Ben Brashear Posted March 29, 2019 Share Posted March 29, 2019 A periodic fixture on the corner of Thompson and Emerson, there's a man I drive by on days when the weather is nice and the afternoon traffic stagnates to a near stalemate He rides a bicycle backwards, perched on the handlebars while twirling 2 batons with acrobatic precision and bobbing to the music playing in his ear phones Exuberantly embodying the ability of a human, with honed skills to do many tasks at one time in a performance that always makes me smile and snaps me out of my mental absorptions No one is standing around or bestowing accolades or grand praise, and there's no tip jar, but he's always joyful nonetheless and its contagious to witness On a few occasions, I've honked my horn and cheered in support, but his focus never once wavers and he keeps pedaling and twirling and bouncing Twirling-bicycle man had become my favorite fair weather distraction, and I'd drive out of the way on a few occasions and into a heavier stream of traffic, just to see him do his thing I recall a day recently when the rain stopped and the sun came out and how fortunate it was to hit a red light at the corner to see his performance I took a moment to glance around at the other drivers with an "Are you seeing this too?' kinda look. Every single person, young and old was looking down at their phones. Some texting, some scrolling with thumbs. No one was paying attention, mostly lost in thoughts and the daily multi-tasking of a human mind that robs us all of so many beautiful moments The light turned green, and a cacophony of horns resounded when I failed to immediately accelerate on with my life Unaware of anything but the music and the balance, bicycle man didn't miss a beat. I caught myself taking one last glance of him as the bright, natural sun beat down and evaporated his reflection in the nearby rain puddle Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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