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My Cat has the Spark!

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Well, it looks like everyone in my house gained weight last year. My cat who was once the runt of the litter, has to lose four pounds. My vet, who I love, advised told Rusty’s getting FAT. No more free-feeding. No more open bowls of food. Now, I don’t free feed but I DO have a hi-tech automatic feeder that doles out precise portions for breakfast and dinner on autopilot...for infinity. With one tiny problem.

Just like a bunch of teenagers left alone with a vending machine, my cats have put their feline heads together to outwit this piece of technology. They’ve learned if they simply insert their paw at just the right angle...FREE SNACK TIME! My high tech machine is really just my cat's big bowl of Cheetos.

Well there’s no such thing as a free lunch anymore.

My cats are taking their tips from SparkPeople and on a diet too. There is no more dry food because well, like many on a diet, they have to limit their carbs.
So, they are on what my friend calls,”the CATkins diet.” No empty carbs, just quality high protein wet cat food. Dr. Atkins would be proud.

I also have to offer “healthy snacks.” I did not know that cats enjoy fresh greens in the form of alfalfa and certain grasses. So, I am growing them fresh kitty greens. Certifiably organic...and they love them. This city girl is going green.

I want this to work for them so they don’t get the feline versions of human diseases like diabetes and joint issues. And it's helping me stay on track.

Finally, between the extra toys and catnip I’ve bought, they are being more active so maybe I should start tracking their fitness minutes? Now, if I could only teach them to use their paw to spin the Spark wheel everyday? emoticon

Here's Spike giving it his best shot but it's a little blurry.

Well, now that I’ve watered the kitty grass, I have to go and earn my own Spark fitness minutes. Have a great weekend and Keep the Spark!

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FIT_TERI 2/7/2012 9:44PM

    Love this!!! I adopted mine when she was nearly, but not quite, ready to leave the litter. BUT, 12 years later we're all doing fine LOL! She's the only cat I've ever had who maintains a healthy weight on her own. She's always had free-feeding and stays within a half pound range ALWAYS....even at age 12. I could learn something!!

Your cats are beauties!! Good luck at establishing the upper hand on nutrition. I know they can nag like the best of them!

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TX_WILDHEART 2/6/2012 6:42PM

    You are more than welcome to for comments. We tend to find the babies that need help. When my daughter was going to school, she and I found HER baby litterally on the side of the road. She saw him... he was soo small I dindt see him. He was even smaller than mine... aka I call him Midget.. she calls him BOB. He's now the biggest cat I've seen... he's heavy compaired to mine. There is something very special about takin care of the wee takes a very special person. makes me luv u that much more! (g)

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SPARKCHANTAL 2/6/2012 1:40PM

    been trying to get my two indoor cats to 'diet'. their previous owners never fed them much, one of them was even just barely rescued from starvation. and now? pigs, both of them. sunshine is all of 9.5 kgs, that is well over 20 lbs. whenever i ration out their food, try to keep it to about 200 g. per cat per day, it doesn't take long for them to yo-yo. they can put away double that, esp. in cold weather.
which i fully understand... my appetite is way up, too!

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TX_WILDHEART 2/6/2012 1:36PM

    This makes me giggle.. that the kittykids have outsmarted the high tech kitty food machine! Mine seem most happy when you give them a bunch of empty boxes! of course, I will warn you. When growing those greens.. be ready for dirty on the carpet. Meaning mine pulled the grass outa the pot and strew dirt all over the place. They were purrrfectly happy with themselves. Of course, mine also like to cover up their food bowls with the blankies too. I havent figured that one out either.. They are littermates who's momma died when they were itty bitty... so they think Im the momma... cuz I bottle fed them all. when all else fails.. play with the cat.. he gets exercise and you get to laugh alot. LOL

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ELSCO55 2/5/2012 9:35PM

    Love the spark kitties. THey are just too smart.

