Well, you all must of had a busy Memorial Day since Sal was the only one to drop by and leave a comment yesterday.

I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.
Okay, I’m not even disappointed.

Tonight will be my last ride before BRAG. For the rest of this week I will be taking care of all of the tasks that I need to get done prior to getting out of town at the end of the week.

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

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30 Responses to 2023-05-30

  1. Sally says:

    Everyone probably figured since it was a holiday that you weren’t going to have a post. I had to work til 2 and then rode 42 miles with Tammy. I too, am working on getting things done around here before BRAG. Need to test my creek this morning, laundry, wash my car and GUTS Tuesday night run. Dogs went home last night so dog free the rest of the week.

  2. Bob says:

    Busy weekend, rode 40 miles in the wind on Saturday followed by a home brew party in the hood. Sunday rode 80 miles up in Suches on the moto. Yesterday was breakfast with the in-laws then BRAG prep followed by neighborhood pool party. I was tired last night.

    I think I have all my stuff sorted for BRAG, got to change a tire then do a final ride tonight. Nice little 20 miler with a brewery stop in the middle 🙂
    Logistics have been tough this year but I think we have it all figured out. Can’t wait to get this all kicked off on Saturday!

  3. steve says:

    Wordle in 5 and had to throw something against the wall to make it stick.

    I’m tired! 4 days of racing, ended last night with the team relay- which started a bit late because the blind tandems took a bit longer than expected. I was on the road by 9:15 EDT and was home by 1:15 after a stop to pickup some dinner. Was in the office by 7:15. All in all, the right rider won, we didn’t have to insert ourselves to affect the racing, and the UCI was happy overall (I hope). Worlds in 3 years? We’ll see.

    Shame Gerrant couldn’t pull it off but Primoz is a force. And how about Cav on the final stage. I haven’t watched it yet, but will today.


  4. Barb says:

    I read the blog usually here on my work computer, and didn’t even think to chime in yesterday.
    We walked to Waffle House, Truist for cash & Kroger yesterday morning- I think it was almost a 5 mile walk.

    Busy enough weekend 0ver all – strange timing of things & lack of motivation to load up the bikes meant no bike ride. Maybe Wednesday night.

  5. Barb says:

    Wordle in 4 –
    Mini – not good at all……….

  6. steve says:

    At least it’s a beautiful day for a fire drill!! I had to walk up to the bank anyway to put my check in from the weekend. I know all you kids use the app, but I haven’t gotten a round to downloading the app. And get off my lawn…

  7. David says:

    My weekend away was almost perfect. The blemish was my little Chihuahua mix dog Eddie walking through a gap on the front porch that looked dog-proof, and is dog-proof for dogs larger than him. He ended up going on a 1/4 mile walkabout. The AirTag on his collar kinda/sorta helped. It did show me which direction he went in, but then left me hanging. At one point it looked like he was down near the edge of the lake, down the road and across the street. I asked a girl who was kayaking if she’d seen a dog. She said no, so I moved on. I had looked for Eddie in my car and on foot, and eventually gave up, resigning myself to either my dog was gone or someone would call me. Fortunately someone called me. I headed out to retrieve him and then got stopped by the girls family, who blocked the road. The father tore into me for talking to his 10 year old daughter. Goddamn, she was in a kayak on the water, and I asked an innocent question. Plus she was on the water and had a view of the shoreline that I didn’t due to the woods. I have a daughter and a son, and I completely understand stranger danger. But Christ, let’s cut each other a little slack! In any case, the conversation was starting to devolve so I just shut up and let him have his say. He made a big production about taking a picture of my car tag. Fine dude, go for it. They let me go on my way, and I retrieved my dog. Clearly my Lexus showed I wasn’t in the tribe. It definitely gave me an appreciation for the Curb Your Enthusiasm bit where Larry David shows the benefits of being able to pull a MAGA hat out of one’s pocket.

    Apart from that, Hayesville was extremely peaceful, but I think my first day there was “Shoot ‘Em Up Saturday” because it sounded like a gunfire range all day. Sunday was much more peaceful, I figured it would be quiet until church let out, but it was quiet all day, as was yesterday. The AirBNB I was in was an 1897 farmhouse, and just lovely. There’s an old barn and a babbling brook on the property. I didn’t want to leave yesterday. I definitely made the right call being out of town on Sunday, which would have been my 30th anniversary.

