They say that one should live in â€œinterestingâ€ times, this weekend was â€œinterestingâ€.
I didnâ€™t do much on Friday. Mainly I kicked around the house doing minor tasks.
On Saturday morning I did a short walk with Betsy and her dog Bella before heading out on what would turn out to be a cycling adventure with Bonnie. The forecast I saw never mentioned a chance of rain greater than 5%, so I had already spent time washing and hanging clothes, and put an old nightstand on the curb in hopes that someone would claim it. I met up with Bonnie and the plan was to do a revised â€œreverseâ€ BeltGrind, stopping midpoint to meet up with hashers at Fire Maker Brewing. All was well, we rode clockwise along the Beltline and navigated some dicey streets to get to Chattahoochee Industrial. She and I were early, so we stopped at Steady Hand Brewing for a half beer before Fire Maker. A lovely time was had consuming beers and seeing some hashing friends, and then Bonnie and I decided it was time to leave to finish our ride. The sky looked ominous, but I was hoping it would be all north and west of home. She and I pedaled as fast as we could, I missed our turn at 17th Street so we took 14th and went through the Georgia Tech campus (not realizing to how close to the dayâ€™s other major â€œinterestingâ€ event we were) and then the rain started. By the time we reached shelter at the Georgia Aquarium parking garage the skies had opened wide, blowing wind gusts and dumping water. After assessing the situation I determined our best course of action was to push on, after all we were already soaked to the bone. The ride via downtown took us through major waterways of street runoff, and we managed to make it to Bonnieâ€™s garage and wait out the rain, which had mostly gone north of us by that point. Soaked, I finished the ride only to find out once at home that the City of Atlanta had (another) water main break (near the Georgia Tech campus) and that I would be under a cautionary â€œboil waterâ€ advisory until late last night). Needless to say, my laundry was not dry and my nightstand was threatened to never be adopted.
Yesterday was not nearly as hectic. Once again Bonnie and I joined forces, this time to do a five-mile walk starting at Medlock Park, and then rewarding ourselves with some beer at The Lost Druid, before returning to my house where I grilled up some veggie burgers and ate them with salad, all food provided by Bonnie.
And, while sitting in my carport we saw a car stop, back up, and tote away my nightstand! Woot!
I am hoping today goes smoothly. You may have noticed that Iâ€™ve not been whining about the heat, thatâ€™s because I have been keeping my pie hole shut until today, when I am scheduled to have a new HVAC (heating and cooling) installed. Itâ€™s far more money than I expected to spend, but I am looking at it as a necessary cost of home ownership that I will be paying off, interest free, over the next five years. And if I decide to sell the house at some point, making â€œrecently updated HVACâ€ a feature…
How â€œinterestingâ€ was your weekend?
Hope you are staying well.