Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Cyclists Blow Out!

Did I post this one already?

Did you know that you can blow yourself right out of a co-op? This happened right after "The Great Ormo Bicycle Race," and the situation at the co-op was still very volatile, and "It just happened, you know!" cried the first cyclist in needless explanation as they blew straight through Saint Augustine Pass, causing the Organ Mountains to come unzipped, and then the Mesilla Valley billowed into the stratosphere like a long green ribbon, and they had the devil of a time getting everything zipped back together before anybody noticed!


Anonymous Jacques Conejo said...

Delightfully visual presentation in two sentences. Made me laugh. These "Cyclists" are always funny.

And I don't remember it being posted before...



7:27 PM  
Blogger Gordon Solberg said...

Laura says it's already been posted. I don't remember. She also says I ought to post all my stories again.

I would suggest, to anybody who likes this stuff, to dig into the archives. No telling what you might find in there -- toad minds, talking whales, singing saltcedars. I've always tried to provide an antidote to mainstream America, not that I ever had much success at it.

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Jacques Conejo said...

Well I certainly appreciate what I've read of your writings. Our limited capacity to measure the "success" of our efforts in this little short life, doesn't always do justice to one's contribution.

I can readily imagine that sharing your gift of "antidote", though perhaps not always evident, has had much greater "success" than you realize.

I for one am grateful for and strongly urge you to continue presenting your unique view.

If I may refer to the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:

"Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact makes much impression on him, and another none. This sculpture in the memory is not without preéstablishcd harmony. The eye was placed where one ray should fall, that it might testify of that particular ray."

I genuinely sense that your eye has been placed to testify of a very particular and very important ray. You have a truly unique and delightfully presented testimony, for which I for one, am grateful.

Keep it up!


10:28 PM  
Blogger Gordon Solberg said...

Reminds me of the song I used to sing as a small child in Sunday School:

"Jesus wants me for a sunbeam/To shine for him each day."

I suppose, having been in the magazine biz, I view success as a numbers game: you either sell enough subscriptions, or you go out of business. My message has gone out of business repeatedly, while the Rush Limbaughs influence millions. Reality ain't always kind.

6:06 AM  
Anonymous Jacques Conejo said...

Yeah, it's not pretty out there in the "message wars". We each get a life and make our choices. You may have read this before, but I share it as a place that I find refuge and find self-acceptance.

In the words of RWE:

"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch... to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!"
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

And additionally for you and your message particularly:

"Genius always finds itself a century too early"
-Ralph Waldo Emerson


8:27 AM  
Blogger Gordon Solberg said...

Great Emerson quotes!

Thanks for sharing them.

I feel a bit better now. Because by Emerson's definition, we're all a flaming success.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Jacques Conejo said...

Well good! Then I feel better too.

Judging by the familiar,delightfully acidic tinge to your humor, you're returning to your normal Ph levels.


7:50 PM  

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