Posted by: David | August 19, 2008

My Ninth Gold Medal

Hi Internet. Bet you thought I died huh? Well I’m still alive and, believe it or not, I’ve just broken the world record by winning my ninth gold medal. In your faces Spitz ‘n Phelps! But you won’t see me on the Wheaties box. You’re probably wondering what sport it is that I’ve won all these gold medals in right? Well honestly, I don’t really know. I’m not even sure if these medals are real gold.ย  Or if they’re even medals. (OMG one of them has chocolate inside!) I can’t read the writing on them, so it must be Chinese. Right? I’m not really very good at any sports, but I’m proud to represent my country in my own mediocre way.

Olympic World Record, I have two words for you: HAH!

In further pursuit of mediocrity I offer this post. Just letting you know I’m still here. Been really busy at work as we count down the days until the arrival of our largest ever class of first year students (that’s what we call “freshmen” nowadays). Other important family events are in play now too. But I don’t want to jinx them (hint: wedding!). There’s good news and bad news on the Route 114 Cairn. It was up on August 9, when I rode the Henniker-Hillsborough loop, but my wife reports that it’s since been knocked down again.

This is Route114 Cairn Version 4. Best yet. Thank you cairn builder. Sorry about the losers that keep knocking it down. I guess quality offends them.

I just don’t get why somebody keeps knocking the cairn down. Any who … the summer now draws to its inevitable close. On this solo bike ride, one day after 08/08/2008 I pondered the meaning of this special date. Our state lottery closed the Pick 3 game from any further draws of 888. I missed the chance for a timely post on the significance of those babies born at 8:08am on 8/8/2008. Good thing since I have no idea what that significance might actually be. If anything. That instant was like every other NOW before and after it, the infinitesimal timespan of the present. Could it be that somewhere an intersection exists between the small infinity of now and large infinity of eternity? Would it matter?

Sorry, I just watched Wild Strawberries and got a little over-expanded. Let’s refocus. On that August 9th ride I encountered an unusual sequence of roadside detritus. I think I’ve previously written that the dead cigarette lighter is one of the most common roadside discards, beyond cigarette butts and empty soda cans and bottles. And a pennywhistle was only seen once.

Don’t see this often … Why put 4 tablets into a bottle?

100mg of Viagra is quite a dose I’ll bet … The object down the road a bit began to suggest a storyline of sorts. A fairly sad and unappealing story perhaps. A story that neither of the protagonists will be relating to their coworkers at McDonalds the next day … or maybe they would tell their coworkers … Let the pictures tell it …

Clifton Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band in New Orleans …

The End. I hope that was as good for you as it was for me.

As always, thanks for reading my dear bloggefreunde! Catch you on the flipside!



  1. D-Lev, that’s actually a really great WRT 105 (Freshman Comp) writing prompt.

    About the cairn: I think it is a law of nature: what goes up must come down, even if we have to do it ourselves…

    Shit, I hope I’m never in your WRT105 class! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I will never knock down a cairn, unless it gets built in front of a doorway I need to get through. I’ve half a mind to go rebuild it myself one of these days!! As for the other half of my mind it just wants to stay home and surf the web.

  2. I think “unusual sequence of roadside detritus” would make a good post title. or song. or nasty cocktail.

    and I like the nickname D-Lev. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now that you mention it I guess it does have a sort of nice meter to it. A bit too long for a cocktail name though, I think.

    I wonder what you like about that nickname? That would be another good post topic- nicknames I’ve had. If only one could remember them …

  3. ha ha ha ha ha ha…


    Yes. Count them. NINE. More than anyone! So what if they have chocolate inside. I am the GREATEST! (along with Muhammad Ali) ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Haha, I love the shot of icebreakers gum, but shouldn’t that be chewed by both parties BEFORE the viagra? Come on people, don’t underestimate the importance of good breath!

    And dude: “Could it be that somewhere an intersection exists between the small infinity of now and large infinity of eternity?”

    -That is WAY too much thinking for me to do after a long day’s work…please don’t ever give me brain cramps like that again.

    Thank you ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Oh NO Romi, thank YOU!

    And I think good breath is terribly overrated. Give me the onions and garlic please! Hooray for all the wonderful fragrances our bodies produce! Fuck that minty ass shit. Y’know?

    As for 100mg of Viagra, well I just don’t know what to say about that. Maybe I’d just say “fuck that minty ass shit” again.

  5. I don’t like those people who vandalize the cairn. I love your pics of the roadside garbage dropper. I think he needs counseling.

    I just bought “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Astronomy”. It basically sums up the last few years of discovery which I have not kept up with.

    โ€œCould it be that somewhere an intersection exists between the small infinity of now and large infinity of eternity?โ€

    Yes, Oh, Yes!!!

    Me neither Joan. The cairn is up again, but more modestly constructed. It doesn’t look like the style of The Builder. But who knows? Maybe it will stay up longer in its less dramatic cloak.

    The roads aren’t as littered as they would appear to be in this post. I just focus in on the “interesting” items.

    Glad you liked the little profundity. It occupied my mind for some few minutes on 8/9/08. Remember that book “Be Here Now”? This is the sequel: “Was There Then”. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. I did not get the story. It must be one of those stories that only the natives can put together. The things you find there are mostly small. Here you would find mattrasses, TV sets, computers, monitors, plastic chairs, plastic tables, though there are also cans.

    What are the little yellow flowers in the header? Are they still the relatives of the sunflower that you said the other day?

    The names of flowers are a labyrinth because many are only local. It is a pity because it means that most people like me cannot find out the names of any wild flowers.

    You didn’t miss much, cantueso. I do observe mostly the small. We don’t have as much roadside trash as my posts may lead you to believe.

    Yes, the yellow flowers are (were- I’ve since replaced the header) helianthus tuberosus, about which I prattle on and on …

  7. i LOVE your pictures of the cairns .. awesome, my friend.

    Thanks Red. Nothing like Another Roadside Attraction, eh?

  8. So I called my new blog B I K I N G.

    It did not occur to me just like that, mind you. Some two or three days ago it was TRAVELING. That became DRIVING. Next it turned up as FLYING. And each time I made a new header! So it became FLIERS which miraculously changed itself into BIKING.

    Nice name, eh? But I could not yet find a good colour drawing yet, though I have not yet looked in my box. I do have a pretty relief of a biker, but it is a base relief and so it comes as a black and white photo somewhat too detailed.

    Do you really have another blog? Please leave the link. Do you ride a bicycle? Why haven’t you mentioned this before? Have I asked enough questions yet?

  9. What a bunch of litter bugs you bicycle amongst. Did you check the Viagra bottle to see if it was empty? 4 tablets. Must be a sample from a doctor’s office. Anybody who needed it for medical reasons would surely want more than 4.

    And what about the sour gum? I wonder it it was empty. Not that I would chew ‘found’ gum. I promise…though I once ate a protein bar I found (still in the wrapper) on the way home from school. My mom questioned where I got it, and I said the teacher. Surely she didn’t believe a teacher game me a ‘protein’ bar.

    It’s not as bad as all that. We actually have folks who voluntarily walk the roads and clean up the litter. It’s much worse in New Jersey, I’m sure.

    Of course I checked the bottle. It was empty. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve tried the doctor’s samples and they came in 6 tablet blister paks of 50 mg size, which I cut in half. They really worked quite well I’m happy to say. TMI or what???

    Any who … I thought the picture showed fairly well that there was plenty of gum in the Ice Breakers box. It was nearly full, in fact. That gum must really suck. I wouldn’t chew “found” gum either, I don’t think. Unless certain conditions were met. ๐Ÿ˜€

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