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Miles of Smiles!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Most people think that 2012 began back on Jan. 1st.

But for me? Today being my 1st day back on the road with my bike? I can now truly say that I've kicked off 2012 with a BLAST! :-)

It just doesn't get any better than today: loads of sunshine, wispy clouds and a jaw-dropping 68-72 degrees on the various bank thermometers I saw!

I was so excited looking forward to hitting the roads this afternoon! I couldn't make up my mind where I wanted to GO! So many routes crossed my mind. My first thought was: okay, first ride of the season. I know I've checked my bike over real well. Pumped up the tires, holding air fine, lubed the chain, dusted it off. Everything LOOKS to be in working order. However I remember toward the end of the last riding season despite having a new chain on the bike there was still some slipping in some of the gears. So before I light out for some rural ride I'd better tool around town to be sure all is okay.

And it was! Smooth as silk! Up through Cheri Lindsay Park along the Riverwalk and then back downtown via State & Water St. Along the way I had settled on my decision:

Let's break for the border! The New York / Pennsylvania border, that is! Off I went, heading for Hallstead via Conklin Road / Route 7. Bumped into a few bike club members who were doing their solo rides out today too. Quick break in Hallstead and then back up into NY looping up Route 11. It was the strangest thing, the excitement that overtook me. Over the winter I'd forgotten what it was about cycling that lights me up. Even began wondering to myself: What the heck do you see in this stuff anyway? And you know I can't find the words. Can't pin it down...I just get in the bike and move and am overtaken by this overflowing feeling of good will, that everything is right with my world!

This was the perfect route. Just enough miles to challenge me (33 miles), to begin breaking in my butt (have to restore those buns of STEEL...lol!) and relatively flat so I could just savor the ride, soak up gorgeous outdoors and cruise along.

I had my "radio" tuned into this smooth Larry Carlton tune:



No flats, no falls...just Miles of Smiles!


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2BMYOWN 3/16/2012 9:19PM

    Totally, totally awesome, Don. Life just don't get no better than that, does it? Kudos, sparky bud, I love hearing about your biking adventures, but I gotta be better about checking peoples' blogs, I'm always a day late and a dollar short. LOL

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EAGLES_WINGS 3/11/2012 4:01AM

    That is the way I feel about walking and of course I am so thrilled that I can do it. Nothing like the outdoors to perk you up. Glad you had an awesome time. emoticon

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ACTIVE_AT_60 3/9/2012 10:45PM

    Was planning on riding to work today - got to work and it started to snow .. then it was sunshine when I left in the pm. Can't win!!!

BTW when are listening to music - not when riding I hope!!!

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GIANNA345 3/9/2012 10:40PM

    I can relate. I feel that way about biking too. I can't say I just restarted, because I never really stopped, except for the month of February when I was injured (not bike related). Still, I feel the excitement. The days are getting longer, and the light really has an effect on me. The wind isn't as cold, and it really feels great to be outside again.

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SHIROIHANA 3/8/2012 6:53PM

    I know what you mean about having a late start to the year. I didn't run as much these past few months, but with spring quickly approaching, I see myself waking up again. Time to make 2012 a great year!

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JLITT62 3/8/2012 4:18PM

    Glad your biking season is off & "running", so to speak.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/8/2012 2:07PM

    Yeah for your first ride after a long winter, bet you felt fantastic. I feel the same way about running, it makes everything in my world complete so it's no wonder things are off kilter since my hip still giving me a fit. Many more smiles to come for the both of us.
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DAYHIKER 3/8/2012 11:54AM

    AWE. SOME. ! Glad you're back on the road that you love so much! emoticon

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HKARLSSON 3/8/2012 10:50AM

    Yay!!! Sounds like a great ride! emoticon

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LIVESTRONG2010 3/8/2012 10:02AM

    Sounds wonderful! Have a safe and fun riding season!

Ride Strong and Pedal Safe my cycling friend emoticon

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BLUE3505 3/8/2012 9:43AM

    Sounds like you had a great time. I know the exact feeling you're talking about. After a short absence from the bike you begin to wonder why you bother with it, but then as soon as you get back on, it all comes back to you.

As for the butt, yeah, that takes a few rides to toughen up...

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KA_JUN 3/8/2012 9:35AM

    Yeah! Sounds like we all got a bit of the heat in the mid-Atlantic, I saw everyone and their grandmother out riding, yesterday!

