Well, maybe not the dumbest, but it's right up there. Today I went to the local Safeway grocery to buy a few things. My husband wanted me to get his favorite ice cream, so I had to go down that aisle. And they had almost all the ice cream on sale, 2 for 1. FREE ICE CREAM, I'm telling you. But no, I had to be all virtuous and strong, channeling mipper, and I just walked by - very, very slowly - but I did walk by and they didn't have any of the special kind my husband likes so I just kept walking and I didn't buy any ice cream at all.
I've been kicking myself the whole rest of the day for that. HOW COULD I BE SO DAMN STUPID? I could have had FREE SAMOAS GIRL SCOUT COOKIE ICE CREAM, but no, I have to turn into some kind of saint or something and abstain. How idiotic is that? Is it too late to go back and buy some? Maybe I should call the store and find out how long the sale lasts? FREE ICE CREAM!
So I went out instead for a ride on Old Blue, my trusty old steel frame Lotus road bike, circa 1986. She was actually a pretty hot road bike in her day. That was three years before Lemond used aerobars in the Tour de France, so obviously the clip-on bars are a recent addition.
She's a lot of work to pedal around compared to Buttercup, believe me.
I went out to the 11.5 mile marker on the W&OD rail-trail and turned around and came back. That section includes a few pretty good hill climbs, for these parts. On a nice day like today it also includes a massive amount of avoiding total idiots. They came out of the woodwork.
Idiots like me, for example. By the turnaround I was STARVING, and still thinking about that ice cream debacle. If you look closely behind this big trail sign there is a Whole Foods grocery with a big bike rack out front. I was thinking that I could go in there and get some kind of delicious fruit smoothie. But did I bring a bike lock with me? Did I bring any money with me? Of course not! Swig down a little of the lukewarm water in my water bottle, and pedal sadly and stupidly back home again.
Maybe now that the girls are in bed there's still time to take the minivan back to Safeway tonight. . . .