"In the night...the scream of the rabbit is terrible. But the scream of the owl which is not of pain and hopelessness and fear of being plucked out the world, but of the sheer rollicking glory of the death-bringer, is more terrible still. When I hear it resounding through the woods, and then the five black pellets of its song dropping like stones into the air, I know I am standing on the edge of the mystery, in which terror is naturally and abundantly part of life, part of even the most becalmed, intelligent, sunny life--as for example, my own. The world where the owl is endlessly hungry and endlessly on the hunt is the world in which I live, too. There is only one world."
Mary Oliver, Blue Pastures

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The "B" Stem Bolt

This photo has nothing to do with anything, other than I like it, and the bike under the smoker has a bit of the same feel as my Bonvicini.

The bolt is one of those little details only I care about. Sorting through the million billion zillion photos of Bonvicinis on the internet (there are only a few photos, a handful of this bike and one shot of another mid 1950s Bonvicini). I noticed in the earlier photographs of this bicycle the stem bolt had a "B" on it. For a time the bike had been equipped with upright bars and in converting the bars back and forth apparently the bolt was been misplaced. In an exchange with the seller I commented that it was a shame the bolt had been lost. He replied that he thought he might still have it somewhere and if he had it he would send it to me. He did and he did. 

I kind of have a bicycle storage issue here in Oakwood so the bike has migrated to our house in Lanesboro. This weekend we were there entertaining (?) our friends Mark and Jane Stonich and while there I took the opportunity to reunite the bike and bolt. Looks pretty damned good I'd say. 

And goodbye to Todd Peterson, a friend for an interrupted 50 years, who died this week. Toad was a good man and a good friend. And a considerate, organized person who had a list of people to be contacted in case of his demise. Thank you Anita for the grim note. 

Take care and be well - and make a list. - Gunnar