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  1. Sometimes break ups happen between two great people who just don't happen to be great together. Sounds like that's what is happening here.
  2. Watched this really amazing documentary on Netflix last night. I’m sometimes struck by how men who have spent so much time embedded in a war zone can afterward convey this sense of utter calm and inner peace even in the face of huge life obstacles. Nayyef conveys that sensibility in interview clips in this documentary, no matter whether his post-war life is despairing or joyful. This documentary brings us an example of steadfast love between these two men through years of hardships. Although I was certainly aware of the taboo and dangers of homosexuality in Iraq, I didn’t realize until watching this film that the executions of gay men are largely carried out by civilians. As Btoo and Nayyef explain, there is no need for the government to act when civilians are all too ready to rid the country of the “problem.” All the government need do is nothing - do nothing to the executioners so as to allow the murders to continue. The journey of these two men is quite extraordinary to watch and it is certainly touching to witness their reunion at the film’s end. It also put another real story to the impact and importance of the legalization of gay marriage. Although never pointed out in the film, because their commitment ceremony occurred in a natural timeline for them, the fact remains that it was only two months after marriage had been legalized in the U.S. What could be more like living a fairy tale than that to two boys who grew up gay in Iraq?
  3. I signed up for an account last night. Not sure I'll be an official participant but the idea is for me to use it to get back in the practice of writing daily. I'm going to be working on a story I started a while back and want to finish up - at least get a completed first draft. My user name there is PercyWIBL.
  4. This might be a venti coffee day.

    1. mollyhousemouse


      It was a day when my coffee needed a coffee, Percy!

  5. How's the weather in Boston this week?

    1. Ron


      Hot but for late July and into August it's generally expected. Most of the state is experiencing drought conditions. More hot the rest is f the week.

