Good run along the river on Chubb. Goat met some friends new and old along the way.

Mushroom coffee is a thing now.

I keep hearing ads on some of the podcasts that I listen to for mushroom coffee. Then Chris mentioned it while she was browsing Amazon for other caffeinated beverages. Apparently she ordered a sample of it, because here it in front of me sits Odyssey Mushroom Elixir. It says it is a cold brew oat latte.

Upon first taste, it seems similar to other oat lattes that I have had. I wondered if there would be any kind of mushroomy taste to it. I can now report that there is not. It's sweet, but subtle about it. I like that. I enjoy the taste.

It contains two different kinds of mushroom extracts. Cordyceps (1000mg) and lion's mane (250mg) are the mushroom extracts listed on the can. It also contains 85mg of caffeine. This is less caffeine than I am used to in a serving so my guess is that the energy that is supposed to be provided by the mushrooms makes up for it.

The can also contains a lot of new agey language about supporting wellness by boosting energy & stamina, providing focus & clarity, and something about beta glucans. This kind of language always raises red flags as it is commonly used by pushers of pseudoscience making scientific sounding claims. But I will look into any scientific backing for these claims because judging guilt by association is its own sin.

Personally I have not noticed any strong effects to these ends yet twenty minutes after finishing the can. But it is tasty and it does contain caffeine, so I will continue to enjoy it knowing the idea of mushroom coffee is not as crazy as it initially sounded.

There were a lot of people at Queeny as one might expect on a beautiful Sunday morning such as this. I felt everyone else was overdressed though. Shorts and t-shirt felt very comfortable to me. Goat was happy to be out since he wasn't able to join me yesterday. I felt tight at first but got into a good recovery groove after a mile or so. This was just the right thing.

Tsunami, Jupiter, Chris, Goat, Leo and I went to Laumeier for a little evening hike before getting a tree.

I went out for a fun turkey trot that was low key and on a trail. I somehow ended up pushing hard and came away with 1st male and overall in the 4 hour. I won a pie! No better award than that!

Bike ride across the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge with Chris and the Boys

Black Friday seems to be the day of maximum marketing (spam) emails. I think I may refer to it as Unsubscribe Day from now on.

Tsunami and Chris making pecan pie. (Spicy pickles in front right pocket for endurance.)

"President Biden said the outcome reflected the justice system doing its job."

No. This is not a reflection of the justice system doing its job. This is justice being served despite the justice system failing on many levels.

No one was arrested for this murder for months with two district attorneys directing the local police to specifically not arrest the murderers for 70 or so days until the video came out.

It took the attention of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in response to the release of that video before anything was done at all.

This is the justice system clearly failing.

Biden is a pandering political schlub as we all knew he would be.

Today was a Thanksgiving Feast of Trails at Greensfelder. I started off with a bit of Deer Run, DeClue, and Green Rock to whet my appetite. I then dug into a main course of the majority of the Beulah loop. I topped it all off with a generous helping of Eagle Valley for dessert. It was delicious! Now time to go replace those calories.

"It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see..."

"You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?"

"No," said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, "nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."

"Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."

"I did," said Ford. "It is."

"So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't people get rid of the lizards?"

"It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."

"You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"

"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."

"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"

"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?"


"I said," said Ford, with an increasing air of urgency creeping into his voice, "have you got any gin?"

"I'll look. Tell me about the lizards."

Ford shrugged again.

"Some people say that the lizards are the best thing that ever happenned to them," he said. "They're completely wrong of course, completely and utterly wrong, but someone's got to say it."

"But that's terrible," said Arthur.

"Listen, bud," said Ford, "if I had one Altairian dollar for every time I heard one bit of the Universe look at another bit of the Universe and say 'That's terrible' I wouldn't be sitting here like a lemon looking for a gin."

Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #4)

I had not been out on the Castlewood Loop off of Chubb for a good while due to overgrowth and mud that I typically see out there. That was not a problem at all today. It was quite nice.

Considering the stressful rollercoaster of emotion from the past 12 or so hours, a nice run with friends on Zombie was just what I needed. Thanks friends!

Red Dawn

The sun was setting and I needed some type of run. So Goat and I went out for a bit. Then Goat started getting worried that we might get locked in for the night, so we went back and completed a short loop.