Progress Begins With ‘P’

as does “Paulie”. So, I’ve got that going for me.

I still hurt, far more than I ever expected two weeks later. The pain is deep, which concerns me. I still feel out of whack. Progress is being made ever so glacially.

On Saturday I drove out to Rutledge to hang out with ITP-Reader Barb, Allan, and Sal, along with other friends like Vern, Michigan, Benny, and Twigs who I’ve met through Barb and Allan. Out in Rutledge I also met a few of the folks with whom I experienced RAGBRAI last year. My day was filled with food, injury-related discomfort, and a lot of laughs. I left STU at 9pm and made the drive home. I was home and in bed by 10:30pm. My leg and hip were howling from the amount of work I made them do throughout the day.

I started my Saturday of eating too much food in the form of two exceptional biscuits – one fried chicken, one country ham – at Mamie’s Kitchen in Lithonia. I can hear you saying “What the hell does Paulie know about Lithonia?” well, the answer is “Very little.” but I was clued into Mamie’s Kitchen via the Roadfood newsletter. I had heard about this place months ago and was looking for an excuse to try it; a Saturday morning drive to Rutledge provided an ample excuse. If this place were closer I’d be eating there quite a bit.

Yesterday I woke to watch Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Though I tried to talk myself out of it, I did thirty minutes on the trainer while watching the race. It was extremely difficult mounting and dismounting the bike on the trainer, and I did experience some pain throughout my effort, but I managed to spin my legs for thirty minutes. Baby spins… I am starting to try and convince myself that going to Auburn for Saturday’s Bo Bikes Bama ride is a possibility, even if I have to opt for the shortest route.

As the rain stopped and started yesterday I felt badly for those who organized and participated in yesterday’s Atlanta Streets Alive. Having to deal with such shitty weather was unfortunate.

Tonight I am going to try ITP-Reader Stacy’s Waschsalon. My more-than-two-weeks of dirty clothes are bagged and in the M6 ready to be washed, and I am ready to try and fight my way back into having a normal life. I am contemplating consulting a PT this week to see about my pain, and am also thinking of springing for some sports massages to work out the kinks.

Have a good Monday.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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25 Responses to Progress Begins With ‘P’

  1. HamWithCam says:

    Sounds like a good weekend.

    Don’t rush it.
    Don’t risk (re)injury.
    PT is a good idea.
    You get another perspective and a credible “hey, that ain’t right…”

    The NRA Annual Meeting is the end of this week.
    80,000 (law abiding) gun nuts.
    Not a good week to be a purse snatcher downtown.

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

  2. With Trump in town I should probably be in Auburn. 😉

    I will go to the consultation on Wednesday afternoon, and decide what to do from there. I don’t have a prescription for PT, therefore if I can’t get one it’s out-of-pocket (and expensive).

    I certainly have no desire to re-injure myself as I am in this for the long haul. After all I know that I am going to live a long time because the Cobra website informed me that my password for their website will expire in 3474 days – that’s in October 2023. LOL!

  3. Stacy says:

    We downtown workers are already dreading Trump’s visit. I may look at the schedule and make a case for working at home. And though I’m a proponent of the 2nd Amendment, there’s some real whackjobs in this group — 50,000+ guns all in the same place? What can go wrong? We already have a bet going in the office how many confederate flags we’re going to see out in the park.

    It was a nice weekend. My sister was in town for a conference so although I didn’t get to see her too much, we did get to visit some (she stayed with me, what with the conference actually being in Atlanta as opposed to the ones that say Atlanta but are actually out in Gwinnett or Dunwoody). Friday morning I showed her the Beltline, which she really enjoyed. She explored Piedmont Park too on Thursday while I was at work. Just dropped her off at MARTA before work today. I’m so mean, making family take MARTA. 😉

    It’s Atlanta Burger Week! All week long Atlanta establishments are offering $5 burgers (a special recipe at each location). A group of folks are planning to hit The Imperial for theirs 6:30pm-ish Wednesday night. If you’re reading this please come join us!

    • HamWithCam says:

      Yeah, anytime a president comes to town it’s disruptive.
      At least he will minimally disrupt (the light) traffic I-75S if he comes in via Dobbins.

      I think the “NRA Leadership Forum” is Friday at like 12:30pm (no plans to attend). The draw for me is (literally) free vendor exhibits. I love vendor exhibits. Cheap entertainment.

      I’m sure there will be plenty of saber rattling, on both sides.
      I do not think “AR-15** toting” gun nuts with Confederate flags do their cause any good.

      Neither do anti-gun protestors with handmade signs. As I have mentioned, the Second Amendment simply does not abridge a pre-existing right to own a gun. That right does not come from the Federal government.

      The other shoe to drop will be Governor Deal, if/when he signs (or vetos) HB-280 (AKA, Campus Carry). Timing is everything. Deal has…40 days from the end of the legislative session. Tick tock.

