Bikes, Beauty, and Babies

 

Hooray for all of us who just finished biking a lot for Bike Month- May. We feel so proud of ourselves, whether we were riding 300 miles like Becky Quiring or 290 miles like Kerry Roberts or 124 miles like me- we all had fun doing it. And I won one of the daily drawings- got 4 Grizzlies tickets, a bottle of wine, and a $25 gift certificate from Sunnyside Bicycles, among other things. Next year we’re going to challenge the BHS Men’s team. Gentlemen, you’ve been warned. By the way, why are there not more bike commuters in Fresno (we bike commuters are 0.6% nationally)? We have a mild climate, flat terrain. Some may not want to bike home in the summer months in 100 degrees plus but there’s a shower waiting for you at home. Summer morning bike rides are idyllic.

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On another matter, I have been wondering recently if people are better, smarter, more patient and kind, etc. in the presence of beauty, say, being able to see the SF Bay or the new Bay Bridge on a regular basis. How does that natural or man-made beauty affect us? I know there are people who see those things daily and are still gang members. Do you have to be tuned in somehow? Or does it only work sometimes?

As a subject near and dear to my heart, how does holding a newborn affect you? Make you more happy? More calm? Less tired of life? Do you have to be related to the baby to have these feelings or will any newborn baby do?

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