TIMOTHY53's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TIMOTHY53 TIMOTHY53'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 have firmed up my 2015 run schedule. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827225 And it is quite ambitious. <BR> <BR> I just started in Numbers (Apple spread sheet) filling in one race per month. and it grew from there. The Mainly Marathon Series allowed me to collect multiple states with just a single week long trip. Then a popular double would show up. Then I realized that certain goals for Half Fanatics were attainable. They have these level that you "moon up" to. Neptune and Uranus seem difficult by running two half marathons in 16 days and 6 Half Marathons in 6 cons... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 22:33:36 EST What is your regional favorite for Thanksgiving? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819236 I was born and raised in and around Baltimore. <BR> <BR> Not just Maryland. <BR> <BR> Baltimore. <BR> <BR> Very strong roots here. If you get west of Carroll County, that's Western Maryland; east of Cecil County is the Eastern Shore; start to see Washington Post paperboxes, like in nearby Columbia, but not Ellicott City, that's DC so don't talk to me about you being from Maryland, 'cuz yer not. <BR> <BR> And of course we have very strong food traditions here. Crabs and Natty Boh just g... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:09:04 EST What I play. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818656 I decided that I needed to get back to my music. I play a number of instruments. Now particularly well, but I enjoy them. I never learned the two stand-bys though ... the guitar and the piano. I play other things. <BR> <BR> There is the hammered dulcimer <BR> <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/Hammered_dulcimer.JPG" width="500"> <BR> <BR> Actually the one pictured there is the same model as mine. I may be the best at that instrument of anything I play. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:43:43 EST We are not meant for safe walks ... and other adventures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818039 I generally do not take away a lot from Sunday sermons. <BR> <BR> There is one I remember all my life. Father Pirronac (not sure of the spelling but who cares? Pretty sure he's not around to complain 45+ years later) was preaching on Mother's Day. He had a Rooseveltian accent. He gripped the sides of the pulpit and leaned in, apparently forgetting that we had just had a sound system with microphones and everything installed in our little church. <BR> <BR> His FDR voice BOOOMED "MOTHER ARE B... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:42:59 EST Late to the funeral and visiting Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817539 I went to the funeral this morning. <BR> <BR> I am known for being late to all kinds of functions. I was determined that today, I would be on time. Because my sister/friend Pam was reading the eulogy for her mother and I didn't want to miss it. <BR> <BR> And of course I was late. <BR> <BR> Here's what happened. <BR> <BR> I set up the GPS to go to churches. The first, for the service, I recognized as the little Baptist church in Fallston and the other, for the interment, was The Big Bapt... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:12:16 EST Oh woe is me. A first world problem of the first degree. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816212 My FitBit One died. Kinda. It's acting weird, cycling on and off. <BR> <BR> When I was talking to the Customer Support Advocate ... yeah they call their call center drones "Advocates" ... she was able to see that my FitBit battery was cycling on and off. That's pretty scary. That means the NSA can know how many steps I take, if I am sitting on my butt too long and any number of other things. <BR> <BR> They are going to replace it without any additional charge. It will take 5 to 7 business d... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:07:53 EST Some People are just so ... so .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815885 This is a very short video clip. 7 seconds. <BR> <BR> I soooo wanted to post a video from yesterday but my batteries ran out. I run several cameras on my trike, I just haven't learned how to manage them so they don't run out of batteries after two hours. <BR> <BR> I was however running a GoPro in time lapse mode and I am able to show the stupid driver trick. <BR> <BR> I rode 27 miles without incident. Then about three quarter mile from the finish, as I was approaching a green light, I hear... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:32:28 EST An funeral for a family member; A veterans day ride. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815236 I just got the news yesterday, my (ex) sister (in law)'s mother died Over the weekend. <BR> <BR> I put her like that because Pam is by any measure other than blood my 8th sister. Even after she and my brother were divorced, Pam was still a member of the family is full good standing. Maybe even better standing than my brother was. <BR> <BR> She is present at all family functions. In fact, she was even the first person on the scene when my brother was failing to the point that he went to th... