January 26: Ready to Eat Again: The Strike is Over
Androp Gerard is ending his hunger/non-blogging strike that began in protest to the election of he who must not be named. To blog followers: sorry for not announcing the beginning of the strike. But this is the end of it. Resistance will continue. Life goes on.
The older child went on a cruise and the wife and Androp had three grandchildren and two extra dogs for 10 days. The grandchildren were delightful. The dogs were as much fun as a visit to the dentist. (Androp despises dentists).
Here’s an interesting note: these grandchildren are all younger than 7. Yet, they understood that they were to stay with us for an extended period. Consequently, their behavior around the house as longer-term guests was immediately strikingly different versus their behavior during frequent visits. Even young humans can be remarkably smart and perceptive. Startling.
Recall that the goat sacrifice worked, and days continue to lengthen. In anticipation of warmer weather, serious research on youth bikes has ensued. The two older grandchildren need bike up-grades: both learned to ride last fall. They need lighter, youth-specific bikes:
Adult Weight (me): 215 lbs
My Bike: 28 lbs
Kid Weight (7 YO) 55 lbs
Kid Bike (mainstream maker) 28 lbs
Woom and Islabikes are the two youth-specific bike makers that seem best based on review of web sites. Spawn has mainly boys bikes. Cleary will not publish the weight of their bikes. Trek may have one model worth looking at, but Jamis, Specialized, Giant, Diamondback, Schwinn, and Kona have no reasonable youth bikes.
In nature news, four white-tailed deer were attracted to a pile of corn the neighbors put out during a cold spell. During a snap of colder weather, bird activity at the feeders and bird bath increased. Eastern Bluebirds are seldom seen unless all water in the area is frozen, save what is in our bird hot tub. The most abundant species this year has been Goldfinches; White-throated Sparrows seem down from last year. A presumed nesting pair of Barred Owls have been heard hooting back and forth on several occasions these past 10 days.
Finally, in politics: this blog will attempt to address this subject only on the rare occasion in the future. Androp Gerard needs to practice better coping mechanisms to maintain personal resilience. Avoidance of news is one strategy. The most striking recent revelation seems to be increasing paranoia in he who must not be named.
“You’d be paranoid too, if everyone was out to get you.” – Frank Burns, M*A*S*H