Returning to the world again

This is being started on Saturday Night but will be completed as the journey

is completed.   My daughter  Sarah

(my only child as far as I know) is coming to the Philadelphia area

on a route that can only be described as circuitous.

She decided to arrive in Philadelphia from Minnesota

and declined to take a plane.  This seemed like a reasonable

and dare I say it “green” idea.

Under expected circumstances

she was due to arrive Friday afternoon.

Well, the Minneapolis to Chicago train was so late

that she received a free nights lodging in Chicago

(and met with one of her aunts with daughter,

I guess that would be her

niece who tramped in from Bloomington).

Not as expected but a bit of adventure.

Perhaps General Motors is running the trains!

Seriously, we need to have dedicated monies to our trains

and they must be a real alternative to cars. 

Peak oil, after all, is not a myth but a certainty. 

Maybe if we called it “the end of days” for oil

people would actually pay attention. 

In conjunction with that we’ve recently

starting biking again which deserves

another blog.  I continued Biking after Driver’s Ed (see above).

 The next train was overbooked so she

ended up training to New York City where she ends up

Saturday Night staying with Paula’s daughter and will finally

arrive on Sunday, maybe.

Now how are we to encourage anyone else to Train after

this tale of woe and ineptitude.  This is like telling someone

to do something because it’s right not because it makes sense.

Maybe if it doesn’t make sense it’s not really right.

That’s yet another blog.

So both her and Tapu have boyfriends named John

and T’s J was working that night so they

could both speak about their boyfriends.

I guess I could say they joined in Johnning but I won’t.

This is the end of the train part or party.

So here we are on Sunday and what happens is…….

On Friday night the dreaded low air ikon indicated

that air was needed on the Toyota Prius.

(I take being a Green Party member seriously!)

On my  way to exercise

(Bo McKendrick went to a gym connected

to a cigar bar where he could go after exercising.

Some people know how to live!)

I stopped at Bob’s Lukoil which used to be

Bob’s Mobil but it’s still Bob’s.

And I’m still Bob for that matter.

And Esther still works there.

Anyway, I filled all four tires, figuring

it must be one of them.


I only learned how to drive when I was sober and fourty

so I don’t have that car knowledge that all male

teenagers receive (In High School, the 3rd time

I hit the fence my Drivers Ed teacher walked out

of the car and kept  on walking,)

I never had a DUI, either. 

They don’t give them out for Bicycle riders

at least not in the Northeast of Philadelphia.

Anyway on Sunday morning the dreaded semi circular light of doom

goes off again and onthewaytothetrain, we stop at Bob’s

only now we can see it’s the right rear (passenger)  tire,

that’s the culprit. Fill it up. leave.

On I 95, of course, we see it’s showing again so when

we pick Sarah up and go to the Paki Restaurant on

42 and Chestnut and call Triple A who comes and

puts in the Donut which, of course, sets off the

Ikon again and, even after dropping her off

at my mothers house where I grew up and-,

go to a NE Gas Station where we finally understand

after much confusion and pacing

that only one of the three air  (pay) machines is working

and, the woman behind the fortified window

(it must of become a rougher neighbourhood

since my time there) explains, it’s only her third day working.

Anyway, we fill it up and go merrily on our way to i nine five.

So now we return to the i nine five and the blasted ikon is still on.

This is like one of those curses in a Hammer film!!

It’s Sunday Night and storming in Swarthmore.

We return.


By now we understand its not any of the standard

tires but the Donut causing the ikon to gyrate.

Because, of course, it has less air

than the rest being a Donut

(Meaning it’s not its fault)

and not one of the regular tires.

Should we call this a challenged tire?


On Monday morn, after some more driving

in a high state of “nerviousity”, I end up at

Clark’s where they fix the original tire which had

managed to find a tack on the road and…

My next Post will either be about the bikes

or some Recovered Poems.



About bobsmall1

Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading, The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City, Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues. He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die, Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet. This is his first Reading in over a year. Bob Small was Founder and President of the two decades old Poets and Prophets, which presented Poetry Readings in both Delaware County and Philadelphia. Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005). He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties. He is the Founder and Facilitator of The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac), which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties., seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook) Bob is also a founding member and Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates, which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook) He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance. Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife and their menagerie of animals. He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
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