Sunday, August 31, 2008
We rode our regular trail with the puppy for about 30 minutes. Then took her back to the truck. After drinking, she rested so that we could continue our ride without her.
Riding along the surrey trail for a while, we headed north along Perimeter Road and then east deeper into the park. When we finally trekked back, we had been gone for 2 hours!
The predictions were for rain yesterday, today, & tomorrow. But we were able to ride without one single raindrop on us. Pretty much blue sky & sunshine.
This is a picture of the panoram from the top of one of the bluffs in the park.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Stopping several times to hydrate the dog, eat snacks, and absorb the view – Isabelle finally started showing us that she was slowing down. Her leg was bothering her. We came upon some deer in the road that froze absolutely still to watch us for several minutes. I got some great pics.
After the deer sighting, I decided to bike on ahead as it did not seem we had far to finish…leaving hubby & dog to wait for me to return with the truck. It was farther than I had thought as I traveled 5 miles – including having to go on pavement thru Wardner & around the town to Kellogg. Finally arriving at our truck by cutting through the paved bike path.
I returned to pick them up and I don’t think the dog has ever been so happy to see me. She barked when I came around the corner on the edge of the mountain road – and wiggled her tail voraciously!
Greg purchased ice cream for himself & the dog in downtown Kellogg – while I ate a healthy apple!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
We stopped to get lattes on the way to Farragut Park around 2:30P. By a little after that, we were on the HighPoint Trail, then headed down the treacherous Shoreline Trail where we saw some ducks paddling up to us on the trail, then eventually meeting up to the Lynx Trail which was straight up from Beaver Bay Beach - quite steep and following the Highline Trail through the meadow to the Filmore Campground. I left hubby and the dog there and went to pick up the truck (a further 1.2 miles along the South Road) Poor puppy couldn't make it any further - so she just collapsed. Hubbster said that she whined the entire 8 minutes that I was gone.
Once we returned home, Isabelle drug her poor little body up to bed. I gave her a pain pill as her leg seemed to be bothering her. Greg worked down in the shop with Jonathan & his brother until 8:45P - whereupon he came home to Salisbury steak for dinner. I collapsed in a bath at this point - then went to bed.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Prediction of rain had made us think we would just sit around home doing nothing. But the skies had not let out the precipitation as yet. So we packed up quickly and ran up to Round Lake again. The trail there is very nice and 6 miles circling the lake. Isabelle got a kick out of running around sans leash. She is very obedient to voice commands, so we feel safe in taking her off the restraint. Right away, she jumped a fall of timber about 3 feet high and took off like a deer. It was cute to see her take the lower trail as we biked along the upper trail. Delightful to see her teasing us as we rode along, she cunningly smiled & joined up with us a few yard further along. We both remarked that we have not seen her EVER jump like that before. It was adorable.
Another water bottle will be needed as we meanedered along and missed the 2nd trail turn-off. It is just not adequate with 2 water bottles for the 3 of us. Accidentaly crossing over into private property, we were forced to turn back and find the correct trail. This meant that it was a longer run for her than it needed to be. Izzy was quite exhausted by the time we returned to the truck. Poor puppy.
On the way back to A-town, we stopped at the Vet's to find out how much weight she had lost. I had figured that she had lost at least 10 pounds, but the scale indicated she only dropped 2 pounds. Maybe she is just toning up. Building muscle.
Drove home to close up the windows for the coming thundershowers, then into town to take some batteries for Kevin R to an automotive shop; stopped for lunch at the new bistro at Riverstone - the Bar De Nay Restaurant & Distillery. Food was OK. Accoustics were intolerable. The place was barely occupied and the noise was overwhelming. But they did have a liquor license (very rare in this town) and I enjoyed a coffee & kahlua while Greg had a margarita. Hubby enjoyed a reuben while I had the turkey sandwich.
After lunch we picked up more material for the bathroom; then a short shopping trip to Costco to stock up on phosphates (now banned in Spoky-Jo), paper towels, and gasoline ($89.17 for 23.288 gallons = $3.829 per gallon price)
We returned home after fighting our way through the construction traffic on Hwy 95 North - they are attempting to turn an overloaded two lane road into an interstate four-lane complete with frontage roads. Quite an undertaking. However, they are encroaching upon our friends' properties without proper compensation. We await eagerly to find out the outcome of the legal maneuvering.
