Yesterday afternoon I decided to ride. I wish that I had stayed home because last night’s ride pissed me off. Life is continually throwing a thousand golf balls at me and while I dodge many of them, I am struck enough times to make things aggravating.

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was ROAST. The Wordle solution has started with a B ten times since the last time it started with an R.

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64 Responses to 2023-09-06

  1. Sally says:

    So why did you decide to ride and what was aggravating? Don’t leave us hanging. :). Wordle in 5 starting with TRUMP. Not sure why I just couldn’t see the word. Had two mistakes in Connections. Had plans to go for a quick run this morning but couldn’t muster any motivation. Ate breakfast instead. Happy Hour Wednesday. Good group last night for the GUTS run. Up and over the mountain twice to earn our pizza.

  2. steve says:

    I’m sitting on my 6th guess and am resorting to Barb’s favorite trick of the google and it ain’t helping. I have the last 3 letters. I think my streak may be in danger

    Debbie went to a birthday party last night and I was amusing myself alone. Stupid TV and feed the horses.

    Anyone have a recommendation on a new (non-apple, soriy Paulie) phone? Mine is having issues…


    • Barb says:

      Breaststroke has that new flip phone -she says she really likes it.
      I know people that like the Pixel – Allan has whatever Samsung that is the most water/damage proof – it seems to work ok.

      • steve says:

        I’m stuck on Samsung, but have also looked at the Pixel.

        The phone is saying my charge port is wet. It might have been after a scooter ride some days ago, but not now. And the display won’t turn off. Short of a factory reset, I may be done. I booted in safe mode this morning and that seemed to help. We’ll see.

        Could you ask Allan what model Samsung he has?

    • Barb says:

      Wordle – fail – too many words with those last 3 letters.
      Connections – 1st 2 lines I got right away – then it was just guessing – as I had no idea the categories. Good guesses – I only had 2 misses.

    • My suggestions are only on Apple so nothing from me.

    • Jenka says:

      Come to the dark side, Steve! Then your texts won’t be green! You don’t wanna have green texts, DO YOU?!

  3. Barb says:

    Finished the 2nd season of Dark Winds last night – its set out in AZ in the Navajo Nation. It was interesting enough, Allan picked it.

    Also finished off the new Justified – it was ok & had a great teaser at the very end.
    The original Justified was much better.

  4. David says:

    I had two self-inflicted events yesterday, one that could have been pretty catastrophic. A decade ago I set up a database on a Microsoft platform to drive the content management system that I use to manage every aspect of my training materials. They’ve been emailing me for months saying they’re going to shut the platform down and to migrate to something new. Yesterday they sent an email saying the platform is going dark today at 16:00 UTC, which means 9:00 AM this morning. Long story short, crisis is averted, I had at least made some moves in the right direction along the way and so it was a matter of jumping through technological hoops to get the data migrated in time, and then make refinements to my queries to accommodate the differences between SQL and MySQL. This won’t happen again, the database is now on my web server. And this means I can finally quit paying Microsoft $150/month for the use of their server. The special tweak on all of this was I couldn’t find the credentials for the server (because I set it up 10 years ago) to do the migratory actions they wanted me to do, but I could still access the database and now all’s well that ends well.

    The other self-inflicted thing is a backlash from parking in a lot in Midtown 2 weeks ago. The machine was broken and wouldn’t accept 3 different credit cards, nor would it take cash. I said fuck it, they can catch me. I only needed to park for long enough to send a wire. Well, turns out parking lots these days have cameras, so it’s not a matter of “getting in and out before the parking dude checks”, Big Brother is truly watching. I protested the $65 penalty, and am awaiting a response.

    Life is gonna hurl golf balls. Smack those fuckers back in the other direction. Or step aside. My therapist gave me some really great advice when my marriage collapsed, if you don’t catch someone else’s vitriol, it circles back to them to deal with. It’s like a magic trick. I definitely spent too much of my life catching things that I didn’t need to catch.

    • Unfortunately not all golf balls are swatted. Here’s one. Recently the M6’s key fob hasn’t always locked/unlocked car, and buttons to open doors and trunk won’t do anything. I’m on fob #2 of 2. I put a new battery in last month, and will try that again with another new one soon. If that doesn’t work, *shrug*, will be an expensive repair I’m sure.

      • David says:

        I am having a similar issue with my car, in that for the second time today the only door that will unlock is the driver’s side, none of the other ones will trigger on their own. This happened a couple of weeks ago and resolved on its own. It’s definitely frustrating.

    • David says:

      Oh, Wordle in 6 today. I had the last 3 letters in 3, and then felt myself being drawn inexorably over the cliff with no additional matches on attempts 4 and 5, but I managed to hang on. I gave Connections a shot and had a clean slate, no errors.

  5. Barb says:

    1st paragraph -I heard Charlie Brown’s teacher’s voice.
    2nd paragraph – hopefully you can win that fight – those damn parking machines are soooooooo aggravating.

    Speaking of tickets – As we were driving in the Peach Pass lane on 85 this weekend, we saw cars going in & out on the solid lines – I wonder how much that ticket is.
    We paid the big bucks – I need to go check the website & see how much it actually cost. (Allan not changing lanes constantly in heavy traffic is worth the money to sit in that far left lane)

    • David says:

      I knew I was writing some dog whistle level text that would only make sense to a select subset of ITP readers. 😉

      I was mindful of the risk of not paying that day, but clearly I was playing checkers while the parking company was playing 3D chess.