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KAYDE53 2/5/2012 8:09PM

    Those pics are so cute!! I've seen those cat grasses & wondered what they were all about! (it's been a while since I had a cat) Good for you & your kitties!! emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 2/5/2012 5:53PM

    Love your blog!!!!! Especially love the pictures of your kitty!!!! That is so cute. maybe they learn to spin the spark wheel since they out witted the kitty feeder!!!!

Thanks for sharing!!!!

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KATTYA1 2/5/2012 11:38AM

    Loved your blog! A year ago, we inherited a hugely overweight and very unhappy cat -- we put her on strict portion control and one year later she looks totally normal, is able to jump up on the bed, and purrs all the time! Now if only someone could put ME on strict portion control! emoticon

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XRSIZE18 2/5/2012 4:25AM

    HAHAHA! Thank you VERY much for the laughs today. What cute kitties you have! I have a flame-point Siamese. I love him, but he's a curmudgeon and only likes to snuggle in the winter, when it's cold.

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4EVER21B 2/5/2012 3:04AM

    emoticon Now THST'S a spark family!!

Have a great week!

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Q8PRINCESS 2/4/2012 10:45PM

    Such nice looking cats!

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Q8PRINCESS 2/4/2012 10:41PM

    Such nice looking cats!

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ONEWEIGH 2/4/2012 5:43PM

    I have a 20 lb tom cat that ISN'T fat, but I'm really glad we got a hyperactive little sister to help keep him active. My husband recently bought a Ronco Pocket Fisherman to entertain them--he's currently "cat fishing" in the living room! I've actually seen a kitty treadmill on Animal planet--it's like a big hamster wheel. Apparently some cats go for it, but I think most cats would think, "What's the point of that? Running and not getting anywhere? Only people are that dumb!" Good for you for setting a good example for your feline friends. No Flabby Tabbys! emoticon

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Losing 2011

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Happy New Year!

I am so glad that 2011 is over. It was an injury, accident, disaster filled year. By the end, I kind of looked like one of the zombies in “the Walking Dead” but with slightly better hair and makeup. (Well on most days.)

At the end of 2011, I finally was able to get back on my bike and start working out. Then something sparked in my reptilian brain. It doesn’t do that very often.

Three things came to mind:
I missed cycling and exercise. (When I don’t exercise, I get tired, zombie-like and can eat corn chips for dinner before I pass out in front of the TV.)

My bike pants didn’t fit. (Spandex is a cruel mistress.)

I needed to get back on Sparkpeople.

The truth will set you free. I finally went to the gym to weigh myself. Yes, I am precisely 12 pounds over my maintenance weight. One stinking pound for every lousy month of my awful 2011. emoticon emoticon

The fact that last year has settled on my stomach and thighs is pretty rude! (The nerve!) emoticon emoticonThe fact that I have to think about last year every time I try to squeeze into Spandex (don’t ask). Or the fact that I LOVE sweatpants and flannel PJs right now. But I probably can’t wear these to meetings at work. Not even on casual Friday.

So, 2011 has got to GO! It is officially last year. It is last season. And I am finished carrying around last year’s baggage.

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RUNDARCYRUN 1/10/2012 3:35AM

    Omgosh! I can relate to this blog in so many ways!! Thanks for the inspiration today. I had some rough times in 2011 & am carrying about 10 ugly lbs more than I was maintaining at. Uggggghhh! Time to ROCK 2012! We can do this!

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BARRONVC 1/10/2012 1:28AM

    I've been there, on the operation table and injured. I understand the physical pain but it's the mental that hurts the most.. Need some positive words or ideas, I'm here for you.

Listen to your body and adapt. You will be better than ever.

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COACHPENNY 1/9/2012 2:21PM

    At least you had good hair!

I am happy it's 2012 too. Pushed out a couple of discs in my back and tore a calf muscle in 2011 and gained back some of that hard lost weight, too. Looking forward to an injury free year getting back into shape.


