Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda… but didn’t ride this weekend either.

Well, Friday was a great day for riding… too bad I didn’t get the chance.

The morning was spent working from home, then doing some banking and fixing a worn-out motion sensor on the front of the garage. The better part of the afternoon was spent up in the attic and back room over the garage going through and cleaning out old boxes filled with “stuff” that I’ve amassed over the past 34 years.  I found I still had all of the training materials that I used during my Security Police training during the summer of 1978 as well as my Special Agent’s training notes and related materials from 1982.  There was also a lot of stuff from my early days with Lockheed out in California, including quite a few mementos and collectables from the early days of the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) Program.  I gave the shredder a pretty good work-out, but nothing compared to what Debbie has in front of her!  She’s got about six boxes to go through plus a couple of file drawers in the office that are filled with all of her Tanning Salon documents from the 80’s, her real estate stuff from the 90’s and then some.  On the bright side, if we ever decide to bail out of our slowly decaying neighborhood, we won’t be moving junk and, further own down the road we figure someone will thank us when they don’t have to go through all of this stuff.  Someone will have to clue me in on the best way to get rid of old trophy’s and awards; bonfire?

To say I was looking forward to On the Border would have been an understatement, as I was definitely ready for the Friday night ritual and hanging with our friends David & Deb.  Well, as the appointed time for heading to OTB approached Debbie called to let me know that our friends had invited us to go and check-out comedian Jim Norton over at the Punchline for the 8:00 PM show.  Well, that sounded fun and would make for a full evening!

So, we made it over to OTB by about 6:00 PM. After dropping Debbie off at the front door I ran into our friends Aimee and Roger in the parking lot as they had just finished and early dinner and were headed to Costco just next door.  Always good to see them and we look forward to when tandem cycling season moves into full swing so we can spend some quality time together.  However, in the mean time, it was on to the bar where I found my lovely Debbie sitting with our friends David & Deb.  I figured that we’d need to leave OTB by about 7:15 PM to be over at the Punchline by 7:45 PM for the 8:00 PM show, so we really didn’t have to rush through dinner, but we also wouldn’t be hanging around as long as usual.

We ended up arriving at the Punchline in plenty of time and had a really great time. The warm-up acts were actually pretty good, the beer was cold, Debbie found a decent Margarita and the company was… well, awesome!  We always have so much darn fun with David & Deb so we’re typically game for anything. And, with that in mind, after the show was over a little before 10:00 PM we kind of remembered that Jody and the boys of Pretty Twisted were playing over at Brewster’s off of Canton Road in Marietta, so off we went.

We found some seats right up front by the band & small dance floor and were just in time for their 2nd set.  As with all Pretty Twisted gigs, we danced the night away and closed the place down around 1:00 AM when they finished their 3rd set.  We really didn’t plan to do a weekend worth of activities in a single night, but did just that!

Oh, if that weren’t enough, we had to be up and out of the house by about 8:00 AM on Saturday so we could watch our grandson Jacob show his hob “Smokey” at the Pickens County Future Farmer’s of America show up in Jasper, Georgia. We’d never been to a livestock show, so it was an interesting experience.  Jacob’s the little man in Black in the photos below and his sister Emily was also competing and sang the National Anthem.

FAA Kids Lined Up For Invocation



The rest of Saturday was kind of a bust. The rain came in around 3:00 PM and is still with us, so out-of-doors cycling opportunities.  Hoping for better weekends in March.


About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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