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Saturday, March 03, 2007

It's my birthday - and I have a Gypsy in my garage!

I have really enjoyed today - lots of great conversations through phone, cards, and email (yes, Hallmark marketing wonks, more cards than email), and special hugs from my two teenagers. No cake yet - but I figure I will make one for my family to enjoy tomorrow. I did have some celebratory mixed nuts, though.
I have been saving money since September to buy a bike, and did it this week. Of course, it happened to be the week that Omaha had The Great Blizzard of '07, but I firmly believe that good weather will happen again in time for me to start riding on the trails that snake through this town. I located a photo online of the bike (this store will probably be surprised at their web hit count this month!):
My teenage daughter was mortified that I wanted a bike with tassels, which made me all the more determined to buy it (ah, mother/daughter relations). I figure folks won't notice the tassels at all after they get to staring at my face shield... The bike is a total extravagance, costing more than my first car (a great '66 Dodge Dart, slant-6 engine that I could work on all by myself with Chilton manuals checked out of the public library), but meaning just as much to me now as when I was 17 in freedom and being able to answer the call of the open road (or at least the Keystone Trail). Knowing I have this beauty waiting for me when I get home from work, or from my next checkup (one week away, dang it), might just keep me from thinking too much - something folks around me have said I have been guilty of lately. For everyone reading this - thank you for making the past year more than just something to bear. And I wish for all of us a wonderful year to come.


Jeanne said...

Teresa--Happy Birthday! No snow tires for the bike?


scraps said...

Happy Birthday Girl
Sorry I missed the actual day but you know I think of you lots any way.
The new bike is cool - at our age we deserve all the tassels we want.

Anonymous said...

Hi Teri,

Happy (belated) birthday!


Lynne said...

Happy Birthday, Teresa! Congratulations on your birthday, and on getting exactly the present you wanted! It reminds me of the wonderful upright 3 speeds adults were riding along the roads and trails in Holland when I visited there 20 years ago or so. The bikes were very comfortable to sit on, and easy to ride, since you got to keep erect posture. You go, girl!

Congratulations and best wishes also for a wonderful year ahead, with much healing and improved health. And lots of fun on those appealing trails!

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