Saturday, May 21, 2016
It's been a long time since I played some Illustration Friday. So long it took me a while to find my art pencils, what with all the tidying going on lately.
But I found them and did this sketch of a Dachshund on wheels for the topic "Wheels".
Wheels is a bit of a theme this week. That Honda Civic we bought for Meego to learn to drive? It needs tires and I almost got some today, but the shop was too busy, so I'll try again on a weekday. The tires it has now are somewhat bald Pirelli's. What? On a no-frills '05 Honda Civic? It makes us wonder the story of this car. I've told Meego that the replacement tires will certainly NOT be Pirelli's.
In other wheel news, I helped out a somewhat damsel in distress who was stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire on her bicycle. She had a very nice road bike and was wearing all the fancy gear, so I knew she knew what she was doing, but the tire that was flat would NOT come off in order to repair it. It was rather cold outside, so I'm thinking that might have had something to do with it, but anyway, eventually we got it taken care of.
She'd been working away at it for about 20 minutes she said, when I'd come by on my bike and stopped. Getting very frustrated, she'd even begun to cry. I could tell because her eyelashes were still wet from it. I felt bad for her and glad I could be of some help. What is it with stranded people on the side of the road lately?!
We chatted during the repair to take her mind off the earlier frustration. She's about 19 and a student at the university, studying biology, she said. My motherly instincts were in full operation, and I didn't leave until the wheel was back on and I was pretty sure she'd get where she was going.
Someday, this will be one of those feel good stories where she'll be some high-faluting doctor in the future, and I'll have some rare disease and she'll save my life. And we'll be all, "remember that flat tire!?"
Then Chaco showed up this morning. He was out for a bike ride and swung on by to grace us with this fashion disaster:
Nice cycling jersey, but gym shorts?! He said he realized just this morning that he doesn't have any decent shorts for cycling, just long pants but it was too warm. Gym shorts it was, but proper shorts are on order.
Sorry I didn't have a patch kit for that!