I'll start where I left off...
Friday - Thoughts about running the Gold Star Bridge, al la Mike was preempted when "Lunch with Friends" popped up on my calendar and well running, food, booze, and biking are in my top 5 favorite activities. Figured maybe I could sneak in a loop at Burlingame post picking up my bib and shirt in Newport. Well that didn't happen, timing was really off and while I do want to run the woods in the dark, I didn't have my headlamp, and probably should let someone know what I am doing. (To quote MAC "Ya, think?") Next best thing is a run around town in the dark. I donned my Choucas hat courtesy of Kristina and my head lamp and headed out the door, to be stopped by Dave, just arriving home from riding Burlingame, laughing at my hipster braids. There isn't a ponytail hole, so what was I to do?
Big sorry to the guy I nearly blinded. Whoops...
Saturday - 2.5 beach walk with Gizzy, the eldest boxer and my curmudgeon.
|Noble beast my Gizzy!!|
|The Treacherous Trio Gizzy, Sage, Diesel|
Sage's birthday is today (11/10), I think it is very appropriate, being the birthday of the Marine Corps and all. She would have made a spectacular Marine!
|"Is that a pledge pin on your uniform?"|
OK enough of memory lane. Gizzy curled up with me on the couch for a post walk pre dinner nap, one I planned on to make up for the sleep I was going to not get....
Dave had plans to go to Maine to cut down a red spruce or two. Again, I don't ask a lot of questions, so I don't know the quantity. He told me he was going to leave around midnight to get to the Baskahegan forest at sunrise. I questioned (shocking IKR?) the reasonableness of this plan and was told, "Well what was I going to do in Brookton, ME for the evening?" Fair enough, I suppose, so leaving at bed time, upsetting the dogs was his plan.... hence my 3 hour nap in the afternoon, making sure I had some sleep for my pending Pell-Newport Bridge race, I needed to be up and moving by 4:15 a.m. to meet up with Nicole.
As an aside, in case you are scratching your head on this whole cutting down a tree or two business. Dave is a Luthier. A Luthier, not a Lutheran, he is Catholic (not by choice, guess you say a recovering Catholic? I dunno this whole organized religion thing is lost on me) actually, but we aren't discussing religion. His craft is making stringed instruments. specifically bluegrass Mandolins in the Lloyd Loar style, and as the economy wound up to take its big *expletive* the bottom dropped out of selling hand crafted Mandolins. Put food on the table or buy a bluegrass Mandolin, a pretty easy decision. What he has found success in is supplying the tone wood (red spruce) to companies and individuals at a reasonable cost for top quality wood. Hunting, harvesting, and processing the wood is time consuming. The tree needs to grow straight (most trees grow with a slight twist), have few branches, and tight growth rings. The part of the tree he can use he will bring home and the lumberjack he works with will have a buyer for the rest of the tree.
Sunday - You may have guessed where this is heading. Long about 6 a.m. I rollover and look at the clock, normal time for me to wake up. I look at the clock and ponder "hmm there was something I was supposed to do today." I panic and remember, "Meet Nicole at the park and ride at 5:15 a.m.!!!" No I don't remember the race, I remember my commitment.
Check my phone texts from Nicole and Dave. I have my phone set to do not disturb between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. only calls from family will come through or calls that are 3 in a row. Nicole called twice... point of reference if you really need to wake me up call three times... and no I'm not passing out my cell phone number, ha!!!
Nicole is understandably worried as 'Ms. Dependable' is no where to be seen and she can't get a hold of me.
Dave, on the other hand, is trying out voice texting on his phone and hoping to send hilarious texts.... don't ask me why this relationship work, it just does. We, and our respective families, put the "fun" in dysFUNction is possibly the reason? Although I'd love to meet a family that doesn't put the "fun" in dysFUNction. If you know of one, introduce me!
So, yeah, he will not be thrilled I posted this, whateves... Goofball...
Time to re-think my day, well I definitely have time to see Crutch run in Warwick. Crazy, running for 6 hours? Who does that? (har har har) Ro posted something to my timeline about the race and Don mentioned he was running the Conservation 5K in Avondale at 1. Oh I could see Crutch run, meet Kristina and Sara in person and then get home in time for a bike ride through Avondale to Watch Hill and watch the guys run. Yes, ALL of you, I'm too shy to say HI, however I will cheer you on!! Great job Tommy 5K, Gazelle, and Gazelle Jr. Nice to catch up with you John!!
|Crutch looking strong and determined at the end of lap 7!!|
|Tommy 5K in the lead, of course!|
|Don, taking it easy in the beginning|
|Phil running strong!!|
As the awards ceremony was finishing up the clouds were gathering, was I going to make the 6 miles home before it started raining or not? Fortunately it was just spitting as I cranked my way down Elm Street and up U.S. 1. to home. A quick shower to warm up and meet Don and and Suzan for a beer at the Malted Barley then home to run around the house with the dogs (they were staring daggers through me when I walked through the door - can you blame them?). Yippiee my Sunday was complete!!
I'm getting there with the Bluff Ave climb, every time I'm a few seconds faster!
Beth, who's alarm clock, the one who will wake up and poke her and say "Don't you have someplace to be?" was in Maine, and who apparently can't figure out how to work the one on her nightstand.