I Feel As If I Am Being Tested

It’s bad enough when you spend nearly thirty-six hours in bed, except for the periods of time you are scooting to the bathroom, or sauntering into the kitchen to get another Gatorade so that you don’t get dehydrated.

I didn’t need any more challenges put in front of me, even if they are minor challenges on the Grand Scale of Life.

But you can probably guess that I’ve had some…

For the first time ever I’ve had challenges upgrading software on my Mac. My Mac is not recognizing that there is a new software update that was released two days ago. Every time I’ve tried to manually update things I’d get the dreaded spinning beach ball (Apple’s version of the Windows spinning watch), the fans in the computer start spinning up to the point to which it sounds as if the computer will take flight, and then the machine’s performance drops considerably until I kill the software update process and reboot. Ugh.

Oh, I’m home again today. I’m feeling a lot better, but not ready to reintegrate myself into society.

And then there’s the new bike rack…

In an effort to feel somewhat productive and avoid the wrath of Allan by not having the new bike rack in use for tomorrow’s ride, I decided to assemble the new rack this morning. Honestly “assemble” is too strong of a word for this bike rack because all I had to do is attach two components using one bolt and remove the 2″ hitch adapter collar by unscrewing another.

I’m half done.

I swear to Geebus that I nearly had an aneurism trying to unscrew the bolt attaching the 2″ hitch adapter collar. In fact, it’s still attached.

Before you ask: Yes, I was turning in the proper direction.

It seems as if the damn thing was attached using an impact wrench. I’ve applied as much leverage as my 215-pound body can apply, no luck. I inserted the hex wrench into the bolt and tapped on the end using a hammer in an attempt to “crack” the connection and get the loosening started, no luck. I quit before I completely stripped the bolt head.

I’m tired. I’m frustrated. I’m tired of being frustrated.

Here’s to hoping that things turn for the better real soon.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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18 Responses to I Feel As If I Am Being Tested

  1. Steve says:

    Holy Smoke! When it rains, it pours.

    I took a pill yesterday after lunch to help with my head (vertigo) and it just about knocked me out. I was falling asleep at my desk, I didn’t worry about staying awake on the bus, and when I got home, I crashed for another hour and a half. This isn’t the first time I had taken the med, but the first time I had a reaction quite like that. My head is feeling better, but still have a bit to go.

    NPR had a piece on Summer TV shows and I’ve set Humans to record on AMC. Sounds like interesting Sci Fi Allan may like.

    There was no talk of trivia for tonight. Stacy? Paulie? I don’t know about our attendance, but there is a chance.


  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Trivia is on tonight, forgot to mention it today. I will be in attendance. Unless plans change I believe we’re playing at Corner Tavern on Edgewood start time is 8:30pm.

  3. Barb says:

    hmmmmm – I told Allan he needs to read today & coment on that hitch issue.

    Tomorrow – we plan to ride somewhere. I’m thinking Silk Sheets or Sosabee. I know, totally opposite areas.
    Anyone have a preference?
    If we decide on Silk Sheets, Allan & I will park at my friend Steve’s house most likely – very near Serenbe. He would love the company (he’s older & has some health issues). I’ll get whoever the address but be warned, it does involve about a quarter mile gravel ride to get back to Hutchinson Ferry.

  4. Steve says:

    What time are you thinking, Barb?

    And speaking of gravel roads, they will be logging across the street from the house and did a little grading on our road. Now there appears to be no “smoother” path… lovely.

  5. I’m okay with either location.

  6. Barb says:

    Not super early, but maybe meet at 9 or 9:30? Would that work? Allan has to get home from the firehouse, and that isn’t until usually 7:30-8:00.

  7. bob says:

    I wonder if your hitch bolt is reverse threaded for some reason. Try the other way just to see if you can get it to move at all.

    On another note, TDF starts on Saturday and we have cut our cable. What is best for streaming the tour? I see NBC has something but wondered if there was something better.

  8. Barb says:

    Here’s the address to park at tomorrow.
    8445 Vernon Grove Rd Palmetto, GA 30268
    It’s right off of Hutchesons Ferry.
    Want to just plan on pretending to be ready to ride at 9:30?

    My friend Steve said to just be sure to not block in any cars that are there, they have a 24 hour caregiver (for his sister) that may be changing shifts.

    Also – if you want, bring a chair & some beverages for after, and then also a change of clothes, because if I know Steve, he will want to go get something to eat somewhere when we get back.

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    The instructions show the threading to be “normal”.

    Not sure where to watch the TdF streaming. I’m interested as well.

    Okay Barb, I will meet you down there. I’ll pack the necessary extras as well.

  10. bob says:

    NBC has a live feed for $30 for the whole tour. I’m going to give it a try.

  11. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Just realized that I’ll be Iowa-related traveling for many days of this year’s tour, I might go with the iPad version for $20.

    I also just realized that I was in Europe for many days of last year’s tour. Wow, how the time flies!

  12. Barb says:

    hey Paulie -remember, we might be sort of kind of in the middle of nowhere for cell service in Iowa a lot of the time, I know Verizon only worked so so except in towns. And, I bet plenty of the bars will be showing it.

    Per Allan, take the rack to REI & tell them to figure it out……. or give you a new one.

  13. steve says:

    OK, I haven’t cleared it with the boss, but I’ll say ready for wheels up at 09:30, and if that isn’t going to happen, I’ll send you a message Barb.

    You can always stream the non-English language channels on the internet. NBC does have exclusive rights to the US broadcast, so getting Euro Sport in English might be sketchy. I use cyclingfans.com or steephill.tv- both will list all the broadcasters.

  14. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    So it’ll just like being in Europe for me again… 😉

    If I can get my ass going today I will take the rack to REI.

  15. Barb says:

    plus, you will be too busy to care about what is going on in Europe……. remember, we gotta go see bands like Hairball! LOL

  16. I just laughed aloud after rereading my last comment because I’ve been trying to get my ass to stop going constantly for the past two days… :O

  17. Barb says:

    its a crazy day – I’m finally going back to yoga tonight……… I just looked it up, last time I went was December.

  18. Stacy Fox says:

    Finally just seeing your blog (sorry sorry sorry!). Sorry you were ill! I was just fixin’ to message to see if you were OK to trivia and am glad that you are. (Psst! Alcohol kills germs) 8:30 at Edgewood Corner Tavern it is! 🙂

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