Whoops, forgot to post this! Good morning from Buc-ee’s!

Last night my eyes were bigger than my stomach as I inhaled food from Pollo Primo at Betsy’s. Starting today I will attempt to correct my poor eating habits, with the possible exception of my birthday on Saturday.

I’m road-tripping today, so the likelihood that I will respond in a timely manner is low.

I solved today’s Wordle in five attempts; my starter today was NYLON.

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38 Responses to 2023-07-20

  1. David says:

    Excruciating Wordle today, I had three letters in the right position in 1 today, 4 letters in the right positions in 2, but it still took 4 tries to get out of my misery.

    As of today I have a 14 year old and a 15 year old. My kids are 21 months apart, so for 3 months of the year they’re a year apart.

    Safe travels, Paulie, and good luck with your mother.

  2. Barb says:

    David – that’s my older brother & me – 22 months apart – I’m 1 year behind him for 2 months – he gets to be 60 in September!

    BTW – 7/31 meet-up – I think happy hour &/or dinner will work best for me- but I could swing lunch of need be. You & Paulie need to pick a spot – we can come into town.

    • David says:

      That’s great! Have y’all stayed close over the years? It has been a big help to have my kids be so close in age, but I know adulthood can be a crapshoot.

      Biggerstaff Brewing comes to mind as a dinner destination, unless Paulie has something in mind. I’ll keep thinking on it as well.

      • Barb says:

        there are 5 of us, all with in about 8 years. (good Catholics 😉

        We all were never all that close after we left the house (I mean, we had to write letters or spend money calling each other!)
        But with texting & aging parents, we have gotten a lot closer over the past 10 years.

      • Biggerstaff works for me

  3. steve says:

    Wordle in 5. I had 2 in the right place in 2, 3 in 3, 4 in 4 and 5 in 5.

    I was pleased that Home Depot had a replacement breaker and I was in and out in 10 minutes- after finding someone to unlock the cages! Electric breakers are a hot commodity? Who knew? after putting in the new breaker and trying to figure out what cables I actually needed at the switch, I reconnected the fan and was done. I have no idea what the third cable is- I capped it off and told Debbie if she finds something that isn’t working to let me know.

    The Tour incident yesterday with the car and moto blocking the course got Tommy Vokler and his driver booted from today’s stage and a 500SF fine. CVDV explained it was a bad situation all around with the Shimano car needing a push from the fans to get moving again after getting stopped and not having enough traction to move forward- that’s steep.

    A visit from Debbie’s family yesterday was nice. They brought lunch from Fresh Air BBQ in Williamson. A great lunch stop when I’m out on the scooter.

    Safe travels. Word to your mother.


  4. David says:

    I’ll be the owner of a new garage door opener as of today. Apparently 19 years is the lifespan. It’s still functional, but given that it won’t recognize the keypad outside of my garage any more, the end is near because the circuit board is decaying, so I’m putting it out of its misery.

    • steve says:

      (playing Taps)

      The mancave has 3 garage doors, only one with a motor. It gets a little janky sometimes and I douse it with spray lube and it’s happy again. One day I’ll upgrade it, but the door itself seems to be in decent shape.

    • Bob says:

      I switched from a chain drive opener that would shake the house when used to a belt drive. Later upgraded from the old wooden doors to composite doors and now the garage doors are almost silent. Money well spent IMHO.

      • David says:

        My garage is detached, plus it’s pretty quiet. Definitely money well spent in your case though. Apparently wooden doors are really heavy.

      • Barb says:

        we have a huge double car wide garage door, that is 9 feet high – it is I’ll say aluminum? (or something like that).
        And – we have a friend that has a garage door company – so when we had a spring break (& DAMN, that noise will scare the crap out of you) – Jon had one on hand to fix it quick.
        We’ve replaced the outside keypad – its finicky (TJ says it doesn’t always work, we told him its to keep them out)- but it works.

    • Jenka says:

      You have a GARAGE?! So fancy!

