Friday, May 1, 2020

Yikes - May?? May I - Classic

Well Now, would you look at that. This might be my closest achievement to adding my name to the number one position on any Strava Segmented Leader Boards. As for KOM's, not a chance. The climbers now a days are flipping machines. I'll be willing to bet that I am not even in the top 50 of any KOM's. Just not much of a stud. Clearly


NUMBERS:

Miles Biked - 263
Hours - 30
Activities - 17
PR's - zip, zero, nada
Running - Nope
YTD - 979.7
April 2019 - 740mi

Ortho-Bionomy Zoom Meetings 
Here in Colorado, other states do something different, so I was rudely informed, Coloradans go outside at 8pm and howl. Thats Right, Howl. Engaging that diaphragm and belting out an evening howl is so fulfilling and beneficial. Its been a real kick during the month of April as participation has dramatically increased. Even Dogs Participate By Default

A New Basket At Watsons Island - Good Day Mr Bill
So I was riding the other evening, beautiful sunset, ideal temperature across the Vally Floor, and everyone starts the howling ritual. Oh, Its 8pm. I felt as if I was finally in sync with the times. Felt as if I was in the Middle East with that frame of reference by the prayer bells ringing out. Actually, that 8 o'clock howl was uplifting with my current state of mind.

A Memorable Cheese Show 
On a positive note, I was laying in bed while reading about how the European cyclists have dominated their landscape. The amount of causal bike riders has been unprecedented. Paris has reportedly dropped 300 million euros into their cycling infrastructure. Can you imagine how far that will go?? The health benefits?? The cleaner air quality?? The amount of families that will be taking advantage of these opportunities to develop NON automobile usage?? Instilling their youth to simply ride to the damn grocery store! New Habits, Ingenious

For Steve And Steve 
I dropped a comment on Wendy's blog about "Strava Hunters" in reference to all the folks out and about these days. As a clarification, I rely on Strava as you all know. During peak hours of trail usage, couldn't be bothered with Leaderboard Segments. With so much foot traffic on weekends, no need to push the envelope. " Casually passing on your right." Is my go to expression. With families I say," Plenty of room and I'm not in any kind of hurry." No Biggie. There is a time and place for chasing Strava Stats. I Get It

For The Magic Of It 
Newbies??? Oh Yes. Plenty. Chains that haven't seen oil in decades. Folks walking completely checked out. That zombie stumble from not being outside in months. The two moms with strollers walking side by side down the middle of the concrete path. Trained and untrained dog walkers. But I keep this in mind, Its A Multi Use Trail System! RELAX People

Where Is Pitt - That Climbing Fool 
I say relax because I witnessed this lady totally loosing her SH*T over a navigating newbie. This "first" time biker was on a three wheel bike and obviously meandering along the trail. Without a worry what so ever. Just in the moment and enjoying the peaceful ride. A fluorescent spandex wearing, hammering on her $30,000.oo ultra light machine, drinking organic coconut water, cyclists approaches throwing her hands around, and was totally flipping out about the whole situation. On her own pace and just couldn't be sympathetic of others. This brief moment completely ruined her whole ride, whole day, and her whole Phuc-N week. The three wheeled bicyclist, a handicapped person.

KAFM Update:

The staff at KAFM sent out a pathetic e-mail that was beyond disappointing and uninspiring. The highlight being  '  The basics of the return to live programming:
We will be doing live radio every other day for two weeks.  This schedule may be changed after the two-week period.  The days for live shows will be:  '

A Photo For Andrew - Cheers 
Are you flipping kidding us??? Another example of a half-A$$ attempt. Broadcasting every other day?? KAFM was given the golden opportunity to shine, reassure the community, and thrive. Hell, grow their listening data base and membership! Instead, they Sh*t The Phuc-N Bed. Keeping GJ Lame

Yes, You Can Walk Across The Colorado River 
Its been especially challenging as friends that know about my association with KAFM remind me how bad the auto programed music sounds. How unlistenable the station has become. Asking me why they would hold a fund drive with NO LIVE DJ's?? Total annihilation and the biggest question that arises," Why has the communication been so limited?" Its a defeating failure like the not so mighty Colorado River. Such A Discouraging Topic


iWORK:

I am so grateful for friendships. An elderly friend sent a text about wanting to chat. "Would you mind stopping by my place?" He Asked

Day One
I throughly enjoy working but the poor old body doesn't. Manual labor never bothered me because of the rewarding satisfaction after completion. I absolutely loved landscaping back in the day but the body just simply won't allow it. But of course I couldn't say no. He was so excited about the possibilities that await. What Else Is Possible

