I had an excellent weekend and a really nice birthday. Thanks to all who wished me a happy birthday, it is greatly appreciated.

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26 Responses to 2018-07-23

  1. Stacy says:

    I was actually sitting in your neighborhood having a coffee when I greeted you Saturday morning. 🙂 Had I realized earlier that I read the time wrong for my meet-up and was nearly an hour early, I would have invited you out for a cup. I did wave down the street at ya when we passed yours on the way to our first historical marker. 🙂 I’m guessing that was probably at about 9:45am.

    Y’all, the tour of The Battle of Atlanta yesterday I took was outstanding. About 3 hours, only 5 miles, but standing on the battlefield exactly 154 years to practically *the minute* that it all happened. Wow. Chill bumps a lot. It was not hard to imagine the spirits that were lost that day were with us while we were out there.

  2. Steve says:

    A slightly belated happy birthday. I sent you a text but got no response. Perhaps it’s because it was in Messenger.

    Still in New Orleans but coming home today. We managed to do what we could while the national group fixed problems preventing the actual work we were here to perform. Our prep for the next step means we won’t be needed next weekend and the local folks will be enough (I hope).

    3 runs on the treadmill, as I forgot to bring my “running wallet” and it was too f’ing hot to run outside. Ate, and ate, and ate. I don’t want to see the scale when I get home and it doesn’t want to see me!


    • If that is FB Messenger then yeah, no hope. Thanks, though!

      I too am not going to be pleased when I mount the scale tomorrow… Time to right the proverbial ship.

  3. Fun trail yesterday especially because my gaggle of hashers didn’t have a run in with a landowner. I wonder how long it took the hares to go out to his property and remove all of the toilet paper and survey tape… 🙄

    • Barb says:

      trail was good, it was hot & the 1st timer with me (from Nashville) wasn’t used to doing real trails – I guess Music City is a urban lots of beer stops hash. We did ok to the water stop -(scenic view of a bunch of old abandoned Airstream campers was cool), then the interaction with the landowner made us go off trail onto a road. So – since we didn’t really know where trail was, we opted to use Find My Friends and figured out we could just stay on that road for a couple miles to get to the end.

      • I finally got around to emptying my camelback this morning. I knew that I was drinking a lot yesterday and this was confirmed by the fact that there wasn’t too much water remaining today.

        • Barb says:

          I didn’t drink enough water, but I did take a huge swig or 2 at the water stop, as we figured we were DFL at that point. But – not really sure if we were DFL.

  4. Debbie says:

    To my amusement, I wished you HBD on Facebook. But for realz Happy Birthday!

    • Through the magic of someone else’s FB account I was able to see the HBD wishes there last night. 😁

      • ITP Lurker says:

        Clever workaround. I’m glad that you had a happy birthday.

        I rode both Beltlines yesterday, and talked to the two cops with the easiest beat in town. They ride the 2 mile stretch of the Westside Beltline all day every day. They seemed grateful to have someone to talk to. They startled me by saying “How are you doing, sir?” as I passed them the first time going the other way.

        My broken sleep has gotten the best of me and I saw my doctor today. She prescribed something safe as a starting point. I don’t have a going to sleep problem, it’s a waking up multiple times during the night problem. When my massage therapist on Friday could tell from my body that I haven’t been sleeping well, I finally capitulated to the fact that I can’t figure this out on my own.

        Asking for help shouldn’t be such a big deal, but I’m getting there, bit by bit.

        • Barb says:

          I sleep good at times, terrible at others – but the whole waking up multiple times a night can get really old – I understand. I have found a Tylenol PM, a Simply Sleep or anything in that vein works pretty well for me when I feel I haven’t slept well for a couple nights.

          • ITP Lurker says:

            That’s helpful, Barb. I’ll keep those in mind if the Rx doesn’t work for me. I’ve had shitty sleep for years but I’m finally working to fix things in my life instead of enduring them.

          • Barb says:

            I’m against taking prescription anything (unless totally necessary of course). The OTC stuff works fine for me for the most part. I many times just split the pills, I just need that little bit of help.

          • ITP Lurker says:

            I don’t trust OTC meds either, except for Advil. The Rx isn’t directly a sleep medicine, but an early version of an anti-depressant that was too sedating for that purpose. It’s non-addictive, so I might get a secondary benefit since I don’t trust meds enough to take a modern anti-depressant, even though I’ve been told it would benefit me. Fortunately my doctor has a light touch when it comes to prescribing.

            In my experience most medicines solve one problem whilst creating new ones. I tend to rather stick with the problem that I know than the ones that I don’t.

        • Debbie says:

          Sleep problems are a bear. Lunesta helped me a lot when I needed to get back on a sleep schedule. Most sleep aids are designed to help you fall asleep not so much stay asleep.

          Our dogs are the biggest culprit for waking me up and then it’s an hour or more before I can get back to sleep. Steve is officially in charge of middle of the night dog walks since he can fall back asleep before he’s fully horizontal.

          If I’m having trouble, I try to do something mindless so my brain doesn’t get in an anxiety generating loop. Solitaire on my phone helps.

          Good luck figuring it out and don’t hesitate to keep trying different things until you hit on what works. Meds, supplements, routines all work differently for different folks.

          • steve says:

            My ability to easily fall asleep extends to driving as well. It’s a blessing and a curse.

          • Ditto. And if not for an alert semi-driver whose horn woke me up as my car was headed toward Guntersville Lake at some ungodly morning hour in November 1994 nearly all of you would have never met me.

            This is why I rarely do a long drive when departing after work.

          • ITP Lurker says:

            Yeah, woke myself up once when I was 20 when I crashed into a guard rail. Not a great way to wake up.

            That’s when I learned about my intuition, because I had a hugely compelling feeling to get off of the interstate a couple of exits sooner than normal. I quashed the feeling, and fell asleep just past that exit. Fortunately no harm done to anything or anyone other than my car. That’ll teach ya, though.

  5. Barb says:

    so, I guess the landowner from yesterday found the hash – sent an email to Surly. I have no idea what email address he found……. so there is a FB debate on what to do in response.

    • I had a feeling he wouldn’t let it go. On the one hand I understand it is his private property, we are trespassing, and littering. On the other hand the TP will biodegrade – though admittedly the surveyor tape won’t.

      I sometimes wonder how much time remains for off-road hashing in the metro Atlanta area.

      I see a link to “email the GM” on the BS main page. I clicked on it and it has Surly’s email address.

    • Stacy says:

      I still think it should be ignored. Who sends emails without subject lines? Spelling “tresspass” wrong, using incorrect punctuation, etc.? It looked like a child wrote it. He didn’t even address why he was writing — just asked if Surly was the leader of the group. Whatever. Climb over it, dude.

      • Barb says:

        Stacy – my mom writes emails like that – LOL.
        and – he was an older man – but if he could search to find that email address, well, he should be better at writing emails.

  6. bob says:

    Happy birthday Paulie!

    Been lurking again as work has been busy as hell. I’m in Scottsdale now for a second week in a row, workshop last week and PI planning this week. Fun times!

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