I have my weekends lately from Monday through Wednesday. It’s a conversation starter. Especially since I look 16 and people ask why I’m not at school. My flex hours make for an odd weekly schedule I define for myself.
I graduated college this year. Enough said. I try to look 24.
In any case, I’ve been taking inspiration from my camera roll and wanted to post on a random image from thousands I have squirreled away somewhere in the the Cloud.
Throwing it back to the previous summer when my adopted Craigslist grandpa decided that he would invite me out for a bike ride as an extended “thank you”. All for house-sitting for him and his wife when they took a road trip two weeks ago to Gettysburg.
I like being a bike passenger, so it wasn’t a stretch to say yes.
3 pm on Monday afternoon. Slightly overcast with no chance of rain. Low humidity. I couldn’t ask for a more vague day of weather in the state of Ohio. We were living.
My adopted grandpa picked me up in a Walmart parking lot, as that’s the rendezvous point you can expect from living in Southeast Ohio.
I put on a plain black helmet and too-small-for-my face Pinesol tinted biker glasses and hopped on board.
The ride was 45 minutes to the Miner’s Memorial Park, which is situated in McConnelsville, Ohio. The point of going was to stand in and learn about the history of the Big Muskie.
Essentially the Big Muskie relic was an excavator dragline that was the largest Earth moving machine on the planet. Only the military made larger pieces of equipment and those had to be situated in the ocean.
The Big Muskie is the giant bucket attachment that moved millions of tons of this planet.
I stood inside it for a photo and realized my insignificance in the face of a giant piece of metal. It was humbling. I felt protected.
We left after saying goodbye to the caretaker of the park who was soaking up some sun and undeniably thriving. This was after my awkwardness of working to make a mean face while taking a biker babe photo.
When people tell me to look mean, I just end up smiling more.