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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">Sooooo....what does a married guy do when he has many consecutive days of bachelorhood in front of him!?</span></span></div>
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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;"><strong>Day 1 -  Running with the Devil!!!</strong></span></span></div>
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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">After dropping the family off at the airport, my mind is swimming in visions of hedonistic Coors commercial inspired BBQ-ed debauchery...or maybe I'll hit a pub with a bunch of buddies & drink 'til the sun comes up again...</span></span></div>
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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">Well intended, I thought I'd earn my keep by doing a little clean-up around the house.....</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">-clean the master bedroom</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">-clean the bathroom....tub, toilet, floor, mirror, sink, sweep, wash toothbrushes (really!)</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">-wash the car</span></span></div>
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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">Whew....don't wanna waste the day, so after walking the dog, I run up the BCMC trail & then head to the Village for some grub....buying dinner for one  (because I neglected to scope out the fridge prior to heading out) I pick up one nice steak, some beer...Oh....I need a vegetable!! I swing into the vegetable market, but decide that the act of buying a single potato would probably put me on some sort of "most suspicious" person list...or it'd just garner me a lifelong ban from said market for being a pain in the ass. So....along with my lone potato, I pick up about 3lbs of blueberries, & a grapefruit. Hunh?.....it smelled good at the time.</span></span></div>
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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">Before I fire up the BBQ:</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">-Laundry</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">-folding of laundry.....dear wife....we need to discuss your fear of folding socks....OK OK Ok....most of them are mine....I'll give you that.</span></span></div>
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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">I manage to get the BBQ going & sit relaxedly under the trees....in the dappled sunlight, sipping a cold beer, reading a magazine, with Koda at my feet. Truly relaxed.</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">I burnt the steak.</span></span></div>
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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">Nighttime....too tired to go out...all my friends are married or runners.....mostly both. I watch shows that my wife usually frowns upon....Two & a Half Men, Baseball (I don't even like baseball), The Office reruns. Good stuff.</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">I turn on the guitar amp & noodle around for 15 minutes with the volume higher than my family would normally accomodate.</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">My dear wife suggested I shoul rent a porn off the cable...hmmm...curiosity gets me & I scan the selection....I scan it again....hmmm...some of the titles suggest freak fests, low-budget handy-cams, or Brokeback Mountain genre stuff. The pictures that go with the titles don't help. I settle on something that looks "klassy"...or at least somewhat tasteful...the title is something like "On the Wings of Love" or something like that....Immediately after hitting OK, I was horrified that it might be some tampon infomercial. Well it wasn't. Frankly, it wasn't much of anything.....15 minutes of some woman in soft focus wearing a low-cut sundress wandering along a farm road reminiscing about somebody...it had a definite air of Ingemar Bergman (the director....not the actress).....yawn. <span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">I woke up to the credits running on a black background.</span></span></span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">If there was anything racey, I missed it. $12 poorly spent.</span></span></div>
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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">I am a shame to the male species</span></span></div>
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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;"><strong>Day 2 - Run to the Hills</strong></span></span></div>
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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">Wake up.</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">Koda, a 90lb Bouvier with the bladder of Jack Russell,  says we need to go....NOW!!! So, up the trail & into the Village  we go...gorgeous sunny day that it is. One of the gals at the coffee shop sees my dilemma of trying to figure out how to order a coffee without potentially unleashing the hound from hell on an unsuspecting public....too many loud people & bicycles around....& I get front door service...awesome. The public is safe yet again.</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">Get home, leave Koda behind & I head to the Mercedes show & shine...the Merc is looking spotless. Many other gorgeous vehicles are assembled on the grass at Lonsdale Quay. I meet lots of people with unlimited knowledge of their cars & mine....I pick up a slew of tips & details about the 450SL. Mostly, I learned that there are lots of old guys who own Mercedes...there is one guy younger than me....he owns a 2010 AMG SL55 with 760 horsepower...it's worth about $175,000. I think his dad is very successful.</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">I did win a mercedes key chain....for something....I can't remember what.</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">I head back home & Koda & I enjoy a casual walk. So far there are no wild parties, no dancing girls, no endless kegs of beer. I invite my brother & SIL over for dinner...they accept. I have to shop.</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">I head up to the Village & load up on steak, asparagus, potatoes (3 !!!), & bell peppers. The folks at the coffee shop have been alerted to my  temporary bachelorhood & they make sure I'm not eating 3 square meals of their sandwhiches.....so far so good. I bump into my neighbour Mia & invite her to join us on the patio later.</span></span></div>
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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">Brother & SIL show up....both sorta tired from their respective work shifts. We do a bit of tidying up in the living room ('cause that's what you do when family visits...you put them to work!) & fire up the BBQ. We have some drinks & chat a bunch. Mia shows up early, but brings wine & food for the grill. She's very entertaining & keeps my brother & SIL engaged....I fogot to tell my brother that she's a relationship therapist, but he figured it out eventually... hehehe.. Voila....dinner & therapy. Very interesting. Eventually, it's time to leave.....about 11:00... Brother & SIL head out, & as Mia leaves, she's up at the front gate & yells (not like she ever talks quietly)..."thanks for dinner, I think I'm gonna try that pole dancing thing after all"....alluding to something she had been talking about with my SIL. It's late on a hot night, so I'm sure every neighbour had their windows open.</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">Great....the neighbours think I'm having a Coors party afterall. I add to my chore list: "-damage control".</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">I turn around, go into the kitchen & sort out the mess. I develop an appreciation for my mother's Sunday dinners.</span></span></div>
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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;"><strong>Day 3 -  Running on Empty</strong></span></span></div>
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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">Wake up early!!!! Walk the beast. Get to work. Negotiate. Work. Talk.</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">Time to go grocery shopping. My dear wife has left me a Costco card with about $200 so I can buy groceries for the next while. Have you  ever tried to buy anything at Cosco as a single person? I don't think the concept works....unless the bulk condoms & vaseline were intentionally for that select group.</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">So....I make it our with less than $70 & I have enough for the next two weeks. Here's what was in the cart:</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">-16 pack of burger buns</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">-12 pack of pre-made lean burgers</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">-1 large back of beef jerky (for an upcoming race</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">-1 pound of butter</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">-1 large frozen pizza (turns out it was 2 for 1, so I got an extra as well)</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">-1 large bag of kettle chips (to go with the buregers...duh!)</span></span></div>
<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">-1kg bag of Jelly Bellies....because I can!</span></span></div>
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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">Looks like it'll be burgers everyday for the next week.</span></span></div>
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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">At least I still have a ton of bluberries & a grapefruit for dessert!</span></span></div>
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<div><span class="ecx984291323-19072010"><span style="font-size:small;">Mike's coming over for dinner tonnight so we can chat about the Fat Dog race on Friday.....maybe he'll take some blueberries with him?</span></span></div>
 

