In answer to your question, yes. 2005 October 16 23:45Posted by diamond in : Cycling,Random , 1 comment so far
First, the cycling stuff, coz it’s on my mind. Went cycling with dan on friday evening, which was nice, hadn’t been out with him in a while. We did 10km @ 17kmph, nice and easy. Was meant to go with mark on saturday for another cycle, but he couldn’t make it, so i went off myself, 21km @ 24.9kmph. Was very happy about it. Best cycle i’d had in years. And then, today, myself mark and dan were meant to go for another cycle, except the inner tube on dan’s bike exploded (yes, it made a very loud bang, i thought someone had chucked a fire cracker under his bike), so it was just myself and mark. We cycled out to birdhill and back, which is 36km, making it the longest cycle i’ve done in… oh about 6-7 years. And we managed it at 25.6kmph. Which i’m stunned at. This trumped saturday’s cycle, and i’m very very happy. Yay for actually getting off my ass and getting some exercise. It was pouring rain too by about 1/3rd way through, and it didn’t matter at all. It’s really nice to have decent gear so you just don’t have to care. There was some weirdness with the automated train crossing on the way back, it looks like the system got stuck in the wrong state. Lots and lots of cars queued up waiting for the lights to go green, but they never did. Eventually everyone just drove on, rather cautiously.
While we’re on the subjects of best $things, went to a party last night. It was froodie’s birthday party (4 days late, the lazy wench). Best party i’ve been to in years. Maeve and maeve and ciara tfy (the fourth year) and sarah and seb and mark and… *runs out of breath*… were all there. More importantly (to me anyway), it was really like old times, back when maeve and sarah both still lived in limerick, and we hung around together a lot. Those are probably my happiest memories, and it was fantastic to be back in the same atmosphere for a night (i suspect that trying to move into sarah’s parent’s house in order to try and hang onto the moment might be a bit…. misunderstood. *sigh*). I’m not really expressing properly how much i missed that, so i’m just going to hug my knees (figuratively. this chair is not conducive to such) and be happy. I guess part of it could be explained by how crap life seems at the moment, but i don’t think that’s more than 5% of it. I’ve kinda felt out of touch with sarah for the past ages, not even just the new zealand stuff, but even before that, for the year she worked for the su. Last night that was gone, and i was able to just be comfortable around her, and remember all the things about her that make her her, and make me love her. See, now i’ve gotten all sentimenal, and ye were all just looking for some cycling news (that is the only reason people read this, obviously).
I, of course, wore my cpp t-shrit last night, which turned out to be useful when people who didn’t know me very well asked me questions, and got less than useful answers (surprised? anyone?). I also brought my guitar out to the party, mostly because i knew seb was going to be there, and it’s always good to hear him play. I then surprised myself by actually playing, singing, jamming, and really enjoying myself. Seb borrowed a Bouzouki belonging to sarah’s dad, dan borrowed sarah’s guitar, and sarah played along on the flute. It was a brief and great resurrection of the old folk group days. Really must play more guitar.
I know there was more stuff i wanted to put in this entry, but i can’t remem…. oh yeah. The wild onion ‘staff’ went for some pintage after work on saturday, which was cool. Margret even bought me a drink, to apologise for being such a heinous.. oh ok i made that up. Margret’s great -) Also ruth told me that they look forward to me coming in to wash up, because i’m really good at it. I was quite surprised, and not-so-secretly happy. Hmm. I suspect the happy counter in this entry is somewhat high. So here’s a terrible picture of dan.
And so it ends.