I did a lot of administrative work this trip, all absolutely necessary of course, if not a bit frustrating as well.

On Saturday I mounted my bike and headed out for a great forty mile ride, putting myself deep into the pain cave for the final five. This part of Florida is nearly pancake flat, my GPS recording a massive 125 foot elevation change over those forty miles. 🙂

On the days I didn’t ride I managed to get out for a 3-4 mile walk at daybreak.

Played bingo with my mother yesterday. I miss the days when she knew the order of the games played. However, we split $135 in winnings ($65 profit), so that was good.

It’s going to be a long day of driving today. My intense exercise and diet plan begins tomorrow. I want to be comfortably under 190 pounds again by BRAG STU in April.

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

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27 Responses to 2023-02-27

  1. steve says:

    Wordle in 3! I have no idea how…

    While Saturday’s ride wasn’t a complete wash out, it was shorter than planned because of the weather. After several good rain showers and 16 miles of the course, I found Trish (Mount Me) at an intersection planning her return to the start. Along with another rider, we rode 10 paved miles back to the start. At one point we rode past some chicken houses and cows that were not in their pasture. They had pushed the gate open and were standing in the gravel lot. When I started making noise, most retreated into the pasture. I finally got all but one in and closed the gate. That one was done with her sisters, far from the road and I was satisfied.

    Back at the start finish, the next issue was getting the cars unstuck from the lot. I knew I would likely need a tow, but after several attempts, was able to free myself with some clever strategies. The car got a good bath yesterday, as did the bike.


    • David says:

      Having recently helped a stranger get her car unstuck from the mud, I have some appreciation for your clever strategies. Nice work!

      Oh, and good on you to do some cowboy work as well. Never a dull moment for you. 🙂

    • Barb says:

      sounds like a hell of a day Steve.

      • steve says:

        At some point, you just say to yourself “this isn’t fun anymore”. And I’m not too proud to say the 2 sections of hike a bike weren’t an issue. I don’t have low enough gears on that bike to do 25% grades in the wet conditions.

        The cows were a treat.

  2. David says:

    Kudos on the bingo winnings. It was a pretty uneventful weekend because I had to spend much of it working on creating a new spreadsheet assignment for college students. I am thankfully over the tipping point and the rest will be easy. It’s always brutal working my way up to the tipping point.

    I’m glad I went to the Bill Callahan show. This was the first time I’ve been to either incarnation of the Masquerade. I had a spot on the rail the entire show, and stood about 10 feet from Bill during his set. The opening act had a crappy sound team, the drum was mic’d WAY too loud, and the drummer was particularly exuberant. The guitarist was exuberant, too. He had long hair, but wore glasses, which you don’t see on rock guitarists. He was absolutely giddy to be on the stage. Clearly he is living his best life. His guitar was mic’d way too low, so it was almost comical to watch him because it was almost like he was doing over the top air guitar. Anyway, Bill put on a great show. It was definitely easy to get in and out of the Masquerade. Underground Atlanta is still as creepy and soulless as it ever was.

    • Barb says:

      I do think I want to go down & see how creepy Underground is these days – Allan has been there for work reasons, but I haven’t been there in I’m guessing 15 yesrs?

      • David says:

        I have a vague recollection of taking my kids once to the Johnny Rockets that was there, but they would have been little, so it’s been at least a decade or more since I’ve been there.

    • steve says:

      This was at Underground? I thought that was completely shut down? Maybe I’ve been in Midtown too long. Once upon a time, I’d go there for lunch, but even then it was a little creepy.

      • David says:

        A developer bought Underground from the city, sat on it for a few years and did nothing. A new developer bought it from them and supposedly has a plan, but it’s still the same old shit hole to me.

  3. Barb says:

    We went to a restaurant in Roswell Friday night called Casa Robles – they have some good Spanish tapas dishes that we had in Barcelona – and their HH prices are good until 7pm – so the bill was much more reasonable.
    Decided to sleep in the camper – to convince myself we really do need a better mattress.

    We went & bought a mattress Saturday (bet you didn’t see that coming). Too many options out there on the internet for bed in a box, so we went to Mattress Firm & bought one that we could lie on & was in stock.

    Yesterday I went on a hike with a friend & the Georgia Outdoor Shenanigans group at Kennesaw Mtn. We had 11-12 people, they were all nice enough & fun to talk to. Did the Kolb Farm Loop (5.5 miles) but 1 woman didn’t know how to work her GPS, so she was lost & late, so we all decided to start then went back to meet up with her when she finally called her friend to say she had arrived. We then finished the loop – we ended up with 7.5 miles. It was a gorgeous day to be outside. I’m a little sore today (haven’t done that many foot miles in a while), but my knee did great, I managed to not tweak it again.

    • David says:

      Barb, thank you for the Georgia Outdoor Shenanigans shoutout. I signed up for the group. This is exactly the kind of stuff that I want to be doing.

      • Barb says:

        Someone started this “introduce yourself” thing that makes it seem like a dating site. (I skipped all that crap). It isn’t a dating group, but hey, if you meet someone, more power to you.

        But – the couple hikes I’ve gone on were just some folks that wanted to do something, but not alone. We had married, divorced & single people with us. My friend has gone to all these parties, not sure I care about that stuff, but she had a long time boyfriend that went away during Covid, so she is trying to make new friends.

        • David says:

          I’m not interested in dating right now. I am interested in being outdoors and making new friends. What you described is exactly what I’m looking for.

          My brother just ended a 7 year relationship, and pretty much the day after that ex moved out a new woman moved in that he’s known for 12 years. They were off to the races for a couple of months and got engaged, but then things blew up spectacularly yesterday. I hate it for him, but as I told him, the silver lining is that the new person showed her cards quickly.

  4. David says:

    I discovered this weekend the Chattahoochee Bend State Park (near Newnan) has a monthly hike/kayak event where you hike 5.5 miles and then kayak 3.5 miles back downstream. This is totally my jam, especially the kayaking downstream part. The next event is April 29, and they’re about once a month through October after that. Anyone interested in joining me?

    • Barb says:

      Do they provide the kayaks?
      That could be fun…… Let me look at our calendar – never been to that park.
      & Maybe we could do something crazy & drag the camper down there & camp?

      • steve says:

        Camping in the new camper? Now that’s just crazy talk!

        I’ll be racing all day in Hapeville but that does sound like fun. Keep us in mind next time.

      • David says:

        The event is $30 if you BYOK or $50 if you want to rent a kayak. It’s a great park, I’ve hiked there a couple of times. I’ll send you the Facebook page so that you can see the other dates this year.

    • I found that park in 2019. I think it’s “fine” for hiking, not a whole lot so see.

  5. Bob says:

    STU is still 6 weeks away, you have plenty of time to get in shape. Speaking of, I need to get off my fat ass and get to working too 🙂

    Went to the orthopedist on Friday and I swear he cast a spell on my knee and healed it. Could barely walk on Friday and on Saturday was 90% pain free. Quickest recovery I can ever recall. Although, he did stick a huge needle in my knee to drain fluid than another needle to inject anti-inflammatory medicine but I’m still thinking witchcraft!
    Now got to do some PT and figure out how to not let this happen again……

  6. Quick check in at the first rest area in Georgia, after driving through some accident debris from a fresh accident just south of the state line.

    Will read in detail later.

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