Repairing With Chalk And Sanding 
I used to enjoy removing sod/grass and then create a desert appearing oasis. There is a true paragon about working with flagstone. Its more than just craftsmanship. Like a metal artist, the finished piece is the goal but its the grinding of the welds. Or the pleasure from organic matter between your toes that Mother Earth produced while gardening. Its more than just a potted plant, its the cycle of life, tuning in with seasonal growth. Its the gratification from producing something that will enrich in so many ways. Ownership

And Now The Deck 
I will admit, the evening after the first day, my shins were beyond sensitive!! That red ladder there, I climbed on it all day. My poor sissy legs aren't used to holding myself safe with those tiny stabilizing muscles and of course you use your shins/foot to relocate the ladder to its next position. Oh, and my hips?? Killing Me!! Low Back, Shot. After that first day, I laid on the floor for about 15 minutes. But after stretching out, lets do it again tomorrow. And the next day after that, these days are margining together. So Long April

Done Sanding - 1st Coat Applied  
However, the singing birds, AMAZINGLY Beautiful. I swear that every time I gazed towards the sky there was some sort of bird of prey in flight. The weather has been more than ideal with a lovely afternoon breeze. Perfect Temperatures


The second fresh coat of paint has truly changed these 30+ year old weathered redwood boards. All the elbow grease was paying off. Literally AND Figuratively. Just for the record, I really wanted to paint that bay window.


I wasn't really sold on the "red" paint and made the comment to him about how its Denver Bronco Orange and you'll love it. The brown was going to be the floor board color but I recommend not. The brown would cook your bare feet in the summer months. A multi colored deck was a hint in theory but later became the talk of his zoom meetings. He really loves the 4x4 post highlights in brown. The two tone browns tapered down that robust Donkey Orange paint. So Thats Cool

A Job Well Done - Joyful Sound 
The Dr:

I was wondering the other night before drifting off, What Would Dr Seuss Think About The State Of Things


For my OCD readers, after I finish reading one, I shelf it the opposite direction so I know which ones I still need to read. Takes me about 2 years to randomly read them all. Been Flip Flop Reading These Gems For Decades. The last sentence in my high school senior yearbook even reads, I Yam What I Yam & Thats All Folks

And this video is absolutely brilliant!!!

GOALS:

  1. Bust Out Some Serious Miles This Month Of May 
  2. Finish Reading Still Life of the Woodpecker
  3. Calisthenics With Primal Movements   
  4. Be A Little More Compassionate With My Zoom Meetings 
  5. Continue The Reaching Out Vain
  6. Stay Patiently Present In The Moment 
  7. Practice Maximum Enthusiasm 
  8. AND Consume Freshly Squeezed Bleach Every Morning   


Cheers

70 comments:

  1. You've been busy-love the deck you worked on. back in the 70s I lived in Denver as a cord board operator at Mountain Bell-one of the last offices I like this at the time-was a cool experience-and I loved the Broncos and those mountains. stay positive-Missouri is opening up to more normal this monday-but business's around the lake are opening up now this weekend

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    1. Back In The Orange Crush Days - Will Stay Positive But I Have No Interest In Opening ANY States Until A Vaccines Becomes Available

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  2. ...you sure have a way of making me feel old or is that older. It took me forever to read through this post, I had to stop and search words and terms that aren't in my vocabulary. Make May as good as possible and stay smart, there are a lot of dummies out there.

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    1. ... Settle Down There Whipper Snapper - Looking Forward To May - Loads Of Dummies For Books Floating Around - Be Well Brother T

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  3. You've been busy and that's great. Glad to see the deck you worked on, you did a great job. Our restriction of a 2km limit around your house is being extended to 5km on the 18th. Unbelievable how fast the months are flying by even when you are limited to where you can go. Lots of reading to take me elsewhere too so I try and stay busy.
    Have a wonderful day and week. Keep smiling, Padre. You are a ball full of positive energy and I can feel it. I'll be clicking away.

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    1. Hustling Jobs - April Went By So Fast - Total Blur - Thanx For Checking In

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  4. My brother Padre, first of all thank you so much for that awesome photo of the nature scene that you tagged me in, I felt super happy and that was very thoughtful of you! What makes it more interesting is that very high leafless-tree at the back part that looks like a multi-headed peacock, love it!

    Now about that Deck! Padre, you made it look super nice with that choice of paint! That spot looks super cozy and would love to stay there all day long even have meals on it. And those wooden grills as ceilings (not sure if that should be called a ceiling, my architecture knowledge is bad) makes it more refreshing and a perfect place to meditate and breath under the sky.

