That was a whirlwind weekend for me.

On Friday evening I went over to Betsy’s house for dinner with a small group of old time hashers. Star Whore brought over a mess of food from Hai (think “Tasty China”) and we filled our bellies. It was apparently also Bella’s thirteenth birthday, so Betsy made a doggie birthday cake for her.

Saturday morning Betsy, Bella, and I did a walk for coffee after I picked up a large bag of trash around the village.

After walking Bonnie and I drove down to Hapeville for the criterium. It was a good afternoon of racing and while down there we ran into a different group of old time hashers. After the races were done Bonnie and I walked up the Arches Brewery, because you know, we were in the neighborhood.

Yesterday was a Black Sheep day! But first…

I was working on WLF yesterday morning when Owlie came in for a fly around. At first Owlie startled me because it landed on the gate to my chain link fence and I hadn’t noticed. I must have startled it too because it flew away. After seeing it fly through the yard and then come back again I went inside and let it root around for its breakfast.

After my morning choring Bonnie and I drove way up to Dracula for Black Sheep. The trail was a good five-mile romp, but I managed to jack up my body a bit. While on trail my left shin, and this morning my right hip is oddly painful.

Injuries be damned however as tonight I will be helping Bonnie lay her Moonite trail. This trail will be a re-lay of the one that got washed away a few weeks ago.

Also on my agenda today is to research and sign up for health care.

How that you had a wonderful and healthy weekend.

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38 Responses to 2021-08-30

  1. Bonnie says:

    Paulie, remember all those brown “spots” on my lower leg yesterday after trail? Well, sure enough that entire section of my leg is covered in bites or a rash. Covered. Ugh.

    Today holds choring around the house and pre-laying trail.

  2. Steve says:

    After all the fun in Birmingham, I wiffed Friday and slept in. Got some of my onw choring done before heading to Lagrange for the race. A fun course, fields were small, a reasonable number of spectators and I the city seemed pleased. Hope we will be invited back.

    Saturday was a day for frying fish. The Games party decided it should be a fish fry. If I ever agree to cook fish for more than 100 people, please shoot me. It wasn’t quite that bad but very labor intensive, compared to burgers and dogs on the grill. A good crowd.

    Sunday had me doing almost nothing! Cleaned up the cooking pots from Saturday and got a nice ride on the CX bike. Stopped at a friends and inspected their new barn/home which is under construction on Bear Creek road. It will be lovely.

    News from my Cajun friend- just a bit of wind and rain. No damage. FRB New Orleans is still on the network, so that’s good, too.


  3. Bonnie says:

    Lurker, what’s been going on with you? Please inspire us with biking tales, as I haven’t been riding! 🙁

      • ITP Lurker says:

        Hanging on by my fingernails, man, as evidenced in my comment to Bonnie. I appreciate the shoutout. Good luck figuring out health insurance, it’s truly a pick your poison proposition. You’re probably best off biting the bullet on COBRA for as long as you can. But Jesus Christ, we all need to hope none of us need a run of the mill emergency room visit. Stay safe!

    • ITP Lurker says:

      Hey Bonnie, I haven’t been riding much as of late. I had 523 miles in May, 425 in June, and 114 in July. I have reversed my trend a little with 181 miles in August. I’m going to do the Cartersville Century next month. I had trips to Virginia and St. George Island, Florida in July that kept me off my bike. This month I’ve gotten braces on my teeth. I had the unluck of the draw to get a shitty dentist who gave my parents the option of pulling three of my permanent teeth instead of putting braces on me back then. Long story short my teeth are eroding, and I don’t do something now, I’m going to end up like this dude:


      I’ll have some level of restorative dentistry after braces because I’ve been kicking the can down the road on this for 10 years. Note to Paulie, the bills only get bigger the longer you push stuff off.

      Then there’s also the whole business of being in a strained marriage, and so I just haven’t had much to say as of late. But thank you for the shoutout.

      With regard to biking, I do have an intown route that I’ve put together that takes me from Grant Park up the Beltline to Piedmont Park, across the park and then up Piedmont a mile or so to the PATH 400 trail. I take that to Wieuca, over to Chastain Park, and basically end up taking Habersham back down to the Northside Beltline. From there I take Collier Road to the Proctor Creek Trail, then down to the Westside Beltline, and back to Grant Park. It’s a lovely Sunday morning ride, maybe we can set up an ITP Readers Ride in October if anyone wants to ride along with me.

      • Bonnie says:

        Thanks for the update. The good stuff sounds good, and I’m sorry for the not-so-good stuff. *Hugs* I would be interested in a group ride if I can make it work! Of course we may need a fast group and a slow group, or perhaps a short cut for the slowskies. 😁 I look forward to meeting you.

        I don’t know exactly where you live (and I’m not asking) but our hash trail may be laid through your ‘hood tonight. So if you see baking flour or chalk marks around, don’t report it as anthrax! Haha. We are starting and ending at Manny’s.