      • David says:

        LOL. I share my driveway with my neighbors though, so I’m not THAT fancy. 😉 I do greatly appreciate having off-street parking during the summer time when the park is nutty. The rest of year I park on the street so that I can make a faster get away. My driveway is narrow and has granite walls on both sides, so there’s no rolling down that thing fast.

        • Barb says:

          has your daughter driven up & down that driveway with walls? Those sort of driveways scare me. I don’t want to scratch up my mirrors.

          • David says:

            She can drive up it just fine. We’re still working on going back down the driveway gracefully. She’s hit the side of the garage once, but in slow motion, so no real harm done. It’s all part of the process. I will say that she can parallel park like a champ!

        • Jenka says:

          My house in Ormewood Park had a very narrow driveway with granite walls, too. That was anxiety-producing. Luckily I had a small car.

  5. Jenka says:

    My brother and I are one year apart for 6 weeks in the summer. We’re currently 48 and 49 but he turns the big 5-0 next Wednesday.

    We went to Wisteria for dinner last night. It was nice.

    • David says:

      I haven’t been to Wisteria but the menu sure looks appealing. I just looked at the menu for https://www.southernational.com/ that recently opened in Summerhill. They had me at Lamb Burger Helper. Yes, please.

      • Jenka says:

        I’ve never been to any of the new places in Summerhill. It’s irritating that that area got built up after I left OP. I used to run up Georgia Avenue at least once a week, take a lap around the stadium and come back again and it was urban blight at its finest. But NOW it has all the cool places!

        • David says:

          It was such a fucking wasteland. Here’s a quick rundown of the places I’ve been:

          • Maepole is fun and cheap casual food from a place that started in Athens.

          • Woods Chapel has some serious barbeque.

          • Junior’s Pizza is owned by an ex-Fellini’s employee, so there’s a Fellini’s vibe but Fellini’s has nothing to worry about.

          • Big Softie is really good for soft-serve.

          • Little Tart is great apart from onlying sell beverages in 12 ounce cups, which pissses me off. I wil gladly pay more for a real fucking cup of coffee.

          • I halfway liked Halfway Crooks Brewery the one time I went there.

          • I haven’t been to Little Bear or D Boca N Boca (a Mexican place).

          • I keep forgetting about How Crispy Express that is supposed to have good chicken sandwiches.

          • I do like Hot Dog Pete’s when the urge strikes.

          • Hero Donuts is fine, but it’s no where near Sublime Donuts, which is my go to.

          • Unfortunately the brand new Publix is either immediate decline or is just still in beta mode, based upon my visit this week.

          So Barb and Paulie (and anyone else that wants to join in), maybe we should meet up in Summerhill?

          • Jenka says:

            I should say that I have ordered Woods Chapel through Doordash many times and it’s actually my favorite BBQ in Atlanta. I’ve just never BEEN there. I’m not going all the fuck way down to Summerhill.

          • Barb says:

            that’s a whole lot of places down there now – wow.
            Doesn’t matter where we meet – but parking not being a total bitch would be nice.

          • David says:

            Parking is easy. There’s a little lot behind Maepole and a big lot across from Hot Dog Pete’s. Maybe we start at Halfway Crooks and then figure it out from there?

  6. Barb says:

    and David – Mini in 52 seconds -its been a while since I’ve broken the 1 minute mark.

  7. Quick stop at a rest area in north Florida. Will catch up again at the mandatory brewery visit before making it to my mother’s. 😀

  8. Jenka says:

    Breaking news: the proposal to annex Brookhaven (AKA that area on N. Druid Hills Road around Toco Hill that is totally NOT Brookhaven, but whatever) has been withdrawn.

  9. Hi from Dunedin, FL

    You’ve been a busy lot today, I will try to catch up.

    • steve says:

      And don’t waste your time watching todays TdF stage. The break of 4 stayed away- by 50 meters. Had been out for 170km. You’re welcome.

      • Not sure mom’s cable, if I can get it working (looooong story) has the necessary channel to watch. After yesterday’s stage it’s a moot point.

        • steve says:

          Unless something awful happens, Vin does have this well in hand. I think the spotty jersey is also a wrap. Green may still be in play.

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