McDonalds and Taco Bell Still Don’t Let Cyclists Go Through the Drive-through During a Pandemic

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In an effort to blog a little more consistently, I’m going to blog about whatever is going on with me once a week, or every few days, or at least more than once a year. These blog posts won’t be the greatest literary pieces or anything, but they’ll be something to hopefully get me writing more again. I’m so busy with work and grad school that I’m afraid I won’t write if I don’t at least blog. I’m not sure what to call this, so it probably won’t have a series title, either. I hear that’s not good for SEO anyways. So this week, I couldn’t ride my bicycle through a drive-through during a pandemic, I found a lost uncle named Ralph, and thought I was in the middle of a national emergency outside of my apartment for about 10 minutes.

You Still Can’t Go Through A Drive-Through On A Bicycle During A Pandemic In A City

The first thing that comes to mind to talk about was the most recent thing that happened. I wanted to do some Uber Eats deliveries on my bicycle so that I could make some coffee money. It had been over a year since I’d delivered an order on my bicycle. I received an order for a Taco Bell delivery. Taco Bell has the lobby closed due to COVID19. That’s completely understandable. However, they still continue to have a policy that doesn’t allow cyclists to go through the drive-through. They weren’t prepared for the idea of a cyclist picking up an Uber Eats order, even though Louisville is the largest metropolitan area in the state of Kentucky.

These tweets represent my thoughts on the subject of drive-through windows and banning bicycles. The policy discriminates against people with disabilities, low-income households, and other communities that low-income disproportionately affects. Taco Bell is not the only fast food chain that does this; McDonalds and other fast food chains also have similar policies. It’s time to stop the madness and let people on bicycles pick up a drive-through order during a pandemic.

I Found A Long-Lost Uncle In A Painting At The Speed Art Museum

Okay, so I don’t really know if I’m related to him or not, but we have the same last name and we both have, well, a face.

Speed Art Museum September 2020

Meet Uncle Ralph of Wicklow, 1726-1786 ish (I think.) I forgot to write down who painted the portrait, which is super awful of me. (Update: actually the painting was painted by Pompeo Batoni.) Anyway, red is my favorite color, too. I will now refer to him as Uncle Ralph. If I ever get rich, I’ll commission someone to do a replica and hang it over the fireplace. I’d have also loved to get Uncle Ralph’s opinion on bicycles going through the drive-through during a pandemic.

An EMT stood outside my door and yelled “National Emergency”

That’s what I heard, “national emergency”. Or at least that’s what I thought I heard. After it was all said and done, I think what he might’ve said was “actual emergency”. These walls are pretty thin but I guess they are still walls. It was a light show for a while. I’m still really not even sure what happened. There was a guy with a stretcher outside my door, and there was a guy in a car on the other side of the street talking out of his car window. The EMT stood next to my door with the stretcher for about 10-15 minutes and then everyone left, without putting anyone on the stretcher.

And that was my week. How is your week going? Are you doing anything exciting? Did you by any chance try to go through a drive-through on a bicycle during a pandemic? Comment below and let me know what you’re up to. I’m stuck in my apartment all weekend working on a paper.

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Five Stories Into My Second Fiction Collection

Last week I tried this thing where I had three short story drafts, put up a Twitter poll asking which one I should edit and post onto my blog, and then posted this short story about a man who glows in the dark on Friday. I was writing some this weekend and I decided to try it again. The catch is I only have two short stories kind of ready for editing this time.

There’s a story about a woman who hates her job as a payroll accountant for a medical library where a toxic chemical is being used. It’s kind of linked to the short story that I posted last week. There’s also, barely, a mystery/detective story about a murder outside of a fundraiser because I felt like making a detective character. It might or might not be in the same universe as the story I posted last week. That’s just how these things go, sometimes.

There’s still time to vote in the poll on Twitter, because I’ve set the poll to run until Wednesday evening, around 7:30pm EST. Vote on.

Update: 11/29/17 10:25PM EST

The winner of the fiction poll this time was the murder mystery story. Considering it’s the one that needs the most work, I’d better get to editing.

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I’m really pleased with my progress on the three stories I wrote last week. I hate making promises like making this a normal weekly thing for the blog, but I think I’ll do it as long as I can keep the momentum going, or at least until  I get enough stories for another collection going. Or, you know, just this once more. I’m really terrible at making long term decisions.

Oh, and I’m sending my first collection out again and submitting more of the stories in it to other literary journals. I’ve gotten a few almosts and we-would-have-published-this-ifs, so I’m fairly confident that something will happen with it soon.

In case you missed the creative energy I put into the links up in the first paragraph, here’s a link to the story I posted last Friday. Also, here’s another piece of fiction I wrote the week before. Also, leave me comments and pay attention to me.

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Three Stories Into My Second Fiction Collection

I’m writing my second fiction collection.

Remember when I finished my first fiction collection? Well, even though it’s not been accepted for publication anywhere yet, I’m already working on another one. I didn’t get any new editing clients last week, so I wrote.

I managed to get three new short stories drafted up. It’s not a lot but it’s enough to call a start. These stories still need polishing. They still have their problems. They still need to do a little growing. I would love to share them with you once they’re ready.

I can’t publish them all on my blog. I need to save some of them for submitting to other places. Enter the following tweet:

The Twitter poll ended at around 2 pm EST.

Edit: The results are in. Sorry the poll couldn’t be a bit longer; I needed to know which story to edit for you all pretty fast. I still have to polish it and deal with it’s problems and get it growing in time for me to post it sometime this week. In the future, I’ll be looking at a better way to schedule this sort of thing.

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So it looks like it’ll be the story about the man who glows in the dark. The story about the first time getaway driver was a close contender, but I can only post one of these stories here. That’s the way these things go.

I’m super excited about this and can’t wait to get the story edited and posted. Let’s shoot for Friday, pals.

Which story did you vote for? I’m super interested in knowing who voted for what. Then again, secrets can be fun, too. Either way, leave me a comment below because I’m nosy.

Also, check out these posts from last week that don’t have enough views yet because I’m still not rich:

New Writing Plan: Stay Pumped – I wrote this for when I’m feeling bad about my writing and need to feel good about it.

The End We Start From Book Review – A publisher let me read a book early, for some reason. This is my review of The End We Start From, a post-apocalyptic book about being a mother by Megan Hunter. I hope I get to read a book early again someday.

The Skateboard For Under The Desk – I bought a skateboard because I’m 30 and I’ve always wanted to learn to skateboard. Also, transportation problems. Also, skateboarding is hard.

writing in ink in a notebook

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