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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Yesterday I felt very sick. Today, I had two court dockets to attend; 9:30 am and 1:00 pm. I decides that I would drive to the morning one, run an errand, come home, and then decide if I felt up to biking back to the afternoon one. DD came home last night and we talked about her riding along with me.

This morning's docket, which usually is a 45-minute affair, took almost 2 hours. I rushed to run my errand and clattered through the door with the same plan: determine if DD was up to riding.

See what I did there?

DD said no, but I was running late and on autopilot by that time. I pulled on bike shorts and changed shoes, packed up my stuff and took off.

I was over halfway to town before my brain caught up and said, "wait a minute! Am I up to this?!"

The answer is pretty much, not really. But I was committed by then. So there I was, sitting in court feeling kind of nauseated. Again.

I'm really not very bright....

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DOTTIEJANE1 8/24/2012 11:12AM

    Hope you got some water and took it easy on the way home . Have a great weekend .

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DOGLADY13 8/23/2012 8:35PM

    Ugh. Hope you are feeling better. I went through three days of headaches this week. Not fun, they just sap the life out of you.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 8/23/2012 7:23PM

    I hope you took it easy or got a drive home too!

Were you able to put a "bright smile" on for the client and judge, in spite of not feeling very bright?

Hope you feel better soon!


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CHEFSOPHIE 8/23/2012 3:47PM

    I hope you took it easy going home or called your daughter and asked her to pick you up.

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Just keep swimming....

Monday, August 20, 2012

Biked 15 miles yesterday, which helped the moodiness some, then had a bout of migraine syndrome, which might explain much of the moodiness. Marginally migrainey this morning--headache is vaguely there, but much more with the nausea and light sensitivity.

Nevertheless, there is work to be done....

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    Feel better!

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CHEFSOPHIE 8/20/2012 11:18AM

    Hope you start feeling better. Head aches are no fun

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ATHENAPOWER 8/20/2012 9:18AM

    I don't get them, so I have no idea... feel better soon!

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CMCBRIDE37 8/20/2012 9:13AM

    I get migraines too...about once a month. If I catch it early with an Excedrine (if you can find them in the store), I can ward off a really bad one. If not then the excedrine dulls it enough to function until I can lay down. I am not severe enough to move into stronger drugs.

Hope you feel better.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

I'm just a bundle of fury and crankiness today. I'm not used to this. I'm usually a pretty happy person.

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RICHILA 8/19/2012 11:31PM


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CHEFSOPHIE 8/19/2012 6:58PM

    Well there is always tomorrow.

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2BDYNAMIC 8/19/2012 6:37PM

    Do yu think you might be really tired? I know I feel like that when I need to rest and even take an old fashioned nap! .... (we tend to do MORE than we even realize in a given week .... emoticon

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GAELA-I-CAN 8/19/2012 6:31PM

    Hey we all have those days. Luckily for you they are infrequent ! emoticon

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Ride on the road, ride on the road, ride on the road!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

A friend of mine was just hit by a car while riding her bike. She wasn't badly injured, thank goodness.

When we discussed the circumstances of the accident, my suspicions were confirmed: she'd been riding on the sidewalk, and was hit by a driver who was turning right from a stop sign. The driver did not check to the right, but only looked left, and hit my friend as she entered the intersection from the sidewalk.

And this is how most bike/car collisions happen: cyclists on the sidewalk, car in the road. As in, these kinds of accidents are 25 TIMES more frequent than accidents involving a bike on a major road with no designated bike lanes at all.

State law in most states indicates that bikes are road vehicles, allowed on all roads except where expressly prohibited (usually just freeways), and in most states adults are actually prohibited by law from riding on the sidewalk. But people continue to ride on the sidewalk from a mistaken apprehension that this is safer for the cyclist.

It's NOT. It's not safer for the cyclist, and it's certainly not safer for pedestrians using the sidewalk, because bikes travel MUCH faster than foot traffic. So a bike on the sidewalk is a hazard to other people and a hazard to itself.

I know it's scary to start riding on the road. Cars go much faster, and are so much bigger. But it only *seems* safer to be on the sidewalk.

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TATTER3 8/19/2012 5:28AM

    I live in the country and we have a lot of drivers who think of themselves as the 'Dukes of Hazard' and could care less if a cyclist might be over the next blind hill. I get fussed at all the time for 'driving too slow' (the speed limit or a little less). Keep pushing the word!

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THOMS1 8/18/2012 3:56PM

    Good to know!

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CHEFSOPHIE 8/18/2012 3:29PM

    I never knew that. I did know that bike on sidewalks were a hazard. I am a big chicken when it comes to riding on the road so my biking which is not a lot is confined to a bike path.

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    I agree that bikes have no business on sidewalks. They are vehicles and as such are safer on roads. I actually walk on the road sometimes ignoring the sidewalk because it is less uneven than the sidewalks and is safer to walk on. If I encounter a runner or walker on the road, it is easier to avoid them, but if we meet on the sidewalk, it is that much more dangerous.

My kids learned to ride on the road using road safety and laws. They also wore helmets. One has replaced his helmet six times due to damage. The others don't ride as much.

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KBFROST 8/18/2012 1:48PM

    How scary. I live in a city with a ton of cyclists so I am constantly on the look out. It always throws me off when someone is on the sidewalk, my husband and I get so frustrated. I'm glad your friend is ok.

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Confused about the seasons

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I almost headed out the door without sunscreen today. When I stepped outside and realized it was 85 degrees, I changed my mind!

Even though the year has gone really fast, in my mind Pedal to the Point was the culmination of summer. Now that has past, so summer must be over. And if summer is over, it must be getting cool. And if it's cool, then the sun is weak and sunscreen isn't necessary.

You can see how my logic is completely flawed here....

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LISALALA1 8/17/2012 9:50PM

    still summer time here in Fl emoticon

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    I can see the point. It is hard when my mind says it is autumn and the weather says "no way." It is still quite hot here but the stores have heavier clothing, the school stuff is out.

Even the people on TV and radio are touting autumn things.

Have a great day.

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CHEFSOPHIE 8/16/2012 11:00PM

    I don't know where you are, but it is still summer here

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SANDYW1945 8/16/2012 10:39PM

    emoticon Yes, I see the problem. Kind of like the labor day thing for me. After Labor Day it's supposed to be cool...so I act like it even though the temp is way up there...I do this all the time.

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RICHILA 8/16/2012 10:38PM

    If you can make it cool earlier-I am ready for it. emoticon

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