Boys on BMX bikes; Martin’s going on a cruise ….

Hi, friends and readers:

I’ve never been to a BMX track.  In fact, I don’t know if one exists in our city. But if guys at  who BMX look as good as the ones in today’s photo posts then I’d definitely like to visit a track one day. Are shirts prohibited at the tracks? I hope so …. 😉

Well when you read the headline for this post you probably thought to yourself, “Isn’t Martin always cruising guys? What’s new?”

Well, I mean I am going on an ocean liner cruise to the Bahamas tomorrow, with a group of twenty-two people from my neighborhood. I’ve never been on a cruise ship before, never wanted to. But I like my neighbors and it’s only three nights and I’ve never been to Nassau, so what the heck. I’m going.

Teenage Boy with Bicycle — Image by © Cameron/Corbis

I have always found the photo to the left a little haunting. The boy seems to be in a rather desolate place. No trees or shrubs or buildings. He’s in the middle of nowhere, it seems, but he doesn’t seem distressed about it. I’m guessing the photo was taken in west Texas or maybe Arizona. Anyway, I like it.

So, going on a cruise requires a fair amount of preparation. The usual packing is involved, of course. But I need documents I downloaded from the cruise line, along with my passport. I won’t have cell phone service or WiFi service either, so I’ll be incommunicado for three days and three nights. It’s okay, lack of service will be a nice change.

Of course I had to water all my house and patio plants so they don’t dry out while I’m gone. I cancelled delivery of my newspaper and made sure everything around here was in order. I filled up my Element for the drive to the east coast where our ship departs form Port Canaveral, close to where I normally surf in Cocoa Beach. Now everything is done.

In just a little while I will take a two-mile run, here on the island, and then it’ll be time to relax with a cold beer on my back porch. I need to get to bed early tonight, as I need to rise at 6:30 tomorrow morning.

Wish me luck, friends. 🙂

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