Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Foo Off-Topic chit chat with no general subject.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-20-10, 04:28 PM   #1
Alfster 
long time visiter
Thread Starter
 
Alfster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: in the Northern Tundra
Bikes: 2005 Trek 6700 disc 2007 Orbea Onix 2009 Raleigh One Way
Posts: 615
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My personal oasis

During the summertime, when I get home from a stressful day at work, I always look forward to sitting in my backyard with a beer of my choosing (this evening it's a Stella) whilst tending to the BBQ. Tonight we're having a thick and juicy T-bone.

We're finally getting our backyard to a point where it's actually relaxing and quite beautiful with the maturing trees and all the perenials my wife has planted over the years. We've also been collecting some gargoyle statues that are placed around our yard. Those combined with a couple of crosses gives our yard the feel of a cemetery. For some reason I've always felt very comfortable in a cemetery ... not sure why. Aside from slight neighbor noises (we've got to find a place in the country soon) all I can hear is the wind through the trees, some birds that have nested in our cedar tree, and the sounds of 2 squirrels chasing each other through the trees. Definitely my little piece of oasis here in my backyard.

Describe your oasis or the place that you escape your hectic life.

Last edited by Alfster; 08-20-10 at 04:47 PM. Reason: cemetery not cemetary
Alfster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-10, 04:58 PM   #2
SingingSabre 
BF's Level 12 Wizard
 
SingingSabre's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Diamondback Sorrento turned Xtracycle commuter
Posts: 1,425
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The bottom of the pool.

It's so peaceful and just a minute down there really clears my head.

There's also a clothing optional hiking trail which is great for relaxing. I love it there.
__________________
Shameless plug (my sites):
Work
Photography
Vanity
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bklyn
Obviously, the guy's like a 12th level white wizard or something. His mere presence is a danger to mortals.
SingingSabre is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-10, 05:32 PM   #3
Keith99
Senior Member
 
Keith99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 5,866
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Our house has a hill in back, Pretty much the whole block backs up to the hill. But the lower part is steep, so steep only our neighbor on the right has natural access (borderline). I have a railroad tie set of stairs, followed by broken concrete steps going up a bench under a long established tree. In the middle of the city and all alone. On a good day with a nice breeze even when ther is not much of one lower down.
Keith99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-10, 05:35 PM   #4
skijor 
on by
 
skijor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Wisconsin
Bikes: Waterford RS-33, Salsa Vaya, Bacchetta Giro 20 ATT
Posts: 920
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Walking the dogs...no ipod, no cell, low-traffic roads or maybe down to the beach for a swim and some frisbee,...me, the poochies, and Mother Nature
skijor is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-10, 05:40 PM   #5
bigbenaugust 
derailleurs are overrated
 
bigbenaugust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: KIGX
Bikes: 2009 Fantom CX, 2012 Fantom Cross Uno, Bakfiets
Posts: 1,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by skijor View Post
.me, the poochies, and Mother Nature
As much as I hated walking our dog (she had some behavioral issues that were getting worse, so we had to have her put down a few weeks ago), I must agree that it was nice sometimes.

Other than that there is being out there on the bike and doing yardwork/bikework for me.
__________________
--Ben
Carrboro Bike Coalition - putting the "bike" in "CARrboro" :)
2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX, and a Bakfiets
Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014), 2008 Citizen Folder (2015)
Non-Bike hardware: openSUSE Leap - LinuxMint Debian Edition 2 - Mac OS 10.6 - Android 4.4 - CyanogenMod 13
bigbenaugust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-10, 07:28 PM   #6
Siu Blue Wind
Flowers for mom
 
Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 10,949
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
My personal oasis is in a secret place. A very special place that I like to go to alone. I will only take one car there and no other - the Trans Am. Because of the tight winding roads there, I can finally let loose, open it up as much as I can....with nobody around to stop me or limit me. Hardly any other cars are there at the time I like to go, so there is minimal risk involved.

When I get there it is akin to being in the forest...cool, quiet except for the sounds of life in the environment. A place where I can be at peace and center myself. A place where all of the ugliness I have encountered comes into a funnel, compresses at the tightest spot and then releases only to be dispersed amongst the beauty, becoming part of it. A place where I am able to see things outside of myself. A place where soul and Earth come together within. A place not yet spoiled by those who can't appreciate it.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Buddha
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
Quote:
Originally Posted by making View Post
Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.
Siu Blue Wind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-10, 07:48 PM   #7
jsharr
You Know!? For Kids!
 
jsharr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Just NW of Richardson Bike Mart
Bikes: '05 Trek 1200 / '90 Trek 8000 / '? Falcon Europa
Posts: 6,157
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
i just get in the gimp suit and crawl into my box.
__________________
Are you a registered member? Why not? Click here to register. It's free and only takes 27 seconds! Help out the forums, abide by our community guidelines.
Quote:
Originally Posted by colorider View Post
Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
jsharr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-10, 11:22 PM   #8
Wordbiker
Pwnerer
 
Wordbiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pagosa Springs, CO, USA
Bikes: Road, MTB, Cruiser, Chopper, BMX
Posts: 2,907
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SingingSabre View Post
There's also a clothing optional hiking trail which is great for relaxing. I love it there.
I love it there too...in my ghillie suit, a good set of binoculars...especially when that natural redhead happens along.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Ski, bike and wish I was gay.
Wordbiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-10, 11:42 PM   #9
Tude 
Blasted Weeds
 
Tude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: Trek 1200C, Specialized Rockhopper, Giant Yukon FX, Giant Acapulco
Posts: 1,182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cool thread.

