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16 July 2017 @ 03:15 pm
Goatbusters!  
So, those goats being deployed along the bike path who were destroying elderberry groves along with the brush they were supposed to be eating? I ratted them out to the people who manage the parkway, who were extremely grateful. The animal supplier will be restricting the goats better, and maybe substituting sheep in some areas. I rode past that spot today, and there were a lot of broken branches from where they'd damaged things last weekend. There are goats again there now, in an open brush area. These mostly looks as if they might be dwarf goats— I saw a baby one standing up that was about 14 inches to the top of its head! Every bit as cute and silly-looking as you would think.

Yesterday, I biked in the garage because the parkway was closed until noon for Eppie's Great Race, a local mini-triathlon. I keep wondering why they don't move that to May or June instead of mid-July? I was able to go out post-race last year, but this year it was about 96o at noon, so already too hot. Sacramento leaders are wringing their hands because we lost next year's USA Track and Field Championship to some other city, but in good conscience, we should not be bidding on that. It was here this year, in June, across the period that was over 100-degrees every day and included the Thursday that was 108! Portland and Eugene are excellent locations for that, or maybe Seattle. But geez, have some consideration for the athletes. Don't host that here. :(

In other biking news, I had a blowout during my Wednesday right, and discovered that the rear tire was WAY overdue to be replaced. It was a disgrace— there were 4-5 other bald spots apart from the one that blew out. I was by the side of a busy road, in the open sun, cutting up the plastic mailer piece in my tool kit to patch those spots. Inside the kit, my tire-repair glue had leaked all over everything (same as the last few years— it leaks out of its container in the heat), so my mini Swiss Army Knife scissors were sticky, but usable. The plastic pieces, less so. They're really durable, but I hadn't counted on them repeatedly slipping out of the tire while I put the other ones in and tried to get the new inner tube in there. I finally got everything back together just as two guys in a pickup pulled over to see if I needed a lift. I said I wasn't sure— maybe swing back in a couple of minutes? I had everything fixed, but those liner patches were untested. The guys correctly decided that sounded ridiculous, and so we loaded my bike in the back of the truck and they drove me the 8 miles back to the office. They were probably in their mid-late 20s, very nice, and I was lucky they stopped. Still, as we pulled up to the entrance and unloaded the bike, that return felt like the cyclist's Walk of Shame. It pretty much is. /o\

So, new tire now. I cleaned out the tool kit, and I put in new plastic-lined paper (like those Fed-Ex envelopes), for the next time I need it. I probably should go back to the old standby for that issue— a dollar bill. You'd be surprised how well that works as a temporary fix.

HalfshellHusband's biking has been "iffy," since he fell off his bike twice during a ride last weekend. He's been having trouble with sudden loss of equilibrium, though this was the first time it hit him while riding. He says he isn't dizzy, it's more like his internal gyroscope has stopped working. Kaiser has sent him to an audiologist, and ENT person, and last week to a neurologist (who was curt and dismissive, so yay). This started maybe 3 weeks ago? Four? It can go on for most of the day, though it's usually better by the afternoon. When it's bad, it's really bad. I hope Kaiser gets to the bottom of this. It seems as if it might be caused by the conflicting need for a low-sodium diet (and preventing fluid retention) and his already low blood-pressure. All of the health management for his congestive heart failure has been really tough on him. :(

Some happier news: our son got back from his week in Yosemite last weekend, which was nice for everyone. It also cut way down on the cat's "exploratory howling." We watched The Man Who Knew Infinity with him last weekend (he knew about the mathematician involved, and I didn't— despite years of higher-level college math). Last night, it was Nightcrawler. Who knew Jake Gyllenhaal could play such a weird, creepy character, and do it so convincingly? Good story, but many cringe-worthy scenes that were like object lessons in how NOT to behave in social situations. Wow.

HSH and I are in the middle of Netflix streaming Hinterland, a moody Welsh police drama. Apparently, it is filmed in both a Welsh version and an English version, though only the English one is being streamed. I would totally watch the Welsh with subtitles, but that would be fun for me and decidedly UNfun for HSH. We just finished River, a Netflix original with Stellan Skarsgård. REALLY enjoyed that one. It's just 6 episodes, so well worth trying.

All right, time to gird my loins and go to Walmart. I make the trip about 3 times a year, for things not available at Target. Wish me luck and fortitude...

 
 
 
Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on July 16th, 2017 11:23 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed River! Have you seen Luther? Four (British) seasons, of brilliant TV.

