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    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
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    'Twas the Night Before the Ride for the Pie

    'Twas the night before the Ride for the Pie
    And all through the house,
    Not a cyclist was stirring,
    Nor clicking his mouse.

    The bike was set by the door with care
    In hopes that daylight soon would be there
    I was nestled and snug in my bed
    While visions of pastry danced in my head.

    When out on the street there arose such a clatter
    I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
    Away to the window I flew like a flash
    Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

    The moon overhead gave off such a glow
    It was practically mid-day on objects below.
    What to my wondering eyes should appear
    But a pelaton of cyclists each with a beer.

    More rapid than eagles these bikes they came
    Guys whistling and shouting and calling my name.
    "DeeGee you knucklehead you 50+ phart
    Get your piehole out here -- it's time to start!"

    I ran back to my bedroom and jumped in some clothes
    A teeshirt and shorts and what else Heaven knows
    I thought of coffee -- wished I had some joe
    But the group kept yellin' it was time to go.

    So I tossed a wallet, the cell and my keys
    Into the saddlebag with ease
    Grabbed a bottle of water cold from the fridge
    I'd probably need it when we hit the ridge.

    And sooner than the blink of an eye
    I was off and out -- Riding for pie!
    The miles flew by under the the moon that night
    The group of us must have been quite a sight.

    We rode, and we rode, and we rode some more
    'Till we'd put twenty miles from my front door.
    The sun had just begun to show its face
    When someone cried "There's Irma's place!"

    I'd ridden this route countless times before
    But I never saw Irma's compelling front door.
    'Twas a vision of culinary delight
    A diner with scrumptious pies to bite!

    We took every seat there was to be had
    And traded stories about bikes gone bad
    And sooner than you can say "oh me, oh my!"
    Irma was bringing us all some pie.

    I've lived over half a hundred year
    I've had great meals and unbelievable beer
    And never, in all that time, I must say,
    Have I tasted a pie that tasted that way.

    Words can't capture that taste so sublime
    Bite after bite, time after time.
    We stuffed our faces 'till we nearly burst
    No one was able to stand, at first.

    But at last with the sun up so high
    We mounted our bikes and heaved a sigh
    We turned for home and began to ride
    One after the other, some side by side.

    Our Ride for the Pie was a huge success
    We forgave ourselves of our dietary excess
    And vowed to return the very next year
    From two counties over you could hear us cheer.

    Then suddenly -- maddeningly I head a buzz
    I couldn't for the life of me figure what it was
    But the noise continued until my hand
    Reached over for the alarm clock on the night stand.

    It was time to awake and time to arise
    Time to wipe the sleep from my eyes
    Time to drink some coffee and eat a breakfast bar
    Time to Ride for the Pie -- fifteen miles ain't far!
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    Miraculous! DG, may your pie taste all that much better for your literary labors here, and for your exertions tomorrow. Sleep tight all!
    Riding and aging don't get easier, you just get slower at slowing down.] (FiftyPlus observation inspired by G. Lemond.)

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    Good stuff, Gary...

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    Today is the day!

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    It's 4:50 AM and I'm up and sorting out my riding gear...be eatin' pie by 8 AM!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee
    'Twas the night before the Ride for the Pie
    And all through the house,
    Not a cyclist was stirring,
    Nor clicking his mouse.
    Love the 50+ Forum.

    Nowhere else on BFN will you get something like this to read!

    Great stuff, Gary.

    Yum!
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    That was great Gary, ya know your getting older when ya start dreaming about pie I'm off on my ride for pie, looking forward to some great stories later. y'all be careful out there -Mike

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    The epic poem has been placed on the Pie Web Page.
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    Ahh..........BP will have ridden by 8AM and have pie for breakfast. I'm off to spend the day with a bunch of teachers learning about bureaucratic nothing and won't have my ride until this evening....pie for dinner.
    Riding and aging don't get easier, you just get slower at slowing down.] (FiftyPlus observation inspired by G. Lemond.)

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    Great Reading, but like another post - I just don't get (understand) this pie thing.

    Is there a 'Pie for Dummies' explanaton out there?
    I feel like I'm back in the 4th grade and folks are talking about sex, (Big Grin)
    I know I'm missing out on something but don't really know what its about. But Gosh- when I discovered & experienced the joy......(better stop - even if this is a 50+ group)
    **Fate is a fickle thing, and in the end the true measure of a person is not fate itself, but how they master it**

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    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Baron
    Great Reading, but like another post - I just don't get (understand) this pie thing.

    Is there a 'Pie for Dummies' explanaton out there?
    I feel like I'm back in the 4th grade and folks are talking about sex, (Big Grin)
    I know I'm missing out on something but don't really know what its about. But Gosh- when I discovered & experienced the joy......(better stop - even if this is a 50+ group)
    Red Baron -- you know how fifties are the new thirties? Well, pie is the new sex.
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    I believe DnvrFox has posted previously on the history and mystique of the 50+ pie cult. Perhaps he should do so again and make it a sticky.

    But basically, it's one of those "in joke" things. Being a pie lover myself I glommed onto it even without knowing the history.

    If you want to get all symbolic about it, I suppose pie stands for the prevailing 50+ ethos of smelling the roses, not taking things too seriously, and so on. But that's a job for Derrida Diego*.

    Anyway, with the grim news about Ford here in Motown meaning that I will have thousands more competitors for the few crappy jobs still available (my midlife change to a "hot career field" having evaporated soon after 9/11) I can really use a nice ride and a good slab of pie. With ice cream. And strong coffee. Hold the cyanide for now...

    Right now it's cloudy and a bit damp but supposed to clear up in a couple of hours. So I'm waiting.

    ---

    *What I haven't seen explained yet is, what's with all this Diego stuff??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Baron
    Great Reading, but like another post - I just don't get (understand) this pie thing.

    Is there a 'Pie for Dummies' explanaton out there?
    I feel like I'm back in the 4th grade and folks are talking about sex, (Big Grin)
    I know I'm missing out on something but don't really know what its about. But Gosh- when I discovered & experienced the joy......(better stop - even if this is a 50+ group)
    Like sex, until you indulge, you just can't understand!
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    Great job DG.

    I figure you are giving up at least $100,000 per year as a Poet Laureate of the United States in order to spend your time in BF.
    Last edited by Monoborracho; 09-16-06 at 10:12 AM.
    Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.....Milton Friedman

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    Here I sit at work, visions of blueberries dancing in my head, vicariously riding into the great blue yonder (well, actually, its grey here today) with all the 50+s who have their priorities straight. Have a great ride y'all. I'll be with you in spirit.
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    Great job Gary
    Enjoy the ride.
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    I like it Gary!

    Thanks for the effort, and sharing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee
    Red Baron -- you know how fifties are the new thirties? Well, pie is the new sex.

    Ohhhh- Now I get it. (pun intended)
    **Fate is a fickle thing, and in the end the true measure of a person is not fate itself, but how they master it**

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    The APPLE pie RCK and I had at Irma's was not bad at all.

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    There I am sitting in the Uk thinking that there must be a Sensible side to DG- you know what I mean -hard working, diligent worker, nice bloke to know- and he comes out with a dream like this. I have to admit that I am jealous- I don't have dreams anything like this. And then to put it down in prose that makes my attempts many years ago to pass my advanced English litererary exam look a bit basic.

    Then to make it worse- He is going to have his daughters with him today and they are going to bake him a special cake. They don't have a smiley for "Green with envy" so he'll have to dream that one aswell.
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