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2 August 2013—China's Lunar Calendar 2013 08-04
2 August 2012—The Accidental Ethnographer: Mammoth, Masterful, Immortal China
2 August 2011—Longevity Mountain: Stone Cold Poetic
|[a] Fat Tire RF|
As always, I slowed down on the path when I saw an "elderly" couple resting on a bench. I always try to be polite when I pass walkers, resters, dogs, and other people who are not flying along at my impressive pace.
It's the least I can do—a kind of cycling benevolence (仁), to my mind.
As I passed the couple, noting not inconsequential girth (I know a thing or two about that), I smiled with communal affection and empathy...
|[b] Canal RF|
...and now, I fear...a wee bit of condescension...
And then I powered off, churning along for the intense (to my mind) final thirty minutes of my workout.
No let-ups. Just "flying."
And what happened just about ten minutes from home?
Well that "elderly" couple flew by me with nary a word—moving at least ten miles per hour (I have converted this) faster than moi. It was like I was standing still...with at least a five-minute, and probably more, head start.
Tonight, I drink a toast to the couple, and vow to smile with greater respect and understanding in the future.
|[c] Owned RF|