Category Archives: My Life

Some thoughts…

Well…don’t know if I will have any earth-shattering posts for you later today…I was thinking about Boehner and his band of miscreants as one but I’m just not sure that it has jelled enough to make sense. So, I may have to let that one percolate for another day or so…I’ve just had a lot of jumbled thoughts but one that has been bothering me is a little personal and a failing that I’ve been working on for some time now. You know the issue…letting my anger boil over in my personal life..I’ve been getting angry at everyone and everything again and I, again, need to do something about it. This whole thing was triggered by another person almost running me down in a crosswalk starting out on the ride this morning…it made me so mad that I almost allowed that person to ruin my ride on this glorious Michigan fall day. It took almost 5 miles before I stopped seething and there is something wrong with that…I’ve also noticed that my driving is creeping back to aggressive again and I’m bitching about people all the time.

So, I think my path here is quite clear…I need to start thinking about what I’m doing again; I’m going to try to not say one bad thing about anyone for the rest of the day….I’m going to smile more than I scowl, and I’m going to try to shift into laid back mode in the car when I head out to Ada today…I know I feel better about myself when I do these things but it is harder than it looks…these behaviors have to be turned into habits just like the anger and meanness….I hope I don’t get too relaxed that I can’t work up outrage for my posts…I wonder where the balance is?

October 5th

Well…out with G last night and had some fun…but was not a good boy after I got home so I feel a little crappy today…but that’s okay…don’t have a lot to do today and with the weather changing, I can’t get out on the bike until later in the day…I do have pool out in Ada with Tom later and it is nice to not stack lunch with T on top of it…don’t really need to get a head start. Decided to make my bean dip for G’s birthday party on Friday so my contribution is taken care of…along with the bottle of Hot Damn that is getting to be tradition sitting around her outdoor fireplace. Not much else to say right now so I’ll stop and head for the couch for a while…as I said, I do feel a little crappy today…more later…

October 4th part two…

Well…I forgot to pass on the dual grasshopper and caterpillar alert for the trails today…the wooly bears were swarming along with a huge cadre of grasshoppers that met the generally accepted alert rate of 20 per 100 feet…so, be careful out there…I decided to ride my route in reverse yesterday and neglected to pass that on…it was so weird to not know where I was on the trail and to have to think to know what gear to be in….the terrain looked so alien going clockwise with the shadows and sun making a completely different view from the bike….places that looked like large hills turned into flats or downhills going backward and the last climb along M-6 was just a killer with dead legs after 10 miles…but it was still fun and I think I may do both weekend days that way…it may work the legs a little more and challenge the muscle memory I’ve built up over time. One last thing, I’m only 26 miles from hitting 1700…2000 still looks doable before the weather goes away….no more later….well…who, knows…I may have another topic…I really did have one but I forgot what it was…might have to go back through the newspapers to refresh my memory…

Oh…do have the normal night out with G I think…then Tom tomorrow, then out with T for HH Wed…maybe even K for HH Thurs…geez… a lot to do this week…

October 4th

Well…it’s another harbinger of the coming winter here…had to put the heat on for the first time last night since it’s only 35 degrees outside. But, the cool thing is the heat is included in the rent so I can run it 75 in here if I want. I know that’s not something you care about but that’s okay…going to have to wait until after noon to go out on the bike but I don’t have anything else to do so it’s no big deal. Not a lot to do today….and not much of a SF yesterday but I still feel fuzzy this morning so if I’m not making much sense, that’s the reason. Probably should take the clubs out of the trunk and clean them up today….maybe not…more later…

October 3rd part two…

Well…no big topics today…I did have a short Sunday Funday with K and V..watched the Lions lose but they played hard so maybe that’s progress? Talked to my daughter after she got back from Europe and agreed that the next time they go, I’ll go with them…I’ve always wanted to see England so I guess I’ll have to start saving some cash…and find a job…but that’s harder than it looks…and I’m still not that motivated…maybe in a couple of weeks…who knows? That’s about it for now….I promise some topics for tomorrow..but I don’t know what they’ll be yet….