      I consider the Peach Pass to be like my chainsaw. I don’t use it very often, but I will gladly fork over however much they want whenever I find myself in need of it.

      • Jenka says:

        Agreed re: the Peach Pass. It’s a life saver when you actually need it.

      • Barb says:

        We carpooled up to SC, our friends don’t have a Peach Pass. They thought it actually cost money each month. We are like – NO, it only costs something when you use it. I think they are getting some ordered this week.

        • David says:

          I talked my brother into getting an EZ Pass to get through the tolls between his town in Indiana and Chicago. He doesn’t go to Chicago that often, but after fighting with a couple of the toll machines on our most recent jaunt he saw the light on it.

          I think there was a monthly fee way back in the day when the toll section of Georgia 400 first opened up. I had a boss who was so analytical that he figured out that he was actually paying 57 cents a trip or something instead of 50 cents.

          I do wish the paid lanes went both ways on I-75 through Marietta. The state is great at having the wrong side opened up at any given time, particularly on the weekends.

      • I bought a Peach Pass for emergencies, and the fact that it’s accepted in the two other states I visit often — FL, NC.

  6. Out working WLF and feeling puny today. Could be allergies? Could be related to last night?

    Note to self: okra which was too small to pick before you leave for five days is too large and woody to eat upon return.

  7. Jenka says:

    We went to Sotto Sotto last night and ate at the bar. They’ve taken off the two things we always get, so now we scramble for what to eat. I want my cacio e pepe, dammit!

    Tonight the designer is finally coming over with design ideas and tile/counter samples. Yay! I put chili in the crockpot for dinner since I won’t be able to cook while we’re working.

  8. steve says:

    I don’t wanna blow my last guess in Wordle!! I found CHASH, but it looked obscure. Any tips?

  9. Huh, I just realized that I missed today’s Vuelta stage. Too many days away from it I suppose.

    • My assault on food in the house continues. Finished a box of fake chicken nuggets with a couple of burrito shells.

      Now it’s time to relax and perhaps nap. I’m still feeling puny, so maybe this will help.

  10. steve says:

    Sepp is still in red after the TT… I haven’t looked today. If they don’t work for him all the way to Madrid, it will be a damn shame!

  11. Barb says:

    Steve – Allan has the Galaxy S21 – (it is a couple years old)

  12. Barb says:

    Got a Wahoo Elemnt Roam from my friend Megan that used to work at Wahoo – trying to get it all updated – I’m so clueless about these things, but figure I ought to get it set up & get all the updates for our ride Sunday. Anyone want to pick a time & start location?

    • David says:

      How many miles are you thinking? In my book a Silver Comet Ride is 50 miles, Florence Road to Rockmart and then back, but I’m not bound to that. Lunch in Rockmart is always fun. Starting at Rambo makes it 15 miles to Rockmart and back, for 30 miles round trip.

      • Barb says:

        50 might be pushing it – but – I do have an E-Bike. And – if we stop for lunch – that might make it doable. What parking lot is between those 2 – Tara Drummond? Let me ask Allan what he is thinking for mileage.

        • David says:

          Mile markers:
          Florence Road: 11.7 (25.9 x 2 = 51.8 miles round trip)
          Tara Drummond: 20.3 (17.3 x 2 = 34.6 miles round trip)
          Rambo: 22:2 (15.4 x 2 = 30.8 miles round trip)
          Rockmart: 37.6

          The trail slightly slopes downward most of the way to Rockmart which makes for a nice little ride in. The flip slide is it slightly slopes upward coming back. The amount of lunch consumed also makes a big difference on the return trip.

    • I’m still surprised she left Wahoo, but she’s not the first person I know to leave.

      My cracked screen is a Roam, and since I have yet to get my Bolt ready for riding, will be the one I use this weekend.

      Speaking of the weekend, I will be riding eighty miles Saturday, so if we choose to ride fifty on Sunday I will be slow.

      • And speaking of the Wilson 100 Saturday they just sent out an update email and apparently have yet to finalize the 80 mile route? This does not bode well. Perhaps I will ride sixty miles on Saturday instead.

        • steve says:

          Sorry, still at the office… trying to remember I came to drain the swamp.

          I think 50 would be pushing me, even at a leisurely pace and Paulie would be crawling. 30 sounds manageable.

          • Barb says:

            maybe Tara Drummond- 35 ish –
            but we have a few days still to decide.

          • David says:

            Depending upon the start time we agree on, I might still start from Florence Road and meet y’all at Tara Drummond. We definitely have options. I feel like I’d spend about the same amount of time in the car getting to Tara Drummond anyway. Plus, as I learned last month, I can apparently do 70 miles on the Silver Comet at the drop of a hat… 😉 Not that I’m in any rush to go THAT far any time soon without training.

        • Let us settle it tomorrow.

          It’s highly possible I will ride sixty on Saturday since no eighty mile route has been published as of yet.

  13. Debbie says:

    Wordle in 4, one mistake in Connections.

    I feel puny today too. I skipped out on hound exercise this morning. Got my hair cut and not mustering up the energy to clean the kitchen. Marking today off as a loss.

  14. David says:

    Woo hoo! I got the $65 penalty waived by the parking company. They said the parking fee was $17.50 (the machine said $15) but I wasn’t going to argue about $2.50. All’s well that ends well, I’m glad I asked. I definitely WILL NOT be trying to bootleg any parking in the future, that’s for sure.

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