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4EVER21B 1/8/2012 5:59PM

    Best good bye to last year I have read. You are ready! emoticon

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KSZSPIN 1/8/2012 5:34PM

    I loved reading this! Such a great blog and true, honest words coming out. Bike shorts are definitely not forgiving....some days I'd like to wear my fleece-laying around the house-pants, on my rides! Loved your humor too! emoticon emoticon

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MONPETITCHOU 1/7/2012 6:05PM

    I loved reading this blog! It is great that you can find humor in a year that was really hard! I love the way you write, and this one gave me a giggle for sure! :D I wish you the best in 2012, I hope it will be an amazing year for you!

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    Thank you for making me laugh, even though it was serious!
"I kind of looked like one of the zombies in “the Walking Dead” but with slightly better hair and makeup.." emoticon
You can do it! These 12 pounds will be going very soon, and the bike pants will fit beautifully! Woohoo!!!

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RESIPSA99 1/7/2012 3:24PM

    RB - you ARE my kindred spirit!! 2012 will be much better - hey, it's a leap year! ;-P

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TX_WILDHEART 1/7/2012 10:00AM

    OMG.. totally resonated with this blog! Totally. Kinda made me wanna cry... I totally totally understand (doing the head nod)... My poor bike is dusty.. I looked at it last nite, and remember how far away from health I am again. I saw a pic from my bday dinner... and saw my big face. Hope it is okay... I'll be lurking your page now. I feel like theres a reason for meeting up here.l THank you!

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BILL60 1/7/2012 9:43AM

    Let's quit talking and get with the 2012 Program. The best of luck. Hang tough!!

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WARRIOR11209 1/7/2012 9:22AM

    Get back on the bike and hit hte gym - with each workout put 2011 behind you and ride into a healthier 2012.
Yep - spandex is not a forgiving mistress-lol emoticon

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KANOE10 1/7/2012 7:05AM

    Spandex is a cruel mistress. You are ready for 2012 . You are ready to get healthy. You can do it!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/7/2012 5:24AM

    This is going to be your year!

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XRSIZE18 1/7/2012 2:38AM

    Ha! You make me smile. Spandex IS a cruel mistress... one I can't even dream of encountering right now. Is it weird to say that a pair of Spandex shorts is on my goal list? :)

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 1/7/2012 1:23AM

    Good to hear you are over all your troubles and ready to get back to Spark. We all have setbacks, although usually not as catastrophic as yours!
Glad you're "well' in time for biking season. emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 1/7/2012 1:15AM

    Get back on that bike! Remember all the fun you had :-)

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Monday, December 26, 2011


Happy Day in Monterey!

Thanks for your kind words and goodies and Spark love throughout the year. Hope that you are enjoying this holiday season. I apologize that have been AWOL and missed you and all my Sparkfriends terribly.

2011 brought a ton of stuff that happened including the following in no particular order :
Hurricane Irene hit my mother’s home and I needed to help her deal with that. Lots of dealing with contractors, insurance companies, etc.
On Labor day I was riding along until I wasn’t. After sliding about 15 feet, I ended my ride by slamming into a retaining wall. Thank goodness for my trusty Bell helmet, no head injury although I hit pretty hard. I was determined to be out of bandages in 8 weeks which I was. But it pretty much ended my season. I am finally back on my bike and looking forward next year when I am back in shape and the scars are finally gone.
New management and LOTs of crazy changes at work = LOADs of stress and NO time.

2011 has been insane.

But I do not believe in whining. I am looking forward to getting back on the Spark boards and catching up with you soon.

Thanks for all your help, support and Sparklove.

Wishing you Happy Holidays and the Best New Year Ever.
Best RB1

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YICHE12 1/6/2012 8:38AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your accident. Thank goodness that you were already exercising because it made your recovery that much easier.

Happy New Year!

Hugs. Lise

Leader - Spark Francophone

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    I am so sorry to read about your accident on Labor day... Good to read you are now OK and tackle the new year! Bonne Année!!!

