A week or so ago I passed a milestone in my 10K a day walking program. It was 1000 days since I started. I knew this spring that I’d get there this year so I took the time to mark the day on my calendar. It was so cool to get there. I’ve walked in all kinds of weather; early in the morning and sometimes late at night. I’ve paced in my basement and have walked around most shopping centers around where I live. I’ve seen some interesting things and just recently found a twenty dollar bill on the ground. Money is a nice reward. About the only thing that keeps me off the road is illness and it sucks doubly when I am sick AND cannot walk.
These are allegedly actual transcripts from courts. As you read these, keep in mind that an overwhelming majority of our congressmen and senators are lawyers.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget.
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
ATTORNEY: So now I’m talking about the twenty year old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He’s twenty, much like your IQ.
Our friends at Amazon sent me an email with a link to the “100 Books To Read In A Lifetime.” My curiosity was peaked so I went to the link. Now I’ve read a lot of books, some of them even considered literature, but I wanted to know how many of these “Lifetime” books I had read. The first thing that struck me was how few I had read. I unofficial count was twenty out of the hundred. Many of these were kids books that I had read with my children while they were young. Some I wanted to count, but resisted as I had not read the books, but proof read book reports of many of these when my children read them for school.
With the very cold weather that has us in its grasp I gotten in the habit of checking my “WeatherBug” cell phone application before I get out of bed in the morning. It has helped me brace myself each morning for the day and days ahead. It struck me this morning, a Saturday, when I woke before 0700 and automatically tapped on the app. The screenshot on the left is what greeted me. The reality and relativity of my reaction was one of happiness as it was a balmy 16 degrees. I ACTUALLY LOOKED AT SIXTEEN DEGREES AS A POSITIVE THING!
So this post announces my finally meeting the eight million step mark. I had hoped, no struggled to achieve in by years’ end, but did not make it. I had nearly the last two weeks of the year off of work and found that a less structured day makes it hard to get the big step amounts. My missing my goal did give me the dubious achievement of reaching 8 million steps on what is probably the coldest day in the last two decades. Before you think that I am an idiot who walked outside when it was -15 degrees, I happened to have a planned office move that day. Even though it was in the same building and floor it took a while and a lot of steps to get-r-done. I did have to take a VERY brief walk outside to also get my 10K for the day.
Now that Christmas is over this is a time when I prefer to relax and enjoy time with family. A few years ago my kids and I entered a contest sponsored by John Mayer for decorated cakes. We spent the whole day making this cake even going as far as pouring blue hard candy for the water. I still cannot believe that we didn’t win or even place. No sour grapes here, but our cake was way better than the winners and we even made a video of the process. You can read the original post for December 26 here. I hope you have some time to relax before New Years Eve.
As we celebrate the Christmas Season I hope that all of you have a very merry Christmas. The following is a well decorated house that I pass every day on my way to work. It is perhaps my favorite decorated house and the wonderful owners turn on their lights so we can see them on our morning commute. Seeing this house never fails to make me smile.
It’s getting hard to come up with cute ways to celebrate my million mile-stones. This one was my quickest million yet and it started with my worst day ever! The day after I hit six million steps I got sick and had my worst effort at an embarrassing 722 steps. I just could not get my ass out of bed that day. The good news is that I have not gone below 10,000 steps in a day since then. In fact, three weeks later I celebrated my best day ever at 31,000 steps (yep I got exactly 31K) and also that week was my best week ever at just over 116,000 steps (that’s over 16,500 steps per day average).
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