Friday, April 02, 2010

Friday Fragments

he's my newt

♠ The weather is finally nice in the evening, as shown by our 7:45 PM run through Sterling Park, which counts as my weekly effort for ACR (arterial clog reduction), also known as "carbon credits for eating bacon". Rebecca has gotten me in the habit of doing something at least once a week, since I'd otherwise have no incentive for working out ever. After our Puerto Rico trip, full of frijoles and grease, I came home two pounds lighter.

♠ I was never a big fan of running -- the farthest distance I used to go was the seven mile trip from the Crew boat house to the airport and back, and now I'm happy with a loping gait for a half hour or so. This is also why I did sprints in high school track: you run for about a minute and then go home (see also, Howard Dean).

♠ Perhaps I just had mediocre track coaches, but the only advice I ever got on improving my sprinting was to "DIG" more. Off the marks, they would just shout "DIG DIG DIG!", and if I was dropping into fifth second place, I would have to "DIG IT OUT!". Maybe this early conditioning led me to enjoy digging big holes on the beach, although not as a competitive sport.

♠ If digging a hole in the sand WERE a competitive sport, I would take the gold. Sand digging is different from earth digging, because you have to worry about the angle at which a wall will collapse, and the constant threat of hitting the water line. Plus, sometimes you dig a hole too deeply and can't climb out. This has never happened to me.

♠ Don't you have the urge to go to the beach now?

♠ The weekend begins, unfortunately with a funeral for Rebecca's grandfather, and then continues with all sorts of outdoorsy stuff to take full advantage of the eighty degree temperatures before the snow storm hits next Thursday. I'm hoping to do a little Spring cleaning inside the house as well, although my current system of cleaning (taking everything unnecessary from the top floor and dumping in the basement) is definitely not a sustainable practice.

♠ Have a great weekend!

Woman's phone annoying but not contemptible
Man climbs through McDonald's drive-thru for fish
Stolen snack truck triggers feeding frenzy

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