    Speaking of Sunday, I did a goat yoga session for the first time, which was a lot of fun. My mat got peed on twice and pooped on once, which was such a metaphor for life. I cleaned it up each time and moved on. It was a gorgeous day to be outside and the mostly baby goats were a lot of fun to hang with.

    I had my longest Wordle roulette run ever on Saturday. I had a partial match on my first attempt, which gave me a yellow square in the center. On my 2nd through 5th attempts I had the first two squares correct but no other matches. I was finally put out of my misery on my 6th attempt. In the end it was the Wordle version of Icarus, as I clearly looked like I had flown too close to the sun. One of my friends got Saturday’s Wordle in 1 because her go to start word came up in the rotation.

    Today’s Wordle took 6 tries starting with LEAST.

    • Barb says:

      Its always interesting being out “in the country” after living in the city.
      Glad the father just got his yelling done & you got out of there in 1 piece.

      And – glad you found your dog – did you name him after the dog on Frasier so many years ago?

      • David says:

        Thanks, Barb. It definitely felt like a trip through the looking glass.

        Yes, Eddie’s name is in part attributable to the dog on Frasier. We also had a beagle named Kramer long ago that was definitely a Seinfeld reference. My Eddie definitely has much in common with Frasier’s Eddie with regard to being an absolute brat. 🙂

    • steve says:

      So He-Karen’s problem was you spoke to his child? FFS!

      • David says:

        Yes, exactly. I really feel bad for that child, because clearly she is being raised to see danger everywhere. I asked a simple question and stopped. There were other kayakers around. Of course the father morphed it into “I’ve got 10 people that say differently.”

        • Bob says:

          He was obviously looking for an escalation. Scary situation.

          • David says:

            Indeed. I wasn’t going to give it to him. I knew I was on a slippery slope. I let him “win”, which actually meant I won because I got away unscathed. I did wonder if my car would get damaged overnight, but I realized they want me to get the hell off of their turf, and they were smart enough not to delay me.

    • Bob says:

      I hate that for you David, what an asshole. You asked a simple question and moved on, you didn’t try to get the girl to come to shore to talk to you. I would understand if the father asked you a couple questions to gauge your intentions but to go off like that is a good way for a lot of people to get hurt. Glad you were able to keep your cool and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

      • David says:

        Thanks, Bob. It was definitely a tricky situation. He fancied himself judge, jury, and executioner. The fiction in his head was his reality. Which breaks my heart again for his child, because if this is the way he treats strangers, you know he’s got some shit going on at home. One of the things I’ve been sitting with recently is how neatly we project our inward state of mind outward onto everyone around us.

        This Washington Post article about a Christian family that decided to go against the grain and enroll their kids in public school instead of home schooling spoke volumes about that father’s mindset. The article is part horrific, and part hopeful. I definitely had first hand experience with the horrific parts (as the article says, “breaking the child’s will”) at my parents hands: https://wapo.st/43BWdNH

        • Barb says:

          long story – but very interesting

        • steve says:

          While I knew there were people out there who home schooled for religious reasons, I never knew it was so widespread. According to the google, 3 to 4% of kids are homeschooled, but the reasons are varied.

          • David says:

            One of the many things that slayed me in the article was the simple pop culture things the home schooled people are unaware, like Punxsutawney Phil. On one hand, it’s just a silly Groundhog Day thing, but if you’re keeping people in the dark about THAT, what else are they completely unaware of? ‘Murica!

    • Ugh, sometimes I think it would be best if we all wore body cameras so we could tell asshats like that to fuck off and die.

      I keep waiting for my Wordle miracle like your friend’s. I suppose I make it less likely by choosing a different word every day.

      • David says:

        Regarding the body cameras, there’s a Black Mirror episode that does something very similar, and ye gods, it is creepy as fuck. “Play back your tape for where you were yesterday at 2:00 PM”

        Regarding Wordle, I feel like it’s a crap shoot either way. I mean, if you have a list of all of the words that have been used, you could pick an unused word and stick with it, hoping that one day it matches. That feels too regimented for me, I like taking my chances. Of course, I have gotten a Wordle in 1, and I’m not expecting lightning to ever strike twice.

        • steve says:

          My only aces were because of FB clues a friend posted. I don’t read the posts before the Wordle anymore.

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