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"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
                          Lao-tzu Chinese philosopher ( 604-531 B.C. )

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Nov 4, 2018 at the 22 mile mark 

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Scott On A Roll

Every company wants to blow its own horn by going "green". They do it in some very creative ways. Scott Paper has announced a new innovation for toilet paper that will save trees.

They are test-marketing toilet paper that does not have a paper roll in the middle.They basically removed it. Now comes the feedback from consumers. Will people like it or will they have problems with the paper?

It should be interesting to see what the final verdict is. I don't think this is going to work. The bean counters have not said how many trees will be saved.
3:17 pm edt 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Next Week

Tonight is one week before the night before the New York City Marathon. I can't believe the race is here. Next week at this time I will be trying to fall asleep. Last year was a failed effort at sleeping.

You never know how the race is going to work out. I just want to finish it.
11:44 pm edt 

Friday, October 29, 2010

This Stuff Really Sticks

I hada dish soaking in the sink for the last few hours. It had some ketchup on it. I assumed it would dissipate once the dish went under water. That was not the case. It's still there.

It reminds me of the video on youtube where someone has monitored a McDonald's Happy Meal since 2006. The food still looks the same because of the preservatives.

This ketchup is really heavy. I wonder what it looks like in my stomach. I could never give a good reason why I don't cut down on it. I put a lot on my burgers.

7:25 pm edt 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Creative Furniture Removal

Stuff is dumped along roadsides all across America. It goes the same for our rivers and lakes. People don't seem to care where they throw things. Just get rid of it. Let someone else take care of it.

Whenever I rode AMTRAK to New York City, I noticed thousands of old car tires along the way. It was one big trash heap.

When I left the game at Gillette stadium last Saturday night, I noticed a huge amount of litter left behind by tailgaters. A lot of it was in bags. I didn't see much glass. The barrels were overflowing.

What struck me odd was the living room couch that was left behind. I don't think it was forgotten by the owners. I think they wanted to get rid of it. Now it's someone else's problem!
4:13 pm edt 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

One For the Fans

It was very warm and humid today with temperatures getting into the mid 70's. It's still nice outside at this late hour.

In my place, it's 80 degress with 70% humidity. I put my A/C away several weeks ago. I have some windows open. It's hard to believe that I'll be sleeping tonight with the fan on.

I woke up this morning because I was so warm. This is crazy weather. I have no idea what type of weather it will be on marathon day.
11:25 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Playing the Best

The day began with a drizzly and murky look, but the sun came out late in the morning. I played golf with some former co-workers. I had my best round of the year, shooting a 98. I hit the ball very well at times, but made some mistakes which cost me strokes and a better score.

The temperature got close to 70. It was great to be out there is a long sleeve t-shirt with a polo. I was warm at times, but it helped my swing.

The temperature has been fluctuating the last couple of weeks. This is the part of the year that I have a hard time adjusting to. I purposely over-dressed because I would rather be warm than cold.
I thought I was done wearing my polo shirts. I had put them away. Now, I have one ready for the wash. Maybe, I'll get a couple of warm days for the last few rounds of the year and wear a couple more shirts.
11:00 pm edt 

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Wear of the Sole

I bought a pair of LL Bean boots two years ago. They are great in the winter. I should have bought them years ago.

I must say that I'm disappointed in the wear of the outer-sole. I think it's been excessive. I really should get them re-soled, but I'm not sure if it can even be done. I think I'll call LL Bean to see what their policy is. They stand behind all of their products. They refunded me the cost of my last jacket after I wore it for 10 years.

I'm not sure what the definition is of "reasonable and normal wear". I don't expect these boots to last for ten years, but I thought it would have been more than two. They were showing considerable wear before last winter.

I'm sure LL Bean would replace the boots if I want, but they probably don't make the same model. It's not shown in their catalogue.
10:19 am edt 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Sniffle

I didn't run today because I woke up with some type of nasal sniffle. I'm not sure what the cause is. I'm having a hard time transitioning to the colder weather. It's suppose to be in the 70's this week.

