I’ve Got That Youthful Feeling

It’s always good to travel to this part of Florida when you are feeling a bit old.

You are not old.

A Series Of Sprints
I got out yesterday morning for a thirty-mile ride, averaging just a little faster than 15mph. Given that the terrain in this part of the world is pancake flat, seriously the only “climb” was an overpass, my average speed was slow. My defense for my slow speed is that I had to slow/stop at least thirty times for stop signs along the northern section of the Pinellas Trail.

It felt good to be out spinning the wheels again.

At Least Lightning Didn’t Strike
Yesterday I joined my mother and two aunts for some daytime bingo at a Catholic church. The two best things I can say about the outing was that I was not struck by lightning upon entering the church, and I consumed this $1 ham and cheese sandwich:
$1? Hello, Florida!
My mother and aunts did win a couple of times, I was shut out. Gott Dangen!

Oh yeah, I was called “handsome” by more than one woman at bingo. Perhaps there is a benefit to cataracts after all… πŸ™‚

ITP Flickr Pic
“Life Doesn’t Suck” (Dunedin, Florida, United States)
Life Doesn't Suck
The only thing I did wrong during yesterday’s bike ride was to inadvertently end the Wahoo Fitness app when I stopped to take this photo, losing the recording of the first four miles. This shot was taken from atop the day’s only “climb”.

Doctor, Shopping, And Poker? Oh My!
I thought that I was going to have a free morning while my mother joined one of her sisters at the doctor today. I was going to wander up to the bowling alley for breakfast discussing Social Security reform with my fellow retirees, and then over to Dunedin Brewery for a pint discussing Obamacare with Millenial slackers, all prior to their return. Alas, my aunt’s appointment is an hour later than she thought so I have been called into chauffeur duty.

After coming back from the doctor mom and I will be doing some obligatory grocery shopping at Publix before going to KFC to ensure that they will have the necessary chicken for the penny-ante poker game that she will will be hosting tonight. Don’t hate, someone has to live the Floridian High Life.

Have a great day, friends.

(Oh yeah, ITP-Reader Ronnie if you read this you may get a kick to find out that I have been spared a meal at Kally K’s because it is currently “closed for remodeling”.)

Cheers,
Paulie [dunedin/fl]

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13 Responses to I’ve Got That Youthful Feeling

  1. Barb says:

    sounds like fun in FL. how long are you staying?

    What kind of chicken do you need for the poker game? do they bet with little popcorn chicken pieces?

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Here’s a first, the doctor took my mother in early!

    Oh the chicken, the largest source of stress in any of my visits to visit my mother. She will buy too much of both original and extra crispy and wonder why peop,e don’t eat the way they used to eat. I happens every time…

    I will be driving back on Thursday, most likely leaving here after breakfast, and a stop at a package store to bring back beers that I can’t purchase in Georgia.

  3. Stacy says:

    Omg, Barb, I would totally lose if we bet with little popcorn chicken pieces because I’d be eating them all.

  4. Barb says:

    bring me home some extra crispy please………

    and – yes Stacy- the game is over when all the chicken is gone……… no one wins, but everyone is full.

    my mom& dad don’t eat as much anymore either it seems, they share a sandwich most of the time when we go out. (and argue about what to get of course)

  5. Stacy says:

    I don’t know, Barb. That sounds to me like everyone’s a….wait for it…. winner winner chicken dinner! πŸ™‚

    Paulie, are those ham and cheese sandwiches the kind that one of the little old ladies made at home and brought in to sell? Because it looks like that and I think that’s adorable and I would have eaten two.

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    You hit the nail in the head, Stacy! Well, almost as they were actually making the sandwiches when we ordered ours. I would have eaten two but I didn’t want to start any bingo gossip. πŸ™‚

  7. Ronnie aka Bill says:

    And your good luck continues πŸ˜‰.
    PS: if your interested in a job (oops, sorry about the cursing) interview I have a friend of a friend who is a programer and lives in Miami, he telecommutes to his NY State job (damn, I did it again).
    Enjoy your time off. I am😊

  8. Al says:

    Inspiring post today.

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Might be the first time since I started writing the blog that some one thought a post was inspirational. Lol!

  10. Barb says:

    now I’m wondering that inspired Al.
    not getting struck by lightning at the church?
    being called handsome?
    getting to go to KFC?

  11. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Can’t we just be satisfied that Al was inspired? πŸ™‚

  12. steve says:

    Still alive and working hard. Beautiful weather forecast through the week.

    Travel safely, our best to your mom.

  13. Al says:

    Well, the fact is that Paul had a low bar to cross today. I was sitting in a windowless shared space with 4 other co-workers in a small desk, doing Ethics and Data Handling training for the new job…

    Also, even when he displays some mild appreciation towards life (β€œLife Doesn’t Suck”), you’d know that a normal person would be having the time of their life πŸ˜‰

    Plus he rode his bike, felt young, took some nice pictures, ate a $1 sandwich!
    Also, as a heathen myself, I felt inspired that he dodged a god’s wrath.

    Those were quite the accomplishments!

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