        • ITP Lurker says:

          As I tell everyone that I ride with that has your concern, I ride at the pace of whomever I’m with. I can always ride fast by myself. When I get out there my weekend rides are typically at 8:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Traffic is negligible around town that early in the day. Plus in October the weather will hopefully be cooler. It’ll be fun if we can make it work. The trail I described is about 30 or 35 miles, so I think it’s well within your range. But yes, there are options to cut it short if needed.

          I hosted a hash ending party once at my house years ago, so I know all about the flour and chalk. On, on! I hope your trail goes well! If you run in the vicinity of the pool you’ll run in front of my house.

          Thank you for the kind thoughts. I wish you the best on your side as well. 😊

          • Bonnie says:

            Lurker, oh yeah, I forgot you have a hash friend. If you want to get out of the house you could always join us… The long trail is 4.3 miles and the short trail is 3 miles. I could even post the trail map if needed. http://moonlite.atlantahash.com/ 🙂

          • ITP Lurker says:

            Thanks, Bonnie. I haven’t run in several years now, so I don’t want to get back into it with even a 3 mile run in August. I ran the Peachtree 22 or 23 times, but cycling has completely ruined me on running, I can’t stand to go *that* slow any more! 😂 I also have a childcare issue tonight, but I hope you guys have a great time!

      • I could be convinced to do a group ride.

        • Barb says:

          Group ride in town would be fun, and I’ll be the slowest!
          Allan does have a Mac daddy trek E road bike ordered for me. Who knows when that will ever come in, but watch out, I may not be dropped for dead on climbs after I get it.

          • ITP Lurker says:

            Oh, that’ll be fun. I rented an e-bike in San Francisco once. I sailed up even the craziest hills.

          • Steve says:

            E-bike for the win!

            Lurker, always good to catch up with you. Hopefully you still feel comfortable around us and will always chime in when you can.

          • ITP Lurker says:

            Thanks, Steve. I’ll try to unlurk a little more. I’ve mostly felt like keeping my thoughts to myself as of late. I will say that getting braces is a sure fire way to lose weight, I’m down 9 pounds so far. I couldn’t eat solid food for a week, but I’ve graduated to scrambled eggs, pasta, mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes. And at least I can brush my teeth again.

            It was *really* jarring going into a grocery store the day after getting braces and realizing that I couldn’t even think about eating 98% of the stuff there.

  4. 45 minutes of frustration trying to figure out the healthcare world. After much anger it appears that “Obamacare” could save me $50/month, but that’s the worst coverage plan. Think I will attempt to apply for COBRA today.

    Going to do a little WLF choring now to calm down.

  5. Barb says:

    Good luck with the health insurance. It’s crazy.

    Got a couple good hikes in this weekend, lots of spider webs on a trail yesterday, so i guess that means we were the 1st ones out there. I got tired of the webs, so made Davey go 1st for a while.

    Had dinner with Canucklehead & Toothless Beaver Saturday evening, they were kidless for a whole weekend.

    Might try to get a bike ride in before the rain comes today.

  6. Barb says:

    Speaking of biking, totally forgot the Roswell Mayors Ride was yesterday. Annette & I were driving past City Hall & thought we’d stop & see what was happening. Had a nice meet up with Laura, Bob & Travis.

    • Steve says:

      Oh for that criterium to come back! That was always a good one with big fields.

    • Oh well, maybe 2022 for me? I have never attended it.

      • Steve says:

        I think the city is happier with the ride. Less for them to do. I think the Roswell club that helped isn’t as interested. Typical- just a few people do most of the work.

        • Barb says:

          The City always had the ride the morning of the crit.
          Maybe someday they will find the money to fund the crit again someday, but I know the current Mayor isn’t as into riding like Jere Wood was.

  7. Morning choring done. Thanks to a neighbor around the corner I now have a new lettuce planting bed. The neighbor bought something that was delivered on a double-long wooden pallet, which I fetched this morning before sunrise. I just lined the bottom with landscape fabric and will plant lettuce into it when the weather cools.

  8. Barb says:

    I forgot to tell you the Allan good karma deed on Saturday. A guy near Kennesaw Mtn had his bike upside down looking at the chain. He had it jammed in the front chainring.
    Took Allan about 15 minutes with no tools other then a pocket knife, but finally got the chain unstuck. The guy was so screwed before we arrived.

  9. Barb says:

    Morning project of cleaning, re-staining & re-oiling our wood bedroom furniture. DONE.
    Wasn’t really that hard, just a pain to get it ready. Wood was getting pretty dry, so it needed to be done. Remember Cargo Furniture from the 90s? Store is long gone, so I’ll have to find the equivalent oil for the next time.

  10. Okay, signed up for COBRA. Inexplicably in addition to the high rate, they also charged me a $20 (!!!) convenience fee to pay by credit card. Motherfuckers.

  11. Holy fucking hell, did the outer bands of Ida really have to reach us today? This Moonlite trail that Bonnie is going to lay (and I am going to help again) is cursed!

    • Bob says:

      Just had a monsoon come through Roswell, looks clear for a bit though. You may get that trail in.

      Getting on an airplane first thing tomorrow morning, hope the weather doesn’t delay me.

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