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LILPAT3 12/28/2011 11:18AM

    Glad you are all healed. Here's hoping you have a much better 2012! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RESIPSA99 12/27/2011 4:20PM

    Oh my! Glad to hear that you are OK, and that 2012 will have lots of happenings, but GOOD happenings!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/27/2011 1:59PM

    Oh geez, injuries are the WORST, aren't they???

I tore my rotator cuff snowboarding in late March and because of surgery and rehab couldn't white water kayak again until October!

Now I'm back in a boat in my drysuit and looking forward to a trip to Costa Rica paddling rivers down there next month.

Glad you're back on your bike too!

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BILL60 12/27/2011 8:42AM

    Let's get on that bike and ride. Happy New Year!!

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 12/26/2011 8:22PM

    I'm glad to hear that you are OK now. Major bike injuries are so frightening, as well as the long slow heal to deal with afterwards.
Sorry to hear that your Mom had to deal with hurricane Irene. It did such a tremendous amount of damage. Many of the areas in Vermont where we did our bike tour last summer were washed out and under water. The whole thing was just so sad what with all the damage and historical monuments and landmarks.
Nice to "see" you back on Spark, although I think if I made my goal weight, I would have a tendency to spend a whole lot less time here.
Have a Happy New Year and be safe!

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The Cookie Century: 100+ kilometers, 70 miles and a bottomless cookie jar!!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

100+ kilometers, 70 miles and a bottomless cookie jar!!!

Rest Stop#1:It’s a Cookie-Palooza!!! Mile 14.
As the cookie monster would say, "Cooookiieees!!!"

Actual Cookie Baking Lady. (I LOVE this RIDE!!!)


Most delicious, oatmeal, chocolate chip, goodness.

And loads of healthy stuff (grapes, bananas, three types of melon, salted potatoes, bagels, etc.) emoticon emoticon emoticon

Even though we are burning over 3000 calories today, I can actually see my ticker moving AWAY from my goal weight. Hmmm... I could actually GAIN weight on this ride. emoticon

Rest Stop#2: A Cookie Oasis in the Dry Heat: Mile 33.9

Espresso- Chocolate Chip (These are not cookies but MAGIC!) (Oh my goodness!) There were girly-like squeals of joy from hardened grizzled men over these cookies in the upper left hand corner. I am sure that the recipe is a closely guarded trade secret. (I could tell you but I’d have to do away with you...)

Also, I thought it was just a dream. NO, it’s a real OASIS. It’s a huge CYTOMAX truck with the reps mixing the electrolyte elixir so we don’t dehydrate. We run up to the table in droves like we have been wandering in the Mojave desert for days. This is the BEST RIDE EVER!!!

They prepare us for the worst climbs of the day. We leave smiling giddy with the fond memories of chilled Cytomax and cookies. emoticon

Rest Stop#3: “Spray n Go” Service While you Wait: Mile 56.1
Did you ever get so hot riding that you wanted to run through the sprinkers on someone’s lawn? Well here is your chance to make your dreams come true. They have a spray station. Here are J and G making goofy poses in a brave attempt to cover all of their body parts in cool water.

More sammies and cookies and just in case you need someone to adjust your bike.

There is a BIKE mechanic with a entire lift who is actually tuning up people’s bikes while they dine. (I am speechless).(I think this ride is better and easier than my real life!)

Finish Line/El Finito: The Price is Right Stop: Ben and Jerry’s Anyone??? :
Registration Area: Mile 70

Lunch could have been a let down. They could have coasted on the fact that we actually ate so well, that we weren’t that hungry but NOT this ride.
Barbeque carnitas, freshly shredded lettuce, chips, all the fixins to make your own soft tacos. Sodas, juices, and a Ben and Jerry’s Cart. OK, I know B&J is not Spark friendly. So, I dig out my well worn, sweaty green bucks to pay for my scoop. I ask how much. The perky teen responds,”It’s free.” A FREE Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream cart with the full slate of flavors!!! Had I not eaten so much, I would have just saved my appetite just for this!!!

