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Happy Summer Solstice!

High Summer, y’all. Just *look* at those boiling temperatures.

I’m sour. I had an adventure today. Not only was it hammering down on the way in but the Highways Agency has allowed the bike path to overgrow completely. And by completely, I mean I couldn’t see the path at all most of the way and in places the weeds were shoulder height. I had a mile of this.

I have a complete yellow slicker wet suit which I capped off with wellies. First thing that happened, the wellies filled up with water.

The way back was worse. The chain kept slipping and at one point a thick rope of grass wrapped around my leg and jerked me off the bike. I had to walk from there, which wasn’t any easier. Either the bike could be on the path or I could, not both. I’m shattered.

I’m currently wrapped in an electric blanket and I refuse to budge until a gin and tonic is waved under my snout.

Another snippet from my Prehistory seminar last week: the DNA guy was interesting. They’ve analyzed around 400 skeletons so far. Iron Age women had their first babies around 20 (this is derived from deaths in childbirth). They married around that age (or whatever the Iron Age equivalent of marriage was) and moved to live with their husband’s family. They were monogamous: they have found no evidence of half-siblings. Which is interesting – you’d think there would at least be remarriages after a death.

So, that proves it. The hippies were wrong about everything.


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 21, 2021, 8:30 pm

Bummer man!
All my righteous caveman scenes of grooving in the caverns, naming things, being hassled by dinosaurs and trying to get Barbara Bach away from Tonda are trashed man, completely trashed.

What a drag!

Comment from Mitch
Time: June 21, 2021, 8:44 pm

They were totally down with homosexual marriages though, I’m sure.

Assuming those temps are in Freedom Units you’re having a cold & wet summer so far. It’s probably because of Global Climate Change.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 21, 2021, 9:00 pm

It sure would be entertaining, Stoaty, if some motivated bike path users were to do a little midnight weed whacking — motivated by fine sense of civic duty, of course — and deposit piles of trimmings on the front lawns of deserving Highways Agency bureaucrats. (Wear gloves and caps and don’t leave any DNA-tainted beer bottles or cigarette butts, please!)

@Mitch — good golly, I sure do hope those temps are in Freedom Degrees. 56° Commie is well over 130° Freedom!

Comment from Mitch
Time: June 21, 2021, 10:49 pm

Yeah, Uncle Al – that’s Las Vegas-style temps!

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: June 21, 2021, 11:27 pm

I’m so cruel. I read:

The chain kept slipping and at one point a thick rope of grass wrapped around my leg and jerked me off the bike

and I thought, “I bet Monty Pyton did a skit about that… or should have!”

The “full wellies” are funny, too.

No, I don’t know why I’m like this and I can’t help it one bit!
Look at those humidity forecasts, though… must be the brisk sea air!

Comment from drew458
Time: June 22, 2021, 1:42 am

You tucked your rain pants into your wellies? Tsk tsk. Hope at least your slicker is the extra long trunk kind. I learned about this the hard way when I had motorcycles.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: June 22, 2021, 2:38 am

Stoaty, you haven’t pissed any of the wee folk off have you?
The chain kept slipping and a rope if grass wrapped around your leg?

Give them some of the good whiskey, sounds like you’re behind in your elf titheing.

Comment from Oceania
Time: June 22, 2021, 3:10 am

Anyone tried their family incestries with those DNA kits?

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: June 22, 2021, 6:26 am

Losing the chain is highly annoying. I have a fat-tire one-speed bought off Craigslist. The chain comes off the rear sprocket and jams between the sprocket and frame, hard. I get fingers covered in grease getting it loose and back on the sprockets. Sometimes I have to flip the bike, which is great fun when I have 40 lbs of groceries in the basket.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 22, 2021, 1:18 pm

Oceania! How the hell are you, man?

Yes, I did 23andme. I’m sure I posted about it, but I can’t seem to find the right one. I’m 60% pasty Brit, to no-one’s surprised. 20% German and the rest generic Northern European.

They did give me a sliver of Ashkenazi and a soupcon of sub-Saharan African, which is fine by me. Am I eligible for reparations now?

23andme has been busted confessing to put a little whiff of ethnicity in profiles that are too white, so it might just be a joke.

Comment from Drew458
Time: June 22, 2021, 3:31 pm

Don’t know what 23andme costs, but if I did it and the results came back anything other than pure WASP I’d know they were a fraud. Family genealogy done all the way back to Rollo the Viking, nothing but Caucs since forever. Yeah, I wanted that One Drop too, just so I could claim some ethnic. I don’t have one, and feel left out these days. Oh sure, English, Swedish, with a touch of German and a little French/Belgian way back when, but both side of my family have been over here since Pilgrim days or even before. There’s no ethnic left. Even the Barbary Pirate ancestor was actually a converted Dutchman, and his kid took the treasure and moved to New Amsterdam.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 22, 2021, 6:32 pm

One branch of my family were slave-owners, so I couldn’t rule out a little extracurricular genetic enrichment, but the teeny percent they claim is too low to allow for that.

A high proportion of those “you have DNA relatives” hits I get turn out to be black people from that part of the country.

Comment from OldFert
Time: June 22, 2021, 8:19 pm

I was supposed to wait several hours after eating before spitting in the little vial for my DNA test. I guess I didn’t wait long enough since I came out 60 percent southern Italian/northern Mediterranean and 40 percent cheeseburger.

Comment from s
Time: June 22, 2021, 9:51 pm

We started [actually it was a sister in law who started it, and we have the results] tracing ancestry. Short form. My dad is Chinese so I am half Chinese. I always thought my birth mother was American of pretty much pure German ancestry whose family came over to be Kansas farmers. Not so. It was confirmed that the first her family came over here was on some boat called the Mayflower. As in descended in part from Mary Chilton who was the first Pilgrim female to land. It has been documented by the Mayflower people. Mary Chilton herself was English, Cornish, and Welsh. Elsewhere, one of my wife’s ancestors was from the Highland Clan MacPherson; giving my family 3 of the 7 Nations of Celtia. Just need to prove Irish, Brittany, Man, and Galician and we will have all 7.

I rather expect that Mary Chilton would have been surprised to know that she would have Chinese descendents. And my grandfather who sent my father here alone as a child would have been amazed at the ethnic mix that is our family.

Subotai Bahadur

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