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TOOTHFUL99 3/8/2012 9:07AM

    So glad you finally got out there on your bike! I remember those days of waiting all winter. I would actually have biking dreams!

Now, you can go back to being a kid on a bike!

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JESPAH 3/8/2012 8:36AM

    No flats, no falls! W00t!

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FERRETLOVER1 3/8/2012 7:43AM

    Wonderful!! So glad the good weather came to you - hopefully you can do this again today!

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KAYZAKCX 3/8/2012 4:32AM

    Man, you've got me drooling. Can't wait for my first countryside ramble of the year.

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MEGA_MILES 3/7/2012 9:48PM

    Woohoo!! The hell with the words. None required. It's about the experience. Ride on.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 3/7/2012 9:04PM

    emoticon You go Don! And thanks for sharing some more great tunes! emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 3/7/2012 8:36PM

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BOBBYD31 3/7/2012 7:26PM

    good for you don, i have been hitting the roads for a while now (jan 33, feb 100 and 25 this month) only 10 today but is was beautiful out there. gotta get the buns of steel ready for a century

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WATERMELLEN 3/7/2012 7:16PM

    Happy New Year!!

There is just nothing like getting out in the fresh air for exercise . . . and I know how much you love your bike!

Thanks for your TUFFMUFFIN comment! He really is a terrific guy!

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Sunday @ the SparkHaven!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Since getting my stereo up & running in my workout room upstairs (what I like to refer to as my SparkHaven!) I've SO enjoyed my music while on my treadmill. Sundays seem to be my treadmill days lately as I want to save gas by not going back & forth to the fitness center.

Yesterday the snow was coming down in such huge flakes it was mesmerizing during my 'millwork to watch them blowing and swirling about.

Toward the end of my 60 minutes on the treadmill one of my favorite "pump me up" songs came on: La Fiesta! by Chick Corea & Return to Forever:


Here's another spirited rendition of La Fiesta offered by flamenco guitarist Tomatito in a duet with Dominican Republic pianist Michel Camilo:


It's a marathon 23 minutes long. After fast-forwarding through the noodling beginning things start to ramp up so I challenged myself. These days my treadmill pace has been 4-4.5 mph with an occasional few minutes at 5 mph for a short song. I decided I would wrap up my 'millwork with 18 minutes of sustained 5 mph...great push and a soggy, smiling mess when I finished! :-)

Is everyone in the northern lats getting excited? Especially those of us such as myself eagerly awaiting the arrival of daylight savings time next weekend?

After our cold blast of 12 degrees last night and tonight with highs in the 20's we are rocketing up to 50+ degrees this Weds. / Thurs.! I have a half day of comp time I'm hoping to parlay into some joyous outdoor cycling time perhaps on Thurs.? We'll see if the stars align properly...!

Off to strength training and Spinning class after work today. I'm hoping that these Spinning classes will put me a step ahead of re-acclimating myself to my bike again. Each spring I go through some niggling self-doubts about my cycling abilities as a few months off the bike leaves me feeling a bit of a stranger to my own bike! Shortly it will be time to blow through it and hit the road!

Have a great week everyone!


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2BMYOWN 3/16/2012 9:17PM

    Snow????? Isn't that a four letter word???? LMAO I get such a kick out of your tunes, Don! Thanx for being you!

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SASSYCHRIS1952 3/5/2012 9:08PM

    As always, very inspirational, great read!

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WATERMELLEN 3/5/2012 8:06PM

    Great way to motivate a great work out . . . and get into great shape for the spring cycling!!

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PUDLECRAZY 3/5/2012 4:26PM

    Sounds busy, productive, and fun!

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DAYHIKER 3/5/2012 3:35PM

    Love that "SparkHaven"! I have a love/hate relationship with my treadmill...wish it were out of the way half the year and adore it the other half! Glad you are gearing up for biking ahead of time! emoticon

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MYLADY4 3/5/2012 2:46PM

    Love my home gym to and cannot wait to be outside again after work.

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L*I*T*A* 3/5/2012 11:23AM

    wish i had a room for a treadmill...........
way to go!!!


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MEGA_MILES 3/5/2012 10:57AM

    I am so jealous!!!! It is supposed to be 60 - 65 Thursday. I have to work and won't be home till about 8:00PM.

