So Glad I Sucked it Up and Went

I observed a class at work today, which is an easy gig. No prep, participate only when you want, and we had cookies near the end of session! (The chocolate chips were fresh out of the oven and the chips were still gooey!!)

At one point, the class discussed a person’s “I think” vs his “I feel” as in: I think I need to clean the garage, but I flat don’t feel like it! The theory is: In order to get someone to do something tough, you gotta get the “I feel” and “I think” on the same page. If not the “I feel” will win every time.

I took particular notice of this as I dealt with it this morning for the commute in… Continue reading “So Glad I Sucked it Up and Went”

Winter Riding Comfort

I frequently refer to 2015 as the “Year without a winter.”   Throughout the beginning of the year, we were unseasonably warm and dry.  Riding last year was a pleasure for a cyclist, even if the state paid for it with drought conditions all spring and summer long.

I can now see I got a bit spoiled in 2015. So far, 2016 has been MUCH different (meaning more normal) and I have had to relearn my winter riding… Continue reading “Winter Riding Comfort”

Starting out right

Long ago, I made the New Years resolution that I not only kept that year, but I was able to keep year in and year out.  I resolved NOT to make resolutions! It has worked wonders for me.

However, that does not mean I let a new year go by without noticing it.  With the holidays having just occurred, I ate and drank WAY too much (though it was damn good).

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The Tony diet is tossed out the window until the New Year… Continue reading “Starting out right”

You ain’t that sweet, so you aint gonna melt in the rain!

Sometimes, you just can’t help remembering those ‘endearing’ phrases your dad made when you are growing up.

Editor’s note:  Hmmm, I wonder what my kids will remember coming from me?  The only one I can think of is “Remember, I am bigger, meaner and uglier than you’ll ever be! So don’t push it!”

Sorry I digressed.  When it came to being out in the rain, I distinctly remember him saying “Boy, you aint that sweet, so you aint gonna melt in the rain!”

This runs through my head every time I get ready to ride when I KNOW I am gonna get wet.  Yesterday was one of those days… Continue reading “You ain’t that sweet, so you aint gonna melt in the rain!”

There was once a song!

My kid brother reminded me of a song, from the 70s I believe, that has this chorus:

You don’t tug on Superman’s cape
You don’t spit in the wind
You don’t pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger and

And here is where I added my own verse

You don’t waste a sunny weekend in November!

Ok, ok it doesn’t rhyme, but it fits for this weekend… Continue reading “There was once a song!”

Just gotta be tougher than the ride

Had myself a bit of a giggle this evening when I was out and about with the Manchild for dinner. Tonight, for something different, we went to Rock Woodfired Pizza.  I like the place because it has great pizza, music videos from the 80s (Joan Jett’s I Love Rock and Roll baby!) and really good service.

Manchild likes it for the music and the food, and because normally we get really cute servers who are close to his age.  Sadly, for him, today’s server was Michael. Continue reading “Just gotta be tougher than the ride”

The Cold is mightier than the wine!

You know, I really didn’t think it was possible.  We western Washington folks have become known for our enjoyment of good coffee, good beer and excellent wine.  On days when the snow has flown, and Seattle has in essence shut down, I have seen people trudge to Starbucks for coffee.  And I myself have walked through a blizzard for the aforementioned beer.

But yesterday, I found the weather that keeps people away from great wine…

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Continue reading “The Cold is mightier than the wine!”