Texting and Riding

This is a picture I did not take of a guy on a motorcycle, riding 15 feet behind a car in the fast lane on 101, wearing jeans and a 3/4 sleeve leather jacket (??!?), no gloves, half tuck, elbows in his ribs, right hand on the throttle, left hand typing on his phone.

He changed lanes shortly after my not taking a picture. I hope he’d finished typing by then.

What happens if he drops his phone?

It seems silly to be wondering about the guy’s phone. It’s so trivial compared to his life.

Sharing is Caring

This is a picture I did not take of an old man sitting on a curb, hand extended, cupped, pigeon perched on his fingertips, eating, more pigeons on his knees and feet, like a statue in the plaza, observing, sharing, homeless.

Real Bike Commuters Of Hillsdale Station

This is a picture I did not take of a woman riding into the sunset, dark solar shield obscuring her face, protecting her complexion from harmful UV rays, doing nothing for her brain, as she continued on, helmetless.

Thinking about this makes my poor little brain spin.

This is a picture I did not take of a man riding out of the parking lot, hi viz windbreaker, unzipped, flapping, “Look at me!” “Look at me!” “I’m a SUPERHERO!!!”.

I think I need a riding cape.

This is a picture I did not take of a woman riding down the street, past my car at the light, same time every day, with arms that say, “If I get to the station early I do overhead presses with my bike until the train arrives.”

Please don’t crush me.

Happiness

This is a picture I did not take of my neighbor Jim sitting in a lawn chair under the big shade tree in his front yard, granddaughter on his lap, a large children’s book in his hands, and a giant smile on his face.

Credit: Something about imitation and flattery.

Leaves 2

This is a picture I did not take of little black birds playing in golden red trees, fluttering from branch to branch, tree to tree, creating bursts of movement, sending leaves to the ground with every skip, hop, and leap.

It’s a beautiful time of year.