All posts by James DeVol

This is weird…

Well…as you know, I have been taking the day off to try to repair my damaged body and have been pretty good at that so far…I damn near got out on the bike a little while ago, though but it’s almost 90 out there and I just couldn’t get motivated to get out….but damn, the guilt has been pretty strong all day but I have tamed it, knowing that I just can’t keep up 36 miles a day…and a weird thing happened…was just taking care of a few things downstairs and noticed that I am walking around almost normally with little stiffness or limping and it is so surprising to be able to walk like I used to…I really can’t remember being able to do that since I started the 36 milers every day and I kind of like it…and it is relieving to know that I can repair my body with just some rest and the pain and stiffness is not permanent. Didn’t even have to take any ibuprofen although I thought about it earlier today….that I may need to use some to help the inflammation and start the healing but it looks like that’s not necessary…but, one thing that is a little strange too, is having almost 3 hours to kill today that I would normally spend on the bike….boredom has crept in even with races on all day…but it appears like I will survive it…I may even just go out and walk around in the yard to just feel it….okay, my new router just got here so I need to try to set it up…

August 9th

Well…maybe there is something to this taking care of myself…got up this morning and the pain is gone in my foot for the most part and the swelling is even down some…and I am not anywhere near as stiff as I normally am when I get up and that is just from not taking the second ride yesterday…so, maybe taking the day off today will help even more…it is hard to look at the bike and know it’s all lubed up and ready to go and it is going to sit there all day….but if taking a day off once a week will help me not hobble around here all day, I guess that’s a good thing…I even got over 5 hours of sleep last night…broken up into two parts but I can live with that…and I don’t feel too bad this morning but getting over the guilt of not riding and cutting out at least 600 calories today is going to be a little tough…but, I don’t have anything thawed for the second meal so maybe that will make it easier…I do have lots of veggies and could make a salad so maybe that’s what I’ll do….my new router is supposed to get here today and I hope to get that set up as soon as it does…the one I’m using now is over 15 years old but is probably one of the most reliable pieces of equipment I’ve ever owned…it was even used when my son gave it to me but I’ve never needed the latest and greatest of anything, just something that does it’s job like my 26 year old car….not much to do today…I do have to do laundry but that is about it for my day off…other than taking care of the gardens…I have a cuke that needs to be picked that is 18 inches long and almost 4 inches in diameter and it looks like I’ll have overflow of those and jalapenos that can be frozen….so it looks like an easy day for me with races to watch and no work to do….but 7 o’clock is here and I could get out on the bike…man, this is harder than I expected….more later…

My body gave up today…..

Well…yeah, I knew this was coming…my body just gave up on me today…woke up to pain in my foot again and then got on the bike and it was probably the worst, struggling ride I’ve had this year…and I finally got it through my head that it’s time to take some time off…I was going to get the ladders out and work on the awning in the front of the house but with the pain in my foot, I just can’t do it…or shouldn’t do it…so, no second bike ride today or even tomorrow…I may even take the entire day off Sunday with how I feel…I have to make myself realize I’m not 40 anymore and have to take better care of myself and that means no 36 mile days for the near future….I can’t remember feeling like this and I know I’m doing it to myself….but that doesn’t help my feelings of guilt at all…but, this one time, I’m going to have to suck it up and just do nothing for a whole day…yeah, I know that sounds backwards, for most people it’s easy to take a day off but I’ve never been able to do that unless I was actually away from home on vacation…and even that took work…so, here we go….going to sit on the couch and watch some races and soccer and just see how long that will last….wish me luck…

Stay away from Harley riders…

Well…if we didn’t already know that most Harley riders are maga asshats, just take a look at what is happening this week in Sturgis SD where a hundred thousand or more have gathered for the annual motorcycle rallye…take a look at the photos folks…packed shoulder to shoulder, bars open, and not a mask in sight…you want to see the next virus hotspot? Here it is….and every damn one of these morons spout off that they don’t care if they get the virus, their “freedom” will protect them…and many of them are still lying their asses off parroting the idiot trump that the virus is a “hoax” and only effects “demorats” so they are safe. Now, here is the wholesale stupidity that got trump into office…but I wonder how these idiot are going to feel when they take the virus home and kill other family members? Bye, bye grandma and some of their kids are probably going to die, too but that is an acceptable price to pay for “freedumb” if you listen to the talking points that are woven through every interview…and they are even berating the news people covering the virus spreading party since they are wearing masks and are not stupid…oh, well…I should be happy that this will thin out the herd of stupidity that infests this country…but, I’m not an asshole like these folks and I care that Americans are going to die just so these assholes can “own the libs” as they are so fond of saying….what abject stupidity…

August 8th

Well…didn’t sleep for crap again and I am just worn out this morning…not sure how long I can go on with less than 5 hours a night but I’d sure not like to test it….I did get some work done yesterday with wire brushing the two front awnings to get them ready to paint and my foot is feeling it today…the starting of pain is there and I’m not sure if it will hold up to painting today…I would like to get the small awning done today at least so I can see how the brown satin finish paint is going to look and decide if it works or not…but if I do that, I think I’ll only do one ride today…just don’t have the energy to do two and work outside…I did see that my sunflowers are being used for the purpose I intended when a female goldfinch landed on one in the back yard and picked some seeds out to break open and eat and I wonder why they go through that much work…but it was cool to see and I still have the two biggest ones to flower yet so that may be something to watch in the fall….I did finally get my new checks in the mail yesterday along with my license plate tabs and paid my car insurance that actually went down by 50 bucks a year instead of going up a hundred but it should have gone down by half with how much I drive…. a little over 600 bucks for a year is not too bad so I can live with it….not much to do today…I do have F1 qualifying to watch at 9 so I need to get out on the bike soon…I wonder if I should follow my rules and take the weekend off of working on the house? We’ll see how I feel when I get back from the ride….more later….

