Friday, October 14, 2005

The Batmobile loses 2 wheels

Little man forgot his backpack and lunch box in the house this morning. In a five-year-old's life, this would normally make for a very sad day. Although adults can just as easily pick something up or skip lunch altogether, the Rules of Kindergarten dictate otherwise.

My wife got ahold of me as I was on my two-wheeled way into town (bless the inventor of the cell phone.) I doubled back and found his stuff waiting patiently in the front hall.

When one commutes by bicycle, bags and racks are key. I'm one of those OCD types who can't stand to have a bag on his back. They limit my mobility and vision, they're hot, and they mess up my center of gravity. In a pinch, I'll wear one. But it's generally best to keep cargo as low as possible on the frame of the bike. So I set out to find places to stuff my son's gear.

I managed to get his lunch bag into one of the bags clipped onto my rear rack. But the backpack was just too big, and wasn't going anywhere. So I slipped it onto my back and set off. By the first set of lights, I had forgotten I was even wearing it - little people, apparently, travel light.

A few minutes later, I noticed motorists and pedestrians were looking at me funny. Some were smiling. Others waved. A couple of drivers even honked. I wondered what all the commotion was about.
Time out for some context-setting: I am not a morning person. I process more slowly in the few hours after I awake. Today was even worse because it was a very foggy morning. I'm not sure what that has to do with my aversion to mornings, but I felt it important enough to include here. Let's continue...
It eventually dawned on me that folks thought a grown man wearing a Batman backpack on a bicycle was a pretty odd thing. I smiled at the thought and cruised the rest of the way to school.

In the end, a little guy had his lunch, and I got to enjoy a few minutes of utter silliness in what is usually a depressingly mundane vehicular battle to get into town. And I made a few strangers smile.

A good day all around.

Your turn: Ever done anything that makes complete strangers break into ear-to-ear grins?

34 comments:

The Mistress of the Dark said...

That ususally happens when I take pictures of my food at restaurants.

Here this time via Michele!

Have a great weekend!

Mamacita said...

Batman backpack? Why, is that weird or something?

I have a Hello Kitty wallet.

Greetings from Michele's.

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Riding a bike with the Batman backpack is AWESOME!

I went on a field trip with my 3-year-old and her class to the Shedd Aquarium today. I was talking to one of the workers there (I don't know what they're called, attendants?) about how some of the sharks were just sitting at the bottom of the tank (some can because of their air bladders) and I said that the other ones are the mean ones because they can't ever stop. That was worth a laugh.

And thanks for the story at my blog, too. Whew. Here via Michele's.

Dlynne said...

I'm smiling picturing your bicycling with the batman bakpack...I'm sure you son was very happy to see you! Michele sent me this time 'round. Have a good weekend

Russ said...

Did you hum the batman song while you were riding?
Here from Michele's

deputyswife said...

Here via Michele's.

That is a great about the backpack! I would have been pointing and laughing at you. Of course in a totally positive way that wouldn't hurt your feelings. Of course...

Last Girl On Earth said...

I love the thought of you with a Batman backpack on a bike, Carmi!

I have been known to fall asleep in out van on the way to gigs with a blowup pillow around my neck. When we stop at rest areas, the band will wake me up and I will ALWAYS get up to use the restroom. (That's the rule. You never know when there will be another one!) Most of the time I would forget to take the neck pillow off. I can recall people pointing and laughing at that poor girl who is half-asleep with a purple neck pillow around her neck stumbling towards the ladies room!

Hope you are having a great weekend. Michele sent me this time!

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buffi said...

Hey Carmi! I'm here all by myself this time. I've been trying to visit more often, since I always like hearing about your kids.

A few years ago I was at an Officers Spouses Club board meeting and excused myself "to go potty." Mmm-hmmm, no giggles there.

atpanda said...

Awe, too cute! I can just picture this scene.
Something that made strangers smile? Some days I just play a little game where I smile to people as they pass just to see if they'll do it back. You ever do that?
Michele sent me, of course.
(and as you don't allow 'other' as an identity, i'm at atpanda.blog.com)

Erin said...

Hello, here from Michele's again this week. What a great story! Have a great weekend!

Lisa said...

Too darn funny! :)

My kindergartener went to school with lunch in hand, but at the pumpkin patch outing they had, the main item, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, was misplaced. Her lunch consisted of a few chips, a fruit rollup and a fruit drink. Nice... Poor thing. :(

Twist of Kate said...

Well that was just so funny and made for a great visual! You said I was a good mom well I think you are a great dad for going through that for your son :) You are a hero! As for me, nothing comes to mind at the moment, but I know there has to be a thing or two out there!

Pieces of Me said...

danna nanna nanna nanna BATMAN!! hehe! How funny...you had me smiling! Have a great weekend!! TTYL

Mar said...