This is ALL covered in the registration fee along with a beautiful poster of Napa Valley suitable for framing. WOW, this IS the best ride ever!

Unlimited homemade cookies, beautiful scenery and FREE Ben and Jerrys!!!
Count me IN! See you next year!!!

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    WOW!!! That DOES sound like a wonderful century!! and Love the picture of you riding... very fun!!

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DAVEINSEOUL 9/10/2010 1:00AM

    What a fun, fun tour. What a way to get in a metric Century ride! Looks like so much fun!

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/1/2010 11:55AM

    What say you?!! There is such a thing as a bottomless cookie jar?!

What a great life :)

I love the pics....

And keep on rocking this thing, rock star. Woo hoo!

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FOXXYROXXYD 8/25/2010 4:37PM

    Love the picture of you in all your AWESOMENESS!! Love the blog too! Congrats my friend!

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ELMER100 8/25/2010 10:50AM

    What, No location, time, date, web address? Do you want to keep all of the cookies for yourself? Seriously it would be great to plan early for a ride like this.

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 8/25/2010 2:04AM

Love the blog and love your photo of you riding. You look awesome, and what fun you must have had. Wish there was something like this near us... since it's so far to fly to California.
I would bike for food... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COOPAH 8/24/2010 5:52PM

    Dates and directions YES PLEASE...this sounds awesome.

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LIVESTRONG2010 8/24/2010 5:09PM

    Sure wish my century would have all those cookies and ice cream. Congratulations on your ride. Might just need to come do this ride!

Ride Strong and Pedal Safe emoticon

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ALESHABEE 8/24/2010 8:44AM

    I wanna do this ride! OMG...I love the person who came up with concept. Now I have to see if there is any such ride near me, lol

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RESIPSA99 8/23/2010 11:06PM

    Wow, wow, wow!!! I want to 'go' on this ride next year! Yum!!

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It's Not About the Bike

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Today’s Fog City Ride lived up to its billing. Even the sculptures in San Francisco were searching for sunshine.

This is August in California and I am wearing a turtleneck to go riding. Welcome to Summer in San Francisco. emoticon

I hopped our friendly ferry to meet up with the gang at the Java House in SF.

Today was an interesting day. I thought about why I ride. Why I get up on a foggy, cold, windy day to go out with my bike club when I want to sleep-in. And the funny thing is, like Lance says,”It’s not about the bike.”

It’s about the way that I was ready to go into the iPod zone and sleep when one of the deck hands on the ferry asked me where I was riding today and said jokingly,”if you are not going to work, you must be a tourist.” Now I was half-asleep, craving caffeine and carbs and wondering,”why AM I up anyway?” Well, he was persistent in making conversation. Most of the crew are pretty rough and tumble, missing a few teeth with more than a few tattoos to make up for them. Then he starts to talk about biking. And how he is going on a 40 day bike tour of England. (FORTY!) And about how he blew out his knee, then had a heart attack, then his wife died but he still wants to bike. Jeez, am I feeling like my life is easy. We end up talking for the entire trip about England and how they love Napa Valley wines in France and biking in Paris (which by the way, he did on his last trip). And how because his work is seasonal, he goes for 6-8 weeks at a time. He’s amazing. Hands down, the best conversation I’ve had on mass transit with a stranger. He tells me,”my name is Bud but everyone calls me Uncle Bud.” I have a NEW bud, all because of the bike.

