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Yet One MORE Sunny Day for Easter!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Got out to one of our local parks, did a nice ride about town...tried a new route which I created as I went along by traveling a long, "no left turn" loop...hate left I am super cautious around intersections and invariably stop, get off the bike and walk across the intersection. So no left turns = uninterrupted riding joy!

Then took a water break and picked up the Nordic poles for some NICE stepping, jogging along at times. Couple of stand-out tunes including 4 on 6 by Lee Ritenour, a great tribute to Wes Montgomery, the father of jazz guitar, in my opinion...great MOVIN' song!

Here's Lee:

Here's Wes:

Another of my favorites REALLY pumped me up...Springsteen's Rosalita:

Wish I would run into some other folks using Nordic poles...have YET to see this happen...! I get some STRANGE looks at times, some approving "thumbs up" looks at others.

On a more sober note, came across this article about the mythical side of American holidays, talking initially about egg farms and what they are REALLY like, juxtaposed against the White House egg roll. The article later quotes Michael Pollin from "Omnivore's Dilemma" re: the McNugget:

"Of the thirty-eight ingredients it takes to make a McNugget, I counted thirteen that can be derived from corn", starting with the corn-fed chicken itself ... According to the handout, McNuggets also contain several completely synthetic ingredients, quasiedible substances that ultimately come not from a corn or soybean field but from a petroleum refinery or chemical plant ... But perhaps the most alarming ingredient in a Chicken McNugget is tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ, an antioxidant derived from petroleum that is either sprayed directly on the nugget or the inside of the box it comes in to 'help preserve freshness.' According to A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives, TBHQ is a form of butane (i.e., lighter fluid) the FDA allows processors to use sparingly in our food: it can comprise no more than 0.02 percent of the oil in a nugget. Which is probably just as well, considering that ingesting a single gram of TBHQ can cause 'nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse.' Ingesting five grams of TBHQ can kill."

The entire article can be found here:

Sobering food for thought...!

Keep Sparking out there everyone!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ZELLAZM 4/9/2010 1:29PM

    Don, you're going to see more Nordic walkers one of these days - it's contagious, kind of like SP.

Have a great weekend!

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SVELTINGTON 4/6/2010 6:36PM

    I am proud to report that McNugget's and most of McD's stuff was not on my previous list of eats. I have always been wary of "coated" fast food.
Thanks for the links to the great jazz!

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XENA1956 4/5/2010 10:16PM

    My kids never really like Micky D's so they did not eat their Chicket Nuggets very often. Now really glad. Once again thanks for the great info. about the Nordic poles. Still saving up for some. Teri PS I really love Jazz too. Reminds me a bit of Chick Corea

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PISTL67 4/5/2010 8:31PM

    it's a shame they can't put more food in fast food. it's all about the profit. emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/5/2010 11:58AM more mcnuggets for me kids.....EVER! Scary stuff.

On a happy note, I loved your route, I do some similar planning with my runs, I try to make them as easy as I can as far as intersections and what not.

Hopefully one day you will get to run into another Nordic Pole user. These days I welcome strange looks, means I must be really sparking hard. emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 4/5/2010 6:48AM

    I love your "no left turn" route - right turns are so much safer!!


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L*I*T*A* 4/4/2010 11:40PM

    where i live there are lots of people who are using these nordic first i thought i was the only one and it seemed suddenly there were many++++
wishing all the blessings of the Easter season...
blessings and hugs...........lita

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JCORYCMA 4/4/2010 11:40PM

    Wow. Thanks for the thought provoking information and link. It's sad to think that the McNugget comprises a large part of many kids diets these days. I enjoyed the jazz links too. Lee Rittenour is one of my favorites - do you ever listen to Fourplay?

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