Thursday – A Little Personal


Photo courtesy Molly D. McCormick © 2015

One of the side benefits of tropical storms besides the rain is the opportunity to see some fine rainbows. This picture was taken on Monday in the morning looking West. The real downpour had not begun, but this rainbow made an appearance along with some pretty wild-looking clouds.

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I had to throw in a picture of my bike from last week’s ride. I was about four miles from home, and the sprocket mechanism gave way. In the photo, it looks like the chain came off but it was much worse. On top of having to walk the four miles back home I also had to spend hard-earned royalties on a new sprocket assembly. The picture below gives you the new view. All that shiny stuff is nickel plated to try to hold off rusting.


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  1. Oh no…. Sorry about the long walk home. And it was hot out too. I guess that water bottle seemed pretty small… Glad you made it safe and sound.
    As for that rainbow picture — awesome (in the true sense of the word). Lovely sky-scape. Mega hugs!

    1. Yes the water bottle is too small for a four mile walk on the desert. Yes the picture came out very well. Taken by a good friend of mine. (my spouse)

  2. Sorry about the bike. Reminds me of what happened to mine in Florida and why I no longer have one. Looks like you got a great rainbow/storm shot though.

    1. The bike is pretty much good as new. This will last another 6 months and then will need at least a new chain.

      1. 6 months isn’t too bad, especially with the salty sea air.

      2. I look at it as normal maintenance.

  3. Beautiful rainbow John. Sorry about the bike. I can empathize. I’ve been stranded miles from home with irreparable damage to a bike several times. I would imagine that the salt air makes it hard to keep rust from taking hold. The new teeth look good, enjoy the ride(s).

    1. Thanks Dan. The salt is like a rust blowtorch. Gets to everything.

  4. Confucius say, New sprocket assembly is mos definitely cheaper than new bike.

    1. You are so wise grasshopper.

  5. A four-mile hike? In that heat? John, you amaze me!! Glad to hear the bike is back to working order and you’re safe in that storm. Lovely rainbow, too!

    1. My wife keeps saying “buy a new bike.” I hate to part with this one.

      1. There’s something to be said for familiarity — but a shiny new bike sounds like a dandy thing. I think I vote with the missus!

      2. Okay that make two of you.

  6. You’re an animal, John. Sorry to hear about the bike. Love that photo of the rainbow. That would make for some fantastic book cover material.

    1. It would be a nice cover. Thanks.

  7. You must have been parched after that long walk back and after dragging the bike through the sand. Never a good time for this kind of failure, but this made it horrible.

    Stunning rainbow. I haven’t seen one in ages. Thanks for sharing. ❤

    1. I took off my shoes for the walk and was surprised to find my feet irritated by the sand by the time I got home. I should have known better. The water bottle kept me hydrated.

      1. Small bottle for such a long, hot walk. Glad you made it in one piece. 🙂

  8. That rainbow behind the blues and greens is under an ominous sky is magazine worthy. It’s the promise BEFORE the storm.

    1. What a poet you are. I’ve passed this on to the photographer (My wife). Thanks

      1. Take my erroneous “is” out before you share it with her. After all, I’m supposed to be a good writer. Ha!

      2. Did it verbally. (read aloud) she was pleased. The “is” was never mentioned.

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