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:01:21 EST And the blind shall see. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813910 I arrived home yesterday around three and I enjoy the warmth of the hot tub on my sore muscles. But the minor chafing, it turns out was not so minor and the hot water wasn't making that feel any better. <BR> <BR> I came in and dressed in my jammies. Early for that, but jeans have that double sewn seam that rubbed right up against the redness and just made it feel worse. <BR> <BR> Then I got a phone call. <BR> <BR> Last week on Monday I had an eye exam and ordered new glasses at the Walma... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:08:36 EST Best laid plans: Running in Trenton. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813272 About 35 years ago we lived in Trenton NJ. They have a bridge across the Delaware River with a lighted sign that says "Trenton Makes The World Takes." It's commonly known as the Trenton Makes Bridge. <BR> <img src="http://misterchou.com/img/102008/1.jpg" width="500"> <BR> <BR> She(WMBO) always thought that was a weird, even ridiculous slogan for a city. <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago, I signed up for the Trenton Half Marathon. When I told Herself she said "I sure hope the don't have Tren... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 21:01:14 EST Ellicott City ride. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811678 Finally. I am posting my ride through Ellicott City. <BR> <BR> About 5 minutes. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 00:23:43 EST Bike Cameras http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810993 I didn't get the videos processed from my ride through Ellicott City. But. I did make a video using the cameras from other rides. I use my cameras for more than just creating interesting videos. I record my rides for safety reasons. <BR> <BR> Ok, look, this video wound up being about 9 minutes. Thought yo might like to know that before you commit yourself to listening to me drone on for that long. <BR> <BR> Anyway. Enjoy. Tue, 4 Nov 2014 23:20:22 EST Today I rode. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810394 I had an optometrist appointment today and I chose to bike there instead of driving. Tue, 4 Nov 2014 01:26:31 EST A different musical today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809597 The play we saw at Center Stage today was a musical. I like musicals. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) But this one was strange. <BR> <BR> It was a family, barely functional. The Mom was popping pills. The Dad was doing his best to be understanding. And faithful to the promises he made to her when they married. For some reason the Playbill called him "clueless" and "hapless" but I saw him simply doing his best. The daughter was an over achiever who met a boyfriend who was a ston... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 21:36:44 EST This and that. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809037 I am determined to get back into the swing of writing every night. Haven't been doing it, butI am definitely not going to take off for six weeks again. <BR> --------- <BR> Sometimes, time it creeps up on you. I had a desktop computer that is just so nice. An Apple iMac, 24 inch display. And for a period I thought was about three months it sat on my desk collecting dust with a dead hard drive. Not to worry, I'm a lot like Jesus; I save. So late last month I took it to Capitol Mac in Baltimore... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 01:01:23 EST Here comes November. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807872 On Monday I made my mad dash south on I-95 to North Carolina. Then after a poor night sleep on a lumpy matress, I ran around behind a lawn mower for about three hours, did a little weeding, and made a mad dash back north in I-95 to Maryland all on Tuesday. Total round trip time, 31 hours. And Tuesday was quite warm, about 80 degrees with a deep blue sky. <BR> <BR> Two days later, we didn't top 55. And it was broken cloud that look positively icy. <BR> <BR> I think November is right around ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:07:42 EST Driving seven hours to mow the grass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805954 Driving all day today. And not in my comfy car. No. I had to bring a mower with me to North Carolina. So That mean an uncomfortable compact pickup. <BR> <BR> We want to sell this place and and we cannot seem to find anyone who is willing to take the contract to mow. Fortunately, the kind of grass that grows here grows slow so I don't have to be here every week. I mowed late September. And I probably won't have to mow again until March or April and by then we hope it's gone. <BR> <BR> Unfor... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:02:47 EST Paranoia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805393 Last month I was in North Carolina to do some repairs to a house we have there. It's right across the street from my sister-in-law's house which is nice. While I was there I rented a mower, but I had to buy a can and some gas. When I left, I stopped at Mary's house to say good bye. <BR> <BR> "Where did you put the gas?" <BR> "In the shed behind the garage." Actually behind and several feet removed. Oddly, safety standards require you to store "bulk" gasoline away from the house, but you can ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 01:37:04 EST Ah! My cold is gone. Pretty sure. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804304 It is so late. I didn't realize. I am rebuilding a disk drive and just got so wrapped up I didn't see that it was after 2:00 AM. <BR> <BR> At least last night I went to bed fairly normally and I fell right asleep. No hacking cough was keeping me from falling asleep. Then I woke almost 8 hours later and I could breath. I'm still sniffling a little but I think I am done with my cold. <BR> <BR> Colds last 3 - 10 days and Friday was day 10. <BR> <BR> At least it wasn't ebola. (not terribly l... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:24:43 EST It can now be told. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803675 I lied to my beloved. She (WMBO). <BR> <BR> I am not a terrible person. Really. <BR> <BR> Here's what happened. <BR> <BR> When I was in Colorado watching Colin, when the kids got home from Arizona, my Son Dave took Carolyn off to the side and whispered to her. "Ok. Dad, she says I can tell you." <BR> <BR> "Carolyn's pregnant." <BR> <BR> "But we aren't ready to announce yet. It's only five weeks." <BR> <BR> "You can't tell Mom." I can't tell Mom? <BR> <BR> Which seems only fair to me. ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:35:49 EST Babysitting the grandbaby. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802467 Back in August we had a family vacation in Colorado. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752546 </link> <BR> <BR> During that visit, apparently we were asked if we wold babysit Colin while the kids went to Tuscon AZ in October. I don't remember this, but starting in September, Dave was bugging me about my travel plans. <BR> <BR> Then he started with FaceTime calls so Colin would feel more at home with PopPop. It seemed to work. He reached a p... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:11:47 EST Wow! It's been a while. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801837 I know I have been away for a while. I just didn't realize that it has been that long! That's ... let's see ... September 7 to October 20 ... that's ... carry the two and borrow ten ... the sine of the cosecant is ... Wow! Six weeks. <BR> <BR> I basically took some time to dial back my social media stuff. I was getting other stuff done. I was trying to readjust my sleep patterns. And I was watching too much TV. <BR> <BR> Let's see. <BR> <BR> Well, Mom is still kicking it. Her ability to c... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:35:43 EST Mom threw me out! (And I am not hurt about it) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775447 Sorry I haven't been writing here lately. I just have been ... <BR> <BR> Oh, let's not beat around the bush ... <BR> <BR> I've been letting a lot of good habits slip. <BR> <BR> Hmm. <BR> <BR> I went up to see my mother this week. My sisters have arranged for home hospice for her. She herself told my sisters that she was tired of running to the hospital for everything. She had pneumonia and didn't want to the hospital for even that. <BR> <BR> She knows what's going on. And she wants the ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:09:11 EST Money well spent. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767003 I bought a couple of inexpensive ($50) sports cameras for my trike. One front, one back, and I hope I never need them. But the sad truth is, if there is an accident between a cyclist and a motorist, the police will believe the word of the motorist unless if (1) it is obvious that the cyclist is not at fault, (2) there are witnesses supporting the cyclist, or (3) a video shows what happened. I hope they were a waste of money. <BR> <BR> But one of them paid for itself yesterday. <BR> <BR> I w... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:38:25 EST Cycling into the Big City. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766387 Last night Patrick and I had tickets to the Ravens/Redskins game. <BR> <BR> Oops. <BR> <BR> Last night Patrick and I had tickets to the Ravens/Washington NFL Football club game. <BR> <BR> I just wish they would change that name and get it over with. It's going to happen sooner or later why not just do it sooner and move on to harassing the Cleveland and Atlanta MLB Clubs. You know, important stuff. <BR> <BR> Anyway. Short story made long. A number of years ago, a man named Kevin Scally ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:23:46 EST I am a horrible monster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765083 I have been watching with morbid fascination this whole ALS Ice Bucket Challenge thing. <BR> <BR> Frankly, to me, it looks stupid. <BR> <BR> But if you are having fun with it, enjoy it. And it has admittedly raised a lot of money for that horrible disease and not money that would have gone to other diseases because most of the people who are donating likely would not have donated to another cause anyway. <BR> <BR> But here is where I became a monster. <BR> <BR> I chose not to participa... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:26:31 EST Oh Captain, my Captain. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758636 I have not a lot to say about the revelations of the past 24 hours. <BR> <BR> I have never had much experience with clinical depression. A short 10 years ago, the boys and I went to Ireland and the first day we were there we wanted to visit the Cliffs of Moher. It was closed that day because a woman was visiting with her friends who thought a trip to Ireland would be just the thing to snap her out of her funk. They took her to the Cliffs of Moher. She looked around, took a drag off her ciga... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:25:01 EST Data log jam, short post. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754066 Our cabin is at 8700 feet in the Rocky mountains. Nice place but She(WMBO) cannot spend a lot of time above 8000. Cardiologist's orders. So the kids are at the cabin and we got a room down in Estes Park at 7500 feet. <BR> <BR> Today, she shopped in Estes. I went hiking. After we got together and enjoyed steamed crabs ... all the way from Baltimore ... and listened to a recording of an older Orioles game and drank beer and enjoyed corn on the cob. I can't think of anything better than crabs,... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 01:48:42 EST Going to Colorado to see the kids. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752546 We will be getting on an flight to Denver tomorrow for a visit to see David and his family and Dr Dani and her husband to celebrate two birthdays. And as an added surprised, David's wife Carolyn was somehow able to get a line on the traditional birthday feast, steamed crabs. In Boulder CO. <BR> <BR> Dave called to ask if we owned a dial up modem. Really? I haven't had one since the middle '90s. Do they even make them anymore? And yes, yes they do. And NetZero and Juno are also still around.... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 22:48:54 EST In my little town ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751984 I have lived in Catonsville, 21228, C'ville, the '28, the 'Ville, for almost 25 years. Going through my picture I realized that I had very few pictures of this town. We take home for granted I suppose. <BR> <BR> My original plan for today was to put the trike on the back of the car, drive up to the NCR (North Central Railroad) Trail and make for Shrewsbury PA. You. Because, Pennsylvania! But I got a call from She (WMBO) that she needed me to do something at 4:30. And since I could not guara... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 23:48:55 EST Memory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751416 An old couple was spending the evening together at home. He got up and told his wife that he was going to the kitchen for a snack was there any thing she wanted. <BR> <BR> "Yes, I'd like some of that vanilla ice cream we have in the freezer." <BR> "Right, vanilla ice cream." <BR> "You might want to writ e that down, your memory isn't all that good." <BR> "For crying out loud, woman, it's only to the kitchen! I can remember that far." <BR> "Well, I want some chocolate syrup on that too. Do yo... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 00:21:22 EST Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750735 It's bad for you! <BR> <BR> It's not bad for you. <BR> <BR> In fact it's good for you. <BR> <BR> No it isn't, it's hot black death in the morning. <BR> <BR> Eh, not so much. <BR> <BR> This is one they just go back and forth on. Caffeine. Every couple of years the medical community seems to change their minds on the effects of Caffeine. One thing they never seem to have changed their mind about is the addictive nature of coffee -- very. <BR> <BR> But now it's considered mostly harmless.... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:36:15 EST Stop Eating Fast Food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750051 I don't know why the Internet is so loaded up with lists. Everywhere you turn there is a Top Ten List (these are not really germane to the issue of health and weight loss): <BR> 10 Great Romances That Shaped History <BR> <link>www.listverse.com/2014/07/29 /10-great-romances-that-sh aped-history/ </link> <BR> <img src="http://i1.wp.com/listverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/800px-Ferdinand_of_Aragon_Isabella_of_Castile.jpg?resize=632%2C422" width="500"> <BR> Ferdinand and Isabella <BR> ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:10:06 EST 10 Tips to Change Yourself From a Dedicated Couch-Potato to a Gym Enthusiast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749351 I found an interesting article through StumbleUpon.com <BR> <BR> 10 Tips to Change Yourself From a Dedicated Couch-Potato to a Gym Enthusiast <BR> <link>blog.liferemix.net/10-tips-change-yo<BR>urself-dedicated-couch-potato-gym-enth<BR>usiast </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1843086221.