Monday, August 31, 2009
It Took Nine Years
4:59 pm edt
I went to the dentist today for
a checkup and cleaning and was shocked to hear that I had a small cavity in one of my upper rear molars. The last one I had
was in 2000. I'm a fanatic about flossing and brushing. I feel like I lost a battle. How could I have a cavity? I don't eat
sweets. I drink a can of soda daily.
As I told the dentist: "Bad for me, good for you. Gotta have people sitting
in the chair other than for cleanings. Can't pay the bills without them".
If I keep up this pace, I'll be pushing 65 when I have
my next cavity. Hopefully, I still have my teeth.
Friday, August 28, 2009
It Doesn't Make Sense
12:11 pm edt
I went to a medical building today
to have some blood drawn for a doctor's appointment next week. It's a very busy place with many people in the waiting
room. It's a large building with about 60 doctors and numerous staff. As I walked towards the entrance, I was struck by the
sight of several employees smoking outside in an area that was obviously reserved for smokers. It looked like the typical
scene you see at any workplace: people smoking in a group and staring into space. There were hundreds of cigarette butts on
I support the right to smoke and have no issues with it. It just seems incongruous that people in the
health profession would smoke cigarettes. Maybe I'm naive into thinking that people in the health profession care about their
personal health. Any doctor who smokes would have no credibility with me. There are so many ways that we abuse our bodies
whether it be by diet, alcohol or lack of exercise. It's a struggle to live a healthy lifestyle. Nobody is perfect, but
we must fight the battle daily.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
It was 40 years ago today
5:38 pm edt
On this day 40 years
ago, I began my running career by attending a pre-season practice for the Haverhill High Cross Country team. I ran 4 miles
and was the last one to finish. There were about seven of us.
I never stopped running except when I was injured.
I've met a lot of wonderful people and had some great experiences in my career. I just want to keep it going. Forty years
is just a figure. Everyday extends my career even longer.
The marathons have been very special. Each race unique
unto itself. So many great times.
Monday, August 24, 2009
A Tradition Lives On
11:27 am edt
The weather this summer has been out
of the ordinary. We finally have hot and humid temperatures. I have air conditioning in my apartment. It works great when
I'm awake. I really hate to sleep with it on. Sometimes my head gets stuffy. Every year I get a sore throat for a few days
because of it.
It finally happened. This is the 2nd day of a stuffy head and very sore throat. Is it allergies?
I don't know what it is, but I'm dragging today. I was beginning to think that I would make it through the summer without
a sore throat from the AC.
Two years ago, I had a sore throat for a week. Maybe I can break that record.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Destined to Lose
11:52 pm edt
I was performing comedy tonight at Salisbury Beach. I knew parking would be challenge. I went to a municipal
lot that had parking meters in effect until 11pm. I figured I would pay for two hours and then leave the show for a couple
of minutes to feed the meter.
I started pouring my quarters into it. I saw each quarter register ten minutes. After
one hour and six quarters, the readout reset itself to zero.
It just took all of my quarters. I was parking at
a broken meter. I don't trust them. Salisbury probably issues tickets no matter what, since the meters are in effect
until 11 pm.
I reluctantly drove to the all-day lot and paid my $7. I was now legally parked, but had lost the
battle for the night. Parking is a bit like liberty, it's never free.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
No to Bill
1:03 pm edt
It's already started. There
is a possibility of New England being impacted by Hurricane Bill on Saturday. There are several possible scenarios. The weathermen
are salivating. This has potential to be their big moment.
I don't mind the storm. I just don't want to hear
wall to wall coverage for a storm that may never get here. This reminds me a lot of a winter blizzard except I think weathermen
like hurricanes better.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
A Sure Sign of Autumn
12:10 am edt
last week has produced the hottest weather of the summer. The season is on its backside with less than five weeks to the start
I saw a sure sign of fall in the mail today when I received my packet containing
detailed instructions for my upcoming New York City Marathon. The race is in November. It's really right around the corner.
The weeks will blow by as they always have during this time of the year.
Traditionally, I get into my mental preparation mode when I receive this mailing. It's a true sign that autumn is
on the doorstep. Once the race is done, the Holidays are on deck. Where did the year go?
Monday, August 17, 2009
The Joy of Dogs
11:53 pm edt
I spent some time tonight with my
brother's dog Piper. When I first saw her, she really wanted to go out for a walk. This was a striking contrast to her
recent medical issues which left her without her usual high level of energy.
As we walked on the street, all
she did was smell the ground. I let her go near some shrubs that had woodchuck holes because she loves them. She was back
to her former high level of energy.
I was really impressed with her recovery. She had recently been on several
medications that left her very lethargic. She is finally free of everything.
It looks like she is back big-time.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
New Ideas Are Not Always Better
9:17 am edt
I drove into Cambridge last night to
perform at a comedy club in Harvard Square. Parking on the street is always a challenge. My last two trips ended up as
paid spots in a garage. I was determined to find a space. I left home with extra time to spare.
I got the bright
idea of trying a new route. Instead of going through Central Square, I came in through Porter Square via Alewife Brook Parkway.
There would be plenty of spaces. That was my thought.
I was wrong again. I drove a mile along Mass Ave several
times, as well as circling the Cambridge Common. After about 20 minutes, I finally found a space. It was only a 20 minute
walk from the club. I got there with 5 minutes to spare. My goal was to get there at least 20 minutes early. Oh well.
I'm going back in a few weeks and will stick to my traditional route. The key is to know when to park. The closer
you try to get, the chances increase to being shut out. When are we close enough?
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Jerry was the Best
10:02 am edt
Today is the 14th anniversary
of the passing of Jerry Garcia, lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead. I always like the band and its music. I was fortunate
to see them at an outdoor concert in 1994 in California. They had a very loyal fan base. I was very impressed with the love
fest that Jerry and his fans had.
After the concert, I told my friend that if something ever happened to Jerry,
the band would cease to exist. They couldn't go on without him. The only thing I heard after the concert was the talk of Jerry's
performance that night. Some compared it to other recent shows. Everyone agreed that Jerry had played great that night.
After his death from a heart attack, the band broke up and never played again as the Grateful Dead.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Who is Crazier?
12:08 am edt
As I drove on Rt 495 tonight, there
were a lot of trucks on the road. I hate being around them as they have a blind spot for cars. At one point, I had a truck
in front of me and one on the side. All of a sudden, there were four guys on ninja bikes weaving in and out of the traffic.
At one point, they passed between my car and the truck. There was no room for error by anyone. I thought these guys were crazy
until five minutes later when I saw someone flying an ultra-light airplane about 500 feet overhead. It was hard to believe
this thing was flying. I wouldn't want to be around if it thing had a "hard landing". Then I thought; Who is crazier?
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
At Least It's Nothing New
10:31 am edt
While eating cereal this morning, I
felt something really sharp in my mouth. I spit out a piece of a tooth. I was quite relieved to find that it was a piece of
a temporary crown and not another one of my teeth. I'm having a crown made which will cost quite a bit in the end.
I have another week to wait until my next appointment. I need to avoid chewing on my right side. That's rather difficult,
but I don't want to make it any worse. Hopefully, it won't become sensitive to hot or cold.
I was eating a seven
grain cereal when it broke. This cereal has been crunchy in the past, but I thought today was out of the ordinary. At least
it wasn't a foreign object in my bowl.