Christmas 2017

Im not real big on Christmas. I mean I dont hate it but I just dont get in the spirit as soon as others. But I eventually do. This year it was Saturday around 3pm. Another good day in the store and I had about an hour to go before I was off until next Tuesday. I’ve been playing Xmas music all day. But just today. Usually I’ve had to listen to it for a week now but this year was just this one day. Very acceptable.

So about 3pm Saturday the crowds got thin and I just sat and listened to the music. And thought about how lucky I was to be here. It was a very relaxing moment. Just closed my eyes and listened to old school Christmas songs. And then I was eager for Christmas. For the time spent with family and friends. I dont have a lot going on Xmas eve but its going to be a all day thing on Xmas day. All the kids and grandkids. Looking forward to that now.

I may be the last to get in the spirit in my family. My wife has been in Christmas mode 24\7 since some time in the first week of December. She’s the one who does all the work. I just show up and watch it all go down.

Saturday Breakfast Ride

Saturday started with a cold beach ride with the group. I could not do the entire ride as I had to get to the store but it was a great ride. This was only about half the group. Some fancy picture editing on my part here. The beach was prime like back in the old days.

On Sunday (Christmas Eve) I still had the entire day to myself. So I woke up slow and headed in town for some coffee. Around noonish I was motivated for another beach ride.


Just a little snow enhanced the Christmas Eve ride. Just enough to cover all the ice on the beach and make things nervous. Happy to report I did not go down but had a few slips that I saved (skillz).

So glad the beach is back this winter. At least for now. You can only go 5.4 miles before you have to turn back but thats a good hour ride. Rode the beach two days in a row. Its been years since I did that.

Right now the woods are nice to ride too. Snow covered and firm. But I just like to ride the beach if its available. I’ll hit the woods here soon. But not too soon as the temps dropped into the negative. Was -6 this morn. Will be -2 for the Tuesday nite ride so Im bailing on that. Neg 2 ride is possible in the daytime but at nite? Thats nuts. Im too old for that


I’ll pull out this pic every now and again. I think it was 2008.


Eric’s head was so cold he found a plastic bag blowing around on the beach and put it on his head under his helmet. It acually helped. Good times.

Those were the days. Im not sure if I could even do that anymore. I guess I dont have to as I did it once and have pics.

With the temp so cold this morn I was the only one in the park this morn. So I’ll take a little pride in that.


Was a bit cold on the beach wearing shorts on but doable. I inspected the ski trails and we need maybe 4 more inches of snow to groom. I hope that happenes this winter.

It looks like the below zero stuff will go away in a couple days, maybe get to ride Thursday in the teens.

With the Holidays over and no snow on the ground the next two months could be pretty slow. However things here will be super busy. I have a lot on my plate in Jan\Feb. I really cant say any more publicly but can real soon. Most of my close friends already know.

Stay warm.


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