Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Running the Table
I never mind going food shopping.
It's something I like to do. I love fresh produce and I'm a fanatic about what I buy. I wish every day could be like
today. I got a nice piece of haddock for a reasonable price. I think they were gouging everyone during Lent. Plus, a lot of
fish was previously frozen. Only fresh for me and it has to look good.
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I hit the jackpot in the produce department.
The asparagus was so full. Why can't it always look this good? It only got better with the zucchini, summer
squash and green peppers. The iceberg lettuce was perfect and I load up on seedless grapes.
they sell stuff like this all the time? So many times I go home disappointed. If it doesn't look good, I'm certainly
not going to eat it. They should outlaw "manager's specials".
I guess I'll just have to enjoy
my stuff over the next two days. I'll be back for more on Thursday.
It's April 28th and I spent a few hours
at the beach today. Who would have thought a week ago while running the marathon in 45 degree weather, that today would be
a beach day?
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I thought I would go to Hampton for a few hours after lunch. It seem like everyone had the same
idea. The traffic was backed up a mile from the bridge into Hampton from Seabrook. After about 10 minutes, this looked like
a bad idea.
I decided to turn around and try Salisbury. I parked along Rt 1A and made my way to the beach. I took
a long walk as I usually do at the beach. I'm not one to lie on the sand and fry. The beach was crowded in spots.
The crowd was a mix of ages, although it looked like a lot of high school kids had decided to take the afternnoon off and
knock down a few cold ones at the same time. Naturally, there were people in the water.
It felt great to take a
shower when I got home and wash the sand and salt away. Tomorrow, it's going to be back in the 50's, but this is
my earliest beach day on record.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Another Season Starts
It's three days after the marathon and
it's the start of my golf season. I played today for the first time. If people ask me how I did, I would say it was
a nice day for a walk, sunshine and fresh air. I actually played better than I thought I would. I was rather stiff on my golf
swing, but my legs felt better.
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I've played in the same Thursday night league for the last thirty years. This
will take me into mid-September. By then, I will be down to my last six weeks before the New York City Marathon. Looking at
the trees today, I could not help but think that I will see the cycle of them fully blooming and then the transition to the
colors of autumn before the golf season is over.
Although it was cool out there today, we will soon go through
those hot and humid days. It hard to believe that at times, but such are the seasons.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
48 hours ago, I was making my final preparation to
the start of marathon. What a difference two days makes! I'm still quite stiff in my legs and walking down stairs sideways.
Nothing out of the ordinary for anyone who does this. I think I'm getting my hydration level back to normal. I plan to
do a little light running this weekend. It was great to stretch and workout in the pool yesterday. It's only 6 months
and 8 days until the New York City Marathon. It will be here before I know.
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Monday, April 20, 2009
The Chapter Gets Written
It's a little past 11pm. I've been
home for about an hour after attending a post race marathon party. The food was great! I've just killed off a quart of
Gatorade. I feel a little sore, but what a great day! I ran a very aggressive race hoping to break 5:45. I was way ahead of
pace until 17 miles. The hills of Newton took a big toll on me. I dug myself into a deep hole and was facing the prospect
of not breaking 6 hours. I came alive and ran very strong the last three miles to finish in 5:58:16. There are so
many great stories and inspirational people in this race.
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Now all of my attention turns to getting ready
for the NYC marathon on Nov 1. I have a little over 6 months, but that will fly by. Every time I run a marathon, I never want
the day to end. However, tomorrow will come and I need to soak some items in the sink tonight as even Tide cannot get Vaseline
out of a t shirt or make my white socks white again!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
On the Verge
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In 24 hours the marathon will be history
for me. I'm writing this shortly before I eat my pasta dinner. I wonder how it will all turn out. In spite of finishing
67 marathons, it never gets easier. Everyone has their individual story. It's going to be a lot of fun. You wait all year
for this and in one day it's all over until next year. The race is just a few hours, but the memories are forever.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I Hate to Lose This Battle
One thing I know is my way around Boston
and Cambridge. I've been driving in since high school. I take great pride in knowing where to park at a meter. It's
against my principles to pay to park. I though I had it together tonight when I went to the Comedy Studio in Cambridge. Harvard
Square is always a challenge, but I had plenty of time. All of a sudden it's a few laps around the block and no meter.
Well, there's always Cambridge Common. More traffic and the clock is ticking. Three laps around the Common and I had one
taken right before my eyes. Timing is everything.
