June 20th

Well…yeah, running really, really late this morning with having some bike problems when I went out at 7:30….the rear wheel was making a creaking noise that annoyed the heck out of me so I turned around, came back here, and took the wheel apart to grease the bearings and axle and that made me too late to get a ride in since I had to clean before the F1 race with my son and his wife coming over this morning…the wheel is better but still has a little creak to it so I need to get off my butt and figure out what is wrong with the new wheel so I can put that one back on and not get flats…so, I have most of the cleaning done but still need to do more before they get here but I did remember I needed to do this…didn’t ride yesterday with the malaise that I was feeling and the pain I felt in my elbow and the pain is still there today and it feels stiff, too…and swollen so I may have to take something for it before I try to get out on the bike later in the afternoon…it’s supposed to rain around 5 or so and keep raining all night so that should keep the dust and noise down out here…the idiots were loud again last night after being quiet all week so I had to call in a noise complaint again…but it was the first one in a week so there has been progress up here and I feel good about that…not much to do today….just going to hang out with the kids and Art for a few hours and then on the bike for a hard one to make up for taking yesterday off….more later….

Lowest gas bill ever…

Well…just a shorty on something I find funny….just got my gas bill in the mail and I don’t ever remember getting a lower one…only $10.73….yep less than 11 bucks and I can’t figure that out…after all, I have a gas stove I use every day, I have a gas clothes dryer…okay, I only run one load a week, and I have a gas water heater but I guess even two showers a day is not a lot and it’s a new, more efficient one, so I guess that helps…still think it’s funny to have a gas bill that is so low…

Some days you just don’t feel like it…

Well…yeah, I did mention that I may take the day off the bike today and I was looking for it to rain all day so I wouldn’t feel guilty if I did…but, the rain stopped around noon and then I had a decision to make…but I guess it wasn’t too difficult to stay off the bike today…I just had no energy from the time I got up and my elbow is screaming in pain so that helped me stay off it…for now…and I wanted to see the Germany/Portugal match that just ended and Indy car qualifying is on here in 20 minutes and then a nascar race right after that…and that lasts until 6 and that is too late to get out….okay, those are excuses…some days you just don’t feel like going out and today is one of those days….I wonder if I have to cut out dinner today to make up for it? I had a chicken thigh and a handful of baked fries for lunch and that is under 500 cals and I know I need more than that even when I don’t ride….oh, well….I’ll get back to riding tomorrow…maybe….

June 19th

Well…I’m not sure why I’ve been consistent with my wake up time lately and it’s a little unnerving to pick up the phone and see 6:30 again…for two weeks now and that is just weird….okay, my damn ribs hurt this morning and that is new…I wonder if it’s from running the edger yesterday? All I know is it hurts to just sit here and I can’t get comfortable…it’s probably a good thing that it is raining out there and I won’t be able to get on the bike until the afternoon….and that will make it a one ride day today…and probably tomorrow so maybe I can get rid of the pain that is down my entire right side…cripes, it is a pain getting old…I think I need to eat more than I have been lately…only had a salad and a piece of smoked sausage yesterday and that was well under 1500 cals for the day…but, with that, I should be losing weight like crazy and I’m not….especially with burning 1200 a day on the bike….oh, well…I need to get planning on the indoor work here and get the tools out to get started…will that be today? Not sure but once I get started I need to just go and get it done….not much to do today…F1 qualifying is on in an hour or so and I need to drink an ocean of coffee to get myself jump started….still just worn out and want to go back to bed…but I won’t….more later….

Protecting voting rights here in Michigan…

Well…the cancer of repub voter suppression that has infected this country from coast to coast is one of the most important problems facing us in my lifetime at least…and while we have passed anti gerrymandering constitutional amendments, with repubs still in control of the congress here, they are still trying to rig the system by making it harder to vote…and a thought came to me on the bike today how to fix that…in Michigan, you can get referendum on the ballot if you get enough voter signatures…so, why can’t we do that for a constitutional amendment that would force any change in voting laws to be voted on by the people and not just the legislature? This would keep the repubs from being able to cheat in any election and make fair representation the norm here….if you’ve lived in Michigan, you know how the repubs are spending most of their time trying to rig the next election and to make it easier for them to overturn the fair results if they don’t like the outcome as is happening in many other states, too…so, let’s get this done and stop this election meddling in it’s tracks…geez…

June 18th

Well…it does appear that 6:30 is the new wake up time and I think I can live with that…but the storms kept me up quite a bit last night and I am a little worn out this morning…and emby wasn’t working so I had to uninstall and re-install it to get to the tango server since my son moved it to a new server and that took some time so I’m even more late than normal…but the rain is going to stop soon but I was hoping it would continue all day so I could justify taking a day off the bike but, no such luck….and my damn elbow is back to hurting again and I can barely lift my coffee cup…and I forgot to make coffee last night so I had to make it this morning and that is not a normal part of my routine….I am hoping my lawn will green up after all the rain since it was looking pretty brown with no rain for a couple of weeks but I am not going to water it…have to get a new mindset with a lawn this big and accept that it will be brown at times….I do hope that this rain will help the small patch of grass seed to sprout so I can move on to another 6 by 6 patch and get the bare spots filled in….not much to do today…..oh, I did see my first bald eagle yesterday and it flew over me only about 8 feet up…it will be interesting to see if I can find the nest out here…just going to take the bike ride and then watch some soccer after cleaning up and sorting some clothes to be donated…have bags of them that I haven’t used in years and they need to be gone….more later….

