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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Flies in the Chandelier

Sometimes you're the headlamp, sometimes you're the bug!

As I was driving home tonight, much later than usual, I wondered, “Why the heck did I take this route? Why hadn't I noticed how many treacherous winding hills were on this road?”  Then it dawned on me. I've been over the same road thousands of times; I've looked at it so many times that I don’t see it anymore. Well, that was until something changed. Tonight I was driving home in driving snow and the road was covered, unexpectedly, with ice. That brings me to the flies in the chandelier. Sunday night I had company for dinner and much to my (Mrs. Clean) horror, I looked up and noticed that the globes on the chandelier had become the final resting place of dead bodies, lots of dead bodies. I swear there must have been hundreds, possibly thousands (well at least 50 or 60) dead flies in the light fixture. I look at that chandelier every day and somehow I just stopped seeing those flies until Sunday. On Sunday something changed. On Sunday there were other people at the dinner table with me and of course I was certain the dead flies would surely be the topic of their conversation for days to come; I left a note to myself – chandelier/flies, just in case I stopped seeing them again on Monday.

So, how many days until spring ... and we can start seeing things through fresh eyes, from behind the handle bars again? I don’t know about you, but I seldom take the road for granted on the Star, I see all the flies (and feel them too!)

(PS, you just don't know how long I've been waiting for a good excuse to post that photo. That bug travelled with me over 200 km and probably would have stayed longer but that I scrubbed him off when I finally polished the bike at the end of last years cross continent trip.)

7 comments:

  1. I found some dusty bunny cousins on mine. Oh my how we don't see things during the dreary days of winter. My first bug experience was last fall when riding on Lucy and was hit by a bee doing mach one into my face shield, so glad it was closed because had that sucker hit me I undoubtedly would have been stung. I was freaking a little because I didn't know where the blasted thing went and was praying it hadn't gone down the opening of my jacket. This is not a good thing when you are allergic to bees and are doing 90km/h down the highway and trying not to swerve all over the place. So no I were a very thin neck tube in summer to pull up under my chin. I hate it when bugs splat on me or the bike. The thing that is worse than bug splats is random seagull strafing - on the bike or scooter this is grosser than anything because there is no way of hiding from the flying garbage cans.

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    1. Aren't we all glad that cows can't fly!

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  2. From the wing placement on the bug it looks like he spread them wide and did a swan dive onto your headlight. I give him a 9.0 for form. LOL.

    With no windscreen at all on the Gladius, I too get all the bugs. Troubadour leads the rides on Lucy and her windscreen sends them all over his helmet and onto Max and me.

    Don't you hate it when you overlook something until you notice it when others might notice, and you can't clean it up right then. I bet they didn't even notice it and yet it probably bothered you all night.

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    1. More exciting news from the bug world and a first ever for me. I ran into a moth on Wednesday morning. Double bad luck for the moth; wake up in February and on the inaugural flight get smucked by a windshield of a Sante Fe.

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  3. Worried about flies in the chandelier? You need to get back on two wheels, and soon! :)

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    1. And just an update - company tells me they did notice flies and have asked when I intend to replace the burned out light bulbs ... I need friends with a life!

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