Sorry to hear of HSH's equilibrium issues. It could be fluid in the inner ear. I have had that, usually after a head cold. I think of it as my own personal rollercoaster. Hope his doc gets to the bottom of it fast.

Jake Gyllenhaal is one of my favourite actors. Need to check out that movie!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Lutherhalfshellvenus on July 17th, 2017 12:01 am (UTC)
Oh, we loved Luther! Someone kept tempting me with pictures of Idris Elba in tweed jackets, looking moody, until I finally put it on my Netflix DVD list. Fantastic series.

Gyllenhaal's movie will probably be different from most things you've seen him in. Though admittedly, I've been teetering about "Southpaw." I expect it's probably really good, but at the same time... boxing. My violence threshold for that sport is low.
passing_through: sunset wheatpassing_through on July 17th, 2017 12:52 am (UTC)
I enjoyed Hinterland. I believe they have a season 2 but I haven't watched it yet. One of the reasons I love Netflix because you can watch shows from all over the world. I'm a huge fan of British shows and am slowly watching season 3 of Broadchurch. I tried Happy Valley and The Fall because I've heard good things about them as well. I gave up on Happy Valley because it didn't grab my interest right away. I always hear great things about The Fall but so far I've not been able dedicate time to watch it. I had a hard time getting through the first episode only because it also didn't grab my interest right off the bat. I'm determined to give it a shot though.

I imagine having a flat tire in the hot sun on a busy road is not fun, but I'm sorry, I had to laugh at the cyclist's Walk of Shame :)

I know almost nothing about cycling and I always wondered what happened when someone had a flat tire on the side of the road.

I recently had a bout of vertigo and Meclizine works wonders for that. I have to take it every three hours to help offset the symptoms but overall, it's the only thing I've found that helps stop the dizziness. I'm still having issues with it occasionally, like when I get out of bed too fast or when I first lay down. I hope your husband gets better soon.

I liked Nightcrawler and Jake was creepy. He was so skinny.

I watched Southpaw and was disappointed even though Jake was in spectacular form. Complete opposite from Nightcrawler. I did like End of Watch. I could see how it was going to end and I just wanted to reach through the screen and shake them both and say "PAY ATTENTION!", lol.

You only go to Walmart three times a year???? Sometimes I go three times a week! It's not my favorite place but it seems like we're always there. They have so much stuff and you can get almost anything there.

I can kill so much time watching goats play on Youtube. They're adorable as they bound around everywhere.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 17th, 2017 07:19 am (UTC)
We're in S2 of Hinterland, and I have Happy Valley in my list. Not The Fall, though, as I'm not a huge Gillian Anderson fan. But Shetland is in there, too. :) Have I mentioned Luther before? Definitely worth trying out. But with English subtitles.

The Walk of Shame is exactly what that felt like! Hey, the bike wasn't entirely broken and neither was I, so that feels like I'm just blowing off the effort. :O

Ah, the Meclizine might be a good thing to know about!

I did think Jake was awfully skinny in Nightcrawler, though it fit the character. I haven't thought about End of Watch. That does look interesting, though possibly a movie the grownups would watch without The Boy. He's not worried about graphic violence, which of course makes me worry about it MORE. If it doesn't bother him enough, he's already seen too much of it-- that's my motto. ;)
cindytsuki_no_bara on July 18th, 2017 02:01 am (UTC)
i just noticed this post is titled "goatbusters" and i am cracking right up. GOATBUSTERS. good on you for telling on the goats, tho.

i hope kaiser figures out what's wrong with hsh's balance, because that's pretty freaky.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 18th, 2017 06:22 am (UTC)
Yes, I couldn't resist that for the subject line. It's funny and it's true!

HSH has a visit with the cardiologist again this week and meanwhile is supposed to try reducing his fluids a little more and increasing his sodium slightly (both are restricted). We're hoping that will balance the symptoms a little better. Literally!

riverotter1951riverotter1951 on July 18th, 2017 02:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update on your life and the recommendations on what to watch.

When I was growing up [ 8 to 18], we spent a week in Yosemite at Moore's Redwoods in Wawona and a week in Antioch with one of my dad's friends.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Fantasy Foresthalfshellvenus on July 18th, 2017 06:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, it would be really nice to spend some extended time in Yosemite! We've had 3-day stretches before, but that's about it. My BIL likes the area above Yosemite, at least in the summer (maybe he's avoiding the crowds?) That's where he and my son went. There was still an awful lot of snow-- trails closed or obscured in some places. Not a typical year.