October 3rd

Well…a really low key day yesterday….as I told you, cooked a chicken in the slow cooker that came out great and then just watched football all day…I am getting concerned that Michigan is always coming form behind (or tied) to win but I guess a win is a win. Looking forward to the Michigan Michigan State game next Sat and I am going to try getting some people together for it…I am so angry at Dish Network for their silly contract squabbles with Fox Sports that is taking away my Red Wings…have to look to see what is available on the cable system here…if I can get the channels I want, I’m going to dump the dish since it doesn’t work when it’s raining, or snowing, or sunny…

Not a lot to do today…I think I’m going to copyright that phrase…have to head over in a minute to let C’s dogs out since he is out of town for the next few days…then back here to watch the Lions lose again…there is also a race on but I am losing interest in Nascar with the cookie cutter cars and the lack of innovation…I guess that extends to all racing…way too many rules…like Clint Bowyer losing 150 points because his car was 10 thousandths of an inch out of spec….didn’t they meet the templates before the race? That kind of silly crap is going to ruin the sport…or it already has…let’s go back to the early days where you could tell a Dodge from a Ford from a Chevy….and if you weren’t cheatin’, you weren’t tryin’….I’m not sure if there will be topics for later but I do have some stuff careening around in my head…yep, that does hurt….more later…

October 2nd

Well…a kind of nice day yesterday…didn’t do a whole lot but did have HH with K that was fun and then a few cocktails here so I’m a little run down today…but I did get the slow cooker going at about 7 with a whole chicken this time that I browned in the oven first…made some rosemary butter with bacon to put under the skin. Starting to smell pretty good in here. Not a lot to do today but there is the Michigan game later and an 8 hour sports car race that starts at 11 so I’ll have something to do on this low key day. Not sure if there will be any other topics today but maybe…kind of cloudy in the head right now so maybe getting out on the bike in a few will help that…who knows? More later…

October 1st

Well…another month starts and I had a weird thought that I talked to T about the other day and might just as well pass it along. I have started to look at my life differently than most other people I know, in really small increments that are centered on having enough money to get through a month. Kind of like buying months as I come up with the cash to pay the rent…hmmmm…yeah, that’s about what I wanted to say but it sounded much more substantial of an idea in my head. Oh, well….had a pretty good day yesterday with what I thought were a couple of pretty lucid posts and then out for a while with G for a couple of beers. Not much to do today…there it is again..but I am going to make a whole chicken in the slow cooker stuffed with smoked sausage and rosemary butter with bacon under the breast skin…everything is better with bacon!

So that’s about it for now..more later…

September 30th

Well..that was not a bad night of sleep…but up early again with nothing to do until I go out to the coffee shop in a couple of hours…I am doing this, so technically, I do have something to do so I guess I’m wrong. Had a nice lunch with T yesterday but that is about all for the rest of the week…maybe out to have a couple of beers with G tonight or with K not sure who yet. Geez…I’m boring…so I’ll not subject you to any more of this right now…

I’ll have some topics for later….

Playlists…

Well…as you know, I joined the digital music age with the purchase of an 8 gig mp-3 player a couple of years ago…and I still marvel at the fact that I have my entire music collection stored on the thing and still have about 3 gigs of space left…all that for 79 bucks…oh, nope, not an Apple..it’s a Sony. But that’s not the topic that I wanted to deal with here, this hit me while I was out on the bike..the place that these things usually float into my consciousness…and that is the playlists I have on the player and how it appears that the lists reflect the mood I was in when I made them. That’s not the whole story, though, the other part is the name of these lists; I’ll bet mine are weirder than yours….well…some of them are…the others are kind of self-explanatory..

1. 4Way Street album two…had to make this one since WMP decided to break up the album into chunks…
2. 56 Miles….made this one for the 56 mile ride I did on my 56th birthday last year…
3. Led Zeppelin….pretty much what it says…
4. Lee Michaels….and obscure performer from the 60′s that was part of my growing up…
5. Mixed songs…the first one I made that was not one performer or group..
6. More other songs….just another mix but of second tier songs that didn’t make the first list…
7. More songs….this one was really done before the last one….but alphabetically, the machine put it here…
8. Mountain….another one group list by what I consider one of the best bands of the 70′s…
9. Newest one….I did this one after being in Chicago and getting a bunch of music from my daughter…
10. Obscure….started this one with some David Bowie and then went deep into some less known artists..
11. Others…was just bored and getting bored with the other lists so I made this new one…
12. Steely Dan….if you’ve been here before….you know how I feel about the Dan….

Without breaking them down to further the point…I’ll just give one example of the mood thing I talked about earlier…there are some of these lists that most of the songs are played in a minor key, what I call “lonely music” like “Doctor Wu” and “Black” by Pearl Jam, and I know that I favor this type of music when I’m at one of the low points that hit occasionally….

See…I told you I was trying to lower the outrage quotient some….but don’t let this fool you…it’s still there and bubbling and I know it will come out later today or tomorrow…