Weather Right Now

       The weather has finally turned warm. I was not sure if it was ever going to  warm up. Now that it has it’s time to put some miles on my mountain bike. Bought a Fitbit to monitor my walking and cycling miles, and that has turned out to be a very helpful tool. 

Since the day temps are reaching into the high 80’s, the sheepdogs will be walked very early or very late in the day to avoid the heat. Bliss has already been shaved but I am keeping Panda’s long hair on till he meets a breeder that is coming in the next month or so. Panda’s services are needed to begin the process of creating puppies.

The world news is depressing. So much that I am trying to stay away from watching it. Local news is not much better, but local news holds valuable information that is useful to know. The good news for today is that my son Noah turns 17.  With that being said, I now need to go get him his present.

Cold June

I hope the weather starts to get warmer soon. So far it’s been cool.

Cops and Robbers-The Truth

       I am so fed up with all these stories about police killing “innocent” criminals, I feel I need to add a few of my own thoughts.

TIP #1. Police are human. Do NOT make them angry, attempt to fight with them or run. If you give them respect, keep your mouth shut, and listen to their commands, you will not be injured or harmed. What part of that do you not understand?

Winter 2014

Winter 2014

Commercials on TV

I do not subscribe to cable TV. The reason is because of what a secretary said to me as I was paying my bill one time. I had told her I was fed up with all the advertising and commercials. Her response,”Advertising pays for the shows”. To which I said,”No, I pay for the shows!” That has been well over 7-years ago, and I still do not miss paying $60 + a month, so that I can go out and buy more batteries for a remote that I seem to wear out flipping through worthless channels. Now I get free tv from an antennae where I never know which channel will come in due to the weather. It has limited my choices, but also has supplied me with some quality programming. I speak of the Public Broadcasting channels. I enjoy their news and enlightening shows. When I get bored I turn on the Spanish channel and try to decipher  the conversations. Better than Wheel of Fortune.

Yesterday, while watching a series of programs on CBS, I know for a fact there were more commercials being played than the shows themselves. Sure I know it’s Christmas time. Sell sell sell. But there wasn’t one commercial about the true reason for Christmas. Why? Are they afraid to offend someone? Well they offended me by trying to cram all the latest gadgetry down my throat, and even playing some commercials over and over. I was actually hoping to see some bicycle commercials. Not a one. Come to think of it, I have never seen a commercial for bicycles, except when the Tour DE France is on. Well I guess it’s true: you can’t have everything.

New Snow

Our area received a new blanket of snow today. While I do ride a bicycle all winter, I shy away from riding after a snowfall. I give it a day to settle, and give the automobile drivers a day to sharpen their skills in driving. I have noticed that people seem to lack the ability to remember how to drive in snow, each time it snows. If they did remember, accidents would be down and insurance salespeople would not be in the local saloons, trying to forget all the new paperwork that comes from accident claims. So tomorrow I will be making my rounds on 2-wheels. Today I stay inside and do housework.

Wisconsin Fashion

Friday December 6th saw temperatures plummet  across the state of Wisconsin for the first time this winter.In Sheboygan, with the wind chill, the temperature was around 10 degrees. The wind was ferocious and nipped at your skin leaving everyone with rosy cheeks. Since I had errands to run, and without a car to do them in I opted for my mountain bike. At one stop a lady asked me,”How can you ride a bike in this weather?” “It’s my only choice” I stated. “I am one of the 12 percent of the population that does not own a car”.

I suppose by some people’s standards I was a little crazy for being out in this weather, but I was prepared for it by wearing winter gear. My thought is this: If you don’t like the winter weather we have here in Wisconsin, then you should consider moving somewhere else that’s warm.. If you do like the Wisconsin weather, or “you don’t mind it”, then either you are going to stay indoors all winter and venture out only when you have to,  or you will get out daily and enjoy the brisk winter weather. Either of those will force you to outfit yourself with some basic winter gear. 

So what kind of gear do you need? For the occasional trip to the grocery store you will need a hat, boots, gloves, and a warm winter jacket. Not a jacket for fall or spring, but one that  is made for temperatures  below 30 degrees. That is the basics. From there you can add scarves, big furry hats, wool socks, thermal underwear,  and insulated vests. There are many choices available to add to your basics: it all depends on how cold it is outside, and how long you will be out in in the elements, dashing from your car to the interior of a heated building.

A number of years ago while attending college in Waterloo Iowa, the students and faculty found themselves facing -15 degree weather. That day of school I was wearing my insulated Carhart bibs, that looked a lot more for work than school, but the fact was,  I was warm and protected. As I was walking up to the main entrance I saw a couple of ladies outside smoking and wearing dresses and summer shoes. Once they spotted me and my “school clothes” they gave me the look of total disapproval. I said the only thing I could think of at the moment,”I gave up fashion for warmth”. I was warm and secure in my bibs and they were cold and shivering from the cold, but they looked great while doing it!

So it is now, that when I know I need to ride my bike around town for food and necessities, I dress for success. I dress warm, wear nylon to break the wind, and underneath my clothes are layered so I can control the heat my body expels while pumping the peddles  of my mountain bike.  The very worst that can happen is that if I sweat, my clothes become damp and that brings chills. I wear only what I absolutely need to. I know that I live in a state where it is winter 6 months out of the year, and I am not one to hole-up in my house and get cabin fever. Riding a bike in winter is not for everyone, but for me it’s another way to enjoy another season. Sure it’s rough for the first few minutes, but I like to think it’s my heart that keeps me warm, and as long as I can ride a bike I plan on doing it in any season this great state of Wisconsin dishes out. 


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