I was so cold last night when I woke up. I must get another blanket out of my closet. I think I'm ok for the next few days. This time of year is crazy with the temperature.

11:36 pm edt 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Made in the USA

Ever since my feet froze at a Patriots playoff football last January, I was determined to go to LL Bean and get a pair of socks that I could wear in the coldest weather. As spring became summer, my trip to the store never happened.

Today,I went to a UMass football game being played at Gillette Stadium. There is an Eastern Mountain Sports store at the Patriot Place shopping center. I found a pair of "Smartwool Mountaineering" socks. They were on sale for $19.
These things are suppose to do everything. They are made with "WOW Technology", but I'm not sure what that is. I'll check their website.

The amazing thing is that these socks are made in USA. What a great country! We still make stuff!
10:53 pm edt 

Friday, October 22, 2010

No talk Shows For This Guy

Mark Twain is making a big splash on the 100th anniversary of his death. The first of his three volume autobiography is being released on Nov. 15th. The pre-orders have placed him in the top five in sales on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites.

Under normal circumstances, such sales would result in talk show appearances and a book signing tour, but that's not the case with Mr. Twain.

What do you do with an author who has been dead for 100 years? This was all part of his plan. When he wrote the book, it was with the stipulation that it would not be released until 100 years after his death. He wanted to silence all of his critics and anyone he may have offended.

I think he succeeded on all accounts. None of his peers or critics are around, but neither is he.

9:50 am edt 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Silencing The Trucks

A local town has down what should be done across America. They have passed a local ordinance prohibiting ice cream trucks from playing that obnoxious music as they make their rounds through neighborhoods.

The movement was backed by a local resident who complained her autistic son got very upset every time he heard the music from the trucks.

I find it disturbing to hear the trucks playing either "Little Brown Jug" or the theme from the "Sting". They should also avoid cruising around before or after family meal times. No wonder kids eat so poorly these days.
I applaud the town for taking this action. Now if someone could do something about car alarms, that would also help increase the "quality of life" in neighborhoods.
11:07 am edt 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Anita's Phone Call
The controversy surrounding Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill resurfaced after 19 years when the wife of Thomas phone Ms Hill and asked for an apology. She had accused Thomas of sexual harassment and testified against Thomas during his Senate confirmation hearings.

The FBI was notified of the call, but nothing illegal was done. Both women declined to speak to the media.

Ms Hill has been on the faculty at Brandies University since those hearings. What struck me odd was that most students interviewed by reporters had no clue of her background. Her story was huge back in 1991. Students were just babies then. Apparently, Ms Hill has faded away from media attention. She probably doesn't appreciate all of the attention now.
7:31 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

No Passing Me

Many runners will be raising money for charity in the upcoming New York City Marathon. Among those will be former New York Giants player Amani.
In cooperation with his sponsor TIMEX, Toomer will start dead last. TIMEX will donate $1 for each runner he passes in the race. The money will go to the youth program of the New York Road Runners Club, the overseer of the race.

I will be starting in the same group as Toomer. I wonder where he will pass me, if he does. Will it be early in the race or in the final stretch? I have no idea what type of shape he is in.
4:32 pm edt 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Jackets Please

I will never understand why people don't wear a jacket or something else this time of year. So many walk around dressed like it was summer. It doesn't matter how old they are. People just don't wear a jacket any more.

This has always been a pet peeve of mine. At this time of year, I'm trying to stay warm, yet people walk around like it was July.

I once tried to make this part of my comedy act, but it never went over with the audience. I think people thought I was disrespecting them when I talked about jackets. It might have been perceived as a rant.

10:44 pm edt 

Sunday, October 17, 2010


It seems to be getting colder. One thing I need to do is start applying hand lotion because of the exposure to the cold air while running. It's only October 17th and my the knuckles on my hands are dry and cracked.

It's going to be a long season. It will be quite a challenge to keep my hands from feeling like sand paper and burning.