I'll send you happy cycling vibes Thursday afternoon and you'll have to enjoy it for the best of us.

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VALERIEMAHA 3/5/2012 9:20AM

    You've empowered yourself by creative problem-solving and trouble-shooting and now you have an amazing space. Your positive Vibrations are fairly palpable, resonating ALL THE WAY to the mid-south...yeah, Don, I CAUGHT'EM!


Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
A happenin'

Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
(I'm pickin' up good vibrations)
It's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
Shea na na...

Na na na na na
Na na na
Na na na na na
Na na na
Do do do do do
Do do do
Do do do do do
Do do do
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JLITT62 3/5/2012 9:05AM

    Oh yeah, I'm glad thurs is a running day since it looks lime it might be the nicest day of the week! A lot of back & forth weather coming our way, tho.

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REDSHOES2011 3/5/2012 9:05AM

    emoticonget your bike ready and zoom out on it when the weather allows again!

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EAGLES_WINGS 3/5/2012 8:54AM

    I think Wed is supposed to be close to 50 degrees. I am hoping for a nice walk that day. Maybe you can log some bike miles in. If it doesn't rain ): . So, yes, looking forward to the evening light. Spring is on its way! Though the snow sure is pretty after a very light winter of snow this year but what a nice breather from last year, eh? We had mounds of it and it didn't quit. So, let's enjoy the moments and have a good day! emoticon

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    Awesome!! I wish I had a treadmill at home!

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Moving Forward While Cutting Back

Sunday, February 26, 2012

With gas prices rising so I've been cutting back a bit by passing up on the fitness center occasionally...especially on Sundays when I'd have to drive both ways. During the week the fitness center is less than a mile from where I work.

So...that means I've been reacquainting myself with my treadmill again. Dusting it off, getting a new stereo to replace my old receiver which blew a fuse ($85 just to bring the old one into the repair shop!) and clearing out more of the clutter which had gathered in my workout room. It's a struggle to "rehabilitate" what used to be strictly a "stuff" room!

It's been great to get those 4 speakers cookin' in each corner of the room!

My usual cardio at the fitness center is 30 mins. each on the elliptical and stationary bike...at least that's my usual when I'm not Spinning! My old treadmill was my first and long-standing cardio outlet. And I was able to really crank it up to some long sessions. I believe my longest was over 80 mins. with the incline at "10" and going between 4.5-5 mph.

I was surprised to find myself "feeling it" more on my old treadmill than my elliptical workouts at the fitness center! Back in my first times on the elliptical I remember THAT being harder than the treadmill. I guess it's getting used to another type of movement. Mixing it up!

Which is why even though I am not a fan of running / jogging, I DO like ramping up this time of year so that I'm ready to return to our local Binghamton Bridge Run in May:


We had a nice contingent of fellow local Sparkers running last year and I'm hoping we'll be pulling together again for more fun this year!

Today I managed to hold a 4.5 mph pace for 60 mins. which felt good. Makes me wonder about the difference in cardio benefit when one pours it on for 2 thirty min. sessions vs. one sixty min. session. I'm hoping to keep kicking it up a notch. Soon when the weather warms up enough I'll be commuting by bike to work (20 mile round trip) and stopping off on my way home to jog a 5K at Otsiningo Park as the treadmill is NO comparison to getting out there on the trails!

Getting back to the treadmill is sorta like getting back to my roots and what got me rolling back around the beginning of my journey toward living a Sparked life! It's been a little nostalgic and WAY cool to listen to my tunes LIVE, not on the headphones! :-)

Hope you all have had a super weekend and enjoy a great week ahead everybody!


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SHIROIHANA 2/28/2012 3:40PM

    WTG Don! I should learn to "rehabilitate" myself as well-- if I can't run outside, I don't run at all. (There's a treadmill in the gym in the building but I can't help but feel like a hamster going nowhere.)

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WATERMELLEN 2/27/2012 8:19PM

    Totally impressive back to the future!

You will be sooooo fit when biking season starts again!

