Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I had a close call last night while on my bike. I live about six short blocks from the trails. I normally go a certain route, but that street had traffic backed up, so I decided to go up one more block before making my left hand turn to hit the road to the park. I gave the hand signal for a left-hand turn (in plenty of time) and just as I was starting to make it, a big F250 pickup blasted past me on the left. This happened less than one block off a four-way stop. I don’t know if the driver (a young man) didn’t recognize the hand signal or thought I was waving him around me, but it did leave me pretty shaken.
Further cycling news: My dear friend Meg (to whom I owe an actual, real written thank-you) sent me the perfect birthday gift – a bike computer for Cha-Cha. While Bick was in town last Sunday, he installed my new lights, bottle cage, spoke lights, and new computer. Now all that’s left is programming! Woo Hoo! I’ll now have all sorts of statistics to track! Until you are properly thanked, a big hug goes out to my friend Meg for her thoughtfulness. I just busted out laughing when I opened the surprise.
The second close call happened to MalibuKen last Saturday night. He was sitting there looking all cute in the parking garage, when some idiots decided to do some smash and grabs. When Bick came to pick me up for church on Sunday morning, he asked me if I knew there had been break-ins. He told me the police were still in the garage, but MalibuKen was safe. I went out anyway, only to find that MalibuKen was not safe – he just has super strong windows. There were three cracked places where the idiots had tried to break the window. Seriously, I don’t know if they got smart enough to look to see there was nothing in the car to steal or if they were about to get caught or what. I will have to get the window replaced, but at least I’m not picking glass out of my behind while driving down the road.
The caffeine throttle down is progressing. I think I’m in about day four. I cut off caffeine at noon. That usually leaves me with a cup of coffee and a Diet Coke or two. My sleep has improved but I haven’t learned to love water quite yet.
And I was honored AARP guest over at Jack Sh*t's place yesterday.
Before pictures! I was rummaging around looking for some old horse show pictures and ran across a few “before” shots. Before shots are a rarity, as I actively avoided the camera AND was not above destroying the film and pictures. I planned to scan them in today, but evidently left them at home. I thought I had tucked them away in my purse, but like yesterday’s stamps, they appear to have entered another dimension.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Announce Your Presence with Authority.
Comments on Comments:
@jill - Was the art game Masterpiece? I loved that game!
@Helen re: going places alone. It doesn't bother me. While I would enjoy and prefer company, it's not a requirement for me. If it were, I wouldn't get many places. Some of the most confidence-building exercises have been traveling alone to some place new. It can be exhilarating!
@Angela - welcome neighbor!
@Shelley - Come to visit the cowgirl AND me!
@Merry - the seasons last about a day!
@Ms PJ - thanks for the movie recommendation - I'll have to check it out.
@Sharon - I don't wear a watch, but I do get tired of pulling out my cell phone to check the time!