  6. Le Tour de France One Hundred Three Ended today in gay Paris In Chantilly the ride began With Belgian beer and gold champagne Rolling through towns with elation All smiles and congratulations While all this fanfare is splendid Truth is this race is not quite ended The sprinters focus on a chance To take a stage this Tour de France Eight laps on the Champs-Élysées And it’s one last banner – ARRIVÉE!
  7. Thank you, AC! One more stage. It's complete but I won't see it until it's aired tonight and if I'm up to it, I'll write the last one and done.
  8. The French Alps The scene of Stage 20 Vistas abound Charming views Aplenty My poems So far have Covered team Tactics and Reported On losses, Wins, numbers And antics You rightly Would surmise That this next To last stage Did feature Another Breakaway Check the past Poems for how This turned out Here forward Shall be some Bucolic Couplets that Tout scenic Pleasures spied By this poet Lampre dance along in a power pink kit Every man on Team Astana’s quite fit For unparalleled beauty, see Vasil’s chiseled chin For heart fluttering features, Tommy’s cheeky grin If broad shoulders are what make your breath catch Lay eyes on Pete Sagan, forget all the rest Sprinters’ thigh muscles sport every striation Here Greipel was granted the best by Creation Shaven legs, strong and slender all down the line Those on Geraint Thomas, I wish they were mine Twenty-one days of hardened glutes flexing To pick one set as best is simply too vexing
  9. Froome first in Paris Now a foregone conclusion Unless he suffers the same fate As poor Tom Dumoulin
  10. Mounted on their bike in the start house, it's 5-4-3-2 One by one each rider rolls out every two minutes Until, from red lantern to yellow jersey, No one is left. These kilometers are the most expensive of Any team as the costs Incurred to attain optimal aerodynamics Necessarily include bespoke skin suits, low profile bikes, and testing in wind Tunnels. In little more than thirty Minutes, the shortest Ever stage of any Tour, this 21 day Race may be won or lost. Improving on his overall lead Amazingly, the man who rode out Last finishes in first.
  11. The Tour flew its colors Through the Rhone Valley Racing races within the Race On this 17th day of Riding Christopher Froome Yellow Jersey Bearer Of this sunshine shirt Boasts the shortest cumulative time Movistar Yellow Helmet Wearers Bouncing, bobbing among the bicyclists Top Team of the Race Tagged yellow too Julian Alaphilippe Red tagged Rider Most Aggressive Award Peter Sagan Green Jersey gotten By gathering points For speedy sprints At designated intervals Where the road runs flat Adam Yates White Jersey denotes the fastest Youth Though smartest may be a better word Having figured out how to survive A grand tour bike race when not yet 25 Rafal Majka Red polka dot jersey a perennial favorite of fans In the mountains where points Are collected By cresting summits, climbing quicker Than the competition Every finish line a chance for first Across Riding in Russian red Ilner Zakarin wins the day’s stage
  12. U.S. Team BMC With Australians Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis German Marcus Burghardt Italian Damiano Caruso French Amael Moinard Swiss Michael Schar Belgian Greg Van Avermaet Yanks Brent Bookwalter and Tejay van Garderen Paced the Peloton into Switzerland The home country of their team sponsor
  13. Data's driving How they're riding A stage story in numbers Miles ahead: Ninety-Nine point Four Six Summits lay in store Feet to gain in elevation? Sixteen Thousand Seven-One-One Data's driving How they're riding A stage story in numbers Rafal Majka's chasing down That storied King of Mountain crown Points to the cyclist first to summit And on the flip side dangerously plummet For 50 points Monsieur Majka toiled 2 extra points Monsieur Voeckler spoiled All day out in front he fought Now Majka reigns in polka dots Data's driving How they're riding A stage story in numbers Contenders claim they're fit and well What tale does their gearing tell? Froome's ratio is 38/28 While it's 36/32 for the younger Yates The climb continually gets steeper Riders watch their power meter Astana tries to call some shots But Sky just keeps conserving watts Data's driving How they're riding A stage story in numbers A breakaway group 30 strong Rode away from the Peleton By the time they reached the Cat HC Twas 2 Leaders and Chase 1-2-3 Into Culoz the two leaders descend And cross the line twice for this race to end Mile after mile - mano a mano Now sprint and win - Monsieur Pantano Data's driving How they're riding A stage story in numbers
  14. An undulating road runs north from Montélimar On course are our cycling superstars Names now known from former stages Or upstages. What of the names unknown? Those numbered riders we see Loitering by the open windows Of team cars. It is their job to disengage To drop back and collect provisions Stuff their jersey cheeks with bottles Ride back up to the pack Refuel their team. It is their job to pace back a team member Who has lost time due to injury Or mechanical issue Or crash Or natural break. It is their job to nurse a sprinter Over the long climbs Of the mountain stages So that he may go on To a fourth stage win In this year's Tour. Congratulations to Mark Cavendish And his Dimension Data Domestiques.
  15. Today's stage, an Individual time trial Measures a man's Endurance without Team support Riding solo Impossibly, improbably A decisive, consecutive stage win for Tom Dumoulin Luck, skill, or ?