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EAGLES_WINGS 2/27/2012 5:01PM

    Home is where the heart is. I just took a few walks this afternoon and have seriously felt great in the sunshine. Hope you were able to ride when you got home today. Marvelous day! emoticon

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DAYHIKER 2/27/2012 2:13PM

    It's a 15 mile round trip to a fitness center so my workouts are home based by necessity and I have been thankful for my old treadmill! I'd rather get out on the road but that's not always possible. Your rehabilitated room sounds great! Spring is not far away now! emoticon


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GIRANIMAL 2/27/2012 12:04PM

    Wow, your bike commute is twice as long as mine AND you just "stop for a little 5K" along the way? No WONDER you are so awesome! But dear Don, where do you find the time!? LOL

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JESPAH 2/27/2012 11:02AM

    You are awesome.

But you already knew that.

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JLITT62 2/27/2012 8:52AM

    I was telling Julie that I looked at the bridge run, but I would've had to start training like this weekend & I'm really not ready for that. Maybe next yr.

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BILL60 2/27/2012 8:48AM

    My home gym is in our garage. I have a little corner where I keep my pull-up bar and crunch strap. Also have a bench with dumbells underneath. That's all that I need.

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TOOTHFUL99 2/27/2012 7:57AM

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. It will be interesting seeing the changes people make as the price of gas increase.

I will probably start running more errands on my bike. Granted, I live 7 miles from the nearest post office and about 12 miles from the nearest bank. Club rides will decrease for me, too. I live 30 miles from Chattanooga, where most of the rides start. (Unless I lead them. I make them closer to my house!)

Your home gym sounds like its good to go. Now, you can turn your music up as loud as you want and no one will complain!

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VALERIEMAHA 2/27/2012 7:38AM


Rock on!

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FERRETLOVER1 2/27/2012 7:26AM


You go, Don!!!

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XENA1956 2/26/2012 11:48PM

    Great job on setting up the old gym. Sounds like you got use to the exercise at the gym. That old treadmill may kick up your weight loss again. I know how you feel about gas prices. I can at least walk to the gym I belong too. Just have been able to since I had the problem with my ankle. You are doing a great job very impressive 4.5 for 60 min.

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2BMYOWN 2/26/2012 10:14PM

    Awesome job, Don, kudos for 'getting back to your roots'! LOL Sounds like you have a busy, busy summer coming up. I can't even freaking fathom riding 20 miles on a bike....OMG. Have a sparklin' week, sparky bud!

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JOPAPGH 2/26/2012 10:12PM

    Sounds like a nice room. I have our basement set up with a TV, blu ray player, music inputs and center, left and right speakers. There is a treadmill and old bike on a rear wheel trainer for my exercising pleasure.

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PUDLECRAZY 2/26/2012 10:05PM

    It s much more fun to listen to music not on the headphones.

4.5 for 60 minutes - Woohoo!


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Sharing Guilty Pleasures from My MP3 Player

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Most folks who know me know that I can be a bit of of music snob. I love music and a wide range of music, but: if it doesn't grab me I make no bones about music that leaves me, well..."meh." There is music around that people can be raving about and I can listen to it and even appreciate what has gone into it, the musicianship, the heart & soul of the writer, performer...but in the end if it doesn't grab me I cannot react with anything but..."meh." A few artists out there I can really appreciate for their performances and how much they put themselves into their music would be Lady GaGa and Adele. But try as I may to listen to their music it just hasn't grabbed me.

So being the fussbudget I am it's tough for me to admit to these songs which are on my mp3 player. I mean...what is a song with lyrics like THESE doing pumping up my workout?

"Cuz we're gonna boogie oogie oogie
Till you just can't boogie no more" ....?!?!

But you know? Disco has left it's stamp and there are a few traces of it in me which, when I discovered health & wellness and working out my musical tastes began to morph and make room for music I once upon a time shook my head at. This is MOVING music! Time get up and BOOGIE!

A Taste of Honey: Boogie No More

Wild Cherry: Play That Funky Music

(most "white boys" have NO business trying to be funky, but these guys really do NAIL IT!)

Bee Gees: All that Saturday Night Fever stuff...You Should Be Dancin'

Lipps, Inc.: FunkyTown

And for the occasional chuckle I enjoy this one by Dr. John, not a workout tune...just fun travelin' down Nawlins way and hearing his creole soaked voice and clever, wise-cracking threats at the end of this honky-tonk tune:

How Come My Dog Don't Bark When You Come Around?

Anyone out there have some fun, silly music you like to listen to?