    Oh and one last thing I love are your goals! Please do note that you are giving us amazing amounts of number 7 which is so infectious that I sometimes visit your blog and re-reading some articles I have already read before just to uplift me with your energy! Those goals are amazing and maybe I should write some goals too myself right? Just to give extra "looking forward" reasons in this lockdown era.

    Ok my comment now looks a novel HAHA But I just really enjoy every single time I'm here at your space Padre. God bless you brother and stay safe especially on your rides!

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    1. Holy Smokes - Such A Wonderful Novel - Your Words Are So Kind - I Appreciate You - You Would Love Mediation Sessions On The Deck For Sure - Stoked You Found The Humor In The Goals - But Pleased Good Old #7 Resinated With Ya - Stay Positive Brother Man

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    2. haha I am happy you like my novel my brother! You really inspired me to do a list of goals especially for this coming month since surely I will still spend most of my days at home and work so it would help and be encouraging to have a list of things to accomplish aside from work. Have an awesome week ahead brother Padre and of course make the most out of this Sunday!

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  5. That's a lot of miles under your belt. Well done.

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    1. Well, I Do A Lot Of Riding BUT No Real Training - I'll Be Honest, I Kinda Miss Being Fit - But Never Less, I Appreciate Your Kind Words - Thank You

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  6. Enjoyed this post a lot Padre. I totally relate to the backache etc thing, I've been building wardrobes, uprooting and replanting mature trees, seriously.. do I think I'm 20 or something, seeing a physio about my back ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Your painting efforts look good though and you made someone very happy, always the best reward! The lady who got so agro with the handicapped traveler needs to chill the truck up! Loved the Fox in Sox wrap, must try that next time I Skype the grandchildren ๐Ÿ˜‰ Such a shame re the radio station, will they ever recover I wonder! Yes I did splash out on new computer in the end, new technology much faster ๐Ÿ’™ Take care ✨

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    1. Backache But Rewarding, Right - Truck-N-A - Fox in Sox Rap Is Fantastic - Been Watching All Of His Videos - Have Fun With The Little Ones - Do You Ever Change Into Costumes While Skype

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  7. Well done on with your mileage. Makes me tired and achy just thinking about all those miles, lol. Nice view of the river! Our deck needs all new wood, it is old. Ha, don't overdo the bleach..Take care, enjoy your day!

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  8. I love the idea of howling. (I like to be the Bad Wolf as in Doctor Who) I can imagine howling at 8 pm, a quiet hour in my tiny, rural New England town. I can just hear the commotion that would cause. The coyotes answering back. How cool would that be! And the town Facebook page blowing up with complaints because of the noise or worries about coyotes on the prowl. Take care and have a great week. ๐Ÿบ

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  9. Your mileage is impressive! Did you howl when you were riding that night? I'm usually in bed reading at 8 pm, so there's no howling or singing here.

    Thank you for the mention. I never even knew what Strava segments were until you mentioned it. Then I did some reading and found out how competitive people were with these 'segments'. Seriously? Idk. I just want to run...

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    1. Not Only Did I Howl But Rang My Bell Like A Mad Man - I Am So Glad You Saw This Post - One Strava Benefit For Sure Is That It Gives A Little Extra Kick In The Pants When Your Feel Gelatinous Through Certain Sections

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  10. Yours is very interesting blog Padre. I feel quite exhausted just reading all that you do.

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  12. I almost got wiped out by a cyclist who was on the walking path, don't bikes go on the road with traffic? She was going "beep beep" with her mouth...so I said try your brakes works better...Good mileage for you omg, my bike has 2 flats, gave it up after moving back to the sandy south. Have a wonderful week the deck looks very smart.

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  13. Loving your deck, good place to sit when you and the weather feel inclined to.
    Our city is hilly but down towards the river there is a good bike track that we used to ride on once, age is the factor now.
    Take care.

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    1. Thanx For Checking In - Age Is Just A Number - Ease Back Into It - Enjoy The Week

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  15. My daughter bought herself a second hand mountain bike a couple of weeks ago, hope she doesn't upset any spandex wearers.
    I rather like the idea of howling.

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  16. Lovely captures and great to see your name up there on the Leaderboard!

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  17. I love your goals, especially 6 and 7 - I should prsctice that too! Stay safe and healthy everyone ☺

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  18. So is Strava a trail? Your deck looks a whole lot better! Wolves howl to keep in touch with each other, so I think that is what everyone there is needing to do. The last item on your to do list totally cracked me up!

