I don’t recall what year I discovered that Montgomery Alabama’s minor league baseball team is called the “Biscuits”, but I have been infatuated with them since. I was going to drive to Montgomery tomorrow and finally take in a Biscuits game for “Beer Lovers Night” but pulled the plug on that plan when the weather forecast I saw called for a decent chance of rain. These days I can’t afford the cost of the trip if the sole purpose for the trip doesn’t happen.

And then there were yesterday’s storms. If I had to pick a place in WLF where a tree section would snap and drop, the area where this occurred yesterday was ideal. As the second wave arrived I watched the tree outside sway heavily and heard a crack. The tree, covered in English ivy and standing in the far northwest corner of the property snapped about thirty feet from the ground and landed in a currently unused part of WLF. I can’t say for certain but I think the only casualty of the tree dropping was the killing of some volunteer zinnias.

I need to up my decluttering game, I’ve been letting it slip this week.

I solved today’s Wordle in five attempts; my starter today was ROUST. Almost saved a four, but zigged instead of zagged.

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 198.6 pounds (+0.2 from last week’s weigh-in). Some day I hope to regain the magic to lose weight that I had in 2020.

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48 Responses to 2023-08-08

  1. August 8? Well then today marks the nineteenth anniversary of my car jacking.

  2. Waschsalon morning. I’m happy to report that I didn’t see any road closures or blinking traffic signals due to yesterday’s storms.

    • steve says:

      On the way to Newnan, we encountered a double signal at exit 41 where the second light was just GONE. Bare wire hanging, signals obviously out. Don’t know what the hell happened. While the wind was strong…

  3. steve says:

    Wordle also in 5. A good guess in 4 as well.

    Sunday’s storm knocked down a big tree (split it, actually) near “downtown” L’ville and yesterdays blew one over just a couple houses down which just missed the structure. I had an alert to the storm that said possible 80 mph winds- I didn’t see that, but maybe they did. I got back from the feed store just before it hit.

    We had French fries and pizza for dinner last night (Debbie channeled a 12 y.o. boy, apparently) between storms in Newnan. For a change, she ordered black olives on our normal pizza. Mistake- that’s all we could taste.

    Games meeting tonight. yippee.


    • Glad you were spared.

      Is there something wrong with pizza and French fries? Lol

      I wasn’t really surprised to see the tree that snapped do so, it is/was covered in English ivy which catches wind like sails.

      • steve says:

        And kills the tree eventually.

        The branch that I cleaned up over the weekend was HUGE and we really worried that there might have been some disease that caused it to give way, but saw none. I think it just started whipping back and forth and finally broke loose.

        • That is true. One of my neighbor’s trees, the very large/old sweetgum that has dropped large branches over the year is currently being encroached by English ivy. I have thought about contacting the neighbors but have not.

        • Barb says:

          English ivy -just need to cut it all off around the base – it will all die on the tree & its easy to pull off then. We had tons of trees with it when we first moved in to this house. Now we just watch it – and if we see a vine starting to grow up the tree, get it early.

          • True. The tree that snapped was engulfed in it. Over the past three years I’ve tried to kill the ivy but the tree is so tucked into a corner of my property that I couldn’t get around it.

  4. Barb says:

    the storm was bad for a little while around 5:30pm or so. I decided that even though the Moonlight hash was not too far away, I wasn’t in the mood. I didn’t want to just go for drinking practice. Very few people showed up (as was expected with the weather)

  5. Sally says:

    I did show up at the hash as it was on my way home from work. Part of the trail was laid before the storms hit but then got washed away. There were only the 3 hares and two hounds so I went home. I wasn’t in the mood for drinking practice either. I came to run the trail. A car was broken into yesterday right in front of the ACE Hardware in broad daylight. Just a few stores down from West Stride. Wordle in 4 starting with TOAST. Probably yard work today even though it’s 94% humidity already this morning. GUTS run tonight. Hoping my neighbor will cut my hair today, as well.

    • Barb says:

      Its hard to believe someone could get away with a car break-in in that parking lot – its always so busy. Just goes to show – don’t leave stuff in plain sight in your car.

