Well, something changed this weekend. I awoke to temperatures in the high forties (Fahrenheit) which made the remaining pepper, eggplant, and tomato plants in WLF very sad. These plants like the warm weather. This morning even finds me under covers and having the ITP Estate’s kick on in order to keep the internal temperature above 66°F.

Note to self: why have you not scheduled HVAC maintenance yet?

Oh and it turns out that Owlie may hav actually tried to attack me on Friday. Apparently owls are territorial, and I have been shown of an account of a runner in Piedmont Park getting attacked by an owl a few days ago.

The weather had not turned chilly yet for the PrideLake romp around midtown. We started the hash at the Publix in Ansley Mall, wandered down to 10th and Piedmont, before heading back through the park, ending at what is now Guac y Margo. After wolfing down way too much food on Saturday night I crashed hard in the futon.

The weather yesterday was cool, but sunny. The Wheelhopper “poker run” hash was okay, but a little hard to find at spots. I drank enough beer to counteract any exercise I did, and then finished my night off eating delish food at Bonnie’s; she did an UberEats order from Gu’s Dumplings.

Today I have to start thinking about getting WLF ready for winter. I may have to wear a helmet when I go out there. 😂 I need to check on some seedlings that were duct through by goddamn squirrels (I think). I will wait for the weather to warm up a bit as I am not looking forward to battling the cold, nor Owlie.

Tonight I may go out to the Moonlight hash, but my appearance will be dictated by the temperatures as well as my mood this afternoon.

One thing that didn’t change this weekend was my fortune as a sports fan. The only reason all of my favorite teams didn’t lose this past weekend is because the NY Jets were on a bye week. I stand corrected, the Atlanta United managed to win on Saturday night.

Hope that you had a happy and healthy weekend.

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14 Responses to 2021-10-18

  1. Jesus Christ, Halloween is still two weeks away and I just got served a “Walmart Black Friday Deals” ad on YouTube. 🤦🏻‍♂️

  2. Bonnie says:

    Yeah, I guess fall is here! Fun weekend indeed. I may have fallen off my bike before the first mark, then also again in circle (but no bike in sight) when I was trying to show the bottom of my cycling shoe. 🤣 Also, I may need to dry out the next few days LOL.

  3. ITP Lurker says:

    I led a group of four to the end of the PATH trail in Lithonia by way of Arabia Mountain, we accomplished a metric century. Perfect weather. I changed the tube on my racing bike on Saturday and the new tube was flat by Sunday morning. All was well for a test ride on the Beltline, which was a total shitshow, but I treat it like a puzzle when it’s that way. So I think I have a rim issue that’s causing my flats. I’ll take it to Loose Nuts tomorrow and get an opinion.

    I did some urban farming on Saturday. My kids’ school maintains a farm that donates food to a food pantry in Thomasville Heights, a homeless shelter, and a program for women just released from prison. My son and I harvested sweet potatoes for 2 hours. I got a bag of “seconds”, meaning damaged or wonky looking for my efforts. I’m sure they’ll taste great.

    • Barb says:

      You got way more miles than us Sunday, we rode I think around 15 on the Wheelhopper.
      Allan & I rode the tandem, we hadn’t ridden it in a few years, had a flat tire (luckily easy enough to fix) & it wasn’t shifting well. Allan has his project for today. Not having all the gears when climbing the hills of Atlanta with a heavy tandem meant we walked a couple hills.

      • ITP Lurker says:

        Michele caught a flat a couple miles into our ride. She had that thing changed in about 3 minutes. It was impressive. She runs triathlons, and has clearly changed her share of tires over the years.

        I didn’t have all of my gears either, which made the hilly route not as much fun as it could have been, but I still had a great time. Sure made me appreciate having gears.

        Also I had a close call coming down a hill on a 4 lane highway where I needed to get 2 lanes over to turn left. I hit a pothole that I didn’t know was there and only had one hand on my handlebars at the time because I was signaling my turn and looking to see if I could move over. Fortunately I kept my wits about me through it. Michael who rode with us said he broke his clavicle once in a similar instance. There’s only 3/4 of a mile required on that highway now due to the recent extension of the South River Trail.

        • Barb says:

          Allan has changed 1000s of tires in his career, but if I had to do it, I’d still be sitting there near the Westside Quarry park. It’s hard enough to ride a tandem, but not having all the gears made it challenging. That’s what we get for not riding it for a few years.

          • ITP Lurker says:

            Yeah, I think I’m still in single digit territory on changing tires, but I at least have the process down.

            It’s frustrating how bikes slide into disrepair just because we’re not riding them. 😂😂😂

  4. WordPress is not emailing me comments again, so it’s not just the nap for which I just awoke that’s making my replies slow.

  5. A short time in WLF today before making lunch consisting mostly of veggies from the farm. Woot! As predicted the pepper plants are starting to die due to the colder temperatures.

  6. Now watching Apple’s event.

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