It’s about the way that I make a last minute, split decision to take the fork in the road that leads to the Advanced bike route and hang with the big boys (and gals) today. I talk to B. I am in AWE of B. He NEVER struggles on a ride. Last time I remember, he rode up a 8% grade, after riding 115 miles, doing the yeoman’s work pulling the front of a tandem bike and encouraged ME the whole way. Then he tells me today,”You’re the bike club socialite.” I’m like,”Huh?” He explains that,”You ride with the light (beginner) group but you are a strong rider so you can ride with anyone. You’re social with everyone and you have great energy.” (I actually think I blushed and thanked him.) I consider HIM to be the one who is a great bike club member. When I started riding, he was the one who would ride fast with me but let me keep up with him. He’s a phenomenal rider but an even better bike buddy. If you Google,”nice guy” I am pretty sure you’ll see him in the results! Again, these are the people I have the privilege of spending time with because of the bike.

Finally, I see R who has a new fancy, semi-custom bike. She is beaming. We ride together and I ooh and aah over how smooth and cool the bike is. We both love inexpensive, good restaurants so we swap places. I tell her about a Mexican and Cambodian restaurant. She fills me in on a place to find incredible fish tacos. Then I find out that she’s struggling with her lender and her mortgage. We chat and I get to give her a few referrals. Then luckily, it turns out that I can help her through a partnership we have through my company for FREE. She’s calling me so I can get her in touch with someone who can give her some advice so she can make the right decision for her. She seems really appreciative that she can get someone to talk to about this. I’m just happy that she’s happy and we’re still getting in a good ride. And the fog is finally lifting. And it’s all because of the bike. But of course, it’s not really about the bike. It’s about the people I meet because of the bike.

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SHARKYGIRL 11/15/2010 4:34PM

    You write beautifully & from the heart. Love the blog, a real insight :o) Makes me wanna get on my bike.

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LDY_ALI_79 11/9/2010 8:32PM

    I love all the stories, Bud, nice guy & R. Super inspirational stories!!

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 8/17/2010 1:31AM

    What a wonderful day you had! It great to meet new people biking, or onthe way to a ride, and he sure sounded like he had some really interesting experiences.
Thanks for sharing your experiences and your photos!

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HEALTHYCALM 8/17/2010 1:16AM

    Beautiful writing! Beautiful photos! Beautiful thoughts! Beautiful you!!!

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RESIPSA99 8/16/2010 4:04PM

    What a wonderful blog - thanks for sharing!

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LIVESTRONG2010 8/16/2010 1:29PM

    Enjoyed your blog. I love all the neat people I have met of the years because of my riding.

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JHADZHIA 8/15/2010 9:15AM

    What a wonderful, uplifting blog!! You have met some great people through your biking! Sounds fabulous! Keep on exploring new frontiers!
Riding in San Francisco with all those hills must be quite the challenge, you must be in great shape! Keep up the great work and having fun!
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JUSTFOXXY 8/15/2010 7:29AM

    What a great blog! Your imagery is great. I felt like I was on that ride talking with your pal about her new smooth and shiny bike.

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CYCLINGSANDY 8/15/2010 6:26AM

    Rustbucket: Your blog summed up why I ride too. I love the people. I enjoy my ride, but I love the social interaction with different folks too. It is really not about the bike, but the people. I think that is the same way about life in general. It's about the people and how we can make a difference.

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GROEDER 8/15/2010 5:23AM

    That was a great blog!!!!!!
Although I ride my bike daily, I have never considered myself a "bike rider". I have been making every attempt to ride alone at times when I can be fairly sure that there are very few others out on the paths I take. Probably that is due to my insecurity on the bike and of my abilities.
Reading your blog has me thinking that I should be doing the opposite. I think I will actually start looking for "biking buddies". You made me realize that is isn't about the bike - it IS about the people!!!
Thanks for writing.

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DAVEINSEOUL 8/15/2010 2:13AM

    Great blog! Isn't nice for others to make those nice comments about you. Glad you got in a good ride, and had the chance to make friends and help others out.

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JCORYCMA 8/14/2010 11:37PM

    Thanks for sharing a great day and a great attitude! Very inspiring!

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CHEEKYMONKEYS75 8/14/2010 10:52PM

    Isn't it wonderful to meet new people because of something you love to do anyway! The conversation just flows so easily.

Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Love the piccies!


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