On Friday I watched a YouTube video posted a couple of years ago which identified six neighborhoods to avoid when moving to “Atlanta” (and, if I interpreted the vibe correctly, you are black). East Atlanta made #2 behind Stone Mountain. I felt so proud. 🙂

Saturday morning I drove out to Conyers to go to Tractor Supply and Harbor Freight Tools. I needed some fertilizer for WLF and some 30% vinegar for weed killing, and just wanted to do something different than I have been doing recently.

I have skipped forward and started watching season 3 of The Bear. Can somebody explain why Hulu insists on calling this series a “comedy drama”? I’ve watched from the beginning and it has been nothing but dark, stressful, well made television, but there is nothing funny about it to me.

Today I am bringing my bike up the best mechanic in the Grove family for a once over prior to heading for Iowa. Inconceivably, we depart for RAGBRAI a week from Friday!

Wordle: four, my starter was STEAM (because I didn’t have the balls to go for it in three)
Connections: perfect, Yellow > Green > Blue > Purple

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32 Responses to 2024-07-08

  1. WLF received about an inch of rain since yesterday, so this morning I did some water conservation duties for the first time in over a month.

  2. Steve says:

    Good morning from Baa Haa Baa. A very relaxed trip so far. Getting out of Boston was interesting, as it seems to be all tunnels and that means no GPS. Not sure how, but we knew we wanted to go north. Old school dead reckoning, I suppose.

    Cool towns (Camden, Bucksport, BHB) that have been occupied for over 200 years. Debbie is happy that it gets cool in the evening- I was almost cold walking the bar at sunset last night. And yes, Bar Harbor is called that because there’s a bar across the harbor that forms at low tide. Who knew?

    On to nearby Acadia NP in a bit.

    Wordle in 3.


    • Well done on Wordle.

      Betsy is up that way currently, said sunrise was sometime around 4am? Holy hell, that’s inconceivable to me.

      • Steve says:

        It was certainly daylight by 5:30. I have no idea what sunrise is without looking it up.

      • Jenka says:

        Yes, in the summer up there it’s bright light by 5:00 and stays light until about 9:30-ish at night. Conversely in the winter you are turning on your lights around 4:30 pm.

  3. David says:

    Another guest check-in as I complete my servile, er rather civil service today on jury duty. Here’s seriously hoping for the one day portion of one day or one trial.

    • Jenka says:

      I’m surprised you had to show up. I hope you get a good trial! *ducks*

      • It’s probably because he’s lost so much weight and is looking sharp. They obviously didn’t want to see my fat ass stuffed into adult clothing, so I didn’t have to show.

        • David says:

          There is that? ¯\_(••)_/¯

          I actually bought a size medium shirt yesterday at Target that actually fits me well. I last wore a medium in my teens I think. Partly because for decades I hid out in oversized clothes. I also bought a size small shirt that fits perfectly because of it’s “relaxed fit”. I tried on 30 waist shorts, I’m not quite there yet, so I got some more 32 waist shorts because I am sick of my 34’s literally falling off of my ass.

      • David says:

        Heh, bite your damn tongue, woman! I was group 4, they waived groups 5 and up. So I had a swing and a miss.

        • Jenka says:

          When I served on the one trial I had, I sat around all day for voir dire and then the trial STARTED at 3:30 pm. Good times.

    • David says:

      Phew! I got waived around 11:15 this morning. I was grateful to not be part of the 36 person pull or any of the three 60 person pulls.

  4. Jenka says:

    Season 3 of which show? Maybe The Bear?

    Didn’t do much this weekend: we went to Highland Tap for dinner on Friday with a friend, Saturday we went to get mani-pedis and then watched both Euro Cup matches at Pure. Yesterday I did not even get dressed. Kevin picked up Finn yesterday and we have him all week.

  5. Bob says:

    Good day ITP peeps!
    Back from vacation and back to the grind. Vacation in Orlando was good until it wasn’t, played a round of golf and went out on the boat a few times. Bad times started on the 4th as we got a call our dog was at the emergency vet and things were not well. We packed up and raced home to make the unfortunate decision to put her down. We got to at least spend some time with her at the end and that was nice. Not exactly sure what happened but she had some disease that caused kidney and liver failure. The downward spiral only took a couple weeks, way to fast.
    We are making the best of it, as you can imagine we skipped fireworks Thursday and huddled as a family on Friday. Did a solo motorcycle ride Saturday and Wheelhopper Sunday. It’s hard to be out in public when you are sad but friends make it easier, and of course Stan being Stan helped a lot.

    • Jenka says:

      I saw that on FB and I was so sad for you. My heart goes out to you, Laura, and Travis.

    • Back to the grind… for nine days. I know, I know, who am I to poke fun about someone taking time off.

      So sorry to hear about your pup. It is never an easy decision. And yes, if there is one person who can help kick a funk, even temporarily, it’s “your son” Stan.

    • David says:

      Damn, Bob, my absolute condolences. Old pets are such heartbreakers.

    • Barb says:

      well shit – I had no idea about your dog yesterday.
      So sorry to hear this.

    • Sally says:

      It was a fun hash. Glad the whole family came out and Stan could make you laugh. Sorry for the loss of a pet (family member). My heart breaks for y’all. I can’t stand it even when it’s not my dog. Dogs are the best.

  6. Barb says:

    I’m back in Iowa.
    flight should have been on time – but pilots were late coming in from New Orleans. Then – weather came in. Sat on the tarmac for 2.5 hrs – finally landed at 1225am. My sister decided she was too tired to wait up, so I got an Uber. (it was a better price than Lyft) $24 for a 20 minute ride – not too bad.
    I’m tired today.

    Weekend was good – I’ll update that separately eventually.

    • Jenka says:

      Yeah, we lost power last night around the time when you would’ve been boarding, so I am not surprised you had a delay.

  7. Jenka says:

    Both Strands and Connections were super easy today, perfect, no whiffs or hints. Yellow > blue > green > purple.

  8. Steve says:

    A driving tour of Acadia NP complete. As Debbie likes to say- too people-y. We checked out the stables in hopes of a carriage ride along the carriage paths but were shut out. We did however see wildlife- a PORCUPINE! On the hoof! S/he was very cute and wanted to come home with us, but we declined. George does not want to meet one.

    • Sally says:

      Did you hike up Cadillac Mountain? Don’t forget a lot of restaurants in the small towns are closed on Tuesdays.

  9. Dropped my bike off in Marietta. Barb, wasn’t sure if Allan was working, or awake, so I left it on the Deck Mahal. (I know you are in Iowa and don’t care. lol)

    Had aspirations to be really productive while I was out, but it’s hot and I lost all motivation, so I have returned home.

  10. Barb says:

    Paulie’s bike is not as problematic as Long n Reds.
    that’s what I just learned

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