Last night’s ride was nearly cut short due to equipment failure. As I put on my road shoes I noticed the left sole separated from the rest of the shoe. Fortunately one of the other riders had gauze, which worked nicely as a temporary fix. Might be time for new shoes? Sadly Shimano doesn’t make these shoes anymore. My lung capacity on the other hand was not up to par. I rode hard, but at least this week I made it to the finish with the group.

The plan this morning was to get out into WLF, however something odd is happening, water is falling from the sky?

As I continue to consider the Big Trip next year I have started squirreling away money for it. While watching tv I have been answering paid surveys, and since mid July have been logging my earning in a spreadsheet. Thus far I have earned over $500 of the $3500 cost of the trip (excluding airfare and incidentals, the former I am hoping to cover mostly with SkyMiles).

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was TEACH. I should have had a three, but didn’t pay enough attention and played a word which had a known letter in an incorrect position.

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50 Responses to 2023-09-13

  1. Nearly screwed myself on Connections. It was a wild guess that correct grouped my third group since I had five equally-likely words to leave for the fourth group.

    Mini Crossword, which supplied three future Wordle starters for my list, in 54 seconds.

    • David says:

      Wordle in 3 stsrting with GROAN. Mini in 37. Nearly averted the Connections cliff.

      I think the book is done, which means catching up on missed deadlines for the next one. I am pleased with how this edition turned out. When I took over updating this book annually, I did not expect it to take four tries to get it where I want it to be. It’s there now, and is a far more usable reference guide. Next year’s update will finally be easy. It was a blessing to not have to initially write it from scratch but it also ended up being a serious curse. There was some seriously torpid text that I have had to disambiguate.

  2. Ronnie, AKA Bill says:

    Cheap out and try gorilla glue on the shoe. Wordle in two!

  3. steve says:

    Wordle in 4 starting with STAIN. I had nothing in the right places until I had everything.

    No in person Games meeting for me. As I left the bank in my car, my window would not go all the way up. I pulled over on a side street and worked on it, but it was at a limit and would go no further. Deciding to head for home rather than have an unsecure car, I had the pleasure of 75 miles and hour with the window halfway down. The farther South I got, the closer the rain. Once the rain got serious, I found a reasonably dry bridge and stopped there for a few minutes, as I could see the rain storm wasn’t huge. I was able to get home, check YouTube for repair videos, reset the window, lube the tracks and get the door back together in good time. the joys of an old car!

    Working from home and waiting on the hay man. “Hey, man!”


  4. Playing the game “What can I accomplish in ninety seconds” which are the commercial breaks during the first episode of season 2 of “Welcome to Wrexham”. Season 2 doesn’t have the same jeopardy since I already know the outcome of the season which is highlighted.

  5. Barb says:

    holy crap – $500 since July? that’s awesome.
    are these all the online ones?

  6. Bob says:

    Wordle in 2 starting with REACT. Had 4 correct letters but all in the wrong spot, was a lucky second guess 🙂
    Last night took the onewheel up to Ameris bank amphitheater to listen to some Pantera from the outside. Judging by the noise of the crowd and the light show it had to be NUTS inside. Good times from my free seat.

  7. Jenka says:

    I finally got around to scheduling my 10,000 mile car maintenance. Honestly I would’ve let it go but I haven’t had an oil change in 15 months so that spurred me on.

    We went to Double Zero last night for the first time in probably a year. It’s gone downhill.

    • steve says:

      So now it’s Triple Zero? (I crack myself up)

      The guy with 331k on the clock says timely oil changes are critical to making it last.

      • Jenka says:

        Yes, oil changes are usually the one thing I do regularly. Once in my 20s I had a Civic that didn’t get an oil change (it wasn’t me, I took it to get the oil change and the service place didn’t do it, it was a whole thing) and it ruined the engine and totalled the car. It made me really strict about oil changes every 3,000 miles. Although my current car can go 5,000.

  8. Young seedlings transplanted, let’s see how long they make it… Pulled a couple of NC collards that were definitely dead.

    Sweating my ass off, mosquitoes everywhere…

  9. steve says:

    Those TJV F’ers!! No reason at all to attack… Sepp will likely be out of the leaders jersey.

  10. Done laboring today. Now waiting on lunch — fake meat burger with WLF potatoes — to cook. I put a WLF jalapeño on the burger, man is it spicy!

  11. Jenka says:

    Just read this in an article about the new iPhones. You’ll appreciate this, Steve and Barb.

    “Almost nine in 10 US teens are iPhone users, partially because they convinced themselves green text bubbles are uncool.”


  12. Debbie says:

    Wordle in 4 and Connections fail.

    My brain is scrambled after hunting for nearly 4 hours this morning. We’re in a rebuilding season and this was our first hunt so it was an interesting morning. Off to a mostly good start.

    I’ll be part of the staff this year, so I’m learning the ropes of my position. I was paired up with an experienced person, but ended up dropping back when my horse got tired. The advantage of being very familiar with the territory means I don’t have to run like stink to be in the right place. I ended up where I needed to be every time.

    A half glass of celebratory champagne later, I’m probably ruined for the rest of the afternoon. #lightweight

  13. Cycling shoe(s) have been Shoe Gooed. This was the last run for this tube of Shoe Goo as the bottom exploded as I squeezed to get it to flow out of its opening. Hopefully this is a shoe fix to give these trusty old shoes another year of use.

    • Barb says:

      My mtn bike shoes I Shoe Goo’d – Allan told me to give up. He ordered me some new shoes – but I like those old ones……… we will see. I’ve worn the new ones, they are ok.

      • I love these road bike shoes, Shimano RD86, which I bought at REI years ago. I googled for them again, and there are some on eBay which are not my size. I guess it’s time to start researching my next pair for when my Shoe Goo fails.

  14. Barb says:

    finally got to playing games –
    Wordle – 4 – should have been 3 – but I screwed up a letter & hit enter before I realized what I had done
    Connections – PERFECT!!! (wasn’t even sure on the 1st grouping, but it worked)
    mini – horrible

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