From the saddle, you can learn all sorts of interesting things.
For example, I never knew it was possible to camouflage a McDonald’s until I rode on Long Island today.
It looks more like one of those steakhouses-with-a-view one might find in Roslyn or Sea Cliff or someplace else on the North Shore (a.k.a. Gatsby Country). Maybe that was the intent of whoever decided to put a fast-food franchise in that house.
According to the woman, there is upstairs “dining” (Can anything at McDonald’s be so named?) in the upstairs room. I suppose that it makes sense when you realize that when people go to a restaurant for the view, they’re probably not going for the food anyway.
About those North Shore restaurants: I didn’t eat (or take in the view) in any of them. But I rode by some of them. Roslyn’s downtown, on a cove of the Sound, is particularly lovely. However, all of those nice old houses (built between 1690 and 1865) are centered around this clock tower:
I actually like the tower, except for one thing: None of the clocks on any of the tower’s four sides tell the same time. And none of the times they give are the right time.
Maybe I shouldn't criticize that. After all, does anybody look at such a tower (at least these days) to find out what time it is?
When I stopped to take the photo (with my cell phone), I got to talking with a woman who was doing the same thing. She was visiting relatives, she said, when she noticed it, as I did, in passing. Her relatives never knew a McDonald’s was there; when her young niece saw it, she exclaimed, “Ooh! The Ronald Mc Donald House!”