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's a good read, but here is the list in a nutshell. I think this is important because getting moving is important for our health. It sounds odd, but s... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:31:46 EST Bicycling Safety Video 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748611 This five minute video from the City of Sioux Falls South Dakota is a clear and easily understood explanation of the current thinking among cycling experts about the safest way to operate a bicycle on the street. If you see me riding down th emiddle of the lane, I am not crazy and I am not trying to antagonize you. <BR> <BR> Some of it I disagree with. Stay off the sidewalks. Drivers aren't looking for you there. Think about it, if you are like most drivers, when you pop out of a side stree... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:22:25 EST A day of rest and something I saw in my video. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747763 A lot of people wonder and worry about me using the streets and roads to get around on my trike. They express concern for my safety. "Lot of crazy drivers out there." <BR> <BR> But my philosophy is this: no one WANTS to kill a cyclist. Ok. There are people out there who make sport of harassing cyclists. And some drivers are inattentive and may have an accident with a cyclist. <BR> <BR> But I don't feel the least bit unsafe out there. The number one reason given for motorist/cyclist acciden... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:16:22 EST The BWI Trail. A local adventure. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747237 I did it. I drove my trike down to the BWI Trail. Round trip is 35 miles. <BR> <BR> <link>runkeeper.com/user/TimNohe/activity/<BR>401013897?&activityList=true </link> <BR> <BR> Look at this elevation profile. Yeah it start with a big downhill. But there is a payback. What starts with a big downhill ends ... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1303062567.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... with a HUGE uphill. After 29 miles, that last six mile was extremely daunting. <BR> <... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:33:59 EST Riding the Airport trail ... and beyond. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746722 I am hoping that I can finally get a ride around the BWI Trail. I figure it will be about three hours of riding, first through the Patapsco State Park, then along some lightly use roads to a system of designate bicycle trails around BWI Airport. And back. The only trouble is the grand finale is all uphill. Long. Slow. Steep. Uphill. That's the problem with where I live. It's always uphill to get home. Every direction. <BR> <BR> I have gotten it into my head that I want to do some serious dis... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:14:33 EST Truck return. A little inspiration. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743857 The truck went back this morning. I unloaded the entire truck without help from my sons. I am indeed one bad mother (shut your mouth). *Movie reference. <BR> <BR> This morning I drove it to the drop off place but when I left the house I realized I had no one to bring me home. Fortunately it's only a two-plus mile walk. Unfortunately along US40. Fortunately, there is a sidewalk, of sorts. <BR> <BR> Not much to type about today. Except I found a couple of nice inspiries today. <BR> <BR> <i... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:14:32 EST The pictures are done. See them on Flickr.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743098 We took a trip to North Carolina. The house we own there has not been generating income for us so we have decided to sell it. That means we have had the work done and this weekend we went down to clear it out. <BR> <BR> I took my trike but I never got it on the road. She(WMBO) was using vacation time for this trip and was determined that we would have some relax time, but I went to work and work so much that i was exhausted at the end of the day. But by Friday noon, we had emptied the house... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:13:42 EST No reward for sleeping late. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739714 What a weird day it was today. <BR> <BR> After having a hard time falling asleep, more than 30 minutes of tossing, I woke at 6:30 feeling still like I needed more. So I went back to bed. Fine. I've done that before. I figured maybe 8:00. <BR> <BR> When I woke, I realized I had slept longer than I had wanted. Must be 9:00. <BR> <BR> What? 10:40? And it did not feel good. There goes the early morning at the Y. <BR> <BR> But I stuck to my newfound zeal for the plan. <BR> <BR> We are goi... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:35:06 EST Treading on new ground http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739030 I am really learning a lot about my photography skills. <BR> <BR> For example, I was told to get out of the automatic modes on my camera. Most of the thime, I would want to be using the Aperture Mode because it was the best mode for getting pictures with interesting depth of field qualities like this one <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1124082991.