To steal a line from Steve, “I fooled them again!”. I made it through yesterday’s dental appointment with no new issues.

And then to celebrate I ate a Chinese buffet lunch. I ate a ton of meat, mostly chicken, and dammit it was good. I allowed myself this indulgence only because I knew that I’d be riding last night.

I then returned home, where I paid a 33% “convince fee” to buy a ticket for a concert in December at The Eastern. This was the fee charged by Axs, which I assume is a subsidiary of Ticketmaster / Live Nation. I needed to buy the ticket online instead of at The Eastern’s box office because it was a ticket presale.

Once again I struggled to get enough oxygen when I exerted myself riding last night. Things have not been 100% since I was sick three weeks ago, and to be honest it’s a little worrisome. I definitely can’t ride a century next Tuesday with this sort of respiratory issue. I hope that what ever is lingering, if that is indeed the culprit, clears out soon.

This week I started rewatching “The Morning Show” from Season 1. Often I want to watch the back catalog before heading into the new season, especially if it’s been awhile since I watched it originally.

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was SCREW.

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39 Responses to 2023-09-27

  1. I was considering updating my iPhone and iPad to iOS 17 this morning, but unfortunately my iPhone didn’t charge last night so I have to wait until it has before I can start the download and install process.

  2. steve says:

    Wordle in 4 and connections FAIL!

    Debbie did not have a good day on her birthday. Besides not feeling well, she somehow managed to jackknife the trailer and break the rear glass on the truck. We won’t be taking that vehicle to Florida unless we can get the glass fixed today. Ugh.

    One of the things I handle for the Games is the shuttle service. In the before times, this was provided by the park, but since they no longer have staff, we contract it out. The company we use must be a one man shop as I sent an email 2 weeks ago and have spoken to him twice since and I’m still waiting on a quote. He says “by Friday”. No rush, buddy…


  3. Barb says:

    And where did you find the Chinese buffet? Up near the dentist? I think I have na appt over there in October.

  4. David says:

    Basing out of Joe’s for a bit this morning to crack the spine on a blank Word document for book #7.

    Wordle in 4 starting with SMILE. Clean sweep on Connections, meaning no misses. Mini was a slog, 58 seconds.

    I had to pass on the Parmesan Garlic Potato soup last night because it turned out to be like an Escher painting to me, meaning recipes within recipes. I was prepared to improvise on the parmesan broth but I didn’t have an hour to roast garlic, so we made a simpler potato soup instead.

    • I am going to attempt to roast the garlic in the air fryer as I prepare everything else. According to the website I found, it should only take 25 minutes to roast it.

    • Jenka says:

      That’s funny. Kevin was standing next to me on Saturday when I started making the soup, and I said to him, “I love a grown-up recipe that just assumes you know how to do things like make stock and roasted things.”

      For the record, garlic takes 20 minutes to roast. Put it in at 400 for 20 minutes. I did that and it roasted while I chopped onions and potatoes.

      • David says:

        Oh, we could have pulled that off. The recipe within a recipe said roasting garlic takes 55 minutes. We started way too late for that to work. Rachel is a way better cook than me, but I’m working on my skills. I’ve never roasted garlic, so I had no frame of reference other than knowing that recipe time is often like football time, where it expands out way longer than the advertised clock time.

    • Sally says:

      Wasn’t the word today SMILE?

  5. Think I just lost a little bit of my hearing. I somehow managed to arm the home alarm while the phone was in my pocket, and upon returning into the house I had to disarm it while I sent out a piercing shrill.

  6. Barb says:

    another fun day in Iowa – but really, it wasn’t too bad.
    Mom’s PT nurse came, I swear she’s all shaky & no strength, then the nurse shows up & she’s much better. It’s a weird thing. But – it is what it is.
    Also went to the chiropractor – her neck has really been bothering her – he thought a massage could help, so we might try to get that on the books. I think I’ll set itup for next week when Connie is here -she won’t be working, so getting there shouldn’t be as much trouble as it would be for me.

    Today is the Right at Home lady this afternoon – we will see if my dad cooperates at all. If we can’t get him to shower, she can at least trim his fingernails. Maybe even shave – we will see. But, if nothing else – I can have her do some cleaning – as the floors need to be mopped, etc.

    • David says:

      I 100% agree on the massage. I had some carpal tunnel stuff going on with my right arm last week. I’m always keeping it just at bay, and every couple of years it flares up. Last week’s Thai massage practically made it go away. Staying off of goddamn keyboards would do that too, but this is how I’ve arranged my life, and so it goes.

