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35th Class Reunion

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Recently I've been invited to my 35th class reunion.

I have never been to even ONE of my reunions! Finally, thx to my accomplishments and the support of SparkPeople, I think I might just go!

Well this inspired me to try a new way of Spreading the Spark...

Well, I got an email from the person organizing the reunion and it was CC'd to 20+ OTHER class members. So I hit "reply to ALL" and typed a message...knowing full well that my siggie would go out saying:

Join SPARKPEOPLE to Be Healthier Than EVER!"

Including a link to the Spark Start page... :-)

It would be so cool if some of my classmates joined!


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ANDALEX 4/30/2009 12:36AM

    way to spread the spark :)

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ZELLAZM 4/28/2009 5:56PM

    Have a great trip! I know that the "new you" will knock 'em dead at the reunion!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 4/27/2009 6:18PM

    Don, I'm so happy to see all the new ways you're living your life, not holding yourself back.


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KUROSMOM 4/27/2009 9:30AM

    Just curious, why didn't you go to any of the reunions prior to this one?


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LADYWEZ 4/27/2009 6:16AM

    Good for you

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JIBBIE49 4/26/2009 11:52PM


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SLENDERELLA2010 4/26/2009 7:23PM

You look great. What a way to treat yourself, going to your reunion and
strutting your stuff!!


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Care For a Spin on a SAIL-Trike?!?!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Check out this AWESOME gadget!


Of course we ALL would rather PEDDLE, but what fun it might be to *coast* along @ 30 mph...! :-)


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LKG9999 4/22/2009 9:08PM

    I forwarded this to my boyfriend, who is the sailing coach for Tufts University, asking him if this would be his next set of wheels. He responded:

"Hard to get steady winds anywhere but an oceanside boardwalk. The pedals would help in town but trees and wires are another problem as are bridges :("

Oh well - still seems like fun!

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WILLBOYWONDER 4/22/2009 11:05AM

    Looks pretty cool. But I am not that adventurous. lol

But I wish you good luck as you continue to enjoy it.

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LOGHOUSE 4/20/2009 9:34AM

    I've seen those before. VERY COOL !! There was a company here in America a couple years ago that was building them and was going to demo them by sailing across the country, but after a few posts, they stopped posting and I never found out what happened. Too bad. Looks like fun !

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JIBBIE49 4/20/2009 1:21AM

    I wouldn't have enough wind here to matter. But I would like a bike with a small motor for going up hills, and then I could pedal the rest of the way. I've read that hills are the reason most people dislike bikes, so the small motor is useful.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 4/19/2009 2:29PM

    Cool looking. But I would rather get my miles by peddling and not Sailing.

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Retail Anarchy...I LOVE IT!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Don't know if any of you caught the same segment on NPR radio this morning that I did, but Sam Pocker was on. He writes a blog titled Retail Anarchy and has just compiled his writings into a book by the same name.

He voices the same kind of outrage I feel so often when it comes to the mass marketing of SO many useless and even HARMFUL products. I just signed up for his blog and am looking forward to his insights. My position takes his rant a step further...why not harness the power of marketing for GOOD and shape our wants and desires such that it isn't a worthless TWINKIE we salivate and wolf down, but fresh fruits and veggies?!?!

Here are some links:

Retail Anarchy blog:


Amazon Review of Retail Anarchy book:


Another review of the book:



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JIBBIE49 4/9/2009 3:18PM

    So much of the "Green" movement is just high-priced sales gimmicks, too, so a person has to be VERY careful. I drink water from my tap and I refuse to pay $1.25 for a bottle of water. I use 1/3 the detergent that a wash load calls for, and I run the washer one minute, then turn it off and let the load "soak" for an hour. My clothes come out clean. We never work hard and get clothes really dirty anyway, so all those extra cleaners they try to sell is just more waste of money to me. Using "less" always helps the environment, too.

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    We gotta speak up more. Why is everything finally going green now? Because 'Green' is in, so now that we as consumers got that down, why not make 'healthy', 'happy', and 'responsible' in as well? We have to make sure to voice it and support it. Kinda like politics, lol.

Thanks for the link!

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TARA925 4/9/2009 11:18AM

    That is a great blog! Thanks for the link.. adding it to my favorites!

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Return of the Grand...!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Yesterday was my first day back on the treadmill along with first strength training session...weathered it nicely, felt good to be getting back in the swing of things. So today I nailed a little over 1,000 cals. in 60 mins. on the 'mill...woo hoo!

Tomorrow I return to work...and it looks like things are going to be pretty stressful with the loss of two colleagues recently departed. I'll have to really hustle to get through these next few weeks until taking a week off to attend the conference in San Diego! That also means I'll have to curtail my heavier involvement with SparkPeople that I've enjoyed over the past two weeks...drat!

It also means I'm going to have to get serious about SLEEP and pushing myself into bed at a decent hour. I know I'm going to feel it mightily if I don't!

