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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Biking to the Arboretum

Yesterday, I biked to the Arnold Arboretum, alone. I had invited five other individuals to join, but for one reason or another, they couldn't come. You see, that just kinds of reaffirms what I was trying to discuss on friday's post, the alone thing. That the things I like to do, spontaneous outings, aren't particularly of interest to other people. People are busy and spontaneous outings are the last things on their minds. I have to remember people have other things to do. Oh well. If they're content with their life, then I am happy for them.

That said, I had a great adventure with my bike. Biking to the arboretum by myself is kind of a thing for me now. This will be my second time doing that. 

Here's a picture from the first time I did it:

My white bike.
And here's a picture from yesterday:

My new black bike.
Both rides were spontaneous. That tree you see in the picture is one of my favorite trees at the arboretum. I spent a while yesterday looking for it so I could take the photo. And then sit and read by the same creek I discovered a year ago. Yesterday was a great ride. Lots of foliage. And the weather was perfect. 

The best part of yesterday had to be the ride back. On the ride bike home, as I was passing Jamaica Pond, I came upon a Spontaneous Celebration – my kind of thing. And it was a lantern festival!



There were hundreds of people from the Jamaica Pond neighborhood there, mostly little kids and their parents. There were tons of lanterns, all made out of 2 liter bottles with a candle inside and decorated with paper tissue. Some people made their own lanterns while others bought the ones sold there. A major activity of the festival was to walk around the pond with their lanterns. It was wonderful! There was even a live band! And fall foods, like apple cider. A nice lady made my day when she offered me her lantern. That was so kind, I am so thankful. She then invited me to walk around the pond with her and her kids. That's so nice! I declined, unfortunately. I had to get home to another adventure. (Biking home in the dark was an adventure. I went through Olmsted Park, which is not lit at night, and for a split second, just a split second, I thought I wasn't going to make home. I usually bike through Riverway Park too. But I decided against it since it really was dark. I took my chances with traffic and took the main roads home.)

Yesterday's bike ride was the kind of adventure I was needing Friday. Here, I'll link to some pictures on my Facebook page . . . 

After the bike ride, my friend and I set off on another adventure: finding food at Coolidge corner. We settle for this Chinese joint that wasn't that great. But whatever, it was food, and it was cheap. Next, once we got back to BU, we spent the night trying to get a glimpse of the Orionid Meteor shower at BU Beach, but to no avail. I don't think it's possible to see them from BU. We're just too city.

Continuing on with my great weekend, I started Sunday off by making a wonderful peppers and scallions omelet. Mmm! I'm hoping to further my great weekend by going to the MIT Museum today, and then by being super productive and getting work done: grading and homework. We will see . . .

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