Observations and pictures from my 44th two-wheeled trip to the Great State of New York:
1. Award-winning management “consultanting” …
2. At One Niagara Center was a massive air conditioning unit right next to a wide-open door. As my father would say, were they trying to air condition all of Western New York?
3. Last I checked, Ferry was a one-way street, but that didn’t seem to matter to two cyclists who were going in the opposite direction against traffic.
4. At 19th Street was a fatso who wasn’t wearing underwear and whose blubber was oozing out well beyond the short skirt she had on. There are times I wish I wasn’t so observant and that was one of them. As my father would say, she needs to start shopping for clothing at New York Tent and Awning.
5. Scenes in Hyde Park:
6. Pickleball. It’s not just a St. Catharines thing.
7. Spotted off Military Road was an older guy with a “MAGA” hat. Part of me wanted to get off my bike and shake his hand.
8. I was proud to ring up a $17.10 bill at southern Ontario’s favorite Walmart just to spite Justin.
9. Dear Walmart: Please consider adding an express lane or two. You know, the way most large department stores do.
10. On Buffalo Avenue, someone driving by in a pickup truck pointed at me and yelled, “There he is!” Whatever.
11. Also on Buffalo Avenue, another cyclist passed me going the wrong way, though at least, unlike what would have happened in the Old Country, he did get out of my way and didn’t curse at me.
11a. Did I mention recently that I don’t miss the Old Country?
12. A bench on the Shoreline Trail in need of some maintenance:
13. A piano for the LGBT community?
14. If you’ve always wanted to take a tour of a helicopter …
15. While crossing the Rainbow Bridge, a guy in an SUV from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania asked me if they charged me a toll and was astonished when I told him I had to pay a whole buck. For the record, I don’t mind fair and reasonable user fees. Just as long as it’s going toward bridge maintenance and not lining government coffers.
16. Waiting at Canadian customs, a guy from New Jersey was cursing up a storm, angry that the officer was asking too many questions of the person in front of him. Dude, that’s not the attitude you bring to an international border crossing. Especially when you’re a foreign national.
17. There are teenagers in Bombay working in call centers who have a better grasp of the English language than the CBSA officer who served me.