Yesturday afternoon, I decided to go on a short bike ride. I was getting the bike, jacket and iPod together and I needed my helmet. David and I looked all over the house and garage. We asked the boys if they took it and hid it in their room. Finally, I called the library and work, which were the last two places I went with my bike. It turns out that I left my helmet at work. I rode to the libary and back to our house without a clue that I did not have my helmet.
We never wore helmets while bicyling when I was growing up. I also never suffered a head injury from a bicyle accident or know of anyone who did. I know someone, somewhere did and that is why we use helmets now. When I was getting all the stuff for my bike, I thought for a moment...I don't need a helmet. Then I thought about how the kids are required the wear helmets and what a bad example I would set if did not wear one too.
So...yesturday, I took a ride on the wild side and rode down to Starbucks, picked up my helmet, enjoyed a latte are read a bit of the New York Times and returned home with my helmet on.
I timed my ride down and even taking back roads, it took 13 minutes to get down there. It takes me about seven minutes to drive. There is not much difference in times.
I watched Letters from Iwo Jima last night. This a movie Clint Eastwood made with Flags of our Fathers to tell the story from the Japanese perspective. It was the most depressing movie. Needless to say, almost everyone dies. When we look at the big picture it is easy to realize that the battle was a futile joke for the Japanese. They were going to lose the war. I don't know how realistic the portrayal of how the Japanese approached battle is in the movie, but I don't think that running across an field where the enemy is shooting at you - yelling "Banzai" is a military tactic many would suggest. I also don't understand why retreating was considered so bad by many people. The Americans retreated during the early days of the war, re-grouped, and went on to win the war.
Here is a layout I did using some of Gretchen Tripp's Designs.
Kit: Fruit of the Spirit - Self Control (I thought I might get some if I scrapped with it)
Photo Templates 7
Funky Mats 12x12 by Lucky Smith
I did this layout for the Flip It, Flip It Good Challenge at Elemental Scraps
Lindsay Jane Designs has a New Kit...Fresh of the presses. Bugs N Grubs, available at Scrapbook-Bytes. I just downloaded it and will be back later with my layout.