Biked down to Aquatennial! Cool parade, actually. Never seen this before.
Transmitted that from my phone. There must be an app I can text to that will update Facebook and Twitter for me. Hell, there are probably four competing apps for that.
I've never been to Aquatennial before--unsure of the etymology, "occurring once every body of water"--but it's a big thing in Minneapolis... as far as big things go. It was a parade with trailer floats and high school bands, plus other represented groups (like the Renaissance Festival--boy, was that painful). I got excited to see a marching bagpipe squad, but they finished playing half a block south of me and resumed half a block north of me. Anyway, they were Shriners, not any sort of Scottish pride group.
We biked to and from the event, Rebecca and I did. Now that I'm so well-versed in Minnesota statutes, I was all excited about being absolutely prepared for the ride. More's the pity that my wife was almost T-boned by some jackass riding around in the dark without helmet, headlight, or reflectors. He just came gliding out of the evening, heading into oncoming traffic down W 28th St, riding the wrong way down a one-way street. It sucks, that you can put so much effort into learning and following the rules, being a responsible and safe cyclist, and some asshole can come out of nowhere and fuck you up. I don't think I need to go into detail about what would have happened to him, if he'd hurt my wife.
That was right after a different asshole in a sports car blew through the same stop sign we'd stopped at. If I weren't around, Rebecca would still ride through stop signs and red lights, but the stick up my ass about this is big enough for two people so she stops when we're together. This heightened her outrage at the jackass coasting through at 20mph, right next to us. I was just glad there was someone else to feel the angst I go through every single day, for once.
It was a good parade, so I won't reflect longer on the people who attended it and other negative influences. It was a good parade.