Adam Rice

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Manor ride

Rode out to Manor on Saturday with DuShun. About 30 miles total, though I forgot to reset the cyclometer until we were a little ways into the ride. Much less hard on me than the last ride we took together. He wanted to go farther. I told him “Look, I don’t want to ride so much that I don’t want to ride anymore.”

We stopped at the Manor grocery, and DuShun noticed, alongside all the usual “pigs for sale” signs and such, that someone had drawn a | inside a circle on the back of their receipt and taped that to the window. He speculated this must be some cryptic signal for a secret society. Anyone have any idea what that means?

On the ride back, we saw a truck in the ditch. It was hitched to a trailer fully loaded with 2x4s; the truck was perpendicular to the road, nose-first, and the trailer was jackknifed past 90°, digging into the side of the pickup. As we rode by, we marveled at this feat of vehicular contortion and wondered how, exactly, it had gotten into that position.


  1. The truck was practicing yoga. It had to train long and hard to be able to achieve the Perpendicular Nose-Dive position. Naturally it wanted to show off this feat in a public place, and the roadside ditch was ideal for this purpose.

  2. It’s a sign of the Cryptic Knights No Receipts, you silly man!

    Tell Mr. Phillips to lighten up on you!

  3. Amend that: Cryptic Knights of No Receipts.

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