I had a good, hard night of riding last night followed by the typical ruining of exercise with beer, peanuts, and dinner when I arrived home. My riding is suffering from the heat, poor air quality, and reacquired fat that comprises my waistline.

Today I am taking (or have taken depending on when you read the) the M6 in for some routine maintenance. The car has reached the mileage, 105k, where anything can happen, so I hope that all I am required to spend today is for an oil change, and at worst new brake pads.

I considered going for a hike after the car is done, but I’m not feeling up to it and I have a long list of chores that need to be done at the ITP Estate.

I solved today’s Wordle in three attempts; my starter today was SAUCE.

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38 Responses to 2023-07-26

  1. As a person who is trying to eat less meat I find it interesting and frustrating that QT offers no vegetarian options in their premade breakfast sandwich selection. Even the breakfast pizza contains sausage.

    I would have stopped for an egg and cheese biscuit at Martin’s but there were at least eight cars ahead of me in their drive thru, their lobby looked closed, and I was too impatient to wait.

  2. I just saw that the Braves pulled off their first triple play last night against the Red Sox, who were wearing confusing Gorton’s Seafood yellow and blue uniforms.

    • Jenka says:

      Those are the Boston Strong uniforms with the colors of the Boston Athletic Association to commemorate those who died during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. They wear them occasionally like other teams wear their Sunday jerseys.

      Braves might’ve gotten a triple play but we still beat the pants off them!

  3. David says:

    Wordle in 3 starting with SMILE. Greetings from the air, headed to Indianapolis. I learned the hard way today that my daughter aged out of automatic TSA PreCheck status at age 12. It’s taken me a couple years to figure that out thanks to COVID. We had to go through the gen pop security line today, which was hideous. I’ll get her set up for a PreCheck account when we return. Kids can get PreCheck status on specific flights if a parent is on the same reservation, but in this case I booked the flights separately because it wasn’t clear she was joining in. Another lesson learned.

    • I learned today why US travelers will need a visa to visit the EU starting next year, so I will have to get one (at least it’s only $8) before my trip next year.

    • Barb says:

      I always wondered if kids had their own precheck # – or if they are just along with the parents. Now I know.
      When we flew in March – the Gen Pop line was faster than the Precheck line – as Annette & Mark don’t have Precheck. They beat us to the gate. I’m just happy to not have to take off my shoes.

  4. steve says:

    Wordle in 3 and should have been the deuce, as I had 3 letters in the correct location with my starter!

    TSA and the general population is never any fun. And lately, the Pre line has been pretty busy. I’m just schlepping my laptop to Newark on Friday, so hopefully I shouldn’t have any trouble.

    I made spaghetti last night with a base sauce of Paul Newman’s, then added some Italian sausage and olives and let it simmer while I cut the grass. It came out pretty well, I thought.

    I need to exercise tonight but it’s a bit warm. Maybe the trainer…

    US ladies footie tonight!


    • The other day Betsy suggested going to Midway tonight to watch the match. Who am I to say no, especially all I have to do in the morning is go to CHaRM.

    • David says:

      PreCheck was 5 minutes this morning versus 45 minutes of chutes and ladders. When we flew to Colorado Springs we apparently caught a break because she didn’t have PreCheck and there was literally 1 person in line ahead of us. Clearly I had to catch the other side of the pendulum today.

  5. I haven’t flown since 2018 (2019?) so I am sure that I will have to relearn the process next year.

  6. Barb says:

    RAGBRAI’s biggest crowd ever day is supposed to be today (Ames to Des Moines). They decided to not try for the Guinness World Record -as the documentation would be impossible and I guess it costs a lot too.

    Yesterday they finished the route by riding thru the Iowa State football stadium. That sounds kind of cool. (well, for sure for the ISU alumni, of which I am one)

    And Hairball’s crowd last night was HUGE in the pictures – I’m sure it was a blast, but its so freakin hot – not sure I’d want to be in that crowd.

    • Jenka says:

      You remember my childhood (lifelong?) friend who lives in Cedar Rapids? He got married in Ames, so I’ve been there! Cute little town.

  7. Jenka says:

    I need to schedule my car’s 10,000 mile maintenance, it keeps giving me the “maintenance due” warning. I just never think about it once I get out of the car.

    • steve says:

      I have a widget that will take care of that maintenance light. And not a piece of electrical tape! (thank you Car Talk)

      • Jenka says:

        I would totally ignore it, but the car hasn’t even been looked at except for the jiffy lube dudes once a year in 5 years, so I think it should have a once-over.

  8. David says:

    9:15 am hotel check-in at no extra charge! Thanks, Drury! Next stop, Starbucks across the street and then I’ll crank up the portable salt mine. Book writing and teaching a webinar this afternoon, speaking engagement tomorrow morning, and then we head to the Windy City after I make the rounds at lunch.

  9. Watching a bike race (Tour de Wallonie), the lead motorcycle went off course, and some riders and team cars followed it! The road is narrow and in poor shape so it was unusual to see, and then they realized the mistake. The race has been neutralized to rectify the error.

    • steve says:

      A good call when you can make it. The rules say it’s the riders responsibility to know the course.

      My starter wife was following a field of juniors once and the very small field split at the top of a climb, half going the wrong way and 2 at the back crashing into each other. She hops out to pick up the riders and sends the follow car after the field that went the wrong way. Suddenly she realizes she has no transportation, no radio and no bike race, and then it starts to rain… classic.

  10. I have been home for two days and have been called each day by my mother because she can’t get her tv to work. I couldn’t talk her through this today, and can’t spent the rest of my days trying to remotely solve her tv issues. Goddamn cable company updated her cable boxes and gave her a remote control that has way too many buttons on it for a 93 year old with failing health and mental capacities.

      • If only it were that simple…

        The first problem I had while down there was that the down volume button on the tv’s remote was broken so I couldn’t lower the volume. I tried buying a cheap universal remote with bigger buttons, but it couldn’t power on the tv and cable box. I then tried to get her to only turn the tv off when she leaves. That worked once.

        I should have tried those solutions.

        If I lived closer I’d buy one of those remote controls for seniors and teach her how to use that, but that is not an option.

        • Barb says:

          This happens at my parents’ house ALL THE TIME.
          Luckily – my brother is there more of the time to solve whatever they did.
          It isn’t easy. And you are right – too many buttons that they don’t ever use.

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