Well today I took the bicycle on a nice ride along sections of the Perkiomen and Schuylkill River Trails. It was kind of hot but the wind was rather cooling and all in all a really nice 2+ hour ride. Along the way I met a lot of folks on bikes and an even greater number on foot; all enjoying the sun, weather and the outdoors. Or so one would think... And in that regard I could not help but notice that the very vast majority of the folks walking had their faces practically press against the screens of their hand held communication devises texting away and in fact completely oblivious to the joys of the day. How tragic is that; does everyone need to stay in contact with other people to the extent that they can not even take a pleasurable walk on a wonderful day along a babbling river and creek without texting? I can not imagine anyone having that much to say that they can not put them gosh-darned things down for a minute. Oh, and here is the topper; I saw a young guy riding a bike coming at me on the other side of the trail and he was riding no hands and TEXTING at the same time. How he did this is fascinating and disgusting at the same time. BTW, I have started writing letters to relatives and friends using a sheet of paper and a pen and sending these things off in a stamped envelope. Maybe they won't even read them and failing to recognize them for what they are will call the nearest bomb squad.