2022 Movie Count / Goal: 09 of 15
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Monday, August 29, 2022
Sunday, August 28, 2022
Saturday, August 27, 2022
It was National Dog Day yesterday. Just an FYI if you forgot and have a time machine to go back and make things right.
But cats are important too. I believe their 'day' is just around the corner.
Song by: Donnie Iris
Friday, August 26, 2022
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
I usually don't have all of them, but a combo of 2-3. Sometimes all.
All but the banana go in my bag. The second I put a banana in any enclosed area, it goes over-ripe in a matter of minutes it seems. Add to that, a locker!, and well, I may as well toss it.
Two days ago I did take one IN my gym bag. And left it there, as I forgot to fish it out to actually eat. I found it on my way home and oddly it was in decent shape. Not brown. Not squishy. Alrighty!
Knowing if I brought into the house, I'd forget to take it the next morning, I left it on top of my car. Of course, I'd see it and grab it to go.
Except I didn't.
After workout, I got to my office and went, "oh crap!". Of course, I figured it was some crow's meal after it hit the pavement and got run over by an number of other commuters.
Fast forward 12 hours (or more), and I get home from work and exit my car.
There is the nanner. Exactly where I left it 24 hours earlier.
Apparently I am a very safe driver. Or that sucker held on for dear life.
It now sits in the kitchen, awaiting to be eaten this morning.
Song by: the Sonics
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
I think (?) you all know we had our backyard completely redone last year. I'm not one much for landscaping or vision of, so 710 was in charge.
The yard, 8 months before we purchased, was a partial victim to a microburst in 2019. A tree was uprooted, taking a bit of the yard with it, and went crashing down demolishing a fence and a future neighbor's car.
As the then owners were divorcing and ridding themselves of the memory of each other and / in the house, fixing that mess (well they did the fence and I'm guessing got the neighbors a new car, courtesy of insurance) wasn't at the top of their list.
The backyard, this year, is quite oasis-y. It took a full year for the grass to be what it is, and the plants to come into their own - even with the severely harsh winter we had. We spend a lot of time outside and Shep love rolling in the grass and being out back.
The front yard however, was still in need of some love. Our landscaper, not out of the goodness of his heart - I don't think, offered a free design of what he though it should be. 710 tweaked things here and there, and I think I got a say in some plant or two, but over the course of three days, they ripped out a bunch of overgrown crap and carved out, planted and mulched our front beds and trees.
Song by: Florence + the Machine
Monday, August 22, 2022
.....and the winner is..............U2 with the title track of their 1984 album, the Unforgettable Fire.
In my opinion, this is their last good album. Oh, people fawn over the follow-up disk to this, the Joshua Tree, but that was the beginning of the end for them for me.
I will give the band this: now and again, they had some great songs after Joshua Tree, but they didn't have great albums.
But I loved - and love - "the Unforgettable Fire", the song. The album is when they started to become a little self-righteous. I remember where on campus I went to purchase the album on the release date. I remember the first play and the first time I saw the video on MTV.
It's still a great song.
Sunday, August 21, 2022
Saturday, August 20, 2022
Song by: Vance Joy
Friday, August 19, 2022
Sure sure...........our selection of footwear would seem to tell you otherwise. Maybe I'm just not a slave to fashion.
And I'm not, but even I wouldn't wear this boot if I did not have to.
It seems I have a Stress Reaction, but not a fracture. It's like a severe bone bruise. And it definitely is due to running.
I will be able to run again, in a few weeks. Possibly sooner, but the doc - who is the Browns' team physician - suggested I don't run as long.
The doc is great. He spent a lot of time with me, not just in the exam room, but to talk about the right and wrong things when it comes to the run.
But the boot came out. and is on. One it shall remain for the next week. We will reassess in a few weeks.
It's a little awkward and I'm a little clumsy' walking in it. But they never mentioned driving in it - or that it would be difficult. And it is.
The boot is ultra-wide. It's hard to press on the gas pedal and not hit the brake at the same time. There is also no sense of touch so, I can't tell how much I'm pressing down, or if! I was getting on the freeway at 35 mph. People behind me were not happy. Nor was I.
