Today - a Monday - began like so many Mondays throughout most of my life; that is, with an abrupt return to business. While still lolling in bed early this morning I heard a ping on my iPhone on the bedside table. Though I hadn't any idea what it might signal, I was curious and awake enough to investigate. It was an email from an estate agent in Jupiter Beach. Last evening I had sent her an enquiry about seasonal rentals in that area and she had responded at 6:15 am this morning, politely but succinctly requesting me to telephone her to discuss the matter. Without hesitation I knew she was someone to whom I should respond immediately, she clearly liked to get down to business! Nor was I disappointed. She and I had a lengthy and productive conversation in which she directly and frankly addressed not only what she could do but also what she could not do. In the result we have arranged to meet on Thursday next at 11:00 am. She offered to collect us at the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa where I subsequently booked a room for us.
Following that baptismal awakening to the day, I cut myself some orange slices, drank black coffee and consumed the usual combination of ham, bacon, hamburger, eggs, cheese and cherry tomatoes. I felt in the mood for a purge so I tossed my used clothing into the laundry then threw myself into the shower. Refreshed and cleansed I left the apartment and descended to the lower garage where the bike and car are now parked while the staff refurbishes the upper drive.
As soon as I exited the garage and began cycling on the sidewalk I knew in an instant that the wind today was not to be dismissed as a determinative factor in my bicycle ride. Though initially I rode south (with the wind at my back) towards Ponce Inlet, it was mere moments before I reversed my course and headed back against the wind towards Daytona Beach. My reasoning wasn't entirely based upon the strength of the wind since when cycling on the sidewalk in the lee of the adjoining condominium buildings and hotels, one is effectively sheltered from the undiluted effect of the Oceanic wind. But I felt that I was better to endure a moderate struggle into the wind towards Daytona Beach so that I could delight in sailing back on the beach with the wind at my back. I can't help but observe parenthetically that such rationality is a shameless product of some contortion of Existentialism and the Protestant Work Ethic, maybe including the "no pain, no gain" athletic mantra.