Not What You’re Thinking

Today is Earth Day apparently and everyone on the Internet is talking about it. I like a bandwagon as much as the next person so I thought I’d share my Earth Day experience that is sort of about saving the planet and sort of about something else.

So I ride my bike to and from work (that’s the part where I save the planet). Usually I come home around lunch time and, when I ride through the park, it’s either deserted or has one or two very young children playing with their parents.

Today, though, my boss asked me to stay a few hours later to finish up a project. When I left, school was definitely out for the day and when I rode through the park, instead of seeing cute babies toddling around or enjoying the quietness of the park, I was confronted with a teenage couple making out. It is awkward to ride your bike around a couple in the middle of the sidewalk who obviously are not aware of your approach (and who, when they become aware of you, are none too pleased to be interrupted).

I maneuvered around them and breathed a sigh of relief, only to see that, ten yards ahead, another teenagey-looking couple was smooching on the bridge.

And then I passed another couple snuggling on a park bench.

It was sort of outrageous. Who knew that this park was Make-out Central? I really had no clue. I definitely prefer it in the early afternoon when it’s just me, a few ducks, and perhaps an innocent, non-hormonal child or two.

The moral of this story? Don’t ever stay late at work. And save the earth.

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  • Reply janet April 22, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Didn’t you know that Earth Day is just code for Makeout Day? We just don’t tell the parents so they don’t find out.

  • Reply TheMoncurs April 22, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    ewwww (to the hormonal teenagers. Not the bike riding. Yaaay to the bike riding)

  • Reply Sheyenne April 23, 2008 at 1:47 am

    I second the “ewwww”, and double “ewwww” because I used to be one of those people making out. Can’t believe I was like that once.

  • Reply emily kate April 23, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    This totally cracks me up!! Bring a bucket of cold water with you next time!

  • Reply Jess April 23, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    You would hate Spain, then. I went there ten years ago and the main thing that I remember was the teenage couples making out EVERYWHERE.

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