Top of the evening everyone.
Apparently, there is a new noun. I think it originated in England, which makes it the Queen's English.
Our new word, or so I thought, is 'mamil.' This is an acronym. It is short for 'middle-aged man in lycra.'
Lycra is the fabric from which cycling shorts are made. It is stretchy, and really has no respect for my sense of modesty.
I rediscovered this noun earlier this week trying to find a blog. Before I found it, I found a rather amusing article written by the spouse of a mamil. Here is the link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2869069/Oh-shame-married-MAMIL-s-Middle-Aged-Man-Lycra.html.
When I finally found the blog, the most recent entry started off by saying that Jewish law requires parents to teach their children to swim. This is true, and can be found in the Babylonian Talmud in the tractate of Kiddushin.
Anyway, I would like to advise Jennifer that I am not headed down this road...at least not yet...ummmm...I do not think so. I do not see the purpose of having more and more expensive equipment, except in certain circumstances, and one must be prepared.
I am thinking about bringing one of my bicycles on our next trip east. It is a wonderful way to get out of the car. The boys and I rented bicycles last summer on PEI. We had a delightful day.
I have also started reading a couple of cycling magazines on line.
I went riding on a longer ride last Shabbat. Am I ready for a three-hour tour? A three-hour tour?! We will see how the weather is.
Apparently, men of my certain age are starting to take up cycling. Good for us. We can get out, see the world, or at least the neighbourhood, and do something for our health. Go men!!
None of this hides a much greater issue. The man in the article cited above was 41 at the time the article was written two years ago. He is a mamil. I am 47. I am not ready to be middle-aged.
Easy riding everyone.