Sunday, November 04, 2012
To day was a travel day. We got our stuff packed up and out to the car early, had breakfast at the restaurant (egg white omelette with goat cheese, spinach and mushrooms), and headed over tot he meeting room. She(WMBO) was there in Phoenix for a Summit of employees, consultants, ans clients. Her boss, their CEO, and the company namesake was giving a lecture (which is part of what he does) called Going from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Some good stuff that I may try to share here over the next couple of weeks once my binder gets home. We had it shipped with a bunch of other folders She had sent home.
One of the things I hate about travel is eating. Not just eating in restaurants. That bugs me because I am not in control and yet at the same time, I want to be as "normal" as I can. I don;t want to be a drama queen about my food.
The airport s a whole other thing. So few good choices. And the conference center was a veritable mine field. There was fruit, but there was also granola, and muffins, and peanuts, and a whole host of things that have a false halo of healthy eating attached to them.
And I had some of them. At first I felt guilty. Then I thought ... you know, generally I eat very well, as in the correct thing. And I know the difference, so I know how I will get back into control in the coming days and weeks. Understanding what is happening is way better, I think, than just stuffing my face.
We got to LA this evening and we wen to the haunted house where Mike is working. I was duly impressed. And people who knew him pulled us aside to tell us what a great guy he is. I knew that, but it was nice to hear it from the people he has gotten to know here in LA.
Also, I saw a lot of people She works with in Phoenix who I have not seen in five years or more. It's nice to hear the compliments on my weight loss/regained health. I liked it.
Saturday, November 03, 2012
I must keep it short tonight, as I am really tired, sleepy, from a bad night last night.
They cancelled the NYC Marathon. I think that is a good idea. I don't think the runners were being insensitive. I think the Mayor and NYRR were being tone deaf. But the runners would have been doing what runners do, run. They paid their money, rented their hotel rooms, etc. (Rumors of hotels evicting storm victims in favor of marathoners are just that: rumors. I Google the issue every whichg way but Sunday, then I Google Sunday too and all I found was hoteliers *refusing* to evict victims. So my guess is it was a rumor, maybe with some scintilla of truth, maybe one hotel doing it, and it became an urban legend.) They just wanted to run. But as word spread and rumors spread and frustration and anger spread, it became, in my opinion very possible that some victims might lash out against a runner. Police would not be able to ensure safety of the runners. Best to cancel.
Sometimes, "it looks bad" is a good reason.
NBA Knicks, NBA Nets, NFL Giants, and Bette Midler's Hollyweird friends, they are or were safe behind walls. Somehow no one thinks it's insensitive for them to go about life as usual, but runners? Tsk Tsk Tsk.
Friday, November 02, 2012
There seems to be some controversy brewing about the NYC Marathon on Sunday.
"Amid intensifying criticism, New York Road Runners continued Thursday to prepare for the New York City Marathon with an abbreviated schedule of events leading to the race. "
Lots of outrage about the NYC Marathon being run on Sunday. Maybe deserved, maybe not. Maybe not because I don't see outrage over Nicks, Nets, and Giants playing their games.
And then there is this: tinyurl.com/d257ll8
Headline in the Daily Mail Online: C'est la vie! Bette Midler celebrates Halloween with extravagant French themed party in New York, despite Hurricane Sandy destruction
Maybe if the outrage were equally placed it would have more impact.
Should it be run or not?
I say: Yes, but every runner should be given a work card and gloves at the start line. Runners should run from work station to work station completing an assigned clean up task. Their card would be validated by a race marshall before they could go to the next station. The winner would not be the first across the line. It would be the first across the line who has completed the most clean up stations on the card. 45,000 athletes could do a lot of work.
Friday, November 02, 2012
Here we are in sunny Phoenix. It is pleasantly warm. And the hotel we are at is quite swanky. It is the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. Look it up. Nicitey nice nice. It's work so work is paying for it.
We are in a Villa. It is more like a condo with a nice comfortable king size bed, a living room, kitchen walk-in, and balcony. Outside in the court yard is an Olympic size pool! I was able to get in 1000 meters after dinner tonight. Nice!
I packed expecting your standard hotel pool and did not pack trunks. So to remedy that, we walked 2 miles over to the Biltmore Fashion Center and went to Macy's where I remedied that situation. Yes, November 1 and they still had trunks. Nice!
We also visited the Apple store in the shopping center and so many new gadgets for my iPhone and iPad. Camera accessories. A blood pressure cuff. A Bluetooth scale. A thing for my bike so I can make my phone a bike computer. A console for the iPad that make it play like and Atari arcade game. So much stuff. So exciting. I felt the need to have a cigarette and go to sleep when we left. Nice!
After that walk while She(WMBO) checked into the Spa for a massage, I went running along the Arizona Canal Trail. Very Flat, but even on November 1, it got hot here. So I kept it slow, watching my heart rate. Sill I got in 4.9 miles in 55 minutes and arrived back at the room at exactly the same time She was returning from her Massage. Nice.
Finally dinner was a company affair and I managed to eat only enough to be satisfied. And I was very careful on the desserts. I took the cheese cake and I only had two small bites of it. It was delicious, but honestly, I wanted the pleasure of its flavor, not a second meal. Nice!
Tomorrow we have a thing and even though I am not an employe, I am expected to go. "If I have to sit through all these seminars, so do you." Ok. I suppose I can sacrifice for a day. I will just have to suffer. But if it's the payment I must make to stay in thisplace, I would consider it ... Nice!
Thursday, November 01, 2012
I was sent this by a Facebook friend:
So I'm at Wal-Mart buying a bag of Purina dog food for my dog. While in the check-out line, a woman behind me asked if I had a dog.
Why else would I be buying dog food, RIGHT???
So on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again, and that I probably shouldn't because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in intensive care with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.
I told her that it was essentially a Perfect Diet and all you do is load your pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.)
Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff a poodle's butt and a car hit me.
I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard. Better watch what you ask me and be prepared for my answer. I have all the time in the world to think of crazy things to say.
I was at the airport when I read this. I laughed so loud people at the next gate looked at me.
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