The SC upholds the ACA again…

Well…yeah, running late again today with getting two rides in and going out to the beach to lie in the sun for an hour…and when I got back here, there was news that I wanted to talk about. Just this morning, it was announced the the SC has upheld the ACA for the umpteenth time in a 7-2 ruling that surprised most court watchers…and they rejected the suit from 20 repub state AG’s because they have no “standing” to even bring the suit that the trump judges in lower courts pushed up to the SC….what that means is that there was no harm to the parties filing the suits so they can’t bring the suits…and the big repub argument was that they were harmed by the elimination of the individual mandate that people had to get insurance….and since there was no longer any penalty, they couldn’t call it a tax anymore so the entire law had to be thrown out…yeah, sounds pretty convoluted to me, too, and the court felt the same to get to a 7-2 vote…even the unqualified judges whose seats that McConnell stole voted with the majority and I’ll bet that just pisses off moscow mitch. I do wonder how you get harmed by not having to pay a penalty? Without trump judges, this suit would have been thrown out the first time it was brought a couple of years back…and you can see that these idiots are not even judges…they are just partisans playing judges on tv…but it is going to take a while to get rid of them…geez…

Never saw this before…

Well…okay, I was going to do this one yesterday but didn’t get to it…a couple of days back while I was just getting to the boardwalk on the bike, something small scurried across right in front of me and I had to do a double take since I had never seen anything like it…at first, I thought it was a salamander but it was too big and fast for one of those…so when I got back here I started searching on the internet and found out that there are native lizards that live in Michigan and the one I saw was called a five-lined skink…and the weird thing is I’ve spent loads of time in the woods in my long lifetime and had never seen one before….so that was pretty cool and I learned something new…something I try to do all the time….

June 17th

Well…it does appear that my new wake up time is around 6:30 since it has been a couple of weeks since I woke up earlier than that and I still don’t know what changed from the 4-5 o’clock wake ups that I was having but I’ll take it…and I’m holding my breath but it appears like my elbow is getting better…the swelling is down some and I’m in much less pain and I’ll take that, too…and it looks like I won’t be getting out on the bike until after 9 this morning since it is only 48 out there right now and I don’t want to go out in a fleece….I do think I’m going to have to take a day off here soon just to get a repair day and let my body heal up and that may be tomorrow since it is supposed to rain overnight and into the morning…maybe I’ll just do one ride in the afternoon and count that as a rest day…..I am really surprised at how good my garden is looking with how sandy the soil is here….both the beans and tomatoes look really healthy and I’ve even had more than a half dozen pepper plants survive…I’m trying to figure out how to keep the tomatoes upright since they are already as tall as the cages and the cages fell over last year…so, I bought some 4 foot long stakes and some garden twine and I am going to build a lattice so see if that works better than the cages….and I tied all of the cages together to give them a little more stability and that will be something to watch over the summer….not much to do today…going to clean some and just take it easy a bit…I think my body needs me to stop abusing it so much and I could use a morning where I just sit a bit and have some coffee…so I think I will…more later…

Now it’s the FBI…

Well…if you’ve seen any of the news since the attack on the capital on January 6th, you’ve seen the right wing excuses change almost daily…first it was antifa, then it was just a “visit” like “tourists”, then it was just citizens expressing their first amendment rights…you get the picture…they will blame anyone but the terrorists who actually planned and attacked that day or the elected repubs like Josh Hawley and Paul Gosar who supported the attack and could possible even be involved with helping it. The latest right wing bullshit is that the FBI did it…all of the planning and leading the attacks so Biden could use the justice department to get rid of republican members of congress…and that is all based on the new part of the conspiracy theory that some people haven’t been charged so they must be FBI spies that was spouted on the idiot tucker’s show last night….the whole thing hinges on the idea that there were two people who rented a room in a nearby hotel and only one of them was charged…yep, that’s it, because the spouse of one of the attackers hasn’t been charged yet, that is “proof” that the FBI ran the whole show and the attackers were just victims of a conspiracy between them and the justice department….yeah, batshit insane but that is what the entire repub party is these days….any way to excuse thousands of right wing assholes attacking the country and it doesn’t matter that it is just made up bullshit….it is just as good as truth to them…better than truth, really, since they can make it be anything they want…what a bunch of crazy assed shit…geez…

What you never want to be….