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<p>Ha!  You're a Wild Man!</p>
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<p>Some of the stuff I did when the DW and kidlets were away for 3 days: watch TV and movies that the DW doesn't like, play video games, clean the house, drink beer and watch the grass grow while I do a crossword puzzle.  Real crazy stuff!  Cooking for one is teh suck though.</p>
 

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<p>There will 2 weeks worth of The Bachelor - Muddy Edition, yes?</p>
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<p>when the in-laws took DW and the Trio for the July long weekend I spent my time scraping paint off the walls, replacing a bedroom door and cleaning up after myself.  I did manage one pub dinner and beers with a buddy in all that.  My hands are still healing. </p>
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<p>I'm a wild man. </p>
 

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<p>Yes.....stay tuned.</p>
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<p><strong>Coming up on future chapters of  "The Bachelor - Muddy Edition":</strong></p>
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<p><em>-dinner with mom</em></p>
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<p><em>-a 3 day road trip without accomodations</em></p>
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<p><em>-a 100km mountain race with no crew, no pacer, no clue</em></p>
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<p><em>-cleaning the hamster cage</em></p>
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<p><strong>Hi-jinx ensues</strong></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Mrtambalynman</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68977/the-bachelor-muddy-edition#post_1924425"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>when the in-laws took DW and the Trio for the July long weekend I spent my time scraping paint off the walls, replacing a bedroom door and cleaning up after myself.  I did manage one pub dinner and beers with a buddy in all that.  My hands are still healing. </p>
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<p>I'm a wild man. </p>
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If only I could get to the pub!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>altoids</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68977/the-bachelor-muddy-edition#post_1924434"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I love this thread.</p>
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Me too!  And I love Muddy!  Cleaned the bedroom, bathroom, washed the car, did the laundry, walked the dog and cooked!</p>
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<p>Taking notes.  I will have 10 days of this at the end of next month.  Each and every time it happens I end up doing more work than I would have thought possible.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Grizzly</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68977/the-bachelor-muddy-edition#post_1924473"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Taking notes.  I will have 10 days of this at the end of next month.  Each and every time it happens I end up doing more work than I would have thought possible.</p>
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You guys amaze me.  All the times I was left home alone for 5 days or 10 days, I was paralyzed by...I don't even know what.  I did the laundry and kept the house clean, but criminy, I didn't cook (I ate, but I didn't cook) and I thought about all the things I could do but never did them.  Maybe I'm just lazy. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad5.gif" title=""></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mudrunner</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68977/the-bachelor-muddy-edition#post_1924431"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><p><br><br>
If only I could get to the pub!</p>
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<p>where there's a will there's a way.  I'm sure you can figure out how to be near the Black Bear or Queens Cross around dinner time. Heck Park your car at the Raven and do an out an back up Seymour on the BPT. </p>
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<p>nice! but wait! your DW does not like The office or Two and  Half Men? <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad5.gif" title=""></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>merigayle</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68977/the-bachelor-muddy-edition#post_1924505"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>nice! but wait! your DW does not like The office or Two and  Half Men? <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad5.gif" title=""></p>
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She like 2 1/2 Men, but the content is fairly racey when kids are lurking around.</p>
<p>The Office is love/hate for her....Michael is too similar to someone she knows so it drives her crazy.</p>
 

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where there's a will there's a way.  I'm sure you can figure out how to be near the Black Bear or Queens Cross around dinner time. Heck Park your car at the Raven and do an out an back up Seymour on the BPT<span style="display:none;"> </span><br><br><br>
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True. Ironically, I will be byaround  there (The Raven) tonight but it will be to pick up my mother to take her somewhere else for dinner.</p>
 

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<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Grizzly</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68977/the-bachelor-muddy-edition#post_1924473"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Taking notes.  I will have 10 days of this at the end of next month.  Each and every time it happens I end up doing more work than I would have thought possible.</p>
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Grizz...plan ahead. A maid is about $40 to $75.</p>
<p>If you get the place cleaned about 2 days prior to the family return date, then it won't look <em>suspiciously</em> clean. You can take all the credit & bank it for another weekend.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>dg1</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68977/the-bachelor-muddy-edition#post_1924421"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Ha!  You're a Wild Man!</p>
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<p>Some of the stuff I did when the DW and kidlets were away for 3 days: watch TV and movies that the DW doesn't like, play video games, clean the house, drink beer and watch the grass grow while I do a crossword puzzle.  Real crazy stuff!  Cooking for one is teh suck though.</p>
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Excellent idea!!! I'll break out Rock Band later!</p>
<p>For now, gotta go & do some errands....ciao bebe....<br>
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