      • David says:

        The other thing about massage, it’s probably not just your mom’s neck that’s the issue. All of our body parts are connected. That’s part of how last week’s massage helped me so much, I was holding tension in my hips and shoulders.

        Maybe tell your dad that you’re gonna have to take him out in the back yard and spray him down with the hose if he doesn’t cooperate? 😉

        • Barb says:

          You know I LOVE a massage.
          and Dad- he is just a PITA.

          BTW – they have street cleaners here in Cedar Rapids. A truck just went down this residential street. There is no trash, nothing out there. I’m amazed.

  7. Depending on your view, the M6’s inability to haul things is a good or bad. On last night’s ride I saw that someone in Avondale Estates was discarding a (cheap) four-shelf greenhouse. I returned to claim it this morning, but alas, it would not fit in the M6.

    Made another Lidl stop today, fresh ingredients for tonight’s soup in case the WLF potatoes and garlic are unusable.

    Damn critters are at it again, eating one of my small zucchini and cucumber. The mosquitoes are also in force, I can feel there bites all over my legs, and I was only outside for about five minutes.

  8. Jenka says:

    Wordle in 3 using STEAL. One mistake in Connections. I’ll take it.

    David, with the middle school spreading the traffic out to a wider periphery, the morning clusterfuck is actually much better this year. I still sit through a couple lights to cross Ponce, but it’s so much lighter than it was in previous years.

    • David says:

      Oh good! Traffic on Moreland was a clusterfuck today. Rachel is slow-walking staying at Lullwater during the week, which is fine with me.

      The light at Lullwater and Ponce is very much weighted toward the Lullwater side. Recently I caught a glimpse of it while driving out the back side of the complex and the light was still green by the time I got onto Lullwater and was able to cross Ponce onto Fairview.

      I am so eternally grateful that everything aligned for us to buy that townhouse.

  9. Barb says:

    Wordle in 4 – Thanks David…… 😉
    Connections – my brain could not figure it out today.
    Mini – took too long……..

    • Debbie says:

      Wordle in 3 starting with MEATY. Two mistakes in Connections.

      As Steve reported, yesterday was a no good, very bad day for me. Hopefully I got a year’s worth of bad juju out of the way rather than setting the tone for more to come. I’ve got someone coming out to replace the window and collect $800 tomorrow. I stressed early in the day is highly preferred.

      We are looking at a truck in Brewton, AL on the drive down. I’ll be so glad if it’s the one and I can stop obsessively shopping.

      I need to clean house, do laundry and run errands today, but I’ve got a terrible headache so I’m off to a slow start. Hopefully, the meds kick in soon. I’m looking forward to the beach and doing a lot of nothing for a couple days.

  10. David says:

    Oh, speaking of “convenience” fees, I finally got around to submitting my expense report for my speaking engagement in Indianapolis. I discovered that Uber now adds a “booking fee” that that is separate from the fare. They show you the fare on the screen, but apparrently you don’t get to see the additional booking fee until after the trip has ended. Fuckers. The fee seems to be like 20% of the fare, so it’s not insignificant.

    • Bob says:

      Booking fee? That is such bullshit, you book the trip so why do you have to pay? Plus it is on your phone so cost is minimal. It’s like companies that charge more for online payments. There are less people involved in the transaction, why would it be more?
      OK……..rant over

      • David says:

        It’s just yet another way to fleece us. This one is is an egregious bait-and-switch of “oh, catch a ride with us, the fare is x.” Nope the fare is actually x * 120%. Fuckers.

  11. Bob says:

    Wordle in 1 because I’m a cheater. Connections fail because of Karma 🙂

    Not sure if I have mentioned this before but even though I’m not a huge football fan I watch a ton of YouTube. I stumbled on the Kelce brothers podcast a month or so ago and have enjoyed the inside look at professional football. They are entertaining to watch and have some really fun guests. It has also been funny to watch the Travis Kelce Taylor Swift circus happen. Good for him but his life has to be mayhem right now.

  12. Overcast skies making a good day for manual choring in WLF. This is today’s hour (or more) if exercise. Mostly weeding / land clearing, a little harvesting, and a couple of things transplanted.

  13. Jenka says:

    For those of you following at home, I am going to make Debbie’s Mexican casserole for dinner tonight.

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