      Today’s Trivia Question (10 points): What does the “AR” in AR-15 stand for?

      Bonus (5 points): If you press and hold the trigger of an AR-15, how many times will it fire?

      Busy week ahead, I’d better get after it.

      73 de JG/HamWithCam

      • Stacy says:

        Oh, yeah. I’d forgotten about the protesters with signs. That’ll be out in full force too, I imagine. Both protesting against guns and probably Trump as a whole.

        In my humble opinion, Deal is smart in not making the decision until the conference is over anyway. And, really, I hope he vetoes it again.

        I cheated and looked up what AR was. I knew it wasn’t what everyone says it is, but didn’t know what it was for real.

  4. Barb says:

    Michael’s new name is Michigan?

    So glad you came out on Saturday – it was a fun day – though way too windy.
    So much fun hanging out with everyone, we really need to get everyone to do a fall ride, but I doubt we can make that happen. Michael will be at Hartwell, but Vern will not.
    And- it never rained Saturday night – we rode Sunday morning, got a little wet, but nothing terrible to ride in. Allan & I just did the 27, Sal was her over achiever self & did the 50. So, we did a rounded up 100 miles, she did 220.
    Camper is so dirty from all that blowing dirt & then the rain. What fun to try to get it all cleaned up before we put the cover back on it.

    I’m beat today – Annette & Mark were passing thru town yesterday, they showed up right as we were parking the camper in the back yard.
    They spent the night & we had a small dinner party with some friends. Luckily everyone brought food, so I didn’t have to do much.

  5. Steve says:

    So let’s see- you can barely get on and off your bike, you’re seeking a PT but still thinking about the ride Saturday? Just. Sit. Down. Please.

    There was errands and chores all weekend, along with puppy chasing and clean up. It didn’t start raining until daylight Sunday morning, though the prognosticators said early Sunday. The boys spent the night in the barn and some of the day yesterday, but as we were leaving to run more errands we cut them loose- our thinking being there didn’t appear to be much left on the radar. Only about a quarter inch in a half hour! Sorry boys.

    We are starting to make plans for this weekend. The Rolex 3 Day begins Friday in Lexington. We are driving up Thursday, possibly to Louisville to have Skyline!


    • I have paid for the event and a hotel for two nights, so I am considering going still. Worst case scenario is that I decide riding is a bad idea and spend two nights in Auburn.

      • Barb says:

        I think spending some time in Auburn would be interesting – I’ve never been there.
        Is Lance supposed to be there? I saw Brett Favre is.
        I wonder if any of the NASCAR guys will show up?
        I think by the weekend you should be able to ride, you were gimping around pretty good on Saturday. Maybe just the short route, but still.

        • Stacy says:

          A friend of mine works on the Auburn-Opelika tourism board. I can ask her about some gimp-friendly activities for you if you need. 🙂

  6. Barb says:

    Paulie – so Trish Albert posted something on FB about someone finding a bike on the side of I-20 out near STU – do you think she was just behind on emails, or do you think there could be a 2nd bike that someone didn’t attach to their bike correctly?
    I’m sure its the 1st, but damn that would be funny (but not funny) if there were 2 bikes.

  7. Barb says:

    and Stacy – I’m going to Red Eyed Mule for lunch today Burger week – even though it isn’t part of the deal. I just want a burger.

    • Stacy says:

      I was a big fan of the burger I had the one time I was there. Jealous!

      But hey – speaking of “there”… have you ever dined in the restaurant that shares the parking lot? Come and Get It or something like that? I was curious how that one might be too. I love little mom-and-pops like that.

      • Barb says:

        I have never been tot he Come n Get It – but I will go there someday (after 2ish, when Red Eyed Mule is closed). I have a friend that raves about it, especially their fried chicken.

  8. Steve says:

    Ummm… love me some Red Eyed Mule! So bad and soooo good.

    What’s the deal with bikes falling off?

    • While sitting around the camper a young woman came up and asked if we had seen anyone take a bike off their car, her mother’s bike had been stolen. A while later Franklin, BRAG head honcho, sent out a text asking people if they had seen the bike. Not a minute later the bike was found by someone – on I-20 smashed to bits. Apparently it came off their car, and when they stopped somewhere they jumped to the conclusion that it had been stolen at STU.

  9. Steve says:

    Not a bad conclusion if you’re not smart enough to secure your bike to the rack!

    • Barb says:

      we were speculating what had happened to the bike (Vern said custody battle – hahahaha) because we really didn’t think it could have been stolen out there.

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  11. Vern says:

    If you hips don’t get better you could always find work as a Walter Brennen impersonator. You have the walk down pat.
    (This fulfills my “smart-ass comment” as requested by Barb.)

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