#TBT: SOB… I’m Vintage

I banged this post out back in the day. Five years back.

We have to get off the weather track and obsess about something else.

Breaking up is hard to do.

It’s not you. It’s me.

I could go on like this forever.

Without further ado…

::SOB:: I’m vintage…



I Googled my 1983 Raleigh Sprite 5-speed today, and it was referred to as vintage…



Really, I was two when I got it.

It’s like one of those IKEA infant cribs that grows with your baby. You just turn a screw here, turn a screw there, and it’s a toddler bed. Then you flip it and thump it and pop it out, and your teen can take it with him when he moves out.

Think of my 1983 Raleigh Sprite 5-speed the same way.

Mr. G, honey has been clearing out the garage, and he got to a point where I could actually turn that bike around and head out. Handlebar first.

Glee, baby, glee!

I took it to the backyard and gave it, and the G-Pup, a bath and pressure spray. That was G-Pup’s favorite part. She’s easy.

Then I gave it the once over and decided that the tires were looking a little stiff and beginning to get hairline cracks. The Raleigh’s version of a receding hairline. Since they were the original — though more than one inner tube had been replaced — that wasn’t really a shocker.

We took a little field trip over to the cycle shop and the nice, young Cycle Guy asked if I needed any help.

It went like this ~

Me: Well, I have a 1983 Raleigh Sprite…

Cycle Guy: Oh. Wow.

Me: I think the tires need replacing, and before I do anything else to the bike, I want to make sure they can be replaced. They’re 27 X 1 1/4. Can they be replaced?

Cycle Guy: Oh. Well. Let’s see. We have 26″ and…

Me: I was reading a Raleigh board this morning on the internet, and they said something about the 700 cc being an alternative.

Cycle Guy: Oh. Sure. Let me just go check at the front.

I passed the time by looking at all the non-vintage bikes — hybrid this and comfort that and touring this…

Cycle Guy: Okay. This should work. And he pulled out two from the 700 slot that were 27 X 1 1/4.

Me: What’s a Hybrid?

Cycle Guy: Oh. Well… Long explanation ensued.

Me: Do you have any Raleighs?

Cycle Guy. Oh. Actually, we don’t. We have this, that, and the other.

Me: Blink. I’ll take the tires.

**Cycle Guy said Oh and Well and Wow a lot; his blue eyes the size of dinner plates. Who could blame him. He was talking to someone who actually owned a bike made before he was born, and was planning to ride it.

Vintage probably wasn’t the word he was thinking.

I needed chocolate bad.

Mr. G, honey picked up some T.9 Bicycle Lubrication. It cleans, lubes, protects, repels dirt, dust & mud and is totally waterproof. I’m thinking of using it on myself.

We hit the library next. I decided to loll on a bench in the sunshine while he did library voodoo.

When he came out, he said: Hey lady, wanna come home with me? I bought you some new tires.

Me: New tires? I’m there, baby.

Mr G: I gotcha some lube, too. For your chains and sprockets.

Me: Tires AND lube? Wow. Now the only thing on that bike that’s gonna be rickety is me!

The Full Raleigh!

I swoon!



And that’s how we’re rolling on Saturday.

Elen (From May 2012)

And that’s how we’re rolling this Throwback Thursday.



Fridaaaaay!… Go Green

A Bit o’ the Green!

This sits on my desk. I look at it every day and wait for my seeds to arrive in the mail.

It needs to be soon.



Now, okay?

Today, I’m wearing my green eyes, green sweater, green earrings… and orange socks. Nobody can see those. They’re stuffed into DAV ankle boots, which are black. Pretty much the basic wardrobe is black. Not much to coordinate there. Throw on a pop of color — like green for St. Paddy’s Day — and you’re done. Even the iPhone case is green.


I’m thinking in green today.

Aren’t you just green with envy?


Moving right along.

True Confessions ~

I watched a few movies this month.

Finding Dory (2016) — Not just for kids. It was a kick.

Lion (2016) — We all left the theater feeling a little shocky and bruised. It was the most powerful film I’ve seen in 2017.

Jackie (2016) — History, biography. Natalie Portman. What’s not to love there? I might be suffering from secondhand smoke. Mebbe.

Passengers (2016) — IMDb labels it adventure/drama/romance. iTunes labels it sci-fi/fantasy. Take your pick. I liked this more than G-Man, but then I’m a sucker for special effects and a good bartender. Still. I thought the real story was missing from the reel. Let me know what you think.

There might have been more, but those stuck in my brain.

What have you seen? Anything?

Here be Friday in all its wintry March glory.

Now. Go get your green on.

You know what to do. Meet you in the bar in 3…2…1…

Guinness, I say!