Other things to note...yesterday when picking up wasps on the floor which I had thought were dead, one turned around to sting me on the end of my right index finger. It is horribly swollen and I am debating on whether or not to go to the doctor to drain it. Also, my left thumb at the base of the finger and into the hand seems to be sprained and/or broken. Hmmm. Put up with the pain, or go to the doctor? I'm sure they can't put a cast on it.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Got back from town to get ready to bike. Hubster put the bikes in the back, got sandwiches ready, and filled waterbottles.
The 1 1/2 hour trip up to Priest Lake was very restful and pretty. With a temp of about 55F degrees when we got up this morning, it rose to a nice 82F. The Park at Priest Lake was cooler as it is around the water, and most of it is in the shade of old growth forest.
We biked around Indian Creek Log Flume trail and Isabelle kept up with us pretty good for the first 2 miles. She started to show the strain after a while, tho. Lots of rocks & downed trees. A beautiful creek ran through this trail, so we stopped a couple times to let her get a drink from it.
Stopped at the Park Store to pick up an ice cream for Greg and an orange juice for me. Then we left the dog in the truck and continued our ride.
After we finished, we packed up the bikes, stopped for a short grocery trip at Safeway, then returned home.
When we arrived home, there was an email message from the kid. She won't be able to get the AirForce hop from UK to US tomorrow. Boo Hoo. Maybe the next hop. We'll see.
I spring/summer cleaned the house for nothing. Darn.
Just have to keep it clean for the next two weeks. Impossible.
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Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Due to a severe boil on my butt, (don't ask-don't tell) I didn’t really do anything today. Just relaxed out of the 100F degree heat.
Hubby worked at the shop for a while, then came home to rest around 1pm. He still looked like he had a bit of heat-stroke. I made sure that he drank lots of water.
We watched Aeon Flux, Underworld, & UltraViolet. Obviously, it was a science-fiction marathon.
Went to bed early for our bike ride tomorrow morning early.
As it was predicted to be over 100F degrees today, we got up very early & packed up our bikes along with all the other stuff-so that we could go to Round Lake to ride the trail there.
Along the way there, we unfortunately saw two dead deer. One was even a little baby that had not even gotten rid of its spots. Poor little things. I sure wish that people would slow down and be more cautious on the roads.
Once we got to Round Lake State Park, we unloaded bikes. Got the dog on a leash and set off for our ride. It started out as a very wide trail with soft, cushy undergrowth on the trail with old growth cedars. Then after going across a bridge and through the marsh with very lovely lily pads, it opened up to an off-road trail. This trail went for quite a ways until we saw a sign that detoured us by the lakeside. Taking this trail was a mistake. We had to release the dog from her leash as it was too severe to continue with her. We let her walk by herself and she did quite well in scoping out the upcoming path, then coming back to check on us! It was too rough and on a side-hill which was too steep for the bikes. We had to push the bikes most of the way. I even fell down once it was so sharply inclined. When we finally came to a fork in the trail, it joined up with a gentler, better trail.
Finally arriving around the lake where we had started from, we stopped to refresh with lots of water & washed the dog’s feet. She had stepped into many mud puddle pies…
We continued up to Sandpoint for a visit to Wally-Mart. Got a life-preserver vest for the dog in case we want to take her with us on a canoe ride; also got groceries. Stopped afterwards at Arby’s for their 5 for $5.95 special. Got Isabelle Arby Melt sandwiches. She deserved a treat for being such a good trail dog. We also got Starbuck’s lattes on the way home. Already at 11:00 the heat was 91F degrees. Thank goodness I had left the swamp cooler running when we left this morning. It was nice & cool in the house when we got back.
The guys that borrowed the trailer to take their custom car to sell at Hot August Nights in Reno, Nevada brought it back today. They had a slight accident with it, so had to repair it before they returned it.
We made SPECIAL RESERVATIONS for a neat place during our trip to Portland, Oregon at the end of September, 2008 with Kelsey. Sure hope she likes it. This will be so neat to have our baby back for a visit. Tho, we will truly miss Matty-pie being here with her.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Mowing has begun. It takes a while to mow over 20 acres.
