Thursday, September 12, 2013
The Bike Path and Bruce Willis (well, not exactly)
The summer of 2013 was unbelievably fantastic. Labor Day is behind us and school is now in full swing. Finally back on the bike path, I logged nearly 75 miles in four days this week.
And while I missed the bike path throughout this summer, I didn't really dwell on it much. On Monday, however, I realized just how much I missed my rides, all by myself, with my assortment of 80's rock and current pop hits playing on my iPhone while I pedaled on, thinking, planning, dreaming. Everything was pretty much the same as I left it in June. The train was running, great blue herons were out, birds were chirping, Canada geese were honking and I played dodge 'em with the little chipmunks scurrying across the path.
The same people I saw in April, May and June were still riding, and with a smile and wave we passed by each other. And yesterday I saw Bruce Willis. Well, not really Bruce. I swear this guy is Bruce's double. He even smirks like Bruce Willis. And it makes me smile every time we pass. If you have previously read my blog you may already know that Bruce Willis is my big celebrity crush and meeting him is a major bucket list item.
I first saw 'Bruce' in June, a couple of weeks before my family left for a month at the beach. He was riding with a woman whom I figured was either his wife or girlfriend. I had to force myself not to stare as the resemblance to Bruce Willis was uncanny. He was a little heavier but other than that, I would swear it was really Bruce Willis. I wasn't able to 'bump into' the real Bruce when his daughter Scout graduated from Brown University in my home town of Providence this past May. Seeing his lookalike however, really made my day on the bike path. I saw him several times in June and he was usually alone. He would give a smile/smirk as he passed and I would smile at him. I kept thinking about stopping to speak with him, asking him if anyone ever told him he looked like Bruce Willis, but was a little hesitant in approaching him. My friends kept saying I should just ask him for a picture. Even a couple of my twitter followers said I should ask him also. I finally got the nerve up the day before we left for the beach. I was going to do it. I was going to ask him if anyone ever told him he looked like Bruce Willis and I was going to ask him if I could take a picture of him.
And I did see him that day. And that was the only other day I saw him riding with his wife/girlfriend! Needless to say I didn't say a word. And I left for the beach and had an awesome summer.
Tuesday was the first day I saw "Bruce" this week. He passed by with that smirky smile and I smiled at him. That was it, both of us heading in the opposite direction. Wednesday was really hot and humid here with the temperature predicted to be in the 90's so I planned on an earlier than normal start in the morning. I was on the last mile when I saw 'Bruce' riding towards me. He didn't smirk though. He had a big smile, gave a little wave and said 'Hi'. I said hello back and gave him a big smile. After we passed each other I could feel myself grinning from ear to ear on the way back to my car. Now all is well and back to normal in my own little world on the bike path. I know he's not really Bruce Willis, but seeing him really does make my day!