It was a good weekend, during which I found myself inside Westside Pizza twice. As an added bonus, I saw an old time hashing friend, Little Sister, who works there.

I spent some time cleaning up the outside portion of the ITP Estate, including pushing the hipster lawnmower over a tone of leaves and some burgeoning weeds. If nothing else, I chopped a bunch of dried leaves into smaller pieces of dried leaves so that they will breakdown quicker.

Yesterday was a lovely St Patrick’s Day spent, at least for a little while, at a Mexican bar. I’m saddened that I didn’t get to travel to Vern’s funeral in Columbia, SC, but that conflicted with my plan for today.

Today finds me on my way to Florida.

Wordle: four, my starter was MOUTH
Connections: perfect, Yellow > Purple > Green > Blue

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22 Responses to 2024-03-18

  1. Sally says:

    It took 5 to get Wordle but technically 3 since my first two guesses revealed ZERO right letters. I did fare much better in Connections and Strands. Green, Purple Yellow, Blue.

    Mia and Emma went home yesterday so no doggies in the house this morning.

    It was a very nice, low key memorial service for Vern with awesome food, drinks, a short bike ride and stories to tell. I’m glad I went. Vern’s wife seemed very appreciative that we came. It was fun catching up with the remaining ROADKILL team members and doing a whiskey shot in Vern’s honor.

    May or may not fill out an NCAA tournament bracket.

    Back to the grind today. May catch up on Survivor tonight if Barb and Allan decide not to go on a bike ride.

    Safe travels Paulie!

  2. Steve says:

    Wordle in 3.

    A whole lot of driving on Friday, but we did make a good hay connection up that way. 2 Buc-ee’s stops- the one in Leeds and the one between B’ham and Nashville.

    Saturday I managed 17 miles on the gravel bike. Could tell I hadn’t ridden in almost a week, but I did it. Saturday evening was birthday dinner with friends.

    Sunday was some scooter therapy- almost 100 miles- to Lagrange, Pine Mtn, Warm Springs, then home. And I was going to ride last night, but the power went off! That meant we HAD to go out to dinner- Mexican, of course on St. Paddy’s day.

    We are hatching a plan to see the eclipse. A late night arrival in Nashville on 4/7, then head to Carbondale, IL for the eclipse and return to Nashville for Monday night. All depends on the weather- no plane tickets involved.


    • David says:

      I applaud your plan. I’m flying because my knees won’t abide me driving 7 hours one day and 7 hours back the next. I’ve identified Metamora, IN (population 950) as my viewing spot, although I am going to be figuring out a couple of contingency spots in case of traffic and/or weather.

      It was cloudy as hell in north Georgia the day of the 2017 eclipse, but the clouds magically parted just before the elipse started. As George Michael sang, you gotta have faith! 🙂

  3. Sally says:

    One thing to try this week per Mark Manson especially if negativity isn’t working out for you.

    “Stop complaining for the week. I know, it’s fucking hard. But do it. No complaining. No talking shit about people. For one week. You can do it. I believe in you.”

    Happy Monday y’all!

    • David says:

      Look at Sally, bringing’ the heat! Cue the Mission Impossible music… 🙂

    • Jenka says:

      Well, I would like to posit that complaining and shit-talking people can be very different things; however, this is a great reminder to focus on positivity and not negativity. I try not to complain anyway but I vow not to do it this week!

  4. Hello from Fort Valley, GA. Yes, I am eating enough calories to satisfy breakfast and lunch at Buc-ee’s. Later than desired start, but since my commitments don’t begin until tomorrow I am going to make this a leisurely journey.

    • Steve says:

      A beautiful day for a drive. Watch for that speed trap!!

      Words to live by Sal. Glad you were able to get to the memorial service. I’m sure the family appreciated the effort.

  5. David says:

    I hiked 7.6 miles on Saturday at Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth. One of my best friends from high school drove down. It was a bit brutal given the current state of my knees, but they hurt at home so I figured I might as well be out doing something. It was an absolutely lovely day. The hawks did not disappoint when we got to the overlook. I soaked my knees for 3 hours when I got home, and they’re definitely better than they were on Friday. Motion is lotion for sure.

    Strands was breezy. I don’t find it to be much of a challenge. I started strong with STEAM on Wordle but annoyingly still needed 4 tries. No misses on Connections.

  6. Jenka says:

    Very quiet weekend. We went to the new Holeman & Finch on Friday. It was really good! I don’t know how often I’ll go back since it’s in Colony Square. Most likely before a show at the Woodruff Arts Center. Saturday we got mani-pedis and then went to Pure. Sunday I did not leave the house and watched movies all day. It was pretty much my perfect weekend!

  7. Barb says:

    busy work morning after a week off – someday I’ll go thru emails. (only 1600 unread – and most have nothing to do with me)

    Weekend was busy – went to Helen Saturday with Kevin & a friend in town from NY Michelle – hadn’t been up there for 20 years I bet, and don’t need to go back anytime soon. But -Q’Paso Latin was a tasty place to eat lunch.
    Also went to Yonah Mtn & CeNita wineries – both were tasty enough.

    Sunday was too much driving to Columbia for the Memorial – but it was worth it – I’ll miss Vern’s dry sense of humor.

    • Steve says:

      In my younger days (hard to remember that far back) we used to go to Octoberfest. They brought in a good polka band from Waterloo, IA!! A lot of dancing and beer!

      • Barb says:

        a fun polka band in my younger years might have been fun – but now a days – I’d hate those crowds.

        its just a tourist hell place – a ton of shops selling stupid trinkets, and restaurants all on 1 street – & so many people walking too slowly spread out across the sidewalk so you can’t get by.

        • Jenka says:

          People walking too slowly spread out across the sidewalk ENRAGES me. It’s like they have no conception that there are other people in the world.

    • Jenka says:

      I went to Helen once. It was fine, but once is enough.

    • Bob says:

      Helen is the third level of Hell, if I never go there again I would be completely fine with that.

  8. Bob says:

    Fun weekend, rolled a 205 at bowling Friday night. Got a text from a neighbor saying they were playing darts so stopped by, didn’t get home till 2AM. I never stay out that late, Saturday was a little rough.
    Helped a friend move some stuff Saturday morning, neighborhood st patricks party for a bit in the afternoon then met some friends of a friend in town from South Africa. Fun kids and we will take them on some adventures when they come back.
    Sunday was ramble/pub crawl prior to the Atlanta United game.
    I really packed a lot in this weekend, I’m tired today.

    Enjoy some Florida time Paulie!

  9. I have arrived in FL. Should have left myself beer in the refrigerator.

    Took the scenic route getting off I75 toward Live Oak and the down US19. Slow, but as I said this morning I was in no hurry today.

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