Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Riding easy

Like their Creator, humans are endlessly inventive, especially when it comes to efficiency and a new way to get the job done. Mind you, my girlfriends joke that we'd still be enjoying a leisurely chat by the stream, pounding out clothing on the rocks. The washing machine probably was invented by guys who wanted better results for less effort, whether for themselves or their wives. We have a Roomba, which may have been invented by a perfectionist bachelor who loved cleanliness and hated vacuuming. It's been upgraded to cruise from carpet to floor, never fall off the patio or over stairs, and negotiate under furniture without bumping off the finish. It starts and stops on a daily timer, so when I walk by the charging base, the bin is full of dust and lint from who knows where. A quick shake over the garbage can, and Roomba's ready to rumble again.

Another of the better inventions is the Dutch cargo bike. It starts and stops easily, and has great gearing for sloping roads. The stability of its stand means it loads and unloads without tipping. It can haul children as well as groceries and necessities like tools and supplies. Our local Dutch Bike Company sells them - and the owner has hauled his kids, big wooden sandwich-board signs, and who knows what else in his. What a superb "second car" option - or stylish "best commute" for those who need transport apart from local transit. Certainly it's cheaper to purchase and maintain than another car - and nixes those gym fees in the process.

It is high on my list of options and useful things. However, W set up fabulous electric assists for our folding mountain bikes and we love those for commuting up our hills. There's no room in our garage for another kind of bike! It's sad, but let's show some restraint please, my dear. ZZZZZZZoom - I hear the Roomba's start its circuit.

Read more:
*In the beginning, God made the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

*Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! . . . Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God. God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past. Ecclesiastes 5:10, 18–20 NEV

*Ah, Lord GOD!  Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. Jeremiah 32:17 NKJV

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