Today marks the nineteenth consecutive birthday on which I have not had the one thing I really want, a partner I love with whom I could celebrate the day.

If not for my joy of walking on Saturday mornings with Betsy and Bella I’d probably have fled Atlanta today for a long weekend away.

I wanted to make my return to Red’s Beer Garden last night, but didn’t want to be the guy that shows up thirty minutes before closing time. Today? Perhaps. Or Saturday on bike? Perhaps. I kinda want to go alone since I know it will be a melancholy visit.

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was FREAK

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38 Responses to 2022-07-22

  1. NYT Mini Crossword in 61 seconds. Bad guess cost me time correcting.

    Heardle fail.

  2. Well, my desire to wake early and go out for a morning bike ride on my birthday has fizzled out. I may get dressed and putter around WLF this morning instead. But first, coffee and breakfast.

  3. David says:

    Happy birthday! Once you find what you’re looking for all of the intervening years won’t matter any more. Stay the course, you’ll get there.

    I’m on the road to Chicago, headed first to http://annsather.com/ for some Swedish breakfast. It is so good we’ll probably eat there twice. Same for pizza from https://www.ginoseast.com/. There might be Italian roast beef on the horizon from https://www.alsbeef.com/ too.

    My daughter wanted to see a show so we’re seeing The Devil Wears Prada musical tonight. Fireworks cruise in a tall ship on Lake Michigan tomorrow night. Lots of blank space to fill in between now and Sunday.

    Wordle in 4 starting with RIVEN. I didn’t want to burn two Rs on RIVER in honor of spending quality time along the Chicago River. We might do the architecture boat tour again.

    NYT Mini in 32 seconds, Heardle fail.

    • It’s been too many years (17?) since I have visited Chicago.

    • Jenka says:

      I had been to Chicago a couple of times but I did the architecture boat tour last time I was there (geez, that was 2018!) and it remains one of my very favorite things there.

    • Barb says:

      I lived in the Chicago suburbs in 88 & 89 – going downtown was always an adventure. My roommate had a boyfriend that lived in one of the Chicago Towers, he traveled for work, so we “had” to go water a plant occasionally – good excuse to party in the city.
      Fireworks cruise on a tall ship sounds like a great time. (as does all the food). I need to get back to Chicago, haven’t been there since before I got married)

      • David says:

        Oh darn, *having* to go water a plant, how onerous. 😉 I was born in the burbs of Chicago so I’ve always had an affinity for it.

        Ann Sather did not/could not disappoint. Now to start walking it off and making room for pizza later.

  4. Sal says:

    Happy Birthday Wee! Come to Wheelhopper on Sunday! Your friends will be there! 🙂 I’m still dog sitting the big lovable chocolate lab Hershey who thinks she is a lap dog!

  5. Bob says:

    Happy birthday Paulie!

  6. Sal says:

    Wordle in 4 after my first two words had no viable letters! :).

  7. Steve says:

    A very happy birthday, my friend. I would offer to ride with you, but my weekend is pretty booked.

    I was surrounded by rain and lots of lightning at times yesterday, so no ride for mr after I pulled the plug on work.

    Meeting an old HS friend for lunch. She now lives in Australia so doesn’t come around much. Imagine…

    Worlds in 5 but should have been 4


  8. Jenka says:

    Happy, happy birthday, Paulie! May this year bring you joy and happiness!

    Yesterday’s Wordle in 5 starting with LEAST. I need to start doing it earlier in the day when my brain is more fresher.

  9. Waited until after you ate breakfast to post the (partially) naked truth.

    684 Months Old

    I wanted to do a very dramatic self portrait today, but it’s been far too long since I have done any serious photography and couldn’t get my shit together.

  10. Barb says:

    Happy birthday Paulie! YOu are as old as me again.
    I hope you will be meeting us for lunch????
    1pm, the Corn House – anyone else that wants to venture to Marietta – you are invited too.

  11. So glad my Irish grandparents aren’t around to see my pathetic attempt at growing potatoes. I really thought that I nailed it this year. I thought this year is have so much harvested that I could share, I barely have enough to feed myself. Poop!

  12. Barb says:

    hey Paulie – I was just “that guy” at Publix. I wanted an avocado, I”m in the mood for some avocado toast. They were on sale for $1.49 – so I grabbed 2. They rang up 2 for $4. Asked the attendant (at self check) and she went back & checked – I was right, sign was wrong! (I mean, I was buying 1 item, I knew I was right). So, I paid for 1, got 1 free since it rang up wrong, saved me $2.50. Worth waiting for her to walk way across the store.

  13. Steve says:

    The pic in the hat is too much.

    Heaaring aids in…kinda weird but i guess ill get used to them.

    • Too much as in funny, or disturbing? Either way I consider it to be a successful photo. 🙂

      • Steve says:


        Back to let the dogs out before heading back to the airport to pick up HRH. I guess if I planned better, I could have had the farm sitter stop by and free the hounds.

        The meetup with old HS friends was fun. Margarette said she’s now lived in AUS 30 years. Where does the time go? Her daughter is lovely and hoping to make a living as an actor. She already has accents to her credit- Southern and Aus.

  14. Debbie says:

    Happy Birthday Paul! I hope you find something to have joy in today.

    Wordle in 3 starting with AISLE.

    Headed home from Washington this morning. I’ll miss the cool temps, but looking forward to seeing Steve and my own bed.

  15. Thanks to Barb, Steve, Kristina, and Joe for having a birthday lunch today. Those of us who could went to Schoolhouse for some beer. I am not at Steady Hand on my way home. I am trying to decide what dinner will be tonight.

    I’ll be honest, my mood is sinking quickly now as I lament the state of my life. I’m going to check out until Monday. Hope you have a great weekend.

  16. Jenka says:

    Today’s Wordle in 3 starting with AISLE. I only had the first letter after two tries and the third was a lucky guess based on the letters already greyed out!

    I went to the office this morning and then took what amounted to a long lunch break (1.5 hours) and we drove up to our cabin in Ellijay. Worked the rest of the afternoon up here. It’s hot up here, tooooooo!

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