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Into The Black Hole

The Washington State Legislature convened their session today.  I moved down to my Olympia condo and office over the weekend, and will be down here until the end of April.  Walking into the office this morning I saw the countdown clock at the end of the hall flashing away -- as you can see I have 104 days left. I also woke up with a headache to end all headaches -- I'm not sure if it was stress or sleeping on a crappy Ikea mattress or what, but the pain was bad enough that I was sick to my stomach for much of the day and went to the urgent care, where they thought it might be a migraine.  A buddy who has a great chiropractor here in Olympia got me into him tonite and he was able to adjust my neck to fix what he thought was a pinched nerve, and the headache has gone away for the most part. 
So now I have 104 more days of political pablum, self-congratulatory BS, and lots and lots of pretending to get things done when nothing really does get done.  Wow, do I sound cynical?  I guess in my old age I am -- this is my 20th session.  I can't believe I'm one of the old-timers down here -- hell last year the Seattle Times called me "venerable Olympia lobbyist Gary Gardner..."  The one drawback is the lack of time to ride -- but then again it is winter and the riding is rather limited.  I did buy a bike to keep down here, though I've not had a chance to bring it down yet.  It will come in handy later in the session when it warms up and I have a few evenings to ride - especially after we go to Daylight Savings time early this year.

I was able to get in a short ride over the weekend -- down to the dealership to take the Rocker in for service and pick up the Black Bob.  It was cold, but the heated gear was nice, and I'd rather remember that then how I felt all day today.

I started this Journal to record my thoughts from riding and what it means to me.  I guess I won't be doing much of that for a few months -- and I'm so busy that my friends think I've fallen into a black hole underneath the Capitol.  Rest assured I haven't.  I'm just working -- the price I pay for having much of the year off is four months of 90 hour work weeks.

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ironchefpinoy
Jan. 13th, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)
you'll find a way to ride, i know it. your passion is your life is your passion...which means that you won't work or weather get in the way for even the shortest of rides... ;)

re: Life Is A Highway...call me old skool, but i actually prefer Tom Cochrane's version. oh damn..did i just type that? O_O
grgardner
Jan. 14th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
I love the Rascal Flats one since it's from the movie "Cars" which is a rare cartoon that I get all verklempt at and start crying...LOL
ironchefpinoy
Jan. 14th, 2009 07:07 am (UTC)
haha..awww... okay..i'll give you that. i still haven't seen that one, yet. haha...
garlandj
Jan. 13th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Wow! The Blackberry takes a very good picture after all!
*Snow in the fro...snow in the fro!*
grgardner
Jan. 14th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Well I guess it all depends on the subject matter the camera is taking a picture of too....:)
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grgardner
Jan. 14th, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
No, I'm an enigma! LOL... actually I'm a Sagittarius.
pandabuff
Jan. 14th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Ideal careers for Sagittarius: Law, theology, religion, politics, public relations.
Likes: Travel and adventure, justice and law, taking risks, freedom.
Dislikes: Being constrained, being tied down, having to explain oneself, being forced to make promises.
Physical Traits: Large well-shaped skull with a high broad forehead.

Since I know you better than most, I gotta say that the above are a testament to who Gary is. Especially the high broad forehead! LOL!
grgardner
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
Har de har har...f***er!....:)

Edited at 2009-01-15 04:22 am (UTC)
menace3
Jan. 15th, 2009 09:17 am (UTC)
Twenty years..wow..me thinks you need a gold medal. Here's to it going by fast this year.
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