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This Day in My History


I have alwas grown from my problems and challenges, from things that don't work out; that's when I've really learned.

~ Carol Burnett

Yesterday's Entries

2001:  Some Days are Diamonds
2002:  Brrrr
2003:  The Death Ray


Rubyfruit Jungle


The video of The L Word
(it was on too late last night--I fell asleep before the end--fortunately, I taped it!)


Grey and cold--but I warmed up real fast on the bike.



19 January 2004

As I settled my butt onto my bike seat riding home from work today, it occurred to me that this was all starting to feel familiar again. The seat didn’t feel like I was fighting it any more. I felt like I was "fitting into the groove" again – literally as well as figuratively.

It’s amazing how much difference it makes in pleasure of riding when you put air in the tires!

There was no puffing and panting (well, hardly any), I had no problem heading up the hill after taking the tunnel under the railroad tracks, I was riding in 6th gear, not 4th, like I did the last time. And, again, there was no fear. I’m back.

If I could just figure out how to start and stop without jerking my arm, it would be a pleasure again. Stopping is easier than starting (dismounting is the problem after stopping). But those first couple of revolutions going from stop to movement forward aren’t fun. Then I ride with my arm hanging down for a bit. But the "bit" seems to be less and less, so I’m hoping that maybe the biking is good exercise for my arm. Who knows.

So I’ve got my groove back. I think.

More important, however, than getting my biking groove back is.....they found our car!!!!

I don’t know what idiot in the El Cerrito police station decided that we’d want to know that fact at 4 a.m, but the first phone call from the police came at 4 a.m.

Trust me, you don’t want to call someone who has had two late night telephone calls bringing tragic news, with the postpone-able information that a stolen car has been recovered.

The BART police were more considerate; they waited until 6 a.m. before calling.

We know nothing about the condition of the car. The police report says there was "minor stripping." Whether that means the stereo has been ripped out or the seats removed or the hub caps taken off – we haven’t a clue.

AAA had given us the OK to rent a car, which we couldn’t do until this morning because Hertz was closed over the weekend, so we went ahead and rented the car at 7:30 this morning, so I could get to work on time.

We brought the rented car home and I left it with Walt (who has the day off today), and I rode my bike to work. The plan was that he was going to call AAA and find out what our next step is.

Only AAA is closed for MLK day, so we can’t get through to them either.

The car is sitting in a tow lot somewhere in the East Bay and I guess we’ll find out tomorrow what we have the approval to have done...whether to have it towed here for repair, or where we should take it down there for repair.

Hopefully, the car will be back to normal again in short order.

So it's been a good day--I got my groove back and we're about to get our car back.  



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Our rental car.  Nobody wants to steal a Chevy!

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Weight Lost to date:  46.6 lbs

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