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Eggplant and Rosemary

Last week i was riding home from work and i thought i should stop at stanley's produce, becuause it was open and i love stanleys and it's rare i happen to be riding past when it's open on my way home. It's also a good 8 miles from home. I had purchased a new bicycle panier/backpack which i love, but which is much smaller than my old ortlieb bags, and it already had binders from my work orientation, a pair of work flats, books, etc. For this reason i was determined not to over shop, and i didn't think i had, but the really-good-eggs-i-can-only-find-at-stanley's threw me over the limit. There i was next to my bike, the entire contents of my bag and a small grocery bag worth of egg, cheese, and produce splayed across the sidewalk as i tucked and stuffed, took out, put in, played with the bungee cords, wrapped eggplant in my sweater, and so on and so forth until i managed to get all my loot on my bike hopefully securely enough to make it to Rogers Park.
A nice fellow approached the bike rack and immediately offered sympathy to my plight, which i appreciated mightily, as he could have easily rolled his eyes or acted put out having to step over my sprawl of red peppers and figs (oh god, but those figs were sooo good). We got in a conversation about all the things we had carried on our bikes. He told me of epic laundry days; i told him about the time i bought a stereo at a yard sale. I admitted that i was feeling demoralized because, given my former glory of being able to drag the most unlikely items around on my bike, it felt galling not to be able to manage a not-quite-full grocery bag. He empathized with me completely, and i suspect there are very few people that would, so i considered myself quite lucky in that moment.
I apparently succeeded at figuring it out, or at least i'd thought until i got just below the 6000 block (almost home). A guy in a car yelled at me pointing out that my sweater was coming undone from the rack. I stopped and proceeded to affix it in front of the Gethseme garden center. Just before i took off, the woman i'd been following the previous 20 blocks but who had turned off half a block before began chasing me. HEY, I HAVE YOUR EGGPLANT. She approached my with my purple nearly-forsaken-friend and I thanked her heartily. I thought to myself i really wanted to invite her over for caponata once i'd made it, but something stopped me, some streak of urban nervousness. After i thanked her, she said, "no problem, this is the best thing that happened to me today," It sounded kind of strange, but i imagine maybe she had a boring routine day and chasing after someone with a rogue eggplant injected some comic relief.

Yesterday i returned to the scene of the crime to buy some flower pots from the garden center. When i arrived there were some gorgeous and quite large rosemary topiary pots on super sale due to it being the end of the season. Two women were also eyeing and discussing these lovely specimens of kitchen landscaping. I mentioned i would love one but not sure i could fit the 4 foot high plants in 14 inch pots on my bike. They proceeded to convince me i needed one, "they'll probably dry up over the winter, but then you'll have $20 worth of rosemary to eat all fall, winter, and spring". One of them asked me where i lived and thought for a minute, "you could get it and if it doesn't fit on your bike, hell, i'll drive it home fore you." When i'd purchased my pots (having decided not to get the rosemary), and was unlocking my bike i saw them again, "did you get the plant?" they asked and i felt kind of said to say "no," especially since they seemed completly prepared to pull their car around and help me with transport. Again, some non-impulsive part of me was heavily in play this weekend.

After i got home I made the Caponata. It was really tasty, but it would have been tastier with a little fresh rosemary. I had a brief and minor moment of regret that i had not purchased the topiary, and that i had not invited my eggplant savior over to share my dish.

Though for next week: act on an impulse.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 17th, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
I'm tempted to post a picture--oh wait! I can! IMG_0294 (Let's see how this works..)--of a (relatively) enormous & beautiful branch covered in orange moss I found walking around the lake. This kind of foreshortens the fact that it's at least six feet longer than the bike. I strapped it to my bike & rode seven miles home, then of course couldn't figure out how to fit it into my apartment, which is pretty small and too full already. Anyhow, 1) the thin inner tube + carabiner bungee is indispensable! 2) I'm really glad to see you posting here again!

Edited at 2012-09-17 03:29 pm (UTC)
Sep. 17th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is what i'm talking about! It's so sad nobody is on LJ anymore, i'd really like to dedicate a post for comments on things people have carted on their bikes. I'd love to see more pics of this sort.
Sep. 18th, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
I guess ridiculous things you have strapped on top of your car won't count. Oh well.

Digging your LJ updates. You might dig this thread, entitled "A Good Old_fashioned LiveJournal Update":

Sep. 18th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I followed said link and responded because it was a great thread and very much in line with stuff i've been saying. Hmm, yeah, cars don't count in this particular thread, but that doesn't mean that wouldn't be a good thread all on its own! xo
Oct. 16th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
More updates, please! <3
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