IPA-RAY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IPA%2DRAY IPA-RAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ I'm an Uber driver. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291615 Being mostly retired, I found myself with some spare time. A friend suggested I consider being an Uber driver. I signed up and I love it! After 3 weeks, here are some thoughts: <BR> <BR> 1. Unless you plan to drive until 3:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, you are not likely to make much money. But if you just want to pick up a couple hundred a week, it is easily done. <BR> 2. You can meet many interesting people. <BR> 3. It is safer than driving a cab because Uber drivers have no cash ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 00:42:26 EST A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is the best book I read this year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253509 <em>149</em> I read a lot of books. Prior to my retirement from full time work, I was reading about 75 books a year. This was due in part to my spending almost 2 hours a day on a trolley going to and from work. And partly because reading help relieve work stress. <BR> <BR> I still probably read a book a week. The best book I've read this year is "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman. It is a funny, charming, touching story about a curmudgeon with staunch principles, strict routines, and a... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:21:30 EST Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249571 On October 2, I ran the Smuttynose Rockfest half marathon in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. I had heard that the course is flat and scenic, that there is a rock band that plays during and after the race, and that there would be beer, chowder, and a lobster roll at the finish. <em>224</em> Friends of my wife, who are now also friends of mine, let us stay at there house the night on October 1 and 2 and rode us to and from the race. My wife ran the 5K that starts with the half marathon. <BR> ... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:13:50 EST I turned 66 today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248995 Happy birthday to me! <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> I am mostly retired, working about a day and a half a week. <BR> <BR> I am in decent shape having just run a half marathon in 1:50:19 but I plan to get fitter and faster. I would like to be at least 15 pounds lighter. With the help of Sparkpeople, <em>521</em> Sun, 9 Oct 2016 20:23:52 EST VIRTUAL WALKING4FUN TEAM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163228 I did the virtual Walk Across America a couple times before that site shut down. That government site is back up but I joined this team which links to a number of virtual walks all over the world. It looks like a great team so I'm getting the word out with this short blog. <BR> <em>311</em> <em>57</em> <BR> <em>36</em> Sun, 15 May 2016 07:04:14 EST After 9 months, a new blog. So much has happened. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113627 While I have checked in on Spark, I have really not been active. That may explain why my weight is up and not budging. Six of the main events: <BR> <BR> 1. My father died. <em>39</em> Not too tragic as he was almost 94 years old. Very impressive military burial ceremony befitting a past state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. <BR> <BR> 2. My niece Bethany had triplets. <em>77</em> <em>170</em> Two are healthy, one is struggling. <BR> <BR> 3. I retired from full time emp... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 16:16:29 EST Lucky day today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940722 <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Good 9.4 mile run today and my Mullins Saturday group decided that I could choose the route. The loop will hereafter be called "Ray's loop." <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Went to Fleet Feet sports to pick up Pirate tickets that I won. <BR> <em>300</em> <BR> <BR> I needed a new hand held water bottle and they didn't have any like the one I was replacing until someone found one in a "Demo" box. He didn't know what to charge so asked the owner. The owner said to giv... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 13:49:22 EST So I ran a 10K Saturday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937917 In Beaver, PA. Race started at 9:00 and it was cloudy at the start. Only at the start. <em>67</em> By mile 1, it was hot and sunny. <em>259</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> There were no mile marks or splits and I did not have a GPS watch so I was never sure of my pace. I basically lined up next to a cute young blonde and chased her for the first of the 2 5K laps which the 10K course had. <em>57</em> <em>344</em> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> We had talked briefly at the start line ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 13:31:28 EST 5 observations from my Pittsburgh Marathon aid station. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922914 <em>57</em> <em>363</em> <em>185</em> <BR> 1. Runners, including marathon runners, come in all ages, shapes, sexes, and sizes with as varied a gait as could possibly be imagined. At the 19.9 mile mark, I saw runners who looked barely fit enough to be watching the race from a couch go by at a 6 minute mile pace. And runners who looked like Olympians go by at a 12 minute mile pace. <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> <BR> 2. I've never seen so many men with very muscular chests running a marath... Tue, 5 May 2015 08:35:55 EST Good day running and biking today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917998 <em>57</em> <BR> I ran 5.2 miles this morning which is not very far but I finished strong and my legs, which felt stiff for my entire 7 miles yesterday, felt normal and even a bit strong today. <BR> <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, it snowed. <em>444</em> <em>42</em> <BR> Today it was 57 degrees and mostly <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> So I got out a bike for the first time this year and rode 13.2 miles at a better than expected pace. <BR> <em>332</em> <em>48</em> <BR> <BR... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:45:31 EST "Obesity runs in my family" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912809 When I was looking at the scale this morning (of course, no change after 1 day), I was thinking of a cartoon I saw last year. A woman is in a doctor's office and she says to the doctor, "The problem is that obesity runs in my family." The doctor replies, "The problem is that nobody runs in your family." <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Obesity runs in my family. I lost a sister for "complications related to obesity" which seemed too vague an autopsy report for me but my parents accepted it. O... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:31:02 EST "You don't need to lose any weight." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912337 <em>198</em> <BR> This is my least favorite quote right now. And I hear it a lot now that I am trying to lose weight. My weight is higher than it has been in a couple years and I DO NEED to lose weight. I am an athlete. I used to be a very good athlete. An Ironman. A runner who ran 10 miles in 58:48 and could break 5:00 in the mile as a 40+ year old. I am not going to do another Ironman and I am never going to run that fast again. I'm okay with that. I am not okay with walking rather than ... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:01:01 EST Dream big. Work hard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705962 That is my motto for my training for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 19. <BR> <em>57</em> <em>522</em> <em>521</em> Thu, 29 May 2014 10:52:36 EST I can't believe I haven't blogged in 2 months! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672249 <em>198</em> <BR> I guess that is because of how busy I have been at work. <BR> <BR> I'm in a transition phase. Only 1 race planned before the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 19. I want to start my training for that race with a better base than I've had for any recent race. I got slightly over 150 miles of running last month and expect the same this month. <BR> <em>57</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I plan to improve the quality of April's 150 miles. Maybe even start speed work... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:24:54 EST Sedona Marathon report. Great pictures. Not so great story. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613715 <em>57</em> <BR> Saturday, February 1, 2014, I was in Sedona, Arizona to run the marathon in support of a nephew who was running his first. There were four of us running, my wife, my nephew, and his girlfriend were entered in the marathon. <BR> <em>522</em> <BR> <BR> The plan was to run, not race, the marathon. Initially, I planned to run at a pace of around 9:15 per mile. But since one of my training partners recently ran 13 miles under 9:00 pace, I felt compelled to run the first h... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 08:28:37 EST 2013 was good, 2014 will be great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579676 That's my story and I'm sticking to it! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I had some good race results in 2013, some nice vacations including 2 bike trips, and got my skin cancer taken care off. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> What I did not have are 12 injury free months. And any weight loss, except maybe 3 pounds. <BR> <em>273</em> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> In adding up my bike, run, walk mileage for 2103, I was not happy to be reminded that my mileage for February was: 11 miles biked, ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:57:18 EST December goals for year's totals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555758 I added up my cycling, running, and walking miles to see what round number totals I could make for 2013. It was easier than I expected and 2 of the goals should be no problem. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <BR> I have 975 miles. 25 more will give me 1,000. Not too much for real bikers but the most I've had in a long time. <BR> <BR> <em>57</em> <BR> I have 1152.2 miles. 147.8 will give me 1,300. This might be optimistic due to an unplanned surgery on my chest yesterday. 100 will give me a t... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 08:43:58 EST Today's words of wisdom. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551337 I'm reading Holy Orders by Benjamin Black and the main detective in the story was given this advice in training: "Never jump to conclusions about a person until you know all the facts about him -- and the fact is, you'll never know all the facts." <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:55:57 EST 2013 road race report. 5 races, 4 awards. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546787 I haven't been running many road races so I decided to run a few in 2013. I ran 5 and won an age group in 4 of them. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Here is a report: <BR> <BR> 4/21/13 Burgh’s 10K <BR> 2nd 60-69, top 15% overall. 47:43 (7:41 pace) <BR> Started slow and felt unsure of what pace to attempt. Satisfied with result. <BR> <BR> 6/01/13 Run for Alex 5 mile <BR> 2nd 60-64, top 27% overall. 41:07 (8:13 pace) <BR> Very hot with some very tough hills. I walked on one! Next year, I wi... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:37:15 EST Don't forget the sunscreen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529328 <em>67</em> <BR> I love running in the heat of summer with no shirt (when my weight is under 190) or a light shirt (when it is not) and almost never wear sunscreen. But I will be using this blog as a memo to myself to wear sunscreen in the future. Why? You may have guessed already. <BR> <BR> <em>282</em> <BR> I had surgery for skin cancer Wednesday. <BR> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> But I'm pleased to report that all of the cancer cells were successfully removed. <BR> ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 14:06:35 EST October goals: some met, some not. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528162 <em>332</em> <BR> Biking: Goal was 400 miles, biked 403.2. <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> Walking. Goal was 31 miles, walked 42.5. <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> <em>57</em> <BR> Running. Goal was 140 miles, ran 108.3. <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> <em>11</em> <BR> Weight. Goal was to lose 4 pounds, lost 2. <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> Overall <em>244</em> but less than <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I set some pretty high goals and did okay. This was the most bike miles I'v... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:33:02 EST Biking from Pittsburgh to D.C. 10 pictures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523001 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l428065872.jpg"> <BR> Saying goodbye to the duck at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l202773978.jpg"> <BR> One of the highlights of the GAP trail is going through the well lit Big Savage Tunnel at the Eastern Continental Divide. 23 miles of downhill to Cumberland await you. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l743598273.jpg"> <BR> In Cumberland, th... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:04:49 EST My bike trip from Pittsburgh to D.C. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515910 I did it! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Total miles of approximately 356. Three days of <em>257</em> but more like torrential downpours. <BR> <BR> I hope to post some pictures over the weekend. Might break it up into a few blogs showing the changes along the way. There were some pretty boring stretches but many very pretty stretches. Interesting people and places along the way. I will definitely ride parts of it again. On a clear, or at least dry, day. <BR> <BR> The train back was nice bu... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:35:35 EST There is one main thing I want for my birthday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508742 A win by the Pittsburgh Pirates this evening! <BR> <BR> <em>60</em> <em>300</em> <BR> <BR> Go Bucs! Wed, 9 Oct 2013 09:02:03 EST There's a 40 foot duck in Pittsburgh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507821 Sitting at Point State Park where the 3 rivers meet. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l731923522.jpg"> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 10:04:38 EST Lots of exercise this weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506212 Saturday: <BR> <em>57</em> Ran 9 easy miles in the morning. <BR> <em>332</em> Biked 18 miles in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> Run was shorter and slower than planned as my running companion was tired. Bike was nice except for a ton of gnats brought out by the humidity. <BR> <BR> Sunday: <BR> <em>57</em> Ran 12.6 miles in the morning. About 9:00 pace for half then ran with different people at a slower pace for the second half. Very humid but nice people to run with. <BR> <em>332</em> ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 18:02:49 EST Today's lunchtime run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504501 <em>57</em> <BR> Planned a new route from my office in Pittsburgh which I figured would be around 6 miles. Decided to start by going up what I call "Flag Hill" as it goes past a Flag Plaza into the Hill District. The last time I ran up this hill, it was about 12 miles into a 15 mile run and I had to walk a bit. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Ever since i ran/hiked most of the way up Pike's Peak last month, no hill seems steep to me so I was determined not to walk this time. It also help... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 14:36:44 EST October goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503274 <em>57</em> Run 140 miles with some speed work. <BR> <BR> <em>108</em> Bike 400 miles. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Walk 31 miles. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Lose 4 pounds. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:49:56 EST Biking from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502593 <em>108</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Later this month, I'll be biking from Point State Park in Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. I'm hoping the leaves will be colorful along the way and that the government shut-down will not create problems on the trip. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I was planning to ride in Cuyahoga National Park Saturday but found out yesterday that it is closed. I guess the word "National" should have tipped me off. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I wonder if 5 days o... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:55:00 EST Quote of the day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501171 I've not been active on Sparkpeople for a long time but am back for October, at least. I will be posting some blogs and possibly rejoining some teams. I thought I'd start with this quote. <BR> <BR> “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” <BR> <BR> ¯ John Len... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 08:54:05 EST Puns for Educated Minds. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379307 I haven't posted anything in a long time. This is too good not to pass on. <BR> <BR> 1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi. <BR> <BR> 2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian. <BR> <BR> 3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still. <BR> <BR> 4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption. <BR... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:30:34 EST My new tracking calendar. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199215 <em>282</em> <em>57</em> <em>30</em> <BR> First, I would like to let everyone know that my cold is finally going away. I was able to run a bit over 6 miles last evening, stopping only twice to cough. And it was not a doubled over hacking cough. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> I get a lot of calendars every year from various charities I either contribute to, or once may have contributed to. Most of them are thrown away. This year, in line with my resolutions, I am... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 17:45:11 EST The unfortunate irony of my last blog post. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192723 <em>24</em> <BR> The Ray referred to in the article was Ray Graham, a running back for the University of Pittsburgh who was scheduled to play in his last game as a Panther yesterday. <BR> <BR> <em>282</em> <em>273</em> <BR> Unfortunately for that Ray, he has an injured hamstring and was not able to play. Unfortunately for this Ray, I am suffering from what might be the worst cold of my life. So the running back Ray didn't run at all yesterday and the runner Ray barely made it throug... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:51:14 EST It was in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette so the word is out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189618 I saw this on the first sports page of yesterday's paper: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2071239555.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They may not have been referring to IPA Ray, but I'm claiming it! <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 08:48:00 EST Resolutions and goals for 2013. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185667 I have 5 resolutions which are fairly simple and obtainable. And 5 goals which aren't all as easy. <BR> <BR> RESOLUTIONS: <BR> <BR> 1. Take a multi-vitamin daily. So simple but I hate taking pills and this is like taking a pill. <BR> 2. Don't forget to floss. Those extra seconds in the morning can be found! <BR> 3. Eat fewer muffins. I eat too many. They don't seem to be hurting my cholesterol (175 when I donated blood last month) but can't be helping my weight loss effort. <BR> 4. Appreci... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:20:41 EST Mileage totals for 2012. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181874 <em>108</em> <BR> 800.5 miles biking. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> 475 miles walking. <BR> <BR> <em>57</em> <BR> 1252.3 running. <BR> <BR> I don't believe that I set mileage goals for 2012 but will use these to set goals for 2013. I'm considering running 2 miles this afternoon to give me 125 for December. I'm also considering being satisfied with 123 for the month. That will make it a tad easier to do better in December, 2013. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> For good measure, <... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:09:35 EST Sparkpeople may be free because of ads, but c'mon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159025 <em>24</em> <BR> I have found recently that if I am unable to spin the Sparkwheel because a cell phone lacks flash, I will be awarded "1 points" which is a number lower than any that is even an option when I spin the wheel on my desktop. I'm sure that is because I was not able to be shown an ad or two while the wheel was spinning. I'm okay with that. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> What has me writing this blog is that I just read a Health article which had some words highlighted in blue a... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 08:41:15 EST I survived yoga! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148131 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I can do these: <BR> <em>413</em> <em>414</em> <em>417</em> <em>401</em> <em>403</em> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I am sore today but happy that the 75 minute class went well last evening. I actually plan to practice before next Monday's class. This morning I saw a YouTube video that has me even more psyched. I can't post the link because access to YouTube is denied at work but search "The Amazing Transformation of a Guy Who Didn't Give Up!" and y... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:11:49 EST My second attempt at Yoga begins tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147222 <em>413</em> <em>414</em> <em>416</em> <em>401</em> <em>403</em> <em>404</em> <BR> <BR> My running club is having 4 sessions of Yoga starting tonight and going on 4 consecutive Mondays. Sessions are free and I've committed to going to all 4. We'll see. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> My last attempt at Yoga was not free and it was a combination of hot Yoga and power Yoga. The instructor tonight is a young man who was on my Ragnar Relay team and he will be merciful. The instr... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:23:11 EST Parking in the Weight Watchers section? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134199 <em>226</em> <BR> First, let me say that my car does not even vaguely resemble this Emoticon. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I ride a trolley to work and occasionally park at a space near the entrance to the parking lot rather than drive close to the entrance to the trolley pay booth. This makes me feel good because I am helping the environment by burning a little less fossil fuel while I am helping myself by burning a few more calories. <BR> <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Recently one of my... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:42:15 EST SparkPeople Game Room gripe. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128319 I hesitate to post this because it is my second griping blog and I don't want to become the grouchy old man that my wife sometimes accuses me of becoming. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> It amazes me how many people are incapable of following the always simple instructions of posts in the SparkPeople Game Room. I just posted where the instructions are, "Change a letter or rearrange them." The posted before me had the word FLEES and responded with SLEEP. Which would be fine if the instruction... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 10:27:54 EST I can't wait until Wednesday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125032 Every day I get 4-6 pieces (or more) of political mail. I probably watch less than 10 hours of television a week and still have seen more tv ads than I would have thought possible. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Too bad there is nothing I can put on my tv that deletes all those ads because I am not an undecided voter and no ad is going to change my vote. I have found a series I like but am watching it On Demand until the election is over. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> It disgusts me that ... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 14:55:45 EST Ali's recipe for a good life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106800 <em>149</em> <BR> I am reading The Soul of a Butterfly by Muhammad Ali. It is a wonderful book and I actually plan to buy a copy when I return the copy I'm reading to the library. It will be the first book I've purchased in a long time which tells you how much I love it. This morning I read a section that relates to my blogs of last week. It is Ali's recipe for a good life. <BR> <BR> Here is his suggestion... <BR> <BR> Take a few cups of kindness <BR> One dash of humility <BR> One sprink... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 08:50:35 EST One flight up or two flights down. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105049 In the mid 1970's a friend of mine wrecked on his dirt bike and I ended up going to the emergency room with him at West Virginia University. While there, I noticed a sign on the elevators that said, "If you are going up 1 floor or down 2 floors, please take the stairs." <BR> <em>206</em> <BR> <BR> I don't believe I have ever seen such a sign again but I have never forgot it. And I walked a lot of stairs today because of it! <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 13:58:35 EST Glasses or contacts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103635 I get my eyes examined this afternoon and am debating getting contacts. I wear glasses and have worn them since the 7th grade. I tried contacts in the past but never liked the idea of sticking a finger on my eyes. Seemed unhygienic. But I'm tempted to get contacts. And have until 5:00 to decide whether to get contacts or just a new pair of glasses. Glasses or contacts? That is the question. <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> When I was running fairly competitively a couple decades ago, I bought ... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:56:10 EST Who are your heroes? Here are 3 of mine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102690 Here is the basic Dictionary.com definition of a hero: <BR> 1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. <BR> 2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child. <BR> <BR> I think some may question my first choice but here are three people I consider heroes: <BR> <BR> 1. John Lennon. <BR> Born exactly 10 yea... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:12:15 EST 10 keys to a good life. Changed 1, added 1. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100833 Thanks friends for helping me get to 10. The order is somewhat random. <BR> <BR> 1. Faith. It is important to believe in something, or someone. I am always amazed (and sometimes jealous) when I hear people talking about the benefits of their faith in their God. I am an atheist. But I have faith in humanity. <BR> <BR> 2. Hope. I once heard someone say that the worst thing you can do to a man is take away his hope. <BR> <BR> 3. Compassion. I originally liked the idea of starting with faith,... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 06:00:22 EST 9 keys to a good life. Looking for 1 more. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100019 While I was biking this weekend, I started to think of future blog topics. Two topics came to mind. First, today's, is a list of keys to a good life. I started making a list of 5, then was hoping to get to 10 but didn't make it. I haven't given the list much thought so I figure by putting it in writing, I'll make myself give it some contemplation. My next blog will be about 3 people I see as heroes. <BR> <BR> 1. Faith. It is important to believe in something, or someone. I am always amazed (... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:14:24 EST I need to brag. You don't need to read. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095187 I'm trying to convince myself that I can get back in shape and accomplish some new running feats. The first step is to remind myself that I used to be a decent runner. In order to document this (somewhere other than on a piece of paper I will likely misplace), I decided to put in a blog my 5 top running accomplishments. At least the top 5 I could recall on the way from Starbucks to my office this morning. This way I can always check the list when in doubt of my ability. These are in chronolog... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:42:31 EST Happy New Year to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093674 <em>411</em> <em>44</em> <BR> While I, like many, make resolutions for the new calendar year starting January 1, my real resolutions are for my personal new year, the year following my birthday. Which was yesterday. No need for birthday greetings. I got my share yesterday. More than usual even though I wasn't moving into a new age group. Some of my running buddies believe that birthdays which place you in a new age group are the only ones to celebrate. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 08:23:12 EST