Yesterday marked the one year of non-hashing for me? My how time flies when you are avoiding people.

In a somewhat ironic coincidence on Saturday I went to a pizza microbrewery near where my final Black Sheep started. The experience at the brewery was comically bad with us finally canceling our pizza orders when we discovered that not only had our orders been ignored, but the pizza place had no dough ready so they couldn’t even make them. And did they apologize for this behavior? Nope. We left and went to Harry’s on Powers Ferry and had wonderfully cheap beer with delicious pizza.

I made it up to Sandy Springs yesterday morning to attend Public Enema’s annual Cheesy Tour de France party. Not only was the crowd different from what I remembered from the olden days, I was the youngest person in attendance. Wait, what?

Before heading to Sandy Springs I was standing on my deck overlooking WLF when I saw a rat wandering about out there. Over the years I’ve seen a rat or two, so it’s not like I didn’t know that they aren’t around, but this one looked rather healthy and I didn’t like seeing it after daybreak. Today I will spend some more time out in WLF cleaning up, making it less inviting for the critters to wander about safely. Predatory birds, where are you?!?!?

More drama in Florida. I’m hoping that I can follow my initial plan to head down on Thursday, and not have to leave before then.

Happy birthday to ITP-Reader Barb. I’ll catch up with you again on Saturday. 🙂

I solved today’s Wordle in five attempts; my starter today was DISCO. (I had to change my starter today because the one I was scheduled to use is too close to yesterday’s solution)

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53 Responses to 2023-07-17

  1. Oh yeah, the grass seed spreader was claimed by Saturday morning. Woot.

  2. Was going to work in WLF just now when I heard the telltale call of a hawk. Upon looking up I saw one sitting on a branch way up high on a neighbor’s tree. I wouldn’t want to deprive the nice bird of an opportunity to hunt for breakfast, would I?

    I’m taking this an opportunity to hunt for items in my house that I can discard.

  3. steve says:

    Wordle in 4 and could have been 3!

    A good weekend with a broken wife. We finally were released from Piedmont Fayette ER about 2, with more meds! Good people from the hunt keep bringing us food! Lettuce wraps, Coc au Vaun (sp) and roasted veggies, chicken salad and a fruit bowl, tonight is chicken enchilada’s.

    Tried to do the gravel ride Saturday morning. Was going well before a flat at about 15 miles. first tube leaked, second tube leaked, a borrowed tube from another rider and I was good to go. I had to finally ask the entire group to keep going as I was already feeling puny and was going to ride back to the start.

    Sorry I missed the gathering yesterday. I didn’t want to be away from Debbie for a good 4 hours, so I watched from here. Good stage!


  4. Barb says:

    ok- my brain isn’t working this morning – what’s Saturday?
    What brewery were you at – Porter? We had a horrible experience there a while back, & I didn’t like the beer choices they offered either. We won’t be back.

    Hated to miss the Cheesy Tour de France party again.

    Good weekend up in SC at Lake Keowee. very relaxing, drank a little more than usual. Our friends got a new pontoon boat (much bigger & more comfortable for tooling around the lake) so we went out for a ride. Then hooked up a blow up couch looking thing (Super Mabel is the name on it) from the neighbor to the back & got pulled around on it – that was very fun. Always see kids out on those things, but rarely adults.

  5. Jenka says:

    Greetings from my office! The last of my planned vacations is over and now it is nose to the grindstone.

    Happy birthday, Barb!

  6. steve says:

    Yes, a very happy birthday, Barb!

    The pics from the lake looked like great fun.

  7. David says:

    Happy birthday, Barb!

    I’m back in Atlanta for a minute, next week I’ll be in Indianapolis/Chicago.

    Delta unfortunately came through with an uneventful direct flight back from Colorado Springs, landing early, even, so no extra time was had there. The conference was very productive for me, I have finally found my people with regard to a receptive audience of accounting professors.

    Friday night my daughter and I went to the Olympic and Paralympic Museum as part of the conference. I’m not really into watching other people exercise, so a lot of it was lost on me, but the museum did have some interesting uses of technology, including a giant LED wall that presented images in such sharp colors that at first I was wondering how they did it. They had a hologram device showing different medals that was a bit spooky to see because the floating medals looked so realistic.

    Food and drinks were on offer after our tour, and I had 3 Compass IPAs from Bristol Brewing, so I managed to drink local. The city buses in Colorado Springs are free this summer in an effort to reduce pollution. Given that my daughter had figured out the bus system the previous day, we took the bus to Manitou Springs and walked around. They have actual mineral springs that you can drink out of. We partook from two, it was interesting.

    I was not a happy camper when I got back to Atlanta and got up to the MARTA station when the humidity hit me like a ton of bricks. There was no humidity in Belize or Colorado Springs. I am ready to decamp permanently to either location.

    I did absolutely nothing yesterday other than binge the first half season of the Lincoln Lawyer. Netflix did me a solid by breaking the season into 2 parts, I really didn’t need to watch that much TV all in one day. The second part drops on August 3.

    Alright, back to the salt mine. I need to extract the presentation that I’m making in Indianapolis next week out of my head and into a format that others can see, finish the book I’m writing, and get the outline put together for the next book I’ll be writing. I didn’t plan on writing two books this year, and they will overlap a little, but not nearly in as extreme a manner as they did last year.

    • Jenka says:

      Delta must have heard your wish and decided it should go to me instead, because my return flight on Saturday was delayed 8 hours because the plane was struck by lightning. It was miserable with all the stranded people sitting everywhere on the floor. I didn’t get home until 12:30 am.

