All posts by James DeVol

June 17th

Well…it’s going to be a hot one today sine it never got under 72 overnight and it’s heading to 91 this afternoon…still slept okay last night and didn’t need to put the AC on so I wonder why I put it in the window? Only had to run the little fan last night to keep the air circulating…but there are still warnings for heat on for the entire week…it is humid so I need to get on the bike before it gets much warmer…and I am going to the beach this morning before it gets to 90…and I get to use the new swimsuit I bought late last year that doesn’t hang off me like all the rest of them do with the weight I’ve lost…I think I’ll only do two rides today for 25 miles and will probably be back here before noon after the beach…don’t think I’ll get a swim in today with the water temp only 59 degrees but I will wade in up to my ankles…have been out of synch the past day or so and I’m not sure why that would be….I really could go back to bed and I think I need to take a day off at some point..too damn old to keep up this pace…I am surprised that I don’t hurt from dragging the AC unit up and installing it but that may be the 2 day rule at work…who knows? One more day of leftovers and then I’ll make a pizza tomorrow and then chicken masala Wed…have to take the chicken out of the freezer today for that and for grilling Thurs…it’s going to be a lot of effort just to live today but I’ll manage…more later…

Well…this sucks…

Well…I have been looking forward to having fresh green beans from my garden this year and today I picked the first ones…but, there is a catch…I can’t taste them anymore…and that’s all part of losing my taste that has been going on for years now and I think it’s going to get to the point where I can’t taste anything and that will really suck…oh, well…it is going to be HOT this week with temps in the 90′s tomorrow and then near 90 for the rest of the week and the news is going nuts about a “heat dome” that is going be over the eastern half of the country…with the humidity that kept building all day today it is going to be uncomfortable…I even dragged the A/C unit up from the basement and put it in my bedroom window…it doesn’t work that well but it does take the temp down to tolerable in about an hour…I know I’m getting old when carrying it up the stairs was a lot of work…think I’m going to the beach tomorrow so that means I’ll have to get two rides in early since I don’t want to be out there when it gets over 90 since I won’t be able to swim with how cold the water still is…but this week may do it…it is supposed to be 58.3 degrees today and that may be warm enough to dip in it for a splash…we’ll see…

Crap, missed the rain again…

Well…for the third day in a row, our force field that keeps rain away has worked too well…this one missed to the west and north…I can hear the thunder and the sky is black but not a frickin drop…there goes the lawn for a second straight year…I did pick the first of the green beans that I am going to steam for dinner with chicken legs and a half potato for dinner…the tomato plants are looking a little wilted but I think I’ll get at least some tomatoes this year…and I have a couple of tiny cukes and Jalapenos and green peppers on the plants and didn’t get any last year…I did cut some lettuce for the burrito I made for lunch and the broccoli is looking good…not sure when to pick the peas but I think it will be a couple more weeks until they are ready…I did get 38 miles in outdoors this morning and now I have more miles outdoors than in heading for 5,000 before my birthday…over 4,300 right now so doing 700 miles in a month shouldn’t be hard…okay, I’m worn out even with staying in bed til 6:30 this morning so I’m going to take a break and watch some soccer with England playing later this afternoon…

Just absurd…

Well…not sure if you saw the photos of the idiot trump visiting a black church to try make the case for black people to vote for him…yeah, only thing wrong with that…not a damn person in the photo was black and all he did was attack the black community for “soaring” crime rates and said that no goes to the grocery store anymore since they can be shot for “getting a loaf of bread”…look, I just hate this asshole and the damage he’s done to this country and I am tired of writing about him but someone has to do it…we have to have our voices and use them to highlight the total absurdity of anything he does or says…especially since the lie of “soaring” crime rates is always trotted out by this asshole when the official FBI stats show that every category of crime has dropped up to 30% over the past few years…but will that ever get reported? Nope, since the media needs the clicks that a “horse race” gives them and they sure don’t want to help Biden by telling the truth…I am so damn tired…geez…

