Friday, June 11, 2010
My brain (*"If I only had the brain") just isn't as reliable as I wish. I know I've been triking. And I know I've taken pictures. And I know I've downloaded the pictures into Picasa. But, I cannot find them :-( I know I labeled them. I have a new (cheap) digital camera which has a functioning zoom. But, apparently I have not learned how to find where they are in Picasa.
Sad note re: recent traveling. Not traveling on my trike. Traveling in my Element. The other day, I stopped at the local Dollar Tree to buy a water gun for a friend's birthday. Well, that 25 cent water gun (4 in a pack, which cost $1) ended up costing me $46! Upon exiting the store, I reached in my pocket to retrieve my door unlocker clicky fob. It wasn't there. Then, I remembered that for some reason I wasn't paying attention between loading groceries into my Ele and driving over to the Dollar Tree. I had tossed all my keys into the front of the vehicle while I quickly transferred groceries from the Amigo cart because it was beginning to rain (aha, this is the aforementioned "for some reason"). Fortunately, I purchase AAA every September as a portion of my family's birthday gifts. UNfortunately, I've used all allowable roadside services until Sept 1st.
Last time I called AAA I specifically asked if there was a limit to the number of service calls I could make. I was informed there was no limit. At that time I was concerned they would cancel my policy b/c I'd made many calls to them lately (my brain doesn't work so well post accident). I was assured there was no limit.
Well, when I called for this week's "locked key in the vehicle", I was told I could pay for the locksmith or have a family member present when the locksmith arrived. All my family members were over 1 1/2 hrs away and I had a meeting in less than one hour. The AAA person said I'd used up all my service calls and said that someone had misinformed me re: no limit. :-( So, that water gun better be greatly treasured by my friend. Would've been much cheaper to purchase one at the grocery store.
Service calls w/i the past nine months: 2 @ YMCA (key locked inside); 1 @ college (key locked inside); 1 on OH turnpike (dead battery - left lights on); 1 @ clothing store (key locked inside). I guess AAA allows 5 calls. The water gun purchase was #6. That makes for 82 (EIGHTY-TWO) more days of making sure I don't: lock the key inside, run out of gas, leave the lights on, . . . . Perhaps, I should travel only by trike until 9/1.
I am sitting @ the Honda dealership getting routine maintenance completed and a couple (minor) warranty issues fixed. They are investigating whether my model makes a remoteless fob w/ the key inside it. That will help me immensely. In the long run, I imagine whatever it costs will be less than a few more locksmith calls. Also, I purchased a magnetic key holder to place underneath my vehicle. Trouble w/ that is I can't find much metal w/i arm's reach underneath the vehicle. I suppose I may have to always be attired (or keep coveralls in my Ele) to be able to lie down on a parking lot and slide underneath this machine which has the keys locked inside, to obtain the spare in the magnetic key holder.
My daughter suggested the magnetic key holder. I poo-pooed the idea thinking that car thieves would automatically check "all the right places" for the magnetic key holder, thereby making their "job" much easier. My daughter laughed at me. She said thieves need the thrill of breaking into a vehicle and hotwiring it. She assured me that if there was a magnetic key holder underneath the vehicle, theives would bypass my vehicle b/c it wouldn't be "fun" for them. I'm trusting her. She's WAY smarter than me. So, I bought one of those magnetic key holders and gave it to the Honda techie to tell me where to place it. Gosh, I hope he remembers to show me where he placed it or that I remember to ask.
Life is not easy. Should've brought my trike w/ me. Could've ridden it all around this city vs sitting in the children's play room in a cushioned rocking chair and ottoman. But, it's pouring rain. Glad I didn't go to the effort to load the trike, only to get here & not be able to ride b/c of the pouring rain. So far this morning, four little girls, ages: 3, 3, 2, 2, have come in for tea parties (all together for 1/2 hr). Two families of 3 & 2 yr olds. Their dads were terrific - they sat down and enjoyed all the food served by their little ones. NOW, wouldn't it have been cooler if the dads had prepared and served the food for their daughters? Life is not easy.
There are many more things I brought in my rolling backpack to address while waiting for "at least half a day" to get Ele's needs managed. Glad this blog is now caught up to date :-) Hopefully, I'll figure out how to find pictures and upload them to here. Supposed to get rain all weekend, therefore, likely not much triking anytime soon.
*When my "WAY smarter" daughter was really young (ages of the tea partiers this morning), she loved, L-O-V-E-D the movie, "The Wizard of Oz". She and her older brothers memorized that entire movie. With tremendous gusto, my daughter, very loudly & with a switch of articles, would sing the Scarecrow's song, "If I only had THE brain". I have A brain. All the information I use to have is in there. Just scrambled around. Seems like there must be THE brain that will make me not lock my keys in my car, nor leave the lights on, not forget how to transfer & locate pictures. I guess the good thing, better thing, is that I am much, much better at living in this one simple moment. Most of my focus goes here vs there, too. Even when I am walking through my house. Whatever I see if what I do, unless I turn my head. Then, I move on to the other thing, not remembering I was doing something else and didn't finish it. Simply living in "the here & now". Fortunately, I remembered to put the raw chicken in the refrigerator last night -- it was still cold (how do I put an image here of crossed fingers?).