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    1. Strava Is A Social Media Platform For Tracking Miles, Elevation, etc For Runners, Cyclist, And Swimmers - Glad You Enjoyed The Freshly Squeezed Goal

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  19. your biking miles are impressive. i biked 6.4 miles in the last 2 days on my brand new electric bike! i am not using the motor too much, just the pedal assist, as i still want to get some exercise! the change was needed as i had fallen several times on my other bike. the pedego has amazing features and a good, long battery life. i had a three wheel bike, they are difficult to ride, it has something to do with the natural curve in the road!!

    you did a nice job on your friends deck, i am not sure i love the orange...although orange is a pretty color and sometimes one of my favorites. i don't know if i would pick it for a deck but it was very nice of you to do this!!

    # 6 & 7, i am going to try to make them my goals too!!!

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    1. eBike - Thats Fantastic - The Pedal To Assist Feature Is Incredible - Keep On Keeping On - Hope The Goals Work Out For Ya

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  20. You seem to have been busy but must feel fulfilled. Wood-deck works as an extension of living room tuned into nature. I think your had work paid off.

    Yoko

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  21. That's so funny, about the howling! I hadn't heard that. Somehow it seems very Colorado-an. (Coloradan?)

    Radio seems like the kind of industry that could be easily adapted to working from home. Why couldn't you all broadcast from home (if being together in the station is the issue)? I agree, now is the time to be live!

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    1. Just Recently Watched A Video From Boulder Colorado And VERY Impressive Howling Over There - The Radio Should Be Alive - Such A Bummer

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  22. WOW...so good to see your name up there on the leaderboard! Congrats.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    As always, I am so impressed with your biking! I haven't quite tackled mine yet...but the intention is there ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I have been walking a lot recently though...well, not much else is permitted around here, unfortunately! Lol
    Your work on your friend's decking is really something!! I like how you have captured it's progress for us step by step. WOW, what an achievement! Very well done!!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    Have a super week!

    Cheers from England ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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    1. Thanx - Good For You For Walking - Stay In Motion - Love The Step By Step Progress - Having A Super Moon Week - Stay Strong In The UK

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  23. "Wood-deck" looks amazing, blend with beautiful nature.
    Thank you for sharing wonderful photos

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  24. Ha ha! I caught that last one "Consume freshly squeezed bleach every single morning". Careful, my friend!

    I'm glad that your body could adapt to doing that manual labor. It sounds like your work made somebody really smile!

    So, did you do it? Walk across the mighty Colorado?

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  25. Congrats on your achievement! You did a fantastic job on the deck!

    Happy Thursday!

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    1. Well Thank You Veronica - Much Appreciated

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  26. When you're busy, time passes faster.
    You've been busy with the deck and done a good job.
    I don't like numbers, absolutely not ... and in your "goals" you forgot what's most important, such as laughing and being happy!
    Thanks for visiting! Have a beautiful day!

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  27. Great job on your wood-deck!
    I always love to see your pics!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself

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  28. Bikes over here is another story.
    I am a pedestrian, was a cyclist and a car driver.

    The last was the worst. I started 05:12 a.m., it´s dark and cyclist come from the wrong direction, without light, dark clothes, no helmet.
    Twice one bumped into my company car, once police came and I had to pay!! Even though it was not my fault! You clearly saw he bumped into my car on the left!

    As a cyclist... those with the e-bikes push you off the cycle path, it´s no fun no more - that goes not for all, but for too many.

    Gardening, or "balcony-ing" needs to wait here, still too cold over night.

    That place looks awesome!

    P.S.... Ella´s - as my Hubby´s "stories" - are real. Hubby and I married in Perth, hence it´s in English, not made up.

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  29. I love the Fox in Sox video. Going to go share this with my granddaughter! I wonder what my neighbors would think if I started howling tonight at 8 PM? I kinda like the idea.

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    1. Outrageous Video - That Guy Will Has A Few More That Are Worth Of A View - Enjoy Your Granddaughters Reaction

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  30. A very good job on your wood deck. I won't be able to do it. My duty at home is to take care of the animals and other little things to help my wife.
    In my daily life I always use the bike: to move, to make shopping ecc. In the past I went to work by bike.

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  31. You were very busy and it was certainly a lot of work, but I think it was worth it, because the wood-deck was spectacular.
    Have a nice weekend and take care.

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  32. I think I met the Lyra Lady. Tried to run her off the road but she was too slippery for me.

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