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Incomplete darkness

April 6, 2009

After watching House, I drove to the park to practice on my unicycle.  The skateboard park was deserted, lit by sharp moonlight.  It took me a couple tries to make a successful transit from fence to fence, between the steel ramps where dedicated youths do amazing, profanity-laced tricks by day. 

I could see my breath but soon removed my jacket and cap.  My helmet is well-ventilated and without the thin fleece cap under it, has no insulating properties. 

I can’t steer yet.  Or not intentionally, that I know of.  My eyes adjusted as I struck off into the moonlight and tried not to veer into any shorter paths.  The park was utterly quiet.

Thin clouds moved in from the North, followed by thicker clouds.  Now it was getting really dark.  Shadows changed direction, deepening and aligning with distant sodium-vapor lamps.  I made some longer-than-expected transits, veering into the diagonal space for greater distance.

Concentrating is not the right word; more like meditating.  I can’t explain how anyone stays up on one of those things.  And at once I opened my eyes in the broad space between ramps;  I’d gone ten feet or so with my eyes closed.  Thirty feet to go before reaching the cyclone fence.


Then I made one long, S-shaped transit, pedaling slowly and easily from corner to corner of the skateboard park.  I’m not sure how – was I steering?  Or was it chance? 

In the distance a police car pulled into the park, making their rounds.  Wanting no part of that conversation, I decided it was time to go.  I’ll know next time if I was steering.


  • Next evening: Yep, I was steering, crudely and without intention.  Definite signs of steering this evening.  Much to the good-natured amusement of the skateboard riders in the park.  Of course, they understand practicing difficult moves as well as anyone.
  • @ 4 weeks, I am now learning to steer more deliberately.  Just ordered a more comfortable seat and some grippier pedals.
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  1. April 7, 2009 at 08:05 | #1

    Congratulations! I continue to find physical challenges that appear so daunting that I won’t even bother trying, like using inline skates (I can barely skate on the regular ones). I don’t know that I’d ever try the unicycle. I’m sure I would be reporting on my broken bones and bruises. Good job!

  2. gruntled atheist
    April 8, 2009 at 10:31 | #2

    Way to go!  You might start a trend there in Normal, or a street gang.

  3. April 8, 2009 at 17:03 | #3

    I would totally join that gang if I had a unicycle and lived in the area still. I might have to try one of those uni’s some day though.

  4. April 8, 2009 at 18:30 | #4

    …or a street gang.

    OK, I’m totally cracking up visualizing West Side Story on unicycles…

  5. April 9, 2009 at 19:44 | #5

    LOL!!! That had me cracking up out loud!!

  6. April 9, 2009 at 21:29 | #6

    I’m still trying to think up something to think of about unicycles, no luck.

  7. April 9, 2009 at 22:45 | #7
  8. April 10, 2009 at 12:35 | #8

    One wheel to rule them all
    One wheel to find ‘em
    One wheel to gather the mall
    And in the darkness ride them ;-)

  9. April 10, 2009 at 13:20 | #9

    Wow… LOL! – such creative responses :coolsmile:

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