Thank goodness that the basement doesn't have to be remodeled again now that Kelsey will be coming back for a while. It was so stressful when we had to get things ready for the kids. All I have to do is vacuum, have the windows cleaned again, and carpets cleaned. It should be more than enough. Probably should get a wall space heater installed for winter for her.
Still biking in the AM, feeding the fish, walking the dog. Boring same old, same old life.
But this morning, I was clumsy and dropped an entire box of goldfish food. Gross. All over the deck. Had to clean it off with a hose. And it stinks. Really bad. Fish food is not a good smell.
Hubbers wants to ride around Round Lake this weekend. Might be an idea.
When Kelsey arrives, I might drag her to the bike store with me so we can purchase bike jerseys. I remember back in the "olden days" when you just got a bike, jumped on it, and rode. Now - bike helmets, bike gloves, bike mirrors, bike bags, bike tire inflator, bike repair tools, bike jerseys, bike shorts, bike shoes must all be purchased prior to a bike ride!
I told hubbers to start saving money as I might just have to upgrade to the $1600 bike next year!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Another acronym. I hate acronyms. Detest them. They are impossible. I would much prefer to use full language in full sentences.
MTB-Mountain Trail Biking.
We drove north of Sandpoint off the road to Grouse Creek. A further 11 miles into the wilderness complete with grizzly bear warnings posted on almost every other tree.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Hubs got off work early and raced home so we could bike ride again. It was a wonderfully, sunny day. We decided to go down Lake CDA Drive. Isabelle ran a ways with us and then we returned her to the truck so we could ride further. My bike was still experiencing quite a lot of up-n-down wobble, so we dropped it off to fix at the bike repair store. We had an hour to waste, so we went to the movies in Post Falls. Saw The Dark Knight. B-O-R-I-N-G movie.
This movie was so boring that we left early. Thoroughly disgusted at the plot; threat, rescue, threat, rescue, threat, rescue. Over and over and over again.
By the time the movie finished, it was too late to pick up my bike, so home we went.
Saturday August 9
Up early this morning, got lattes, then went into town so hubby could pick up a part from Lee Sixt. Then went to pick up my bike- -which started out costing $20 for a repair and escalated to $68 that included $48 for a brand new wheel and $20 for installation. Highway robbery. We will be going to the Sandpoint repair shop from now on. CDA likes to inflate their prices on everything. Pretentious.
Picked up more cherries & peaches at the next-door fruit stand. The lady that runs the place is nice, so we chatted with her for a while. We also went to Rite-Aid to pick up some Bert's Bees lip gloss for me.
My bike was riding super smooth, so we biked the Centennial Trail around Riverstone Development – the people around there are NOT nice. The walkers & bikers that passed us were rude, bikers failed to indicate they were passing. Walkers were walking on the wrong side of the asphalt trail. Almost everyone that we greeted “hi” refused to even speak to us. Again, the pretentious, rude CDAs.
Simple friendliness – maybe even a smile. It was disappointing to us that people are so scared or mean - we decided that we will not be riding that trail again.
Isabelle ran over 2 miles with us. She was totally worn out & while hub made his way back slowly with her, I raced back on my bike to refill the water bottle at the restrooms. Finally got the truck & met them half/way back.
Greg got a pizza at Domino’s because he saw a sign out in front of their building advertising a Large pizza for $4.99. He said that the cardboard probably tasted better than the pizza. We found a nice park in Hayden and had a great picnic with Isabelle. She ate dog cookies, I had a banana & apple, Greg had the pizza.
On the way home, we stopped to see the progress on Chachi’s shop. He was supposed to be getting the doors installed – but he had too many parts. Couldn’t figure it out. We talked about helping on Sunday, but they invited us to the Fairchild Air Show instead.
Sunday August 10
Joanie & Chachi arrived at 9AM to pick us up. Unfortunately, Isabelle had to stay at home today. Poor dog. I talked (threatened) Chachi into stopping at Starbuck’s on the way for lattes.
