Just plain dumb

7 Jul

Just because I have official brain damage doesn’t mean that I get a “free pass” when I make a stupid decision. Some decisions are so patently/obviously just-plain dumb, dumb, dumb, that no amount of organic tissue destruction can rightly be blamed for the erroneous output.

At the same time, there are few (if any) decisions that are so deeply flawed that they can’t be mended in some way.

There are two (2) Just Plain Dumb situations currently swirling about me. The first is entirely my own fault and impacts me –and YOU, dear reader– deeply, but I know how to fix it. The second is not my fault at all, but it may impact me even MORE deeply, and I have very little clue about how to fix it, but maybe you can help.

Ready? Here we go…

Problem #1 – My Fault

There are 24 hours in a day (168/wk) and I MUST spend at least 9 of those hours asleep each day. That leaves 105 hours. Of these:

  • 28 go to work/commute
  • 8 go to classroom/commute time
  • 20 go to studying
  • 15 go to riding.

All of these things are 100% totally NOT negotiable — at least not now (the problem arose when I decided to schedule my class for “Session A” of UCLA’s ridiculously stupid, grueling, 6-week summer jam session rather than USING MY BRAIN and scheduling myself for Session C, late summer, instead — stupid, stupid, stupid!). Added together, these now non-negotiables leave me with 34 hours, or ~4.8 hours per day to: eat, clean, walk the dog, socialize, run errands, chill, and write this blog. It’s do-able(ish) in a normal month, but in July? Not a chance.

July = Tour de France = Mandatory TV watching.

Before I became a bike addict, I did not even own a TV. I bought the damn thing for the exact and specific purpose of being able to watch pro cycling events (‘cuz they don’t show those at sport bars!). TdF watching = my #1 favorite chill-out activity. Next to actual cycling, watching the mesmerizing colors of the TdF riders spinning along soul-soothing, bucolic European roads accompanied by the dulcet tones of Phil Ligget, Bob Roll, Paul Sherwen, and, this year, Christian Vande Velde is even more effective at re-setting and calming me than any brain-numbing FX-channel movie.

The Live TdF broadcast is ~6 hours. If I start watching about 2.5 hours into it and fast-forward through all of the commercials, I can cut my watching time down to 3.5 hours and still catch the real-time finish, but that means I only have 1.3 hours into which I must compress the rest of my life each day.

Tour de France  2012 stage - 16

  • I can (and do) eat breakfast & dinner while I walk the dog and lunch is no problem because on working days I just eat at my desk and on non-working days, I eat “pocket food” while I ride.
  • I live in CA, so it’s always convertible weather, which means I can dry my hair while I commute.
  • And once my hair is dry, I can put up the top and take care of phone calls during the rest of my drive-time

Smooshing these necessary life activities into one another leaves me ~0.4hours/day to socialize and/or write this blog. It’s impossible to do either of these things in 0.4 hour spurts. The socializing thing usually requires at least a 2-hour investment, and I know that every single one of you is fairly adamant that I must continue to engage in the bizarre rituals required by the 21st century dating world. Thus, I will continue to hoard/accumulate 2 hours to give away to some dude at some point each week, even though that yields a less-than-satisfactory situation for the parties involved…


That leaves me <0.8 per week to blog.

I’ve already clocked 0.5 on this post, and I haven’t even told you about Problem #2!

I think we can all agree where this is leading with regards to Problem #1, right?

That’s right: No blog for you until the end of July — unless someone can figure out how I can bend time in your favor.

All flux-capacitor-related Comments are welcome and encouraged. Let’s see whatchya got, internets…

12 Responses to “Just plain dumb”

  1. xwsemperfi July 7, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    Don’t feel bad for not being able to blog, at least don’t feel bad because of your readers. I think in this day and age we can keep ourselves busy for a month. I’m an avid writer too. I write for the development of the mind and the soul, mostly for the soul. They are more important to me last time I checked. With this recognition I have given up a lot of the activities I used to enjoy doing. So if watching Tour de France is more important to you, or you feel bad if you don’t watch it, then go do it. We won’t hold it against you, for a month; at least I won’t hold it against you 🙂

  2. PedalWORKS July 8, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    LOL! I can’t stay away from the TDF coverage either. Good post.

  3. Scott D. July 8, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    Umh, Z., I don’t know how to break this to you … but while I can see why your dilemma is at least partially self-imposed, I can’t find the dumb. Trust me, dumb and I are well acquainted, and I can’t find him anywhere.

    • justadventures July 8, 2014 at 10:28 am #

      Ah. Yes, “the dumb” is not made obvious in the (original) post — it’s only obvious in my head. I will update the post in a bit to fix this omission, but I’ll also tell you directly:

      “Dumb” was deciding to take my Developmental Psych course during the first summer session, which directly and fully conflicts with the TdF, rather than the second. I ran myself straight into whirling blades of doom. Dumb.

      “Dumb” also could be attributed to my decision to take ANY summer session course (i.e., 6 highly compressed weeks of hell) rather then putting off this course (my last one!) until the fall, when my life will be much, much, much more leisurely for the latter part of the fall quarter given that I won’t be working anymore…

      “Dumb” also could be attributed to the fact that I failed to make any of these things clear in the original post. but I’m fixing that now! Thanks. 😉

  4. Brenna July 8, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Z. Right there with you. Just paid $14.99 for TDF app so can watch coverage while I shower, walk dogs, drive – never at my desk, Nope, never.

  5. Shannon July 8, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    So wait…this means we have to wait until August to wen learn what problem #2 is?!?! That is a problem.

    • justadventures July 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

      don’t worry, I suspect that problem will become even more “blog friendly” (i.e, more highly Eff-ed up) in the next few weeks…

  6. Scott D. July 9, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    Okay, I’m still not sure you’re dumb, but if you insist … 🙂


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