Framing the Dialogue

Lighter Side

Relativity Kicks In

Weather screen shotWith 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!

Only Two More Til Ten

eight millionSo 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.

Whew…Only 364 Days Til Christmas

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.

Merry Christmas 2013

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.

Merry Christmas!



Seven K K

cloud badgeIt’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). 

Friday The 13th Plus 7

Photo window sighSo the actual Friday the thirteenth was not that eventful except for the 11 hour drive from Providence, Rhode Island, but the next one was thoroughly weird for me. One of the things I like to do is walk before I start my day. To kill that bird and avoid traffic I generally walk at work as there are nice areas to stroll…power stroll that is. My work parking lot is next to a rowing club and many of the adult (meaning working stiffs) and college student row in the morning and they often take a lot of our parking spaces which sucks. Worse though is the influx of high school rowers that come in around 3:00. These are very sketchy (i.e. lousy) drivers.

A Harley Biker

governor-palin-harleyA Harley Biker is riding by the zoo in Washington, DC when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents.  The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.

Age Test

So a friend sent me this in an email and it brought back a flood of memories of my youth.  I have to admit that I am old as I recognize all of them and know the connections.  See how old you must be (answers follow)…

A.  Do you know what this is?

jiffy pop







B.  Do you know how to use this?

ice cube tray






C.  What is the connection between these two objects?


Half Way to Twelve

Like a bad "Groundhog Day" movie this is what FitBit greets me with every morning.

Like a bad “Groundhog Day” movie this is what FitBit greets me with every morning.

So this is my “clever” way to brag that I hit the 6,000,000 step mark which is roughly 2,700 miles since January 2012.  After all of this time walking a million steps doesn’t seem like that much except for when I look at how many weeks it will take to real in my next million.  At a 100K steps it would take ten weeks and I haven’t hit that threshold very often.  I blame that on the pesky need to work and pay bills.