I came on my own to find a great story! Now, how does a back pack limit your vision??? My two friends and I stopped at a magazine stand at the mall and they saw me with a Barbie magazine in the hand. They just couldn't help it and told me " I don't think your son (he's 17) will enjoy it" and laughed out loud. I did too, and then explained it was for my 7-yr-old niece I am going to visit soon. Have a nice weekend.

Yaeli said...

I want a Batman back pack!!! I think we are all forced to grow up far too quickly. If more people wore Batman, or Superman, or Teletubbie, or Dora the Explorer backpacks, surely the world would be a better place. :o)

TC said...

I'd be willing to bet that at least some of those strangers figured out that the pack wasn't yours. since having my little princess I have been known to make my way through town carrying her Winnie the Pooh pack and not on a rescue mission too.

How nice that you made them smile and glad you had a good day!

birdychirp said...

Yes - the day after my wedding I still had the flower display and a just married sign on my wheelchair when I walked to a local pub to meet family for lunch! Lots of honking and waving - it was fab.

birdychirp said...

Yes - the day after my wedding I still had the flower display and a just married sign on my wheelchair when I walked to a local pub to meet family for lunch! Lots of honking and waving - it was fab.

Barbara said...

When we bury our son in the sand at the beach, with just his head sticking out, he attracts quite a few visitors.

colleen said...

Hi Carmi, Now my chance to test out the blogger account front.

This story reminds me of when I worked in day care and used to commute with a bike. I had a longish black raincoat. And one day some of the kids saw me on my bike and said I looked like the witch in the Wizard of Oz!

Heather said...

That's such a cute story! Thanks for making me smile this morning!

yellojkt said...

michele sent me.

At least you can carry his backpack. Wait until he is in middle school and his backpack weighs more than what hilary climbed Everest with. My son's back pack is bigger than the one I used in college.

choccycherry said...

Hi - I'm here from Michele's - that's a great story!

ribbiticus said...

i usually get grins, sometimes weird looks and pointed fingers when i sing along to favorite songs on the radio. i not just sing along, my whole body moves, especially when i'm caught in traffic! :)

here via michele today.

Paul Sveda said...

Batman is a fine superhero to have on ones back. I am the oppisit OCD, I have to have all my gear on my back, stuff hanging off of my bike makes me nervous...

Have a great weekend, looks nice down here for us...

cheers
P.

aka_monty said...

Howdy~Michele sent me today! :)

Now THAT was funny. I got a great visual image in my head.

Karen said...

Greetings from Wisconsin...and Michele's. Cute story!

Kimberly said...

Hi Carmi!

I love the image of you on your bike with a small Batman backpack. I've never heard complete strangers laughing out loud at something I've done, but the bright purple coat and turquoise hat/gloves that I wear on cold Seattle days seem to be good for grins from people I pass on the street.

Here from Michele's today.

FuzzBuck Fuzz said...

Hitch-hiked over 3 hundred miles with a scythe covered in bin-liners?

Not sure if they were grins or frozen rictus' of fear though...

oh yeah, here from michele's, but just poking around for a bit to see how your week's gone.

:D :D

srp said...

When I worked in Oklahoma City I used to take lunch hour from the lab to run errands at a local mall..indoors, escalators etc. One day after working all day and doing these errands at lunch, I sat in the grossing room to take the tissue samples for processing. My helper looked at me and said, "Dr. P, why do you have on two different shoes?" I looked down and lo and behold, I had a navy shoe on one foot and a taupe shoe on the other. Both were open toed shoes of different styles; obviously the heels were of the same height. I was mortified. I wore these all day, out and about in the mall at noon and no one told me until the day was almost over.

It wouldn't have been so bad if the shoes had been navy and black; and I wish I could say this was the only time I did this, but it's not.

And thanks to you and your family, it's nice to hear that someone appreciates their physicians. I can assure you that a simple "thank you" does more for a doctor's spirit than anything.

Kevin said...

Here this time from Michele's.

Hey, in an even more imperfect world, it could have been a Barbie backpack. Not that that's ever happened to me before. BLUSH.

Rachel - Wicked Ink said...

does singing and headbanging in walmart count?

Gwen said...

When I was young and in library school, I had a student job as a cataloguer. I used to be one of those librarians with her hair in a bun, and when I was cataloguing, I would absent-mindedly stick my pencil in it for convenience.

One day, while walking home from work, I noticed that everybody I passed would start to smile at me. It turned out that I had not one - but THREE - pencils sticking out of my head.

Plain Jane said...

Fantastic visual! :) What a dad.

As for making others grin - it's usually the Betty Crocker Baker Oven in my office and on my desk. *cough* True story.