June 16th

Well…that was weird…slept through the night and didn’t get out of bed til almost 6:30 even with going to bed early last night…but I still feel pretty worn out so I’ll have to drag myself out here in 32 minutes to get the first ride in…just couldn’t force myself to have a second meal yesterday so I’ll be down on calories today…it’s going to be almost 90 out here today and into the 90′s tomorrow so I may just go to the beach to start evening out my biker tan…not sure how cold the water is but I would really like to get a swim in…last year it was cold all summer and I only was in the water a few times….but with the health problems, that was okay…it is nice to have gotten something done on the house with putting the new blinds up but I won’t be doing anything on it today…it will be enough to get two rides in…or maybe even three…there is a little wind out here and it is almost 70 at 7am so just a t-shirt and shorts for all the rides today…still pretty sore today so I’m not sure how fast I’ll be taking it…I do need to get two meals in today but I’m not sure what they will be…I have chicken legs for one but I sure don’t feel like cooking anything today so it may be another one meal day and I know that’s not smart….oh, well…more later…

Blinds are up…

Well…after the pain int he butt work to put the first new blind up yesterday, I was going to take today off and get back to it tomorrow…but after taking a half hour off, I just had to get it done so I got to work and these two only took me half hour total…I did remember the idea that if you put some wax on the screw threads they will go in easier and it worked like a champ..so all three of the new blinds are centered in the windows and perfectly level and look pretty modern…and I repaired all of the extra holes in the frames that held 10 different blinds/curtains that the previous owners never repaired…it’s nice to finally start making progress on the house again and now it’s time to start painting again…but not today…I’m done for the day and a race is going to start so I think I’ll do that instead…

Finally…reporting

Well…finally, the media is starting to report on the idiot trump’s severe mental decline after a couple of incidents over the past week…the first one was where he was doing one of typical rants when the teleprompter froze and he did, too…then to fill the time he went off on the most bonkers rant about electric boats and sharks that made no sense at all…and in a meeting with his rich supporters in DC Thursday, his decline was on full display as he could barely put a coherent sentence together and went of on rambling rants about Taylor Swift, Nancy Pelosi and anyone who has a caring wife…and finally, the media has started to report and comment with USA today saying this after the bonkers press conference after he was convicted of 34 felonies a couple of weeks back: “trump’s cheese slid off it’s cracker. It ain’t coming back”. I now know why Joe Biden wants to debate him without teleprompters…and the low information voters who aren’t paying attention will be shocked when they see him and will know he doesn’t belong anywhere near the WH…geez…

June 15th

Well…normally, when I hurt as bad as I do right now, I’d take a day off of everything and give this old body a rest but with the goals I have of riding every day and getting to 7,100 miles won’t allow that…but I may just skip the indoor ride and just do two outdoors today…it’s almost 60 out there so I can get out as soon as the coffee starts to work…was up at 3:40 but didn’t get out of bed til after 6 but the extra time didn’t do a thing and I’m still exhausted…the new blind looks good and modern and it makes me want to get the other two up in here but I’m not sure if that will be today….maybe…but I need an easy day to grill some chicken and potatoes…damn, it’s pushing 7 and I need to get going but I have no energy…it’s going to be 90 here for the next three days and I wonder if I should go to the beach for the first time Monday? The water is still too cold to swim but I think I need to start evening out my biker tan and I could use the relaxation time…I normally like to go out there in the morning but that would mean cutting out at least one ride and I’m not sure I can do that….I guess we’ll see…not much to do today…just need to get my butt moving right now so I can finish the two rides before 10…damn, I’m sore…and tired….more later…

One blind up…

Well…damn, what a pain in the butt but I do have one of the new blinds up in the living room…the cheap ass screws they included look like they’re made to only go into plaster or pine but my windows are trimmed with walnut and it was almost impossible to make them go in even with drilling the holes almost as big as the screws…I even had to go downstairs and get leftover screws from other work since the heads of the ones with the blinds just stripped out…but the blind works and looks good and the other two should be easier after figuring out this one…didn’t get any other work done but the bike rides and an errand…and my hands hurt so much from doing this one that I am going to have to treat them later…crap…

Now guns have more rights than people…

Well…the SC does it again and awards more rights to guns than people and the corruption just oozed from this partisan opinion…you recall what a bump stock is? It is a little device that turns a semi automatic gun into a full automatic one that was used to kill 58 people in Las Vegas a few years back…and today the repub SC said that they are just fine for anyone to buy or use…what the hell is next? Can I get a full automatic 50 cal and mount it to the front of my car? I’m sure someone will sue to get that right in one of the right wing infested courts and then everyone will be able to carry full automatics wherever they want…look, folks, if you didn’t have a reason to vote before, you do now…how long do you think it will be until some asshole shoots up a school or a mall or a church using a bump stock on a semi automatic? Days probably and the unhinged righties will be the ones doing it…the court needs reform and the only way we’ll get it is if we get out and vote…geez…