I always wear gloves when I run in colder weather, but that doesn't seem to prevent the problem.
I have some "Arbonne Ultra-Hydrating Hand Cream". I paid $20 for the 4 oz. tube. I have no clue what "ultra-hydrating" means. I don't how they measure hydration in skin.
5:46 pm edt 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Decision Time

I had plans to play golf today at 9:30am. The weather was terrible yesterday with rain and gusty winds. Occassional showers were scheduled for today.

Last night at 5:30pm, we made a decision to cancel and postpone for two weeks. Today turned out to be a beautiful sunny, but windy and cool day.

The weather report was taken into account. You never know how the day is going to turn out. We probably could have played, but we needed to make a decision last night based on what we knew at the time.

4:11 pm edt 

Friday, October 15, 2010

Transition Day

It rained hard last night and part of this morning. When I ran at noon, it was 48 degrees with 30 mph winds. It felt quite raw.
I decided to wear a hood and gloves. I thought I could keep from wearing a hood before running the New York City Marathon in three weeks. It's a goal every year. There always seems to be at least couple of days like this before the race.
Today begins my transition to winter. Once I put the hood on, it becomes a daily question of whether to wear it. This will continue through the Boston Marathon in April.

5:49 pm edt 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

One Miner's Story

Yesterday saw an incredible story unfold as the 33 miners were rescued in Chile after being trapped since August 5th. There are so many great stories to be told about each individual. Their lives are forever changed.There will probably be movie and book deals along the way.

One person who the media focused on was the miner who had a mistress and wife waiting for him at the family vigil. The wife refused to be present when he came to the surface. He was greeted by his mistress.

I think the media focused too much on this story angle. The New York Post devoted its front page picture to the miner kissing his mistress. It seems that the "juicy" stuff sells papers.

There are probably movie producers already trying to decide who will play the women in any future film. You can be certain that this miner's story will grab extra attention.
12:01 pm edt 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Booking It

I just read the results of a Harris Poll about American reading habits. Responses were based on the percentage who had actually a book in the past year. I found the results interesting with 48% reading a mystery, 31% history, 29% biographies, 26% religious/spirituality, 26% science and 17% political.

I compared this to my own preferences. I focus on history, current events and biographies. I have not read fiction since I was in high school.

As far as the most popular authors, I was out of it as I have never read anything by either Stephen King, James Paterson, John Grisham, Nora Roberts or Tom Clancy. There are others in the top ten, but I never read any of their stuff.

In the end, I think the most important factor is that people should be reading at all ages. I think it helps brain function and stimulates the mind.
4:22 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ready To Roll

It could happen late tonight. The rescue of the 33 Chilean miners, trapped since August 5th, may finally happen. The story has attracted world-wide attention with over 1,5000 media members present at the rescue site.

Special precautions will be taken to monitor the miners heart rate and breathing as they are lifted 2,200 feet from below ground. Doctors are also concerned about the effect of sunlight on their eyes.

It was originally feared that the miners might be trapped until December, but high
-tech drilliing equipment was brought in to cut down the time.

Hopefully, this story has a happy ending as each miner must be brought up separately. If everything works out, it will make for a great book or movie.
9:57 am edt 

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Same New Course

I played golf today at the course where my former golf league played for the last 30 years. It was recently sold and 50 homes are being built on the grounds. The new owner plan to upgrade the course over the next few years.

I was shocked at how much brush had been cut. Tree pruning allowed views I had never seen before. Along one hole, I was surprised to see that the lake had an island. It was hidden from view all of these years.

It's great that the course was saved from total home construction. It will be interesting to see what the future holds. I wonder if it will become private. It's bound to cost more to play. The future plans are very ambitious.

6:54 pm edt 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Smelling It All

I spent some time walking Piper today. She just wants to smell everything on the ground. Dogs are very special. They know a lot.

11:18 pm edt 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Making Progress

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the federal government is making progress towards reducing the budget deficit.

