Here's a dumb thing about me: I love bike riding and I never do it. I maintain that bike commuting is not a viable option for me because I am so gotdamn sweaty, but joyriding certainly is a viable option, especially with all the trails and bike paths in this here city. So today on my self-imposed lunch break, I decided to figure out how to ride down into Fort Snelling State Park and then do it. It was either that or go running. I should probably say "running" instead of running, but let's just establish right now that I mean a slow jog.
Anyway, I rode. It was delightful. The weather is perfect perfect today. 65 and sunny with the faint scent of crisping leaves in the air. I rode down into the park, under the flight path, onto land that Zebulon Pike secured by trading about $200 worth of gifts and booze to the Dakota who were living there. I hadn't been there in years, which is just plain stupid. The Brit and I have had a lot of discussions lately about the perks of living here and how infrequently we help ourselves to those perks and how much better we would feel if we did. Sitting around is very very easy for me to do. I would like to do it less. In the last 24 days I have only missed 3 days of exercise, but I haven't done as many culturally invigorating things as I might have. Getting close to the Mississippi is a start.
ALSO. This will be of little interest to anyone except Susan Cooper fans, but did you know that the "Dark is Rising" books are coming out as a movie like, next week? With Ian McShane as Merriman Lyon? which makes no sense but on the other hand I love Ian McShane, and same goes for Frances Conroy playing what looks like an amalgamation of two characters. I had no idea about this. I guess YA fantasy is trendy right now, duh.