Trail weirdness…

Well…haven’t done one of these in quite a while as I waited for some weirdness to pile up and make it worthwhile to write about…I wonder what the deal is with seeing all of the normally nocturnal animals on the trail over the past week or so? Have seen raccoons and opossums running across the trail and this is the first time that I have seen them on this trail but you would think that I would see loads of them with all of the time I spend out there every day…there are lots of groundhogs but never any raccoons…I did see a stoat the other day crossing in front of me and that was the first one I’ve seen over here, too…looks just like a ferret and it probably should since it’s part of the weasel family just like ferrets are….I do have one question…what the heck are snapping turtles doing on the trail hundreds of yards from and water? I know they like to lay their eggs on high ground but damn, that’s a long walk for a turtle, and I must have seen a dozen of them over the summer. Oh, and I have a set of three weird deer that stand along the same part of the trail every day and just watch me go by…no skittishness or running away, just staring…and this morning, one of the does in that group was standing on the trail as I went by and didn’t budge and inch….I could have reached out and touched it but again, all it did was watch me as I went by…I guess they don’t mind being venison steaks later in the year because that lack of flight is going to do it….okay, so maybe this one was not so weird…but I think it is so I guess that’s enough…more later…

August 7th

Well…I don’t know if I feel like bitching about how badly I slept last night…just seems like too much effort at this point….all I know is I feel pretty worn out today and I really do hope the coffee does it’s job soon….at least it’s almost warm enough to get out on the bike as soon as I’m ready and I can get that out of the way…it is becoming a chore to ride twice a day but I did get the shifter fixed on the bike so I guess that’s something….I am getting really tired of being sore and stiff all the time and the only way to prevent that is to not ride but that’s not an option…yet…getting to 3600 miles today and should get to 4000 by the end of the month and then it’s downhill from there….I wonder if one ibuprofen a day will kill me? That would sure help a lot since it takes just enough of the pain away to be able to walk without limping…I think I’ve worn out my butt this year and there are no places left to sit on it on the bike without pain and I think that is putting me off wanting to get on the bike too…I just wish it would rain to give me an excuse to take a day off…I do need to heal up some and that’s the only way to do it…okay, this is turning into a bitch session and I didn’t want to do that…I do have to remember to put the trash out today since it’s full and it stinks pretty bad…need to do that before the ride but I want more coffee first….I guess waiting to go out until 7:30 isn’t too bad…I am going to get back on the ladder today to start prepping the small awning out front to paint since I want to see how it is going to look in the dark brown satin finish….I may even paint it today since it is so small and shouldn’t take more than a half hour of painting time….more later…

Bye, bye NRA…

Well…the second court action today makes me smile a lot, too, when it was announced this morning that NY AG James filed suit to dissolve the NRA due to overwhelming fraud by the officers of the nonprofit where over 60 million dollars were stolen between 2015 and 2018…how do you feel about your donations now maga NRA members? How does it feel that the only thing your money went for is lining Wayne LaPierre’s pockets? It’s been well known and documented in many news stories that the NRA was just a slush fund for grift and the repubs and even for funneling Russian money into our political campaigns…again, these are state charges which are out of reach of trump and this is the same process that shut down and dissolved idiot boy’s supposed charity a couple of years ago…so a two for one day and I think I’ll be smiling all day and waiting for the Duetche Bank shoes to drop….

A good day in the courts…

Well…there is a reason to smile today with two court actions that were revealed today and over the weekend….the first on was the biggie, to me anyway, when it was reported that Duetsche Bank has already complied with a subpoena to turn over all of the idiot boy’s records and everything is in the hands of the Vance and I’m sure they will be shared with the attorney general of NY state for any state charges that could come from them…one important thing that comes from that is it reinforces the subpoena that the supreme court just ruled is enforceable against trump and his accounting firm, Mazars…and Vance is already making the argument in court that the Mazars records are necessary to compare with those from Duetsche to see if idiot boy and his kids committed tax and bank fraud by inflating and deflating the value of assets to get more loans and to keep from paying taxes…as we all know they did. Let’s remember, these are state charges that are out of the reach of a pardon or from meddling by Bill Barr…so it does look like the criminal in chief is going to have another “first” after his name…the first former president to go to prison after he is out of office…and I am gleeful about that and the fact that his grifter children are going down with him…okay, this one is long enough…I’ll talk about the other case in a new one in a few minutes…

August 6th

Well…running a little late today with not getting up until 6 or so…and it was nice to sleep under the comforter for the first time this summer…I think that had something to do with being able to sleep a little last night…and my foot hurts this morning but it’s not red so maybe I can avoid the gout again…it’s a different pain today…more like a strain than anything else….and I didn’t take anything for it last night so that gives me the option of taking something this morning if I need it….I am a little curious to see how I’m going to fare on the bike this morning after the struggles yesterday….still feel pretty worn out today so I don’t think it’s going to be much different…I think I may have to take a couple of days off to recharge and you know how hard that is for me….I did splurge on some half and half for my coffee yesterday and it is nice to not use the dry fake creamer for a change…I think the container I’m using is about 6 months old and I still have about 25% of it left….didn’t get much done yesterday but I am going to try to get something done today…not sure what that will be but something….but right now I need more coffee and to ease into it today….just not feeling it and it’s almost 7:20….it’s only 53 and I don’t want to have to wear a fleece to go out…more later…