I suppose I should count my blessings! This year it is mid-summer and I have not seen an ant in the house or in my yard. Some might think this is good. I was thinking this was good at back in March when I had not seen an ant yet. But now it is kind of creepy. Have I offending the ant and they do not think me a worthy adversary anymore?
To put this in perspective – when I moved into another house in Santee in 2003 – I ended up fighting major ant and earwig battles… I eventually won the war each year but I lost a lot of dog food in the yard and had to fend off the occasional attack in the pantry. I was always on the lookout for the odd and in the kitchen scouting for the goods. My wife (already a clean freak) became our warden after each sandwich (looking for crumbs).
We moved into this Santee house a few years back and I have already had some memorable ant battles. One evening in spring before I had sprayed the outside perimeter – the ants actually came up the wall in our bedroom and headed for the hallway, eventually making it to our pantry in the kitchen. Well that morning I fought them for a couple of hours until order was restored.
So each year I look for that odd ant… the ants that scout the dog food. I have to calculate if the dogs will eat the food before the
ants attack. If not maybe I can create a moat (dog food dish in a wider dish of water) or even consider a preemptive strike!
But this year the only ants I see are on my hikes or bike rides. I look longingly at those ants wondering if any will visit my house
soon? I always fought fair and square. I gave them the trash cans outside for free. But if they ventured near the dog food or kitchen
- the fight was on.
So in closing if any ants are reading this – I miss you and want to fight you again some day. Please don’t be shy.
When I was a boy my mom would make me dive onto the floorboards of the car (before seat belts) for safety! Now today this does not sound too safe but the thought was good. Find a way to mitigate injury if the worst happens.
Fast forward to my adult life riding bicycles. In my 20′s I got a child seat for my bike. I dutifully bought my son a helmet (after all safety first!). Then I would go on rides with out a helmet!!!?
For a time after I got my new 4G phone, I tried to find apps to help me keep track of my workouts and diet. As an old hand at diets and workouts I thought I knew what I wanted. I wanted a app to count calories but not look up foods. For the workouts I wanted something that would leverage off of my GPS to keep track of my workouts.
Keep in mind I am pre-retirement right now and will never compete at karate or run a marathon. But in my youth I was highly competitive.
Let me start out by saying that I live in one of the four boom and bust markets, California, Nevada, Arizona and Flordia (CA) and we have seen lots of oppertunity early on in 2009. Back in 2009 prices came down to more reasonable numbers. The reason for this post is supposedly we are in a housing recovery now according to the news talking heads.
Lets examine what is happening now:
House prices are still low
One can still get loans
Mortage rates are low
Inventory is low
House filliping is back
Stock market is suspect
Investors are competing for lower priced homes
First time home buyers still cannot afford a big price – maybe up to the median
In this post I’ll talk about each bullet point… maybe you will see why this is NOT a real recovery right now from my perspective.
I went out to Sycamore Canyon today and after a long ride on Thursday – this one was nothing unexpected but still long. I say lots of wild life and got a shot of the second coyote I saw… but while I was trying to take pictures on a slow part of the trail – I accidentally hit record. After a few minutes I realized it and reviewed it. Not exactly a helmet cam but it worked ok so I narrated another one I’ll post here.
So that was the ride but I’m cutting this post a bit short as I wanted to get the video out there. Tomorrow I’m heading off the Mission Trails regional park to get in some miles. I’m a couple of miles from each park so with Santee Lakes and all of the surface streets (and it never rains in California) – I have plenty to keep me busy!
I have been having a blast after getting my bike fixed. It is not quite right as the 7th gear does not work yet but really – I don’t go that fast. Today’s workout included bag work, ladder climbs and a short bike ride on the street. You see it rained today and I don’t like getting me or my bike wet.
I still have to be careful about injuring my knees but I find if I start slow for the first 20 minutes – soon I can take a harder workout. It sucks getting old but wisdom is highly coveted as one get older. At least I hope I am not one to hit his head against a wall, but rather have the wisdom to walk around the wall.
As far as weight loss – I have lost 10 pounds in the first month – 40 more to go in the next five months before I reach my mini-goal. Who knows – I may find that I am happy with the mini goal and just work on building some muscle at that point. The thing is I don’t want to be skinny – after all in case of a zombie apocalypse – I may need some fat stores.
I met a fellow mountain biker today – Ken. Had a nice chat and found it was fun to have someone to talk to while riding the bike. Ken if you are reading this and want to connect – email me at email@example.com.
That’s all for this week. I’m ignoring politics – still wading through all of the propositions this year – trying to keep the man from borrowing money on my behalf!
My poor bike has been getting a workout recently as I’ve been riding it every day. I was talking to a mountain biker the other day and asked him why patches don’t seem to work like I remember as a kid. He told me I was crazy to go out on a ride without a new tube and while I was at it – always keep a spare tube and pump with me on a ride.
I come from the old school meaning I don’t know much about modern bikes but I have these cool disk breaks that stop quick. I’m going to have to view a few youtube videos to learn how to clean up my bike as there is a lot of dust on the chain and gears.
I have to replace the pedals as one os almost toast too. I’m gonna head off to the store to get some supplies soon as I love bike riding for exercise.