I’ve had this post rattling around my head for a while. Don’t worry, it’s not exactly deep nor scary. So what’s the biggie? There’s been a shift in my lifestyle; not the giving up thing which seems to have done the rounds of late, but in some small way, the end of an era for me. I’ll get to the point in a mo. Sheesh, you’d think I was paid by the word wouldn’t you! 🙂
Anyhoo, for the last decade or so I’ve ridden my motorbike to/from work in pretty much all weathers. As H’s job has changed, we’re now a 2 car household: my biking days are over. Dare I say I was lucky for 10 years? I guess so. I’ve come off twice (and it bloody hurt – that tends to focus your road sense) but Fate was kind to me and I, unlike other people I knew, saw neither serious injury nor expensive repairs.
In the last month of the summer holidays, I’d been in two minds over getting a car. On one hand I liked riding the bike to work: it was cheap to run, great through traffic queued traffic and ultimately, fun. The feel of the wind, the noise and just the feeling that you weren’t cooped up, but more part of what’s going on around you. To me, that’s the appeal of biking, not burning down a country lane trying to ‘get my knee down’. I know some folks love that, but it’s just not my bag, baby. 🙂
The downsides to biking, of course, are that it’s not so fun when you spend 10 minutes either end getting togged up or finding somewhere to dry your gear when the heaven’s have opened. Then there’s the whole safety issue…. I’ve not missed riding in the driving rain on only two wheels this week.
Course, the filp side to queues and higher road tax is that I get to take Wee Man to school (a bit of father/son time together). I can listen to MP3s without deafening myself and I can just get in/out without wandering into the office looking like a kevlar Darth Vader.
So while I’m happy with my little tin box, a little part of me can’t help a little sad I won’t be riding off into the sunset. Perhaps if I’d waited to swap transport in December, I wouldn’t be feeling quite so nostalgic. 🙂
In other news, I spotted L’Oréal’s Star Secrets in a magazine. Basically, they’re small packs of make-up, where each one if themed along a look from one of their celebrity models. While they’re not cheap, you do get blusher, 3 shades of eyeshadow and lippy in a cute little packet. I bought a set the other day – the colours looked very nice – and I’ll give them a spin next time I’m out.
Talking of make-overs (Ed: coo, that was seamless), I’ve had a bit of a change around on the old blog. I won’t win any design awards that’s for sure, but it’s nice to have a bit of a change around once in a while.
[ Today’s lyric: Gary Numan’s Cars… although I do have a soft spot for the Fear Factory version 🙂 ]