Got to Fairchild AirForce Base at 10AM and were just in time to walk in for opening ceremonies. Saw C-31 with Full Jumpers; L-39 Aerobatic Act; UH-60 CSAR Demo; C-17 Demo; PT17 Stearmen Demo; F-15 Demo; Hang Gliders; X-300 Aerobatic Act; Mig 17/A26 Dog Fight & FlyBys; KC-135 Demo; F-22/F-15/P-51 Heritage Flight; Cascade Warbirds FlyBys; T-33 Aerobatic Act; F-18/C13 Blue Angels & Fat Albert Aerobatic Acts.
Pic of Blue Angels ------>
It was a wonderful day. The clouds were out, it was windy, spots of sunshine shone thru, and there were some raindrops. Some of the plane engines shook your body, we got to feel & listen to some "buzz" flybys that shocked the audience. Even tho the weather was threatening, we got to tour some planes; talk to Air Force personnel; and see a great Air Show for FREE!
Also saw Matt Z, his wife Nichole, & her sister at the show.
It took over 1 1/2 hours to exit the parking lot as there were so many cars leaving at once. Saw Rachel Kegley as we exited - Greg was looking closely at all the servicepersons as we exited - we were "thanking" each one for their service. He shouted out to one girl..."is THAT a Kegley?" - she came running over to the car and talked to us. Quite a sweet kid.
Joanie & Chachi were hungry - we stopped at PF Chang's China Bistro to eat dinner. Ordered yummy Lettuce Wraps for appetizers - Chachi had Mongolian Beef, Joanie had Cantonese Scallops, I had Sweet and Sour Chicken; Greg ordered Kung-Pao Shrimp but the waitress messed up and brought Kung Pao Chicken. Hubby was nice and didn't make her take it back or complain. But I thought that it was odd that she didn't adjust the price to comp it or at least attempt to bring out his shrimp as she admitted it was her fault. Oh, well.
Got home at 9PM in time to watch the latest Law & Order-Criminal Intent and that dumb show- In Plain Sight.
Tired. Sore. Windburnt face. Took bath & went to bed.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Hubber came home at 2p and we raced to the bike store to pick up his Mongoose. We also had to have my bike re-aligned as the spokes were crooked causing it to wobble while I rode. Not a nice feeling.
Stopping at the lake to have a snack - we had gotten Arby's roast beef sandwiches for Isabelle -we then rode around the lake for a while in Dover. Afterwards, the dog collapsed in the soft green grass for a rest. While she panted like a winded race horse, Greg went to try to grapple "jack" from the lake. Izzy whined until I relented and we also walked out on the dock - with many boats slowing to have a chat along the way. Has nobody ever seen such a big, beautiful dog?
Slinging his grapple to and fro, hubber was not having any success after many throws. He had a pile of seaweed (lakeweed?) by his side and each retrieval added to the already towering heap. The dog was wary of the rocking dock with the passing of each boat, so we convinced G that it was useless to try anymore. With the current, the bike might have moved and we were probably searching in the wrong area.
We came home via Hwy 2 which is such a pretty drive. Upon arriving home, hub started unloading bikes and mumbling something. While I struggled to get the front door open while juggling all our belongings, I thought I heard him call me Eleanor Rigby. So I returned to the garage and asked him - "Did you just call me Eleanor Rigby?" He looked at me like I had lost my mind. Which I probably had.
His big joke all last night & throughout this morning has been to say something while adding that phrase quietly right after it. "I'm leaving for work nowEleanorRigby." Thereby, driving me slowly out of my mind.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
We stopped and actually purchased a new riding lawnmower complete with 48" blade for only $50.00. Yes. You read that correctly. $50. The owners had purchased the mower for this year and had recently passed away. What great luck. Plus, I got about 30 awesome electric insulators for only $10.
I had to rub it in all day what a great find the lawnmower was. Greg brought it home and cleaned it up, made sure it started. He will take it to the small motor mechanic for a tune-up.
Joe stopped later and could not believe the deal Greg got on the riding lawnmower. He also pointed out that one could find "super" deals on tools at estate or garage sales. Tool is that magic word that when you say it, men go google-eyed & get a blank stare while they go to their happy place.
Hub worked in the shop all day and came home around 6pm. He had this wonderful idea that he wanted to ride the LongBridge in Sandpoint on Sunday. After realizing he still had to feed Chachi's dogs, we raced down to A-town to visit the puppies. Isabelle was overwhelmed with seeing the Greyhounds & Shorty. After feeding, watering, & playing with them for a while, we returned home. We watched a couple movies, then went to bed late.
