Morning friends.

Up until 5:00pm yesterday was nothing special — I worked, updated software on my devices, transplanted some seedlings, and didn’t make time to exercise nor study German.

At 5:00pm I drove over to Bonnie’s to deliver a late birthday gift, and then headed to Red’s Beer Garden to meet up with Barb and Allan. Sadly at Red’s we discovered that the abandoned car wash used for parking and cavorting will be converted, along with the wooded lot next to it, into more overpriced condos/townhomes later this year. I expect within the next three years every speck of unbuilt land between Red’s and the Beltline will be converted into housing. Hell, at the rate we are going the Federal Penitentiary will be converted to a hotel or mixed-use development.

This construction is going to make going to Red’s via auto annoying as their parking lot is small. I guess it will be incentive to ride my bike there?

Regardless of the impending doom I had a great time hanging outside, eating a vegan Hot Dog, and drinking beer — including one Red’s gave me for free just by showing proof of vaccination!

Today? As I type this I should be mowing the front lawn. Tomorrow…

Later today I will be going out to get a haircut and perhaps some lunch out.

Of course I will be doing some WLF chores.

And I expect to be doing some virtual Top Chef viewing with Betsy as well.

Busy. Busy. Busy.

Hope you are remaining healthy and are reasonably happy.

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26 Responses to 2021-04-28

  1. Back inside the house after completely losing my shit over my garden hose. This hose’s inflexibility has been a burden, constantly making it hard for me to drag it to where I want to water, and on more than one occasion knocking over a pot. This morning I knocked over two more pots while dragging it, completely destroying one of the seedling tomato plants that I transplanted yesterday; that was the final straw. The hose is on the curb, hopefully someone will claim it for free.

    Now I need to do research in order to find a better solution for WLF.

    • Bonnie says:

      When I got fed up with my cheap hose I started buying Never Kinks. I don’t know if they will be suitable for your needs, but you’re welcome to come play with it sometime. It can still knock over things, etc. How about a sprinkler? Maybe go reclaim the hose off the street and try that?

    • Bonnie says:

      My comment disappeared :(. Again, I started buying Never Kinks. Don’t know if they would help you any, but you’re welcome to come play with mine. It still can knock over pots, etc. What about a sprinkler? Reclaim your hose and try that? Or is that too much waste / will make too much mud?

    • Bonnie says:

      Ah, there it is.

    • Nope, I am done wrangling with it. I will reclaim it only if no one claims it before trash day.

      I do have a hose that I bought last year that claims to be 100ft long that I will try prior to purchasing another one.

    • Bob says:

      Paulie, check out Zero G hoses. I had a similar event with a standard hose and threw it away as well. Grab a Zero G from Lowes, you won’t regret it. I now use them for both home and camper.

  2. ITP Lurker says:

    I was at Red’s on Sunday and wondering how long that decrepit car wash was going to stay there. All of the houses down the street from Red’s are getting flipped, it’s inevitable that the carwash would get plowed under. I used to use that carwash a lot back in the day. I’m not sure how you can have a carwash go out of business in a car-centric city like Atlanta.

    Since I’m here, I’ll report that I did a 50 mile ride on the Silver Comet Trail on Sunday as well. My new endurance bike is being elusive with some logistical delays, but hopefully I’ll have it this weekend. I’m signed up for the Georgia 400 century in June, I need to start training in earnest.

    • Bonnie says:

      I was wondering when we would hear about your new bike. I may try and ride my age in miles tomorrow on the Silver Comet for #birthdayweek but I’m not sure yet. I’ll likely decide in the morning. The most I’ve ridden on the SCT was 42 miles and it was HARD. I’ve ridden more than 47 on the road (54) but the SCT is harder sometimes because it’s flat.

      • ITP Lurker says:

        The SCT has some sneaky parts where there are long, slow uphills masquerading as flat stretches. It’s 52 miles round trip from Florence Road to Rockmart. The ride out to Rockmart is pretty easy, the ride back has some of those long slow uphills. I’ve definitely lost ground over the winter, that 52 miles was about the outside edge of what I can ride at this point, but I’ll get my range back.

        • Barb says:

          Lurker- GA 400 century? That’s huge, good luck to you. The metric century of that ride would be more then enough for me when I was in my best shape.

          • ITP Lurker says:

            It’s going to be tight, training wise, but I think I can pull it off. My first century last September was spontaneous, I rode from Rockmart to the state line with a friend. She was on a commuter bike at the time and so I felt like I hadn’t done anything when I got back to the car, so I just didn’t get in the car, I rode all the way back to Grant Park. My food ran a bit thin around mile 70, but once I replenished I was fine.

    • 🙌🏼
      Having done that ride in the past I recommend riding up there to train. Alpharetta/Roswell has some hills which challenged me.

    • Bob says:

      I’ll echo Paulie’s statement Lurker, be ready for some hills. The GA 400 century is tough but fun, and you go right past my neighborhood. When you get to the end you can see my neighbor’s band playing too (Sawgrass Blues).

      • ITP Lurker says:

        Cool! I’ll keep an eye out for the band. I’m not afraid of hills, but I’ll make sure to get some good hill training in between now and then. The trail out to Arabia Mountain has some pretty good hills, as does Stone Mountain.

  3. Bonnie says:

    Last night was fun indeed! Whoops, I need to log my beers…

  4. Oy! I forgot that the street sweeper was coming down my block today. Luckily it’s loud, so I was able to pull the hose from hanging over the curb before the sweeper drove past my house.

  5. Steve says:

    Another day and more silt fence work. More dirt removed from the collection point at the neighbors- so much I’m having to find clever spots to put it. There were a couple low spots in the back yard that are devoid of grass. Now there is fresh dirt and I’ll add some seed. I actually put up the first section of fence… more to come. While I don’t mind the work, this is getting in the way of spending time on a bicycle…

    I also located the drainage pipe that runs under the road. I can’t imagine it’s my responsibility to clean that out, though it is most likely my dirt. I think a call to the county guy is in order.

    Lurker, good to “hear” from you! Glad you’re getting your miles in. I have to second Paulie, as that 400 Century will likely be hilly AF. Anywhere near the river… and what bike are you waiting on?


    • ITP Lurker says:

      Thanks, Steve. I’m waiting on a Trek Damone SL-6. It’s an endurance bike, so should make those hills much more bearable. I have my work cut out for me to be ready for the Georgia 400 Century, I’m the victim of an impulsive friend who convinced me to sign up. I’m also registered for another century in October that starts and ends at the Budweiser plant in Cartersville. I’ll have no problem being ready for that one, this June century is a bit of a pop quiz, but I have some winter weight I need to shed, so it’ll work out.

  6. The street sweeper may have saved the hose from adoption, as long as I didn’t damage too much in my fit of rage this morning… Wee Little Hulk smash!

  7. Barb says:

    Last night was fun, I’m glad we got out of the house & joined y’all.
    Maybe after my dermatologist appt this morning, maybe I’ll go ride my road bike this afternoon. You guys are making me feel guilty about riding.

    • Bob says:

      This is what sabbaticals are for Barb, go do more of what you like to do instead of grinding away at work 🙂

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