Garbage in, garbage out
Three years ago I gave up Morning Television. I gave up the News, weather and talking heads.
It wasn't easy.
I had been getting ready for work with "good morning America" for decades.
But 3 years ago something changed for me.
As if I woke up.
I asked myself, Why am I starting my day with SO MUCH NEGATIVITY?
Let's face it, the horrible stories out weigh the positives by 4-1.
I decided my return on investment in Morning Television was just a loss of time and positive mental attitude.
Don't get me wrong, I feel for the people who are experiencing tragedy, I worry for the animals going extinct, I'm concerned about global warming and yes, I too, fret about our Countries leadership. I just don't need to be bombarded with it at the beginning of my day. I choose not to be governed by it.
So, to the gal in line at Dunkins this morning who raised an eyebrow to me in judgement when I responded "no" to her question "did you see the news?"
Nope, nada, not me... I'm in a state of happy denial.
Mother always said: "garbage in=garbage out". I'm protecting my "garbage load capacity"!
Nameste! Garden time in the morning with the birds❤️
What i knOW about vermont bicycling
1. Don't trust the weather.
2. Denial works if you keep your head down and don't focus on the 3 mile incline while downshifting. Denial works
3. Creamies are just a crazy name for sof serve....so disappointing
4. "Moo-doo happens" name of manure processing plant
5. "Vermont ain't flat" favorite t shirt bought by every person on the trip.
6. The apple fritters at the Basin Harbor Club are SIN and diabetes in dough form
7. " clear" , " car back" and " on your left" is bicycler foreplay.
8. There are no good reasons to bike in the rain. NONE
9. Tandum kayaking requires communication and patience!
10. Cows and Bears are everywhere ... be very very careful !!!
Last Day ahead
Five friends, five days
Rainy days on the road
glassres speckled with drops
Noisy car tires splash the water
flap. Flap, flap goes the rain coat
some one yells "clear" as they pass threw an intersection.
rain streams down your legs
splash, splash , splash
tires in water kick it up...
cant see threw lenses
until u hear some one yell
grateful for for not having to look up
rain on the road
A sense of PuRpose
Mr Stowe gets up on Tuesday mornings, puts on a clean shirt Gets in his beat up Subaru wagon and drives the pasteurs of his 300 acre farm to meet the riders of Vermont Bike Tours.
On tuesdays he has a sense of purpose.
He is 93.
He has 220 cows under 2 years old and all scheduled for castration. I asked. "Why?"
He replied "it's what we do".
"at last count, we have 43 cats in the barn" he announces proudly. These cats are employed, skittish and uninterested in us.
Mr Stowe grew up here. Raised a family here. On this little piece of heaven between the Adiorondaks and the Green Mountains. His leathered skin, coke bottle glasses and worn yellow teeth are a testament to a life hard lived. But a life of purpose.
He tells me his wife died of cancer 20 years ago. He looks to the earth and says "I'll never forgive her for that."
For now, this 93 year old farmer gets up, gets dressed and drives his Subaru which is held together by duck tape and zip ties, every Tuesday to share his world with strangers.
a gift...a sense of purpose!