And So We Come to the End

There is a dearth of activity at my workplace today. This is not surprising, given that tomorrow (Friday) is a business holiday. Things tend to slow down at my workplace as peoples' minds are gradually drawn away from the mundane workday and towards an envisioned ideal long weekend.

The holiday in question is Independence Day (July 4). Because it falls on a Saturday this year, half way non-sociopathic businesses are giving a day off on either the Friday before or the Monday after the actual holiday.

I little Independence Day trivia for you...did you know Independence was actually voted on and approved on July 2? The Declaration of Independence was not signed until July 4, and then only by John Hancock, because the other members of the Constitutional Congress had already gone home. Hancock had to gather their "John Hancocks" over a period of months.

Because it is so dead at work, I am going to kick off my long weekend here pretty soon. I am taking my CSA box over to Deborah's house where we will use its contents to make a delicious veggie stir fry. After that, I will probably drive Uber for a while to generate a bit of cash, given I will be short on hours at my day job this week.

Early tomorrow morning, I meet Sherry at my house and we will carpool down to New Glarus WI to participate in a challenging social bike ride event. We basically repeat this Saturday and maybe Sunday morning as well. I am looking forward to some much needed exercise. Calories must get burned.

I hope to get out on Deborah's parents' boat this weekend too.

That's probably enough said.

It's CSA Box Day and a Great Weekend Ahead

It’s Thursday, and that means my CSA box gets delivered to my workplace this afternoon. I’ll actually go pick it up in a few minutes.

This is a fortuitous thing, because at lunch today Deb and I spoke of making stir fry for dinner and there is sure to be a good selection of fresh, stir fry-able veggies in the CSA box.

Tonight I will probably drive Uber for a bit, to make some pocket money. In part, this is because I am short on hours at my day job this week due to being sick and having my folks in town.

However, Friday (tomorrow) is a paid day off from work (Thanks, The Man!). I am going to be doing some long bike rides this weekend, even though I am not yet over this horrible chest cold. But I am not going to let some microscopic pathogen interfere with having fun.

These bike rides center around New Glarus WI on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For sure, I want to ride on Friday and Saturday. I will probably ride Sunday but want to have the option not to. The weather is supposed to be superb all weekend.

There is talk of a group outing to the Drive In Theater in Jefferson WI on Friday night, although the movies being shown are a bit lackluster, in my opinion. Still, the drive in is more about the experience. They have an awesome concessions hut with pizza and burgers. If I was a guy who was not trying to watch my figure and change to a healthier lifestyle, that would be a strong compulsion. It still is. But perhaps I should avoid that temptation…


Goings On About Town

I had a fun weekend, for the most part.

Friday night I hung out with Deborah. We watched some Orange is the New Black Season 3, walked the dogs, and had a nice outing to the Vintage brew pub. I stayed at my house on Friday night so as to take Foster to an early veterinarian appointment on Saturday at 8 AM. My cleaning lady came on Saturday morning and a little bit later in the morning, Sherry brought her dogs over so I could dog sit them while she went on a camping trip. Deborah came over about 11 AM and we grilled on my patio. Her sister Julie joined us for a bit too. In the afternoon, Deborah and I biked to her folks’ house and we kayaked on Lake Mendota.

I am getting over some kind of respiratory sickness that had me coughing and hiccupping on Saturday night. I was pretty miserable when Deborah, her sis, and I went to see a friend’s band at the Come Back Inn, followed by fireworks. But I powered through it. On Sunday, I actually felt a lot better and was able to sing OK at band practice that evening (RITA WITTER BAND) and at the Funks open jam on Sunday night. Today I am in the process of purging lung butter, but I think I am on the mend and will be able to perform OK with my two bands at HIGH NOON SALOON tomorrow night (GUPPY EFFECT and EDDIE ATE DYNAMITE are on the same bill, starting about 7 PM).

Today is a typical work day, and it is winding down. I have GUPPY EFFECT practice tonight ahead of the big HIGH NOON show tomorrow. I will get a better sense of how my voice is holding up due to the sickness, but I won’t over do it.

This coming weekend is July 4th. I need to find out if my contracting agency gives us Friday or Monday off, so I can plan my weekend. There is definitely going to be some biking in the New Glarus WI area on Saturday. Maybe some on Friday, if I have it off. If I don’t, there is talk of going to the Jefferson Drive In Theater to see a movie Friday night.

Good times.