Sunday morning I had to go pee, then when returning to bed I kissed Isabelle because she had woken up - I somehow ended up sleeping with her from about 5am until 8am - unable to make the last few steps to my own bed. She's a bed-hog and she snores.
Finally arising at the late hour of 9am, we packed our lunch, backpack, bikes & dog into the truck and took off for Sandpoint. We rode our bikes along the LongBridge and into town for a while, then came back to the truck. Piling into the vehicle, we drove to the Museum that was closed, but toured the Arboreteum viewing the native plants of the area - Idaho fescue, Kinnikinnick, Scarlet gilia, Western RedCedar & Western Hemlock.
From there, we decided to take Hwy 2 south out of town for the scenic views. Greg chose to show me the exclusive resort in Dover and we got out to ride bikes through there also. The dog walked with us for quite a while and after viewing one of the beautiful open houses, we stopped at this waterfall for a quick drink & a photo op.
Slowly biking back to the truck, we let the dog sit in the shade & drink as much as possible. We then left her in the truck while we continued our bike ride.
Greg wanted to take a look down at the Marina. So I followed him out onto the end of the breakwater dock. The view was SO beautiful that I wanted to get a panoramic photo. I put the kickstand out and moved a few inches from my bike, so that it was behind me. Proceeding with the picture, I managed to get a great wooden boat in it. Greg was only a foot behind me, with his bike straddled between his legs, also taking in the marvelous view.
When all of a sudden, a HUGE burst of wind came out of nowhere, and knocked my bike off the dock. INTO THE WATER. I missed the whole thing as it happened behind my back. We were both in shock as we watched my bike sink into the murky depths of Lake Pend Oreille, the old men in the wooden boat were also shocked, then started laughing. I watched as bubbles from the bicycle floated to the top of the water and my bike sank into the abyss. For a few brief seconds, I contemplated ripping off my shirt, dropping my camera & sandals in a vain attempt to dive for the bike. But then I thought. Do I really want to maybe die for a stupid bike? Nope. So we just watched – shocked that something so stupid had happened. After this unfortunate happenstance, there was no more wind. Damn you, nature!
I walked back to the truck, truly dejected that my best friend for the last few months rested at the bottom of a watery grave.
My cell phone was also gone.
Hub tried to cheer me up and on the way home, we stopped in Priest River at Burger Express for crinkle fries that Kelsey just used to love. I wasn’t in a mood to eat greasy food, however I made a slight effort to cheer up. Greg plans to weld a grappling hook so that he can go back tomorrow for an attempt at raising the bike from Davy Jones’ locker.
I suppose that an intolerable amount of teasing will result as this will be made known to hubby’s friends. After watching Titanic the other night with a similar sight - Rose watching as Jack sinks into the icy depths, my bike has already been dubbed “jack” because I was supposed to “never let go”.
Greg is also threatening to get a life jacket for my next bike if he can't resurrect this one.
Friday, August 01, 2008
You Make Me Smile - Blue October
She’s My Ride Home – Blue October
Into The Ocean – Blue October
What If We Could – Blue October
Hate Me – Blue October
Let It Go – Blue October
Congratulations – Blue October
Overweight – Blue October
X Amount of Words – Blue October
Drilled A Wire Thorugh My Cheek – Blue October
Sound of Pulling Heaven Down
If You Want My Love – Cheap Trick
The Flame – Cheap Trick
Voices – Cheap Trick
Politik – Coldplay
The Scientist – Coldplay
Clocks – Coldplay
Speed of Sound – Coldplay
Home – Collective Soul
How Do You Love – Collective Soul
Him – Collective Soul
Feels Like – Collective Soul
Perfect To Stay – Collective Soul
Counting The Days – Collective Soul
Under Heaven’s Skies – Collective Soul
Satellite – Collective Soul
One Last Breath – Creed
My Sacrifice – Creed
Stand Here With Me – Creed
Weathered – Creed
Taking Over Me - Evanescence
In The Ayer – Flo Rida
Best of You – Foo Fighters
DOA – Foo Fighters
The Reason – Hoobastank
Devil’s Party – INXS
Pretty Vegas – INXS
Afterglow – INXS
Hot Girls – INXS
Never Let Go – INXS
What Goes Around – Justin Timberlake
SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
Mr. Brightside – The Killers
Somebody Told Me – The Killers
C’mon Try A Little Bit – Mellowdrone
Oh My – Mellowdrone
Four Leaf Clover – Mellowdrone
Flat On The Floor – Nickelback
Figured You Out – Nickelback
Should’ve Listened – Nickelback
The Hand That Feeds – Nine Inch Nails
Every Day Is Exactly The Same – Nine Inch Nails
Control – Puddle of Mudd
Drift & Die – Puddle of Mudd
Out of My Head – Puddle of Mudd
Nobody Told Me – Puddle of Mudd
Who Wants to Live Forever – Queen
Pray – Syntax
Pride - Syntax
But the other day, for the whole ride...I listened to The Hand That Feeds by Nine Inch Nails. I can listen repeatedly to the same song for almost forever.
