ADVERSITY,
BUT IF YOU WANT TO TEST A MAN'S CHARACTER, GIVE HIM A BICYCLE
A WOMAN NEEDS A MAN LIKE A GOLD FISH NEEDS A BICYCLE

THE BICYCLE IS A CURIOUS VEHICLE.  IT'S PASSENGER IS IT'S ENGINE

"A woman may need a man like a gold fish needs a bike",
but I sure need my wife Julie.
When she got home from work and I wasn't there she called.
I told her of my struggle, presto, she was there with the van to bring me home.
Was I too proud to ride home in the van?  Are you kidding?
It's all uphill grade.

TOLERATION IS THE GREATEST GIFT OF THE MIND;
IT REQUIRES THE SAME EFFORT OF THE BRAIN
THAT IT TAKES TO BALANCE A BICYCLE - Helen Keller

When Julie got me home, our housekeeper, Donna urged me to put the trike away and not ride it again.  Although she meant well, what she was saying was just lay around and wait to die.  NOT ON MY WATCH, CHIEF!  In the picture on the left, I was riding in the California mountains.  In three and a half months, I plan to be into shape to ride the Allegheny Gap Passage, from Cumberland, MD. to Pittsburg, Pa.

THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH A SOCIETY
THAT DRIVES A CAR TO WORKOUT AT AT A GYM
STEVE JOBS 1955-2011
Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes....the ones who see things different--they are not fond of rules....you can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them - Steve Jobs

ALL BICYCLES WEIGHT 50 POUNDS!  A 30 POUND BIKE NEEDS A 20 POUND LOCK,
A 40 POUND BIKE NEEDS A 10 POUND LOCK.
A 50 POUND BIKE DOESN'T NEED A LOCK.

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR'S

GOD BLESS THE USA

1 comment:

Phatmom said...

Keep up the good work on the Trike! I know you can do it.
Don't listen to anyone who tells you not to.
I'm so proud to have you for my cousin!