Thieves Drive Truck Through Front Door of The Peddler Bike Shop in Austin, Texas

There’s been a lot of bicycle theft showing up in my Next Door feed over the last year. Global pandemics with their concomitant economic hardships have put all kinds of strain on people. But this brazen act takes the cake. Robbers literally broke through the front door of The Peddler Bike Shop in Hyde Park area of Austin, Texas with a probably stolen truck. I happened to see it on the website for the news station where I get my weather, and I was aghast. It is the closet shop to me, and I’ve been going there longer than any shops here. I also know the owner a bit. (Ironically, my first real bike that I ever bought myself I got from here, was stolen on Xmas Eve maybe 10 years ago.) This was very sad news so on my daily ride I stopped by to pay my condolences.

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It Will All Become Clear as Mud

Today’s blog is coming from my tired brain, but the title will make sense by the end.  It’s been a week or more since I began feeling bad due to cedar fever, or so I thought.  Austin definitely had a few days of very high pollen counts.  But when I continued to feeling bad after that went down, I wondered.  Still I’m having a dry, mostly unproductive cough.  This is the US, so unproductive is bad.  Because the US is all about capitalism, and if you’re not producing anything, you’re worthless, right?  Referencing the Dire Straits song from a few days ago, maybe I have “Industrial Disease”?  Let’s hope not and I’m back on the bicycle soon. Continue reading