Syntax caught my attention one night while watching an old re-run of Bones. After getting their album, Meccano Mind I listened to the song Pride for about 2 weeks. Nothing but Pride. Nothing. I would drive in the 'stang and listen to nothing but that, repeatedly hitting the 'back' button on the CD changer. This is a car that has a 5-disc CD changer. FIVE CDs full of music. And all I listen to is ONE song for a solid two weeks.
J-poo also brought up another thought. Music is associated with sights, sounds, people. Yes, Jilly-poo whenever I listen to Hate Me by Blue October, I think of you and remember our 'talk'. Beautiful Day by Mellowdrone brings to mind my kids. Anything by She Wants Revenge and I immediately think of Shawna Clingerman because I visited her when we went to their concert. LOL-I'll Go To My Grave Loving You by The Statler Brothers is my mother-in-law's song. She wanted it played at her funeral. It was not.
When the UPS man came the other day, he brought these awe-some earphones that are perfect! There is absolutely NO background noise when I put these babies in my ears. Which can be a bad thing when cars come up behind me. Oh, well. Live & let die.
We played hookey today and drove to the Rose Lake exit where we rode the Trail Of The Coeur d'Alenes for about 12 miles. Another Friday of great weather, wonderful fresh air, beautiful scenic views & fabulous exercise. Quite relaxing & restful. My soul feels renewed.
After finally trying to find a dog trailer, we settled on one but it didn't work out for Isabelle. She was scared of sitting inside the variable floor of the trailer. We (Greg) will have to attempt to modify it - put in a piece of thin plywood and a pad.
The dog sat in the truck alone while we were gone. With heavy clouds overhead, it was quite cool in the truck for her. Also leaving her with a full tin of water made her happy. When we arrived back after our ride, we had lunch at the delightful park. A Foss tug went by pushing a load. The birds soared overhead and we snacked on chicken sandwiches.
Post meal we took Izzy for a short run and she actually did 1/2 mile down the trail and 1/2 mile back. By the time she arrived at the truck, she was panting, slobbery & exhausted. Barely able to drag herself into the truck after this horrendous (not) workout, she plopped in the back continuing with her heavy (stinky) breathing.
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Stopping in Harrison for ice cream, we took advantage of the pleasant weather to take a walk around town. As we were walking by a newly renovated restaurant, some young kid came out of the door and yelled to Greg. Damn. We can't go ANYWHERE without Greg being recognized. I can empathize with celebs being upset when the papz attack. The kid was the son of a guy that Greg used to know a few years ago. They chatted for a bit, then we continued our walk. I'm still totally in shock that Greg got through our whole Euro trip without meeting anybody he knew...
Finally making it home about 6pm, we were both totally exhausted but Jonathan and his brother were waiting in the driveway so Greg could work with them at the shop. Unable to vocalize the word "no", hubby changed clothes to drag himself down there for the rest of the night.
A SIDE NOTE - When the Ernster advised me to be less cryptic the other day, then told me to "ignore the old guy with the bad back" I was under the impression that he was talking about HUBBY. Hubby is old. Hubby has a bad back. Hmm. Is there something in the water? Old men with bad backs?