White Thursday

The view from the Main Portal at stupid-thirty.

… the well-known precursor to Black Friday.


18 Responses to “White Thursday”

  1. SAO’ Says:

    Bon hiver, Cicely.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Have another cuppa and chill mi amigo.

  3. Larry T. atCycleItalia Says:

    Is that a driveway? That someone has to clear so they can get their car(s) out? Thanksgiving – I’m thankful I’ll likely never have to deal with that kind of task again. Our friends are unavailable to help us celebrate until Monday, so the turkey, stuffing, mashed ‘taters and punkin’ pie feast will be delayed until then. Today we toughed it out with some fresh buffalo mozzarella we brought back with us from Napoli yesterday. Best wishes to all!!!

  4. khal spencer Says:

    Yep. Got about six inches so far up here.

  5. khal spencer Says:

    Oh, and in keeping with tradition here.

  6. Hurben Says:

    OOhh, fluffy white stuff, I shouldn’t mention that we’re currently experiencing 23 Deg of your Commie Celsius down here. Aahh were are my shorts & sandles?

    On a separate note suddenly everywhere is Black Friday sales & I’m not happy, this is the first year that it’s appeaered in NZ & we do not need that shit

    • Larry T. atCycleItalia Says:

      Shit’s all over Italy as well – but it’s now Black WEEK for Pietro’s sake! On the envy list we joked with some back in Iowa about 20 degrees – for them it’s F and us it’s that Commie C. I could ride in shorts, but all the Italians here are bundled up like they’re cycling in 20 degrees F temps. Must be the thin Sicilian blood?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I got out for a short ride on Wednesday. The temp was 37° and so I was wearing three long-sleeve jerseys, bib tights, wool socks, tuque and cap, and winter gloves and shoes. If I still had a balaclava I might have gone for that, but nix.

      Swear to Merckx, I saw a couple dudes in shorts. Their knees will not be functional at age 65.

      Then again, by the time they turn 65 and bits start getting wonky, they’ll probably be able to pop round to Clones ‘R’ Us and pick up a whole new body.

      • Larry T. atCycleItalia Says:

        Tomorrow’s supposed to be just shy of 20 Commie degrees but my ancient knees will be covered when we get out on the bikes for the first time in a week. Rain, a trip to Napoli and a visit with our friends at the immigration office have kept me off anything but the shopping bike since last Saturday.
        But living in this house means you get some exercise even if you don’t ever go outside except for the terrace – 62 steps from the ground to get up there – a flight of stairs each between the shop, bedroom, living room, kitchen + terrace. Hauling a six pack of bottled water (in glass, natch) and a backpack filled with 4-5 liters (again in glass) of wine up to our kitchen will get your heart rate up – pronto!

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          I love me some stairs. Whenever I stay in a hotel I work those bad boys hard.

          One of my favorite cyclocross workouts in Bibleburg used a staircase leading out of a sunken soccer field in Monument Valley Park, which hosted nats once back in the Eddie B days, according to Brook Watts, who should know.

      • khal spencer Says:

        I was out for a short spin on Wednesday as well. I dug out my old Stony Brook Racing winter jacket, which amazingly still fits me although not with as many layers underneath as I used to be able to fit. But I was able to slide a jersey, long sleeve base layer and a sleeveless bike T under it and along with wool socks, decent gloves, headband, and tights, was slightly overdressed.

        My supply of nice tires is getting threadbare so I ordered a couple of new 700-28 Vittorias from Excel Cycling. They just about squeezed into the Six Thirteen frame but they sure do ride more comfortably than the dwindling supply of 23’s and 25’s I still have from back when I was a man, or whatever it was.

        Hope everyone had a happy and peaceful T’Giving.

        • khal spencer Says:

          Oh, yeah. The Vittorias were half price. I wouldn’t piss away full price on myself any more, given I rarely pin on a number any more.

          • Larry T. atCycleItalia Says:

            Tires are one thing I ALWAYS buy on close-out. Vittoria and Michelin seem to revamp their product lineups every couple of years so when the tires that were state-of-the-art yesterday go on closeout, I buy ’em in bulk. Ziploc bags keep ’em fresh until we need ’em. So we’re riding on non-G+ Vittorias and non-Power Michelins for probably the next few years. I think we’ve already skipped the first edition Vittoria Graphenes altogether as our stock was just fine when those started to be closed out.
            Some of the internet sellers in the UK blow this stuff out at some amazingly low prices and often include free shipping, even to the US of A!

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      By then we will have docs making better than OEM stainless steel knees and advertising them as “steel is real.” Why wait for those inferior natural knees to fail? Come in and get new ones make to order while you wait. Installation is optional and incurs additional cost.

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