What The What?

My day is off to an interesting start. As I took my bags out to the M6, not wearing my glasses since I don’t need them to perform such a task, I saw something tan in the bushes.

With so many garbage cans in the street I assumed that it was a grocery bag that had blown into my yard, we had rather a storm early this morning. Then I thought it might be one of the neighborhood cats, because it was near where the black feral sleeps. And then, even from a distance, I registered that it was a snout with beady eyes, yep, it was an opossum.

And this from today’s “Skimm” email:


Possum vs. Opossum: Not the same thing. Both are mammas that kinda look like big, fat, rats. But a possum is mostly found in Australia, while opossums are mostly found in North America. So American possums are actually ‘opossums’. Mind. Blown.

Well, perhaps my mind wasn’t blown by this fact but I did think that it was interesting.

Anyway, the opossum must not have liked the looks of me, it must have been a female, and thankfully waddled off my property and across the street into another yard.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Shoe Gaze” (Chamblee, GA, USA)
Shoe Gaze
In yesterday’s blog used up all of the photos that I had over the weekend, so I snapped this shot of my beloved cranberry Chuck Taylor sneakers while I sat waiting for my laundry to finish.

Rack’em Up
The bicycle rode in on the back of the M6 this morning. Given the heat and the potential for an afternoon thunderstorm I probably should have gotten my ass out of bed and ridden this morning. But I didn’t. So now I will keep my eyes on the skies and hope that I can get out for 25 miles tonight, you know, as preparation for one of my upcoming Mainz to Köln legs.

Speaking Of My German Bike Trip (Again)
All of the t’s have been crossed and the i’s dotted, and, probably more importantly, my credit card has been charged. I now have a complete itinerary in hand including the hotels in which I will be sleeping. It’s almost difficult for me to fathom that I will be flying in two weeks. So much to prepare!!!

Until I am actually on vacation I should probably do some work.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to What The What?

  1. Steve says:

    Let’s see,

    A fairly light day at work yesterday. I left the back door, after changing into walking shorts and cycling shoes and rode to PCM in about 10 minutes! Can’t beat that. Bike valet very handy. Managed to locate my crew and talked Games business for the better part of 2 hours. (and our Park rep is also handling the food truck event at the park next weekend and she reports it’s liable to be a CF).

    I tipped the valet $5 as I didn’t have any singles, hopped on and headed south, and as I rode, I passed maybe 50 to 60 women with yoga mats, all walking south. The large open space near Pres Parkway was FILLED with women doing yoga- I would easily estimate 250-300. It was really something to see..

    Crossed onto undeveloped Beltline and came out onto DeKalb Ave near King Memorial Station and hopped the train. All in all worked out just like I’d planned. I could see some winter training rides from the office to College Park, once the beltline is a little more completed on the south side.


  2. Did you encounter the new cement barriers on Ponce that are in the bike lane? I read an article that the Georgia DOT is going to remove them, only after a lot of complaining from Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.

    Steve, you witnessed King of Pops yoga. If I thought that I could do yoga and had some game with the ladies I would have considered doing this at some time.

  3. Barb says:

    Sounds like an interesting evening Steve.

    That’s a ton of people doing yoga, and Paulie – you could do it – no one cares if you don’t do it “right”. I’m a prime example.

    I saw something on the news about some major flooding in Germany – I hope it isn’t were you are going.

    I was thinking about doing a little road ride tonight in Roswell by the river – but I was just reminded that Lower Roswell has an intersection completely closed – the way I’d drive to get there. That means East Cobb traffic will be screwed all week.
    Maybe I’ll go for a walk instead.

  4. Steve says:

    I stayed completely on the Beltline, which is why it was such a pleasure. Out our back door, down 11th St and through Piedmont Park. Piece of cake.

    Yeah Paulie, you should seriously consider yoga…

  5. I hadn’t heard of the flooding, I will investigate.

    For years yoga has been “on my list”. I know that it’s a great workout, but I’ve never been man enough to try; and this coming from someone who used to do step aerobics! 🙂

  6. Barb says:

    look up DDP yoga – (Diamond Dallas Page) he has a manly yoga program.
    I”m seriously thinking about getting it.

  7. It appears that the flooding occurred well south of where I will be.

    I will look into that Barb.

  8. bob says:

    Hopefully you will get to ride tonight, I did the cycleworks ride last night as my final training ride for BRAG. And I actually saw Allan 2 days in a row.

    Funny story, was talking to Travis this morning and he said he heard something fall last night. Didn’t think too much of it until I got to work and got a call from Laura saying she cannot get the garage door open. Drove back home to see one of the springs snapped and the cable holding it was stopping the door from opening. I guess that explains what Travis heard. I know what I will be doing tonight.

  9. Barb says:

    yeah Bob – Allan was telling me you were there for the ride.
    Fun times with the garage door.

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