In other humdrum news, got the wood pellets moved to the porch...probably not a ton left after all, but a bunch. The nice part is that the two tons I got at the beginning of the heating season in October is STILL lasting...! Usually by December / January we've burned 'em up and have to go get more! So it's a pleasure to be still burning 'em and not need more just yet. Guess climate change has a few perks. Cross country skiing isn't one of them!

Sun was shining, still too cold for hopping on the bike (30 degrees) so I pulled out the poles and had a great walk / jog up through town & back. Nice to get my outdoor fix on this pretty decently laid back day!

SuperBowl's looking pretty close! I'm not for one or the other team really, just enjoy a close game!


PS...there is more of my particular mix of jazz, world, folk & new age music here:

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JOPAPGH 2/26/2012 10:08PM

    Average White Band: "Cut the Cake" & "Pick Up the Pieces"

Finest in white boy Scottish funk.

And Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" does work for me when exercising

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HEARTOLOVE 2/13/2012 12:02PM

    Love the Why don't my dog bark song.
My favorite ol' silly song from the past.


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    Hey, Don. Coming by to catch up and thank you for encouraging me by coming by my blog. So cool to see some of the songs you enjoy when you are out and about. I'm kinda glad to be missing the NY cold - we have a cool day today after much needed rains.

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REDSHOES2011 2/11/2012 10:28PM

    Love the why don't my dog bark lol..

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2BMYOWN 2/11/2012 3:19PM

    Thanx for posting this, Don!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/10/2012 8:51AM

    Thanks for sharing your personal secrets in music. Funny that I have the BeeGees collection too. I have mostly 80's music from all genres... I let the music decide my momentum for my running...slow and easy or hit it hard, music is the spice of life.

I can totally see you peddling to Play that Funky Music.
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Enjoy your weekend.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 2/7/2012 6:53AM

    I love the above tunes you posted! Heck, who doesn't! Here's a silly tune I download (and still have the 45 to). Enjoy! Here's the link:

For some odd reason, it didn't hyperlink, sorry. You will have to cut and paste

Comment edited on: 2/7/2012 6:56:31 AM

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JLITT62 2/7/2012 5:05AM

    I don't think it's climate change - just look at last yr

I'm not a music snob; I like pop music, including Lady Gaga - altho I have to agree on Adele - she is incredibly talented but she doesn't grab me. Taste in art, in any form, is very personal!

Let's see, I like Wham!, even if it isn't on my MP3 player.

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SUNONMAPLES 2/6/2012 7:50PM

  Those are terrific workout songs! I love most anything from Cher! I'm sure she is my guilty pleasure, my husband likes to rib me about her! The "Believe" album has some good stuff -- "Believe," the title song, and "Taxi, Taxi" are up-tempo. Plus I really like hearing her sing in Italian, like "D'ove L'amore" (I am sure I just slaughtered that bit of Italian, I don't know the language!!). I'm a very big fan of girl-singer songs for working out, I guess. I like Gloria Estefan and Madonna for this, too!

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GIRANIMAL 2/6/2012 5:58PM

    *crooning* "Won't you take me to...Funky Town!"

I don't really remember disco, but I have loved that particular song since I was a little bitty kid! To me, that makes it a classic. emoticon

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JESPAH 2/6/2012 11:25AM

    Most of what I listen to is poppy and junky and silly. Well, you hear the stuff I put in my blogs. The whole thing is a playlist. It is now a very LONG playlist. :)

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SHIROIHANA 2/6/2012 9:21AM

    "Anyone out there have some fun, silly music you like to listen to?"

There is one song in my mp3 that I play whenever I feel silly...
B52's Rock Lobster!

As far as fun, Devo's Whip It is a fun song to listen to...

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    I LOVE Funkytown.

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FITFRIT 2/5/2012 11:34PM

    Love it! going to have to go looking for some of those tunes myself. I like variety, especially when I am working out. Thanks for the info!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/5/2012 8:00PM

    I've got a few "guilty secrets" on my MP3 as well, but I'm not brave enough to 'fess up! I'll have to check out the Dr. John tune; I don't believe I've heard that before.

Enjoy the Super Bowl; I'm just watching for the commercials....

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Shoulda Moved The Ton!

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Great day today! Up & at 'em, off to the fitness center, there by 9 a.m. and got my 1/2 hour of strength training in before my hour-long Spinning Class.

