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11 May 2008 @ 12:08 am
Cycling for the Masses (and Million Mile May)  
Cycling: How can strawberries be ripe already? I passed by two places on Friday's ride where the smell was heavenly, and darn those after-work appointments or I would have stopped at one of those stands!

Fruit distractions aside, Friday's ride covered some new territory that I probably won't repeat. The road surfaces and visibility were okay, but these particular suburbs have a bad reputation and they're not the place for solo females to bicycle (or maybe solo riders in general). Sights I saw included a fat, stuffed toy donkey roosting on a fence post (like a bird on a nest). Hard to describe, but funny. On Rio Linda Blvd, one of the big properties had some intriguing homemade metal sculptures. And later on I heard a sound that makes me automatically think of a sandpiper, though we're pretty far inland. I've heard that sound on my office rides for years, but this time I finally got a good look at the bird in question. I looked up "sandpiper" on Wikipedia last night, and it turns out there are a lot of varieties of birds that share that label, but none of them looks like the one I saw. Sadly, the Western Field Guide to Birds is my parents' book and not mine...

On today's ride (the bike path along the river parkway) I nearly collided with a red-winged blackbird on a suicide mission. Also saw/heard a squirrel on a cyclone fence shrieking its head off (ah, mating season). And there's a sign I've passed before where all I can read is "Warning: New Zealand Mudsnail", but it makes me wonder… warning for what? If you're down in the drainage ditch, the snails still don't move very fast. And it's not like people would take them home to their yards and let them creep into the general environment. I mean after all, they're snails. Not exactly a rewarding pet!

Work is not as productive as I'd like. A lot of that is due to a new Operating System development environment, and problems with the code debugger. As in, "Breakpoint means stop, damnit! And twelve of them means don't skip over the procedure! Arggggghhhhh!"

Tomorrow is Mother's Day, which means going out to breakfast with the kids and my husband's mother (here in town) and then trying to track down my own mother via phone. This last part is because—get this—the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting is always held across Mother's Day (making sure that Freud is still metaphorically 'sticking it to the Mom,' I guess). Anyway, my kids are very excited about showing me their cards and such, which is very sweet. We used to go places for the day when they were younger, but most of the really great places are geared toward younger kids. I miss those toddler and preschool days!

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Gretagretazreta on May 11th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
Happy Mother's Day!

Also... I've lived here in New Zealand for my entire life (34 years!) and I've never heard of (or been warned about) mudsnails. Go figure!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 12th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
and I've never heard of (or been warned about) mudsnails. Go figure!
It begs the questions of 1)How did they get here? and 2)So what?


Thanks for the wonderful wishes!
tyrical: Action_Hugs and Kissestyrical on May 11th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
Happy Mother's Day!

Much love to you on this day.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 12th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you, tyrical! It was a lovely day. :)
eponin10 on May 11th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
How can strawberries be ripe already?

*laugh* Already? Ours are nearly done and we should head into the late strawberry season in a couple of weeks. Should I add that we've been getting strawberries from our CSA since the beginning of April? *g*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 12th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Already? Ours are nearly done
Well you know, we DO have an actual winter in these parts. It never snows, but it does get much colder. I kind of assumed our natural strawberry season to be about a month off!

Though we've had occasional 80o days for about a month now. ;)
eponin10 on May 12th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
Heh. Yeah. We get lots and lots of summer.
Harley: Martha mirrorcrimsonkitty88 on May 12th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
Strawberries. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 12th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
I so love them, and riding past the smell of warm strawberries out in the sun several times in the same ride is like torture.

Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on May 12th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
But they're evil snails. They sit on you all little snail-like and cute and then suck your BRAIN OUT THROUGH YOUR EYE!!!!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 12th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Ha- you said two evil things, first "brain-sucking" and then "eyes"! Not the eyes!

It seems to me you'd have to be like a slow-moving teenager in a zombie flick. Just run like a regular person, and you'll be out of range in no time!

Or in this case, don't like down in the muck in the wet ditch. :0