Errands and Leisure and Shopping22 Jul 2008 01:13 pm

It’s raining again. Hard. I saw a duck waving a white flag.

No I didn’t. But I did steal a line from Bob Hope.

I have plans to meet Nancy at the Farmer’s Market and this time, I’ll pull the trailer to get the “full” experience. By the time I head out around 11:20 AM, the rain has backed off to a slow drizzle. It eventually stops while I’m at the market, thankfully.

We load up big time on this trip and then Nancy heads off to Whole Foods for some smaller items she can carry on her bike.

Here’s what fit in the trailer today:

  • 6 pints black raspberries
  • 2 pints red raspberries
  • 2 pints, in bags, blueberries
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 4 ears of corn
  • 2 bunches of snapdragon
  • 1 jar of bread and butter pickles
  • 1 bunch sweet white onions
  • 1 bunch red onions
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 2 bunches of white and red radishes
  • 2 bunches of orange radishes
  • 2 bunches of dragon carrots
  • Nancy’s rain jacket and rain pants

And on my bike:

  • 1 jar 5-cheese garlic spread in glass
  • 5 fat portabella mushrooms
  • 1 free issue of Edible Chicago magazine

Pulling the trailer was better than loading up my bike like a Model T heading to California from the Dust Bowl. I got up to about 15 mph a few times so the trip home was easy and fast.

I did not get a flat tire.

At 5 PM, I returned downtown for entertainment at the Ethnic Arts fest. As I was readying to push off from the alley, I noticed a water strider in a big puddle by my feet. No joke this time. This has been a wet summer.

Along with an enthusiastic crowd, I take in the bright and brassy enthusiasm of the Boban i Marko Marković Orkestar, a father-son Serbian brass band whose roots are in Gypsy (Roma) music and which draws from funk and jazz and other traditions.

The rain was gone and I got a good seat. People danced by the stage and cheered in Serbian from the seats.

My bike ride home included a CD.

And a satisfied rider.

2 Responses to “Saturday 7/19/08: Rider in the Rain Redux: Market and Music”

  1. on 22 Jul 2008 at 1:45 pm Lizard

    Hey George,
    What kind of a trailer are you using? Did you acquire it prior to making the car-free decision?
    Your grocery list sounds yummy–what’s for dinner tonight, and what time should I show up?
    Keep up the good work (and the fun blog)!

  2. on 24 Jul 2008 at 10:50 am Jim Garvey

    I am remarkably surpised at how much you can fit in the “bike trailer.” And I am curious: How much difficulty is it to hook up the trailer to the bike? Snap on, snap off? And, since I don’t bike myself, I wonder if the trailer and its weight sort of push you downhill when you are riding? With the trailer is it more difficult to brake and come to a stop? Just curious. Jim Garvey (Pittsburgh)

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