  16. It's all fun and games Until someone loses an eye So the saying goes Stage 12, Bastille Day, 191 riders start A long, flat run up to a mountain high It's all fun and games Winds still plague, one must ride smart Good odds on a breakaway, if they fly So the saying goes A typical stage, little to impart Until Mont Ventoux is nigh It's all fun and games Fans want to take part; onto the road they dart "Allez!" was the cry, but no bikes could get by So the saying goes Ride, Race, Climb, Compete with heart On a crowd trashed crashed road where dreams die It's all fun and games So the saying goes
  17. Crosswinds wound up The Peloton disturbing Strategies for all. Commentator says Quintana does not like wind (Do any bicyclists?) The snake route scattered Riders and re-gathered them Ground lost then regained Sagan on repeat Rides to the front again Froome boldly follows Froome increases lead Sagan takes Stage 11 And the green jersey
  18. Day 10 began with a Cat 1 climb Shown neither on TV nor online In the U.S.A. Coverage commenced when roads were flat Pyrenes Mountains at their backs For another year. Crumbling castles and cathedrals Sites both modern and medieval Were seen on the course. Riding at a Tourist pace Bothering not to make haste Peloton’s at rest. Cloudy skies and camera lens Occasional head and crosswinds To Point B from A. Recovered riders out in front Sagan again in the hunt Stage and green jersey Team Orica-BikeExchange sent three strong riders down range Looking for a win Four miles from Town Revel They attack on the uphill Sagan gamely responds The Orica strategy Bests Sagan’s tenacity Orica’s Matthews wins
  19. Thank you! I liked this one too for that reason. I've been learning a lot with this poetry exercises.
  20. Tactic Team Movistar: Valverde and Herrada in the fray of an early breakaway Tactic Team Sky: Don’t Panic. Tactic Team Sky: Chase Pace Tactic Team Sky: Don’t Panic Tactic Valverdes: Drop back to Peloton Tactic Team Sky: Hold peloton to moderate and manageable pace All Team Tactic: Hold tempo in high heat Tactic Contador: Loosen up and get blood flowing Tactic Contador: Counter attack! Tactic Team Tinkoff: “Courage, Contador!” Tactic Contador: Abandon Tactic Team Tinkoff: :-| Tactic Sagan: Hunt for green points Tactic Majka: Hunt for polka dot points Tactic Team Tinkoff: :-) Tactic Pinot: Position in front Tactic Pinot: Persevere for the polka dot jersey All Team Tactic: Hold tempo in heavy hail Tactic Dumoulin: Forge forward before day’s final climb Tactic Dumoulin: Cross finish line first (succeeds) Tactic Porte: Attack Froome Tactic Martin: Attack Froome Tactic Hanao: Defend Froome Tactic Yates: Hang in with GCs (succeeds) Tactic Yates: Retain white jersey (succeeds) Tactic Yates: Shave off a few seconds in the time gap (succeeds) Tactic Van Garderen: Hang in with GCs (fails) Tactic Froome: Counterattack Tactic Froome: Fend off attack Tactic Froome: Fend off attack Tactic Froome: Retain yellow jersey (succeeds) Tactic Quintara: Ride Froome’s wheel Tactic Quintara: ? Tactic Quintara: ? Tactic Quintara: ?
  21. Stage 8 is when the General Contenders stopped riding and started racing They have been there all along Lurking in the near distance Camouflaged by the peloton Biding Their time Unconcerned with sprinters’ antics Those puppies of the peloton are there to amuse Tolerant of the strong men, the classics riders, Those freelancers who hunt for glory in a single stage win The lesser riders are allowed to play, allowed a day Under the mindful watch of the GCs’ teams The number one men have eyes Only for each other Pinot leaps into the Pyrenees, leaving the Peloton behind Froome, Quintana, van Garderen muster together their mates And set a steady chase pace A youngster, Yates, has attached himself to this group of contenders He is not a threat yet But they will make sure he is there to watch and learn Not to win. Pinot is caught, ingested by the chasing contenders Spit out the back Eventually consumed by the riders behind who are less Ravenous for the win Contador, wounded early in the race, has been left To suffer Alone but for the cameras, and helicopters, and commentators Who witness his demise with each passing meter and mile The GC men ignore No need to attack where there is no threat The contenders went over the day’s Cols together They tested with attacks, always caught No damage Until Froome caught Quintara Unawares near the crest of Peyresourde Taking the lead and gaining time Over the pack with a dangerous Peacock of a descent The yellow is his to defend.
  22. Either the noble black and white or the last one with the multi-colors. Hard choice!
  23. An historic Stage 7 start All One Hundred Ninety-Eight riders depart A great day in prospect For a breakaway unchecked Fast flat to Cat 1 climb is the course they chart Riders advance and are brought back Third try’s the charm for twenty-nine The race and pace they now define Pack back unsure how to react Just who is up in front of them? Those of no concern for the overall win? Van Avermaet in yellow Nibali, too, a fellow Have Team Sky leading with a furious spin Before the climb, attacks will split The over-sized breakaway group Perhaps Nibali can recoup Enough time to challenge a Brit Forget Froome in Paris for now Today Britain’s cunning Steve Cummings knows how First over the Col d’Aspin (No Rio for him? A sin!) Pyrenees stages never bore, yearly wow.
  24. Cav's fast twitch fibers Tuned, take him to win number Three - Griepel zero
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