Spinning was even MORE awesome than usual as it seemed the instructor's playlist of songs were lifted right from my own mp3 player! At least from the classic rock portion of my mp3 player. Great tunes from Queen, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, others and Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run which almost ALWAYS pushes me up a notch or two or three beyond whatever I might be doing at the time. Which happened to be a standing climb with the resistance cranked way up...didn't matter: pedal to the metal time! Whew! Great workout!

Next pleasure up? Heading uptown to join my fellow social workers (mostly, one HR fellow too) for lunch at our local health food restaurant, the Whole in the Wall:


They had been badly flooded out during our deluge back last fall, so it felt nice to have the eight of us bringing them a little extra business by eating at a local establishment rather than a big chain of some sort. LOTS of yummy, healthy food there too!

Although I hadn't planned it this way when I chose this restaurant, earlier in the morning I thought: Hmm...it's only a couple miles away (actually closer, but I decided to add a little distance), so why not leave my car at the fitness center and pull out the Nordic poles and walk / jog there?

We had a lovely lunch catching up with each other! Who'da thunk it, social workers actually being SOCIAL?!? Go figure! :-) This was the first time some of us had laid eyes on each other in decades!

Folks were curious about my poles so I gave a little demonstration after lunch and then I was OFF, back to my car!

On the way home I got to thinking...hmm...our 1st ton of pellets on the porch have been used up, mebbe better move the other ton of forty pound bags from around the side of the house to the front porch, since it was sunny and mid-30s.

But after talking with DW I decided that there was too much laundry, housework and cooking to do that I would rather get out of the way today than tomorrow. So I started in around 2 pm.

Shoulda moved the ton. Would've been way easier! Ah well, they'll wait for tomorrow...weather is supposed to be equally pleasant.

Didn't finish up everything in the house until 9 pm. Non-stop up and running around doing one thing or another...oof! Finally settling in for a bit of cyber time and crossing my fingers that tomorrow morning will be one of those rare mornings when I'm WAY successful in sleeping in! :-)

Very fulfilling and rewarding day filled with time well, well spent!

If you've got some old friends, family and/or colleagues with whom you've lost contact I HIGHLY recommend you see what you can do to spirit them up and re-connect. It is SO WORTH THE EFFORT!

Hope all is well with my SparkFamily this weekend!


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2BMYOWN 2/11/2012 3:10PM

    Love the artists, but then ya know I **cut my teeth** on Led Zeppelin, still got their album sitting in my bureau. LMAO And the Rolling Stones...and the Beatles.....and Jimi Hendrix.....and Janis Joplin.....need I go on? LOL Wow....laundry, cooking, cleaning.....can I clone a female version of you to take home with me???? Oh wait..... I could never keep up with her....or you! LOL Kudos for having such an awesome meet up with your buds!

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MYLADY4 2/5/2012 12:30PM

    Music makes all the difference. Glad you had a great day.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 2/5/2012 10:49AM

    This blog is truly inspiring! Who DOESN'T like that music! emoticon emoticon Keep up the good work, glad you had a great day emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 2/5/2012 9:29AM

    Sounds like a fabulous day!

You are so right; it is important to stay in touch with family and friends. Just a call or a card can, any way to reconnect can change a day... a life.

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FERRETLOVER1 2/5/2012 9:24AM

    Sounds like you really had a great & productive day. It's always so great to connect & re-connect with current & old friends!

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L*I*T*A* 2/5/2012 8:10AM

    sounds like a very fruitful day all around...
enjoy your Sunday too....
cool idea to use your pools to walk instead of driving!!!
blessings and hugs.........lita

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SHIROIHANA 2/5/2012 6:49AM

    Wow! Great blog! I remember taking a spinning class where the sub instructor played my kind of music and I got an extra burst of energy. So I know what you mean! Do you also like Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf? That was one of the first songs on my Sansa. I used to have Kashmir but played it so much that it's on my reserve folder when it's time to switch to a different set of songs. Do you also listen to Hendrix? He also has lots of great songs to run to.

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VALERIEMAHA 2/4/2012 11:32PM

    What a spirited and wonderful story. All-in-all a great day! I'm so glad...you need a few'a those here and there to help push through bleaker times.

Whole in the Wall sounds like the perfect place for old friends to gather too!

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WATERMELLEN 2/4/2012 11:22PM

    Wow! Sounds like good times! I've been mostly moving office today -- started at 8 am, finished at 10 pm. Should be good to go on Monday . . . computer's humming, files all put away!!

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