Sunday, June 21, 2009

Last Weekend

Last weekend I went out for a little head clearing ride around the East Village on my Vivalo. Heading uptown
along Avenue B I figured I'd go past my street and keep going for a while longer when WHAM something hit
me in the right side of my head just below my helmet. I steadied myself on the bike and raised my hand
to my ear to see that there was no bleeding. I didn't hear anything strange so I turned around to go back
to the corner of B and 8th to see what was there. I figured maybe some kids where throwing rocks or apples
or maybe a golf ball (that's what it felt like). I got there and saw the guy getting in his cab and nothing going
on down 8th Street. I'm sure I had a huge questionmark above my head/helmet at this point when a couple that
I could only describe as "Times Readers" came into the crosswalk and declared "You hit the bird" while pointing
to a little wren that was there on the pavement. I, a "Times Reader" also mind you, replied "the bird hit me"!

I was ok. My ear was ringing a little but that isn't new. There was nothing on me except the graphic of a couple
upside down Columbus Tubing birds on my Trackstar t-shirt.

I then realized that I had to take a picture of the departed bird who, as one of my friends told me later, was untethered by
the rules of one way traffic in the city. I think the bird was either in high pursuit of another bird or trying to beat it into
Tompkins Square Park to make some kind of afternoon bird hoedown. So I took a pic of the little thing to share
on the internet 'cause that is what we do nowadays.


Bird on B


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Blogger Nate said...

Wow Roscoe. I recently had my laptop computer destroyed by a similar kamikaze bird. This is downright Hitchcockian.

Times Readers. Ha!

2:54 PM  
Blogger The Hound said...

Good thing you was wearin' a helmut. I guess you can put a feather in it now...

9:45 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

WTF is right. First we drive the elephants crazy, now the birds?

11:09 PM  
Anonymous AdrianS said...

Glad you survived.

Well, I've gone fixie. Built up a surly crosscheck frame w/ flipflop hub, and have just not used the freewheel side. Will take it off at some point...

10 mile commute in this morning, 1st 3.5 w/ 8 yr old on his 20" bike. No birds. Not even any mouthfuls of bugs.

1:34 PM  

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