My personal oasis is really just my apartment.

I have a lot of demands on my life right now - inner mixed with "wants" that I want to do as well. And I'm trying to combine them -- Mom versus Life versus Couch versus Where I want to go in life .....

I look forward soon (meaning this next year - early) to picking myself up and moving to a Couch World.

That is my oasis.

Till then - I just shut the window blinds and turned the lights off so no one can ring my doorbell, etc.

This, tonite, is my oasis.
__________________

Last edited by Tude; 08-20-10 at 11:54 PM.
Tude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-10, 11:49 PM   #10
Serendipper 
(((Fully Awake)))
 
Serendipper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: ~Serenading with sensous soliloquies whilst singing supple sentences that are simultaneously suppling my sonnets with serenity serendipitously.~ -Serendipper
Bikes: Guerciotti Pista-Giant Carbon-Bridgestone300- Batavus Type Champion Road Bike, Specialized Hardrock Commuter, On-One The Gimp (SS Rigid MTB/hit by a truck)- Raleigh Sports 3-speed,Gatsby Scorcher, comming soon...The Penny Farthing Highwheel!
Posts: 5,597
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
The forest...cool, quiet except for the sounds of life in the environment. A place where I can be at peace and center myself. A place where all of the ugliness I have encountered comes into a funnel, compresses at the tightest spot and then releases only to be dispersed amongst the beauty, becoming part of it. A place where I am able to see things outside of myself. A place where soul and Earth come together within. A place not yet spoiled by those who can't appreciate it.

..
__________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________

無上甚深微妙法 .... 百千萬劫難遭遇..... 我今見聞得受持
Serendipper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-10, 11:50 PM   #11
Siu Blue Wind
Flowers for mom
 
Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 10,949
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
You know, after I typed my post, I wanted so bad to go to my special place. So I took the Trans Am out and started to go - but it was getting late and I thought to myself "Why am I leaving right NOW?" It's about an hour and a half drive for me. And I wasn't prepared to stay for long. It was just too late. I've had the most stressed out two weeks ever.........I really need to take some time out.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Buddha
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
Quote:
Originally Posted by making View Post
Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.
Siu Blue Wind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-10, 11:57 PM   #12
Serendipper 
(((Fully Awake)))
 
Serendipper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: ~Serenading with sensous soliloquies whilst singing supple sentences that are simultaneously suppling my sonnets with serenity serendipitously.~ -Serendipper
Bikes: Guerciotti Pista-Giant Carbon-Bridgestone300- Batavus Type Champion Road Bike, Specialized Hardrock Commuter, On-One The Gimp (SS Rigid MTB/hit by a truck)- Raleigh Sports 3-speed,Gatsby Scorcher, comming soon...The Penny Farthing Highwheel!
Posts: 5,597
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
I've had the most stressed out two weeks ever.........I really need to take some time out.

You know what to do.
__________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________

無上甚深微妙法 .... 百千萬劫難遭遇..... 我今見聞得受持
Serendipper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-10, 12:13 AM   #13
Siu Blue Wind
Flowers for mom
 
Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 10,949
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
Yes, I know what do to now.

Thanks.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Buddha
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
Quote:
Originally Posted by making View Post
Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.

Last edited by Siu Blue Wind; 08-21-10 at 12:54 AM.
Siu Blue Wind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-10, 12:45 AM   #14
Connell
Wheezy Rider
 
Connell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: 8,750'
Bikes:
Posts: 280
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
i just get in the gimp suit and crawl into my box.
I just snorted Sierra Nevada Pale Ale up my nose, you sod!
Connell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-10, 06:36 AM   #15
jsharr
You Know!? For Kids!
 
jsharr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Just NW of Richardson Bike Mart
Bikes: '05 Trek 1200 / '90 Trek 8000 / '? Falcon Europa
Posts: 6,157
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Connell View Post
I just snorted Sierra Nevada Pale Ale up my nose, you sod!
So in a way, I just helped you create your own "inner oasis"...
__________________
Are you a registered member? Why not? Click here to register. It's free and only takes 27 seconds! Help out the forums, abide by our community guidelines.
Quote:
Originally Posted by colorider View Post
Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
jsharr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-10, 04:34 PM   #16
Alfster 
long time visiter
Thread Starter
 
