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Saturday, March 02, 2013

Coheed and Cambria with partial credit for the blog title inspiration tonight

with the other part going to Iron Maiden

Not anything earthshaking, just that I finally went a full mile jogging, on Friday night. Took me 10:32, and I did a second mile (3W/6R/3W) afterwards in 14:08. Not sure what was different yesterday, except perhaps the fact I started jogging first thing upon getting to the gym, rather than after playing something else. An ankle whined about it during, and a knee wasn't happy when messing with the leg press machine afterwards. But that's a minor barrier breached.

Spending the weekend at my brother's house, chasing the nephew. That's the fun part. Getting up here was a bit of a different story, one detour leading to me somehow losing a highway. The sad part is that I've done it before, getting dumped onto Gratiot Avenue in Detroit rather than continuing up I-75. Still have no idea how I managed to do it. Ended up traveling through the city instead of backtracking, and that was depressing, what with the abandoned houses and downtrodden storefronts telling the city's sad tale. Eventually, I got to the I-94 junction...and chose the wrong direction, going east rather than west back towards I-75. That led to more detouring, as I eventually jumped on I 696 west, in an effort to get back to I-75. Unfortunately, I'd been listening to music rather than a station that gave traffic updates, because that meant I didn't know that particular highway was closed a couple of miles before my desired exit, due to a guy jumping off an overpass and getting hit by traffic. When they finally opened two lanes of the highway, as we passed by the phalanx of cops still in the two right lanes, there was a figure on the side of the road, with one naked leg, from about mid-thigh down, sticking out from beneath a sheet. Might be seeing that one in a dream tonight.

That aside, it's been a pretty good day. The nephew's worth many smiles, and hey, my brother and sister-in-law are pretty cool, too. Came out here early-ish, so I didn't make it to the gym, but definitely burned a couple of calories chasing after the kid. About to try and put together an exercise bike my brother bought, wish us the luck to not lose any screws!
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    Better than calling it "justice in murder" and being inspired to do just that... ;)
    1840 days ago
    Wow. Hope you are OK. I saw an amazing film about Detroit and was in awe. I live in Bristol, UK which has it's fair share of empty office blocks and abandoned buildings but it hardly compares. I once called the emergency services because some lunatic was hanging off a bridge over the motorway and I was driving with 2 young children in the car. They closed the whole route for hours creating tailbacks for miles and miles but they managed to talk him down. I was quite shaken up. Imagine if he had jumped under my car! So sad but also what a selfish way to go. xx
    1841 days ago
  • PRIZM96
    Good Lord! Now I think *I'm* going to be seeing that in a nightmare! How crazy!

    Oh yeah! And great job on the jogging! :-)
    1841 days ago
    Great job on the jogging!!! That is pretty darn quick!!! Sorry about the traffic mishaps!
    1841 days ago
    glad you had a good time with family..... sorry about the guy for a whole bunch of reasons ... why and HIS family.
    1842 days ago
    I think 10:32 is no longer considered jogging. You go with that running thing.. yay, you!

    PS. I enjoyed driving around Ann Arbor/Detroit. Traffic jams very special for such a sparsely populated state. I kid. But no. Not really.... what is with the traffic in Ann Arbor???

    PPS. Coheed and Cambria = nice!
    1844 days ago
    glad you had a good time!
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