      Getting a Franco haircut? Tell him hi! (I thought you were going to Lenny’s these days?)

      • Sally says:

        I know right!? There is a security camera in the parking lot too. I go to Lenny’s about once a year or longer…Franco when I just need a trim. Maybe he’ll bring over some limoncello. hahaha

  6. David says:

    Today’s Wordle should have come with a trigger warning. Just sayin’. I got it in 5, and was OK with that.

    Anybody remember that Pat Traver’s song, “Boom, Boom, Out Go the Lights?” That’s what happened on my street. Lightning took out a tree by the rec center, actually I should say wreck center because the street is still blocked with downed power lines. We’ll head to Tennesee earlier than expected today in search of power and Internet. Lights are supposed to be back on by 5:00 PM today, which will make for about a 24 hour outage.

    Plans are set for the Cades Cove ride tomorrow. My brother, kids, and I are meeting one of my high school besties Debra at 6:15 AM for a sunrise ride. Some of us, including me, are riding the 11 mile loop twice. We’ll then retreat to our AirBNB RV that is our base camp, and return to Cades Cove at 6:00 PM for a golden hour ride with another high school bestie, Rem. I’m only expecting to do one loop in the evening, but we’ll see how things shake out.

    I realized yesterday that I’m teaching a class at noon on Thursday, so that means we’ll be up at zero-dark-thirty to get back to Atlanta in time for that. My brother heads back to Indiana on Friday morning.

    It’s been a hell of a summer. I’m starting to feel it. My kids start back to school next week, so that’ll enforce some routine upon us, and hopefully I can get to a point of not blurring from one thing to the next. I won’t hold my breath though, as that’s the story of my life.

    Alrighty, back to the book, until my collective batteries run out and then we’ll be on the road and I’ll figure things out from there.

    Note to Paulie, hey man, you just cannot will yourself to do stuff. I mean, you can, and you do, but if you look through the blog archives, it just doesn’t happen. I’ve tried, and tried, and then tried some more. It doesn’t work. I know your first therapist was a flop. Please try to find another. Lots of ITP readers can supply recommendations, including me. Most people need to try 2 or 3 therapists before finding the right match. You’ll know when it’s right. And then you’ll be off to the races instead of spinning your wheels.

    • David says:

      Forgot to mention that I did read the traffic tea leaves correctly last night, and made a dash to REI last night (Steve, they have lots of Honey Stinger products) and then dinner at Jalisco in Peachtree Battle, which is one of my happy places. The connector was wide open going north. Coming back there was a semi flipped over on the Grady curve that jammed things up, but otherwise it was wide open .

      Jalisco has been my favorite Mexican restaurant for over 30 years, and all through that time I’ve jokingly threatened to order the hamburgeresa, but never did. My son pulled the trigger on it last night, and liked it. It’s basically taco meat on a hamburger bun, and if you get it all the way, it comes with nacho cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Now I finally know what the hamburgeresa is all about. 😉

      • Barb says:

        hamburgeresa – if its loose taco meat on a bun -that’s a Maid-Rite or Sloppy Joe sandwich! (we ate plenty of those as kids)

      • Jenka says:

        That sounds delicious. I would eat taco meat on pretty much anything.

        • David says:

          It looked good. I’ll have to see if I can get over myself next time and order one. I would have tried a bite had I not filled up pretty quickly on one of my favorite dishes, the golden enchiladas, with a taco on the side, of course.

    • Jenka says:

      Oh good, I still have a few more days of clear roads to get to work!

      • David says:

        Paideia starts back next Thursday. The junior high is now on the other side of Ponce, so the traffic pattern is going to be different.

        • Jenka says:

          Yes, they have installed a huge STOP sign on the corner of Ponce and Oakdale in preparation for the junior high kids crossing Ponce. As I always do between August-May, I am just going to avoid that intersection.

    • Sally says:

      I hate leaving when the power is out as I can’t remember what lights etc were on before they went out. Have fun in Cades Cove. Such a fun experience and you’ll probably see a bear or two! 🙂

      • Jenka says:

        THIS. What if the TV or something is on and it blares for two days?! I could never.