I can still work out, but it seems all cardio is out for a week.
I am not 100% pain free, but it's minimized quite a bit once I slapped this boot on.
Onward and upward.
Song by: Rebbie Jackson
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Monday, August 15, 2022
"Bang and Blame" is old. Well.......now it is. It's pushing 30 years old and came off their Monster album, which tried to have a semi-glam rock feel. I'm not sure the band actually managed that
I have to say it has aged well. It doesn't sound like 1994 at all. It would be the second to last disk that drummer Bill Berry would appear.
I'm sure much to many's annoyance, I would go to a Columbus gay bar, Trends, several evenings per week with a former friend. We would play pool and drink (not necessarily in that order) and I'd feed the jukebox money. As I am not wont to pick the Mariah chart toppers or anything Whitney, Taylor Dayne or the likes (it was the '90s people!) I'd put on things I wanted to hear...........and "Bang and Blame" alway made the cut, along with U2's "Lemon".
....and I have just now added it to my running play list.
Sunday, August 14, 2022
Saturday, August 13, 2022
So I'm doing my 148th 12 of 12.
Normally it is 12 pictures taken on the 12th of the month. Since I only post once per day, you get my images the following day. All pictures taken with my iPhone. Click images to enlarge, if you choose.
Created by Chad Darnell and picked up from, what I can tell, any number of random bloggers who then link back to him and vice versa. Chad is no longer doing this, nor is successor coordinating the linking of other 12 of 12'ers anymore. Erik is back and I think he's picking up 12 of 12 again.
Friday, August 12, 2022
Thursday, August 11, 2022
2022 Movie Count / Goal: 08 of 15
Song by: Jann Arden
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
I have a bike, though it needs some decent amount of tune-up before it would even be street legal. But having Shep makes it harder for 710 and I to go out biking. Maybe next year we will try.
In the meantime, I got on a stationary bike on Sunday and rode 10 miles.
The gym has Lifecycles. In any gym I've been to, I have never been a fan. For the last few weeks I've been trying their recumbent bikes, but you know, it's just blah. Maybe I'm getting a workout, but I don't feel it.
But my current gym has six Peloton bikes in a separate room. I've never been on one and honestly, I had no desire to pay for a Peleoon membership on top of my gym one. In the 4.5 months I've been there I have seen two people use them.
My sister said, "maybe it's part of your membership already". Maybe. As it turns out it was / is - and she's the one who had to tell me because she did the research.
On a running break day, I went, "eh, why not". So I did.
Honestly, it took me as long to set up the account and pair my audio as it took to do my first ride. I kept trying to pair my phone and not my headphones, so it kept failing. DUH.
Then there was the workout / instructor selection. I limited it to a 30 minute ride - as it had been a while - and tried to find a decent play list. Out of frustration, I just selected one.
The workout was in German.
My friends Jon and Meredity laughed and laughed at this. Rightfully so.
You'd think I would have stopped it and found something more up my alley than the warm tones of the Germanic people. You'd think wrong.
It turns if you're somewhat intelligent and speak little to no German, you can still figure it all out. I could see that during the ride my resistance should be at X and my speed should be at Y. At worst, come the end of the workout, I can count from 5 to 1 in another language.
The ride was doable and sweaty. 30 minutes was a good intro and I think I can progress fro there on m non-running days. It's good to mix it up, I think.
During my ride, it was difficult not to think back to spin classes and how much better some of the instructors - especially my fave, Andy. I had such a man-crush on him, I'd have made-out* with him in a heartbeat. But he really was the hardest and best instructor at my former gym.
I kid you not, when I walk out of the Peloton room and there doing fucking chin-ups is Andy.
I'd say ' what are the odds ' but number of gyms divided by number of men in the 216 with the open earlier than x amount of gyms by y number of hours probably takes it to a high probability.
I'd say we 'caught up', but I'm 99.97% sure he has not idea what my name is. He is nice and pleasant to look at, and talk to, but whatever lust I had for him no longer existed.
It's called 'growth' people! Sheesh!
*'made-out' is for the PG-13 crowd, FYI.
Song by: Talking Heads