Abstract Lotus Pod
Back when I rode my Harley Davidson I used to ride up to Cental Nevada on most weekends. There were two other Harley riders in the town I went to: one a lower eschelon rail road exec, and one who’s progably still in jail. We made an odd trio. We would ride up to Pioche where a rancher had a warm natural pool right in the middle of a field that he let locals swim in. It had some beautiful yellow lotus plants, and around the pool were toads that the naturalists thought were rare.
They weren’t, they’re all over Nevada wherever there was water; even in my rose bushes down in Las Vegas.
It was a wonderful ride, no matter how hot out; I’d stop in Panaca, where the warmspring used to be open to swim in. (Now they’ve discovered pupfish in it and closed it.) In Winter I’d strip down to a bathing suit and jump in, dry off and get back into my riding leathers, and in summer, I’m jump in with all my clothes on, even dunking my head, until my body cooled off enough by evaporation to do the next several miles.
I particularly loved pulling into gas stations, which didn’t happen often with the big bike, and watch people fall over when I pulled off my full-face helmet: they’d almost fall over to see a girl riding such a huge monster. (No Sportster for me: too far between gas pumps for my taste!)
Those were such fun and carefree days! I’d work all week just chomping at the bit till Friday came! Then off I’d go. . . But I wouldn’t trade them for what and whom I have now, even though I’m the “Bikeless Broad”.
® 07 Feb 2010
Behold the Lotus:
It is beautiful to the N’th iotus!
Pink, yellow, or white,
it fills us with light.
hand drawn and colored in
Arthause Studio Xtra; sized in Photoshop.
Everybody strains so hard to make their job, their hair and clothes, their cars, their art look just like everybody else’s, only “better” somehow. I can’t
compete in what I can’t understand: Why is the herd instinct so great in us? And who sets the rules? I can’t bear rules.
[Featured in Graphic Editing Group 28 May 2008. Thank you!]