It was $1.42 trillion for FY 2009. They were able to reduce it by $125 billion for FY 2010. Now it's only $1.3 trillion. We are making progress as a nation.

On the other hand, the Social Security Administration announced that it had mailed $250 economic stimulus payment to 72,000 deceased people, at a cost of $18 million, in spite of being notified of the death of 63,4781 recipients.
Nothing is perfect in this world. With government, there is always room for improvement.
3:56 pm edt 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Smoking With Charlie

Leave it to humans to get a zoo chimpanzee addicted to smoking cigarettes. Over the years, visitors gave butts to "Charlie the Chimp" at a zoo in South Africa in spite of being asked by the staff not to. Charlie became addicted and recently passed away at the age of 52.

Zoo keepers don't believe the smoking contributed to his death. Apparently, he lived 10 years past their normal lifespan. They attempted to wean him away, but it never worked because visitors kept passing smokes to him.

It's too bad Charlie never got a chance to hook up with Joe Camel. They could have done their own reality television show.
5:53 pm edt 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Not Making Cents

Many financial companies are now offering on-line statements in lieu of paper ones in the mail. They say it saves money and is good for the environment by saving tress. I still prefer the paper version.

Today, I received one from a credit union of my former employer. I left a balance of $32 when I retired. It continues to gather interest. When I reviewed my quarterly statement, I had picked up another three cents of interest for a total of nine cents this year. 

I think it cost more than three cents to print and mail the statement to me.
6:39 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

People Want Cold Ones

The "Mother Earth News Network" has announced that a company  has the first certified beer to be consumed on future commercial space flights. I'm not sure what this all means.

A number of private companies are competing to develop a lauch vehicle that could get people into a sub-orbital flight and experience weightlessness and the sites seen from space, including the curvature of the earth.

It puzzles me as to why people would need to drink alcohol when they are up there. Wouldn't the entire experience be enough for the senses? 

Leave it to Americans to come with something like this
9:12 pm edt 

Monday, October 4, 2010

The New 70

When I used my A/C during the summer, the goal was to get the room temperature at 70 degrees or lower. That always felt comfortable, especially keeping the humidity under 70%.

Last night it was 70 degrees in my living room, with a humidity reading of 70%. It was in the 40's outside. I almost turned on my heat for the first time.

Not using the A/C has lowered my electric bill. I'm getting ready for seven months of higher gas bills due to heating.

It's cheaper to keep my place at 70 degrees on a hot day compared to when it's below freezing.
10:09 am edt 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Cold Facts

It was cold last night at the football game I attended. I should have worn a heavier jacket. When I got home, I closed a couple of windows. I slept with one blanket, but could have used another.

Autumn is moving forward. There will be cool nights and mornings. I plan to take another blanket out of the closet.

There are two mile stones left. I'm not sure when they will happen, but they will. At some point, I will pull down my storm windows and turn on the heat. It's going to happen. There is no way to stop it. It's just a matter of time.
11:01 am edt 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A Week Apart

It's October. Daylight gets shorter and the temperature is getting cooler. Last Saturday, it got into the high 80's. It was a tough day for running. I was so thirsty when I finished.

Today, I ran the same course with a 30 degree temperature difference. I wore a long sleeve top. I was never hot. There was also a breeze. It really felt like autumn in the air. I had a great run.

There will be some warm days in October, but they will be fewer in number. The New York City Marathon is five weeks away. This time of the year passes very quickly for me. Once you get into November, a warm day becomes a news story.

Where did the summer go? Christmas is 12 weeks from today!
2:02 pm edt 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Wasting Space

Our country has decided to curtail space exploration as shown with the deep budget cuts for NASA. There will be only two more shuttle flights to the space station. After that, we will rely on Russian flights to get our people up there.

Today, China launched a rocket that will send a probe to the moon. They have a goal to have a manned space flight there, as well as setting up a space station.

I have no doubt that they will put people on the moon before we do. To cut the budget of NASA is so foolhardy and hinders our nation's development of new technologies and opportunities gained from space exploration.
8:51 pm edt 

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