      • David says:

        Oh no! That sounds dreadful. I am truly grateful when flights actually go as planned, because I know it’s such a crap shoot, particularly in the summer time.

    • steve says:

      I guess your first 2 stops on your tour of North America make up for the third? Though I’ve never been to Indianapolis, I don’t suspect it’s up to either Belize or COS.

      • David says:

        You are absolutely right, Steve, Indianapolis itself is is no prize, which is why I only go there when I’m paid to do so. 😉 My brother is driving down from West Lafayette, IN and taking us to Chicago for a night. My daughter is tagging along on that trip as well. We’re on the last flight back Friday night because we have a bar mitzvah to attend Saturday morning. But, I’ll take a day and a half in Chicago any time. Somehow things have aligned where I’ve been to Chicago three years in a row. I like it! Delta offered first class for an additional $80 on the return flight, so yes please. It will be both good and bad for Rachel to experience first class. 😉

        I did space out and leave my dry bag under my seat on the Colorado Springs flight. I’ve reported it to Delta’s lost and found. I have no expectations on getting it back. I’ve never left anything on a plane before, so there’s a first time for everything.

        Also, not to be pedantic, but Belize is in Central America (as opposed to North America). 🙂 Nonetheless, it’s a hell of a tour that I am extremely grateful to be on.

  8. Barb says:

    thanks for all the birthday wishes –

    we watched the Lincoln Lawyer too -I really like the actor that plays Mickey.

    • steve says:

      It’s on our list, as we really liked the first season. Debbie is binging all the things I DON’T want to watch!

    • David says:

      I like that actor too. I rarely binge anything, but I’ve read Michael Connelly’s books for years, and David E. Kelley (LA Law, and million other shows) is overseeing the show, so it meets my extremely narrow window of being bingeable.

      My kids and I are slowly watching Silo on Apple TV. We like it.

      • Barb says:

        I was just told about Silo – might have to check it out.

        I like that your daughter will tag along for your trips – most teenagers wouldn’t want to, (or their parents wouldn’t want them to)

        And – we should have a July birthday meet up????

        • I’m down for a birthday meetup. I guess David’s schedule will dictate, though I will be out of town this Thursday through next Monday.

        • David says:

          I didn’t think about it from that angle, but yes, it is a blessing that my 15 year old likes to go on business trips with her dad. We had a blast in Colorado Springs and wished that we had more time. My son could have gone on these trips but has opted not to because he and sister tend to be at each others throats on trips.

          And yes, let’s do a July birthday meet-up, that would be fun! How does Monday, July 31 look?

  9. Bob says:

    I needed to go to Harbor Freight in Sandy Springs yesterday so I channeled my inner Paulie and stopped at Pontoon brewing on the way home. Little did I know but it was a Brunch and Baddies event with a full drag show. I didn’t partake in the drag show but the stop worked out great as they had a food truck. So had a burger and a beer and watched the end of the men’s singles Wimbledon match sitting in the shade outside. They went 5 sets and played for 5 hours, great to watch.

    • steve says:

      You didn’t know it was a drag brunch? C’mon Bob, we’re an inclusive group!!

    • Jenka says:

      I mean, I’ve seen Bob wearing a flouncy dress before, so I should think he’d be totally okay with a drag show! 🙂

  10. David says:

    OH YEAH, WORDLE IN 2. The blind squirrel finally got fed!

    • Barb says:

      Worldle in 4 – I’m not as good of a guesser as you

      Bummer about the bag on the plane – you just never know, was your name on it?

      Is Bennie old enough for a bar mitzvah already?
      (and -we just finished Mrs Maisel – the last season was very differnt)

      • I may have given up on Mrs Maisel? Maybe some day I will return.

        • Barb says:

          we just never finished watching – & thought – the 5th season was the final season, so let’s see how they end it. (though, I think they could have done maybe another 1 season, maybe, the kids grown up would have been interesting)

      • David says:

        Yes, it’s Bennie’s turn in the bar mitzvah barrel. My name wasn’t on my bag, but I described the color and where I left it, so who knows.

        I flamed out on Mrs. Maisel, the last season was too much of a departure for me.

    • steve says:


    • Quite the pull as even when I considered that word for my third guess I couldn’t pull the trigger.

      • David says:

        My starting word matched the first two letters and I had a partial match on the final letter, which made it be like shooting fish in a barrel. It was redemption for Sunday, where I had 3 letters in 2 but still needed 5 tries to close it out.

    • Jenka says:

      Well done!

  11. In from WLF. Sadly I don’t think the hawk consumed any a rats this morning.

    I pulled a lot of plans and weeds, trying to open the back up to make it less of a safe haven for rodents. I also another yellow squash, perhaps my final two cucumbers of the season, a handful of green beans, and a few small green tomatoes that were on the plants I pulled.

  12. For a person who wondered if he’d get any tomatoes, I have eaten an enormous number of tomato sandwiches.

    • Barb says:

      thanks for the tomato comment – I think I will go see if any of mine are turning red outside

      • I forgot to mention that as I have been walking I’ve noticed many houses with red tomatoes on the vine. The rodents have not let one tomato in my garden last nearly that long. I’m confused.

        • Barb says:

          I always want to pick some tomatoes when I see red ones when I’m out walking, especially when there is more than a couple.

  13. David says:

    I bought 3 lottery tickets since the Powerball drawing is up to $900 million. I do have standards, I only buy tickets when there’s like serious money involved. 😉 I buy my tickets online at the Georgia Lottery web site, so that I don’t have to navigate some janky convenience store line.

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