      • David says:

        What I hate more is walking through the house when I know the power is out and still trying to turn light switches on. 😉

        Thank you, Sally, I’ve been looking forward to this Cades Cove ride for several years, and the fact that I get to do it with my brother, kids, and two high school friends makes it even more special. The weather is looking like it will be perfect. I am definitely hoping for a bear sighting! From a safe distance, of course.

        • steve says:

          I have an old cycling friend who moved from the northern SLC burbs to BFE Wyoming and she shared video of a bear family playing in her backyard- like right out the window!!

          That may be just a bit close.

          • David says:

            Yeah, those are probably grizzlies. Way too close. Black bears aren’t as intense. Not that I want to get particularly close to any sort of bear.

  7. Barb says:

    Wordle in 4, a really good 2nd guess, but couldn’t come up with it is 3.

  8. Barb says:

    if I can motivate myself – I may go out & cut grass this morning.
    But – I might get lucky & its still too wet from the rain.
    then I can just go for a walk.

  9. Jenka says:

    I was supposed to go over to my friend Sarah’s for dinner last night but she lost power (David, she lives about 3 blocks from you). We lost power for 1 second about 4 times in succession over about 20 minutes, but that’s it. A friend on Grant Street had a huge tree fall thankfully in their backyard — they lost their car and a playset, but nothing else. Had another friend in EAV who had a branch come straight through the ceiling, she joked that it was her new stripper pole. HAH!

    The house next door has been getting a lot of attention. I noticed they dropped the price, and then immediately had two viewings.

    • Jenka says:


      In case any of you are interested; I’m a real estate nerd.

      • Barb says:

        only 2 bedrooms? (and thanks for the link – I love looking at houses (since we are never moving, I just get to look)

        • Jenka says:

          Yes, this is why I’m nervous about who buys it. Who is going to buy a 2 bedroom house in this prized school district? Then again, I don’t want any kids next door.

          • David says:

            Someone that doesn’t have kids yet, but has it on their radar. Don’t worry, they’ll start with a dog first, as practice. 😉

            House prices are just crazy these days.

          • Jenka says:

            David, that is literally why they are selling the house. They are in their early 30s, they got a dog about 3 years ago, now they are moving to a 3 bedroom. Guess why?

          • David says:

            LOL. And so the cycle shall begin anew…

    • David says:

      That storm was rough! There was a bolt of lightning at one point that looked like it was in adjacent yard. Fortunately that happened before the lights went out, so I don’t think I was affected.

      One of the perks of living near the zoo is that my power rarely goes out for any length of time, but all bets are off when a tree takes out some power lines. In that case I have to just take a number and hope for the best.

  10. Well this is fucking annoying. I had a second round of corn planted to try a see if I could sneak it in before it got cold, and some asshole critter came and nibbled each one-inch plant, thus killing them all. They didn’t even eat the thing they nibbled, they just killed the plant! I was so thrilled when the corn kernels germinated, creating a beautiful grid of tiny plants amongst the dark soil. DANGEN!

    • Final zucchini on one of the last plants remaining had worms. The only reason this surprised me is that it looked so healthy yesterday. Had I “needed” a zucchini yesterday I would have picked it, but alas I did not and wanted to check it today after to storm. I pulled the plant. Since I won’t be headed to Montgomery if the weather is agreeable tomorrow I will be doing a mass cleanup of WLF.

    • Barb says:

      while out on a walk a few days ago – a house had corn that was seriously 8-10 feet tall. I almost walked thru their yard to take a picture with it. It was freaky it was so tall.

  11. And in regards to Wordle, apparently I chose the wrong letter with which to start this week.

  12. Wakes up to the village to pay my mother’s mortgage. Decided to stop at Midway for a beer, but was surprised to see the bar filled with patrons. I decided to skip the beer and head home.

  13. David says:

    Uneventful drive to Knoxville. Meeting Debra for dinner at a brew pub, and then on to Sevierville to our AirBNB. We’ll be up at at it early tomorrow to secure a good parking spot and maximize the morning fog over the mountains as the sun rises.

    I actually got a couple of hours of work done in the car. I could get used to having a chauffer (my daughter drove).

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