stitching, block party, random photos, and i really think it’s time for a new bike

Nearly done. I just have a few leaves to add to the lower-left corner, do the border, and a couple other details.

We closed off the street and had a 4th of July block party on Friday. We even had a volleyball net stretched across the street. It’s a dead-end street, doesn’t go anywhere, so it’s not a big deal to close it to traffic. We had lots of food, I brought cheddarwurst and strawberry shortcake.

Here are some photos I took on Saturday while waiting for my bus across the street from The Hub.


I got to change an innertube this weekend. And it wasn’t the front one again; it was the back one, which is about a year old and has been losing air pretty steadily, so it wasn’t unexpected. It was time-consuming, and the back tire is more complicated than the front because of the chain, but it was easy enough.

But on the way to work this morning, the chain suddenly popped off the gear. That bike ran perfectly for a year, then suddenly every single thing that could possibly happen to it, happened. It’s easy enough to fix, but it shouldn’t be happening at all. And what if it happens again? What if it happens while I’m coasting downhill with cross traffic and a stoplight at the bottom?? That bike has coaster brakes, meaning no chain = no brakes.

I really think it’s time for that new bike I’ve been thinking of. And this time I’m going to get a Schwinn or a Huffy. I’d love an Electra, they make some sweet-ass cruisers, but they’re pretty pricey.

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