Alfster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: in the Northern Tundra
Bikes: 2005 Trek 6700 disc 2007 Orbea Onix 2009 Raleigh One Way
Posts: 615
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
You know, after I typed my post, I wanted so bad to go to my special place. So I took the Trans Am out and started to go - but it was getting late and I thought to myself "Why am I leaving right NOW?" It's about an hour and a half drive for me. And I wasn't prepared to stay for long. It was just too late. I've had the most stressed out two weeks ever.........I really need to take some time out.
Sounds like you need to find a place a bit closer to home for those quick-fix de-stressers. Although from your description, I may have been tempted to make the 1 1/2 drive as well. Hopefully you can find some way to relieve some stress. Maybe you need to beat up a few people in your martial arts class ... or that thing Serendipper is alluding to.
Alfster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-10, 04:38 PM   #17
Alfster 
long time visiter
Thread Starter
 
Alfster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: in the Northern Tundra
Bikes: 2005 Trek 6700 disc 2007 Orbea Onix 2009 Raleigh One Way
Posts: 615
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tude View Post
Cool thread.

My personal oasis is really just my apartment.

I have a lot of demands on my life right now - inner mixed with "wants" that I want to do as well. And I'm trying to combine them -- Mom versus Life versus Couch versus Where I want to go in life .....

I look forward soon (meaning this next year - early) to picking myself up and moving to a Couch World.

That is my oasis.

Till then - I just shut the window blinds and turned the lights off so no one can ring my doorbell, etc.

This, tonite, is my oasis.
Isn't Couch World somewhere near Chicago You realize it's very windy there
Alfster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-10, 04:39 PM   #18
Alfster 
long time visiter
Thread Starter
 
Alfster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: in the Northern Tundra
Bikes: 2005 Trek 6700 disc 2007 Orbea Onix 2009 Raleigh One Way
Posts: 615
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
i just get in the gimp suit and crawl into my box.
So your workplace is your oasis?
Alfster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-10, 04:45 PM   #19
Siu Blue Wind
Flowers for mom
 
Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 10,949
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
Sounds like you need to find a place a bit closer to home for those quick-fix de-stressers. Although from your description, I may have been tempted to make the 1 1/2 drive as well. Hopefully you can find some way to relieve some stress. Maybe you need to beat up a few people in your martial arts class ... or that thing Serendipper is alluding to.
Thanks Alfster. But I live in the ghetto. It's hard to find peace. It's a regular thing to have drive bys. Just last night I heard guns going off again.

Dipper is a very special friend. He knows me very well and can feel what I'm going through at times.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Buddha
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
Quote:
Originally Posted by making View Post
Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.
Siu Blue Wind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-10, 04:50 PM   #20
Mr. New Dilemma
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: N. Georgia
Bikes:
Posts: 14
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Mine is next to my Orange amp holding my Strat and playing whatever the mood indicates.
Mr. New Dilemma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-10, 04:53 PM   #21
Alfster 
long time visiter
Thread Starter
 
Alfster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: in the Northern Tundra
Bikes: 2005 Trek 6700 disc 2007 Orbea Onix 2009 Raleigh One Way
Posts: 615
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
Thanks Alfster. But I live in the ghetto. It's hard to find peace. It's a regular thing to have drive bys. Just last night I heard guns going off again.

Dipper is a very special friend. He knows me very well and can feel what I'm going through at times.
You could make a bit of a sanctuary within your own home. Just sound-proof one of your rooms and bling it out.

Last edited by Alfster; 08-21-10 at 08:53 PM.
Alfster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-10, 06:13 PM   #22
jdon
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 4,239
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
jdon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-10, 07:03 PM   #23
Alfster 
long time visiter
Thread Starter
 
Alfster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: in the Northern Tundra
Bikes: 2005 Trek 6700 disc 2007 Orbea Onix 2009 Raleigh One Way
Posts: 615
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jdon View Post
Your personal oasis ... my personal hell. (I posted this a while back ... but it fits your post so well )

Alfster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-10, 08:13 PM   #24
Connell
Wheezy Rider
 
Connell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: 8,750'
Bikes:
Posts: 280
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
So in a way, I just helped you create your own "inner oasis"...
If by "inner oasis" you mean a nasty, stinging discomfort in the sinuses causing me to pinch the bridge of my nose while walking around the room saying "Ow, ow, f***ing hell, ow, ow!" then yes, yes you did.
Connell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-10, 03:56 PM   #25
Big_e
Strong with the Fred
 
Big_e's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Dallas, TX
Bikes:
Posts: 970
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What's my oasis? Where do I go to get away from it all? Metro Diner. Gimme a couple of eggs, bacon, toast and good strong coffee. Lemme meet up and talk with the old-timers and I'm good as new. Open 24 hours too!
Ernest


Big_e is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:00 PM.