I'm looking forward to doing more biking...the weather on Easter Sunday is looking bikeable...lol, what better way to spend a holiday...? :-)


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ANDALEX 4/13/2009 6:36AM

    WOW!!!!! how awesome!!!! congrats on the grand!

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SCIENCEMOMDNA 4/8/2009 11:01PM

    Glad to hear you are getting back in the game! Take it easy. It is wonderful that your son will be in the same complex, how serendipitous! I will be there too, I hope to see you there! Are you going to do the morning walk??? Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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TRAINOF4 4/7/2009 7:59PM

    I'm still so jealous that you're getting to go to San Diego. I really loved it out there when I went there for business in 1998. Yeah LONG time ago! LOL

I know that treadmill session made you feel great! I always feel great after a good cardio workout. Sorry to hear about your departed co-workers. It's always hard to take on more work, but as others have said, just having a job these days is such a blessing.

So we'll see you around SP as you have time to stop by & say Howdy. emoticon Take care of yourself - Peace & Blessings.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 4/7/2009 7:47PM

    Don.... You are doing great. I know you must have been itching to get back to strength exercising after the surgery. I know I was.

I did 1hr today on the S bike. 2.05 miles. Felt good. Burned 410 calories.

I will be praying for you on your return to work being with what has happen there.

God Bless


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JIBBIE49 4/7/2009 6:57PM

    With the economy, lots of people don't have jobs to go back to so I guess you have to think of it as a "blessing." emoticon

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On The Road Again...! :-)

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Stupendous day to hit the road again with my bike! Just a tad on the cool side, but that only helped to keep my sweating down...lol.

I looked a bit kaleidoscopic riding my maroon Wildwood Diamondback wearing my navy workout shorts, tangerine SPARKPEOPLE *yeah!* t-shirt and my Spartan Green Michigan State University biking gloves, a gift from my sister...GO STATE! We're reviving the good old days of Magic Johnson and Gregory Kelser...who took the nationals by storm back when I was an MSU student...woo hoo!

It was fun to take a new route, 18 miles round trip, even if there WERE a couple of GIGUNDO hills which I had forgotten...! A bit more than I probably should have bitten off for my first longer ride of the season, but after a rest on the other end I was ready to go again. Feeling good and SPENT when I arrived home.

I'd like to share a couple of powerful opinions about the recent shootings in my Binghamton community and the connections to the stress of unemployment:



May all 14 who died in the Binghamton shooting rest in peace and may their family and loved ones find the comfort, guidance and solace needed for resolution as well as the ability to reconnect with their own lives.


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SPARKHOPE 4/6/2009 3:53PM

    Don! 18 miles? I hope your not pushing yourself too hard, too soon , after your surgery. Don't ramp up your efforts so much you make your self too sick to make the trip!

My prayers are with those family's too. They will have a lot of grief to work through . I hope they find peace because bitterness, grudges and hate can eat at a person like Cancer.

The man may or may not of been nuts but he sure lack coping skills. He must of been in a lot of pain to do such a horrible thing. This is a tragedy for his family as well.

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TRAINOF4 4/6/2009 2:12PM

    --I'm glad you had a nice bike ride! 18 miles is fantastic! Hills are killer, you know about the standing & rocking thing & using the handlebars & your upper body strength to make that hill climbing easier, right!? Sure ya do, what was I thinking!? Around here there's nothing BUT hills-LOL- you're either nearing cardiac arrest in a climb or doing a zilliong miles an hour in descent. HA ha!

Wow, I forgot that was your community. emoticon I have to disagree w/Jibbie on this one .. .it isn't just that someone is nuts. Having had to deal w/the different "services" lately has made ME feel angry, hopeless, depressed, frustrated...all of it. I think people do go nuts after awhile. It's the "straw that broke the camel's back." A person gets desperate & when they try to get help sometimes the attitude of those who are supposed to be helpful is really obnoxious (I've gotten a lot of "I could care less about you" attitudes & treatment lately) ... it just destroys the human inside a body.

It isn't in my nature to harm others, but I think that maybe other people don't know exactly what's going on in their head. Not a lot of people are self-aware & that rage & frustration & so on gets turned outward. I'm not saying it was right or that it wasn't an awful, horrible thing that happened. But I guess having been a "nut" before I somehow "relate" to other "nuts."

What goes wrong in a human that would cause them to take other lives? I don't think any of us will ever know for sure. But I hope the survivors are able to forgive that man - because hatred & grudges destroy us just as much as bullets. Peace & Blessings emoticon

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JIBBIE49 4/6/2009 1:56AM

    People don't go kill themselves and others because they are unemployed. They do it because they are NUTS.

It is just like the stupidity of saying "He killed his wife because she left him." NO....SHE left him because he was NUTS and he came and killed her, because he was NUTS. It had nothing to do with HER.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 4/5/2009 9:09PM

Glad you made it the 18 miles. You must be feeling better after the Gallbladder operation. The hills can kill you on the first ride of the year. That is the great thing about the stationary bike.

I agree with you on the triadic shooting. My prayers are with all the families.

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