GOD is and that is all that truly, eternally matters. Chicken can be re-bought. In Sept, AAA will, once again, pay a locksmith for retrieving the keys I lock inside my vehicle.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
05.30.10 11 miles: Memorial Day wkend (Sun) on the trail, following along the Flat River
I saw 4 groups of river floaters. What a perfect day to rest on the water! I wondered whether I'd rather be rafting down the river or triking alongside it. I decided that I'd rather be RUNNING alongside it and through it. I wonder if there are rivers in Heaven. I suppose it really doesn't matter b/c GOD will be all that matters.
Summer snow. That's what the white, fluffy stuff is drifting up the grass. The pollen is covering the ground today as quickly as snow covers everything during winter.
NO WAY will I intentionally catch one of these "flakes" on my tongue. One of my favorite things to do during winter runs was to catch snowflakes on my tongue, while running. I imagine if anyone watched me they thought that I was "special". Only if they were from a Southern state :) People in the North do that sort of thing during the winter while out for walks or runs.
Here's an updated picture of the activity at the lake. This town is blessed w/ beautiful trails. I discovered another new one today. It zig-zags a hill from a special education camp to the lake. I triked UP it today. Next trike toward the lake, I will plan to zoom down it. Not sure if the camp is considered "private property". Gonna have to investigate that. The trail is amazing. There are places where I am guessing park benches will be placed to overlook the lake.
Today's 11 miles took 1 hr 20 mins. Not too bad. There are a plethora of hills in this town compared to where I was posted in the South, where there was a plethora of flatness. My legs lost their strength to conquer to hills as easily as last summer. I think it will take less time to recondition my legs this summer. My legs are certainly working well going down hills!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
(May 28: catching up on this previously started post)
I triked a couple - 3 or 4 more times, also. Either forgot to take my (new) camera (w/working zoom) OR forgot to use it. And, no idea how many miles - changed my Cateye, but don't recall the number of addt'l miles -- 10 or so.
The 1st trike on the trail included around the lake. I just wanted to see everything that was there. At the lake, a worker told me they are constructing a winding trail up a cleared hill. One or two houses use to be there, if I recall accurately. I'm glad those people have jobs. Doesn't seem like the best way to use money in these poor economic times.
The other, recent times, I triked was to make my muscles work as hard as possible. I needed to RUN, but obviously cannot. Running would've been much more exhausting and leaving me w/ a sense of release. Triking just does not provide catharsis. Triking is more *fun*; running is EXERCISE - intense, engages every muscle, drains the brain.
Speaking of which, I need to make a decision re: "local" gym. I prefer the gym 19 miles from my house - it has "more" options of class times, 3 pools w/ very nice locker room. The gym 2 miles from my house is inhabited by local people. That is the greatest issue for me re: the 2 mile away gym. Not sure I'm ready for local people. Which would I attend more? IDK. 19 miles is not that far, but it will require an investment of time to drive there and back. I can be anonymous there. I can go do what I need to do and leave. Will I use this gym frequently? Will I go to the 2 mile away gym frequently if I do not want to "encounter" local people? A decision has to be made SOON. My body needs the movement exercises.
Numb today. Enough to catch up this post so I can put it out of my mind of things to finish.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Very warm day. Very.
I triked 2 miles of this trail a few wks ago. Today, R & I tr(b)iked 14 miles: out & back (7 miles one-way). Took ~ 2 hrs.
The trail started out paved. Very nice - had to curtsey "stop" as we rode through a neighborhood. Then, the trail went through an "interpretive" area re: the Chesapeake Indians, including fitness work-out stations for children (& adults). Then the trail turned into sand, covered w/ pine needles. This provided for quick thinking & maneuvering reflexes not to end up in sand pits. This was fun & challenging.
This section (below) was very weird, compared w/ the rest of the trail. It's like death visited this area. We saw a huge bird nest atop one of the dead trees. Wondered if it was an eagle's nest. it was huge. (Friend, R)
I had to dismount my trike a few times and pull it through sand pits. No traction whatsover!
This sign came as a surprise. I thought "poop" became manure, useful for fertilizing. (Sorry I forgot to flip it upright -- compiling this trike memory @ 1 am, two days after the outing .......... I'm pooped!)
Saturday, May 1, 2010
HOT weather. Too hot to have been out, perhaps. But, oh well, 11 miles done.
Tobacco is growing in NC - it is on the other side of that dirt path.
My friend, R, a self-professed "non-athletic white boy" rode w/ me today. He's from MD and is completing his first year at the college where I presently reside. R plans to attend a college, "back home" next year and do as much commuting, as possible, via bicycling - so, he's building up his endurance. Today's 11 miles is his new PR. We both leave NC very soon.
While riding we came across a man-made small lake. Various geese were around the lake. This fat duck was sitting in the grassy area when R & I pulled over for a water break. We believe this duckooster is a combo duck & rooster. The bill part looked like a rooster's bill.
Here's the lastest update on the house being built by the river. Its personality is beginning to form.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Two modes of transportation. I am truly blessed. Most people of world only have feet for transportation. Once, again, I thot I had the "rule" figured out for uploading pics in "correct" order - wrong! Thought this angle was clever -- recycle - get it?
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
THIS was still "there," but much more dried up. The temp was low 90's, so it got a good bakin' today.
Saw some friendly walkers while out.