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I now had a choice: pay or be late. I reluctantly drove to the
garage and ended up on the top level. I got a discount rate. Only $15. I learned a lesson. Next time I'll come in via
Porter Square and scout out those meters. Why didn't I thinkof that in the first place?
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
He Flirted With Greatness
Golf stories can be boring, especially to
those who don't play the game. I've played since I was in my teens, but rarely watch it on tv. I caught the end
of the Masters on Sunday. Tiger Woods played himself out of contention over the last two holes. They even showed him tossing
a club in anger. The leader was Kenny Perry, who at the age of 48, was looking at a chance to be the oldest golfer to win
one of the four Majors. Winning a Major is the biggest accomplishment in one's career, other than making a ton of
money. All he had to do was shoot par over the last two holes. Simple enough, as that is the norm of the PGA. Otherwise,
you don't make the cut or any money.
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All of a sudden, Perry reverts to becoming a weekend golfer like the rest
of the the world. He proceeds to bogey the last two holes and force himself into a three way sudden-death playoff. After eliminating
one golfer on the first hole, Perry continues to play like the rest of us and shoots a bogey and loses the tournament. He
comes in second. Sure he makes a lot of money and will continue to do so, but he had a chance to write an ending that nobody
might ever match; being the oldest winner of a Major. Such is the game of golf.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Simon Says - Does Anyone Really Care?
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There is an allegeded huge story in
the news today. Simon Cowell might leave as a judge on American Idol after this season. I saw it first on AOL's
home page. Is this news or what? What does he mean by might leave? Is it more than a 50% chance? When does a story
really become a story? Is he trying to drive up the show's ratings or is it just a slow news day today? The only people
this matters to are people who watch American Idol. Most of them don't even care! Why does the media make a story out
of a non-story. Until it's past the rumor stage, it's a bunch of nonsense. If Simon quits, it becomes a story. However,
life will go on and the sun will rise and set tomorrow.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Objects Look Differently on TV
I was at the Red Sox game on
Thursday. It was a beautiful afternoon for a game. I'm not sure why there were so many parents with their kids there.
Was it a school holiday? Whenever you watch a game on TV, you see the third base foul line, very distinct and going all the
way to the Green Monster. With time to kill before the game, my nephews and I were walking around and got down to field level.
I was quite surprised to see that the white foul line is not chalk or lime. It's a long strip of heavy duty vinyl! The
grounds keeper was sweeping the loose dirt from it.
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Today, this same group was eating lunch at the CBS Sports Scene
at Gillette Stadium. When you watch the Patriots on TV, you see this large complex looming over the filed where some
of the A-List of people hang during the game. I've always thought those are great seats.
got there, I was surprised how far you are away from the field. The power of TV. Even the athletes look bigger than in person.
However, TV can never make the prices look smaller. It costs a fortune to go to a game. A family needs to take a home
equity loan these days to swing it.
Monday, April 6, 2009
The Dawn of Another Season
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The transition from winter to spring brings
the hope and excitement of another baseball season. Perhaps it was ironic that the Sox home opener was rained out. Tomorrow
will come and another season will burst onto the scene. We will follow our team through the showers of spring, dog days of
summer and the turning of the leaves. How will it all end? Who will be the stars? Who will surpass expectations and who will
fall under? That's one of the great mysteries that captivates us.
The twilight of my Boston Mararthon preparation
brings the beginning of the season while the twilight of the baseball season brings me to the start of the New York City Marathon.
Two events in my life bounded by the seasons. I'm not sure how any of this will all play out, but it's going
to be quite a ride one way or the other.
Friday, April 3, 2009
This Place Never Gets Old
Tonight I was driving into Boston to do a
comedy show. I love the feeling as I approach Boston via Rt 93. Seeing the city in the distance has the same thrill I had
as a teenager. The city is always filled with excitement and energy. This show was down in the new Seaport district.
I parked a couple of blocks away. It was 7:30pm. Dusk had settled in, accompanied by low hanging clouds. The temperature was
in the 50's and I could smell a touch of salt in the air. What a great feeling! I was ready to go on stage.
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set went very well. I did one of my longer ones, almost 13 minutes. As I walked to my car after the show, I
had a panoramic view of the skyline of the financial district. To my right was the harbor. The sky was filled with the lights
of the city. I thought to myself: "I love this place".