Sunday, September 03, 2006

Unassuming

It was an unobtrusive arrival. After a tough beginning to her life (the rest of her siblings were snapped-up and spirited away months ago) she finally found her home with me. Like leftovers and last-picks tend to be, she was hopeful when we met and quietly found her spot in the stable: glad to have a home but not sure she really had a place here.

I wasn't sure, either.

I was eager to get her out and about, but it took a couple rides to realize I was expecting her to be like Betty. I knew she had Betty’s strong lineage, but unlike Betty she wasn't in her element when I introduced her to the crowd. She was content to head down the road with everyone but she stuck to the periphery. Rather than wanting to dance around and play chase games, she seemed to have something else on her mind, but I wasn’t sure what it was. She was comfortable around the others in the barn, she even welcomed Red, but she always had that distracted look in her eye: is she running from something? looking for something? She was congenial enough, but was upfront: this is who I am...I'm not much into changing. Just can't.

I started thinking she just wouldn't be happy here -- maybe next spring we'd need to find a better home -- but then came my own distraction: work was starting up again.

I traipsed out to the barn last Monday morning to start the commuting routine. Betty was staying home this time, happy for the extra Zs. The newbie would be taking her place.

She wasn’t overly ancy when we took off, but right away I could feel a difference in her gait. It was a bit springier...somewhat more comfortable. The load felt lighter, the rutted road in the industrial park was smoother, and the washboard limestone trail was easier...the dust didn’t even bother her. She was matter-of-fact, even happy, about her work. Then, she had the chance to follow the uneven, narrow walking path through the grass on the freeway overpass where the sidewalk ended she could have some fun on this stuff....

Betty, always willing but definite in her preferences, would have done what needed to be done, but probably would have taken to the road, and once back home would have changed into her clean shoes. This one relished in the varied terrain and the splatters, and I could see her eyeing the park reserve we pass by on the way home...wonder if there’s a bit o' singletrack hiding in there? When we got back she pranced into the stable all happy-like and didn't even bother with clean-up. What a paradox: unassuming, practical, industrious and strong yet graceful...

...Beatrice Francine?

- OB don’t ask how I come up with these names...nor whether this one will stick!

12 comments:

Alberto said...

It is basically unfair and you are cruel. Beatrice is gorgeous and, indeed, not at all pretentious. How did I end up with a stable of misfits while your prancing about with all those beauties? But I do have something you just haven’t got and never will have – a vintage 1980’s, metallic-green MAGNA. So there!

Ruby said...

I love her go anywhere do anything and wants to attitude. Enjoy...

Shawn Kielty said...

I need more bikes ...

Emma Pod said...

How about "Flo"? Or maybe "Edleen"??

EP

Squirrel said...

Damn that is one hot rig:) I just love celeste green:)

Peace

the old bag said...

Alberto -- showin' me up again....

Ruby -- thanks. Hope you're enjoying your newbie!

Shawn -- you've only just begun collecting....

Emma -- maybe Flo...Edleen is a great name, but Grandma was just a bit too proper for this bike.

Squirrel -- the celeste has grown on me over the years...it's taken awhile!

Jeff in Chico said...

Beatrice is too close to Betty as a name. She needs an identity of her own that doesn't start with the same letter like those pathetic parents that use the same initials for all their kids because it's cute. That machine needs a strong name that puts up with the abuse that it's designed for. Maybe even, heaven forbid, a male name. Maybe a strong androgenous moniker like, Billy. Like a goat that climbs up hills and covers ground without effort. It just seems to fit better after seeing the picture.......

Ample said...

I love Beatice Francine. A newbee waiting to blosom under your watchful guidance. She'll make you proud I just know it!

the old bag said...

Jeff -- yeah, but all the others have names that begin with the same sound as their make or model: Betty Bianchi, Stella Stumpjumper, etc. The name that hit me was Francine, but that doesn't go with Bianchi or Cross....Hmmmm

Ample -- thanks!

Emma Pod said...

Maybe Jeff would like "Buttkicker" Bianchi. Ya think?

the old bag said...

Emma -- you gotta know I can't have a name like Buttkicker hanging around my garage!

gwadzilla said...

tris for short