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But unfortunately, everything came out looking muddy, like this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:26:53 EST Drawing a line in the sand (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738232 I have fallen off the wagon of late. It was noted to me that I was nibbling way more than before. I was snacking more. I was eating sloppier than before. <BR> <BR> I wasn't running as much between races. Yes, I was driving my tricycle more, but not enough more to make up for my missing miles. I wasn't getting to the Y; in fact I hadn't been to the Y since sometime in May! <BR> <BR> I wasn't getting to Weight Watchers meetings on Saturday mornings. <BR> <BR> So I went to Weight Watchers on... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:06:17 EST SNAP and What I saw today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737590 I don't want to come off mean-spirited in this post. So read what I say carefully. And if you think I was, let me know where I was off base. But please don't flame me if you thing I am wrong about something. <BR> <BR> I generally do not snoop in other peoples shopping carts. And if I do, I try to have a live and let live attitude. Not everyone is as careful about what they are eating as I am trying to be. Besides, there is plenty to criticize in my cart too. The boys like Coke and Sprite and... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:51:33 EST Happy 4th of July ... meh. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732250 Catonsville take it's Fourth of July celebrations seriously. People are putting chairs out the week right after Father's Day. If you wait for July 1, you don't get the best curb real estate. And the fireworks are touted as the Best in Baltimore County ... no no no THE BEST IN MARYLAND! I am pretty sure the inner Harbor has C'ville beat. <BR> <BR> Usually we have, aside from the mix of politicians and this year both the ins and the outs because it's an election year. Plus usually we have ban... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 00:23:49 EST Happy 4th of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731523 Hoping Hurricane Arthur misses you. It will probably miss us here in Baltimore but if you went downy ohsun to Ocean City your Fourth will probably bite. <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Today felt like a Friday. Didn't it? <BR> <BR> My dad said, back when they pinned many of the Federal holidays to Monday, that they should have made them Fridays <BR> <BR> Monday is Monday no matter what. It's not a second Sunday. It's still Monday. Then you go back to work and Tuesday ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 21:04:47 EST Video: Nederland to Boulder CO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730850 On Mike's 21st birthday, 24 June 2014, David and I took him up to Nederland for lunch and a couple of beers. Naturally, I took my trike and rode it back to Boulder. It's a twisty road. It's got a few spots that are in less than great repair. And of course it started to rain. But I got down to the bottom at an average of about 20 mph. The boys left my car at a park and ride and the keys at University Bicycles. Somehow they just knew I would be going in there. <BR> <BR> For editing, I use iMo... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 20:49:58 EST A little inspiration today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730214 I made a few poster from quotes I like and photos I took (mostly). Here a some of my favorites. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l449022543.jpg"> <BR> Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’ glove what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it. — Alfonso “Al” Lopez, MLB Catcher, Manager, and Hall of F... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 00:01:13 EST Video: Lafayette to Boulder CO by trike. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729310 I finally got to work on my pictures from Boulder, Anchorage, and the Drive. Then ... my MacBook went on the fritz. The touch pad developed a mind of its own and the cursor was all over the place. I just got it bacl all fixed. And today I sat down and worked up a video of my trike drive from Lafayette to Boulder. <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy it. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:40:36 EST Leg one of my trip east. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726682 I got some good news, kind of, on my trip about two hours before my first hotel. Well, good news for the road weary road warrior that is me. She(WMBO) called to tel me that I should not go to North Carolina, just come home. The contractor we have doing stuff to the house are not done yet and we cannot get in to do what we want to do without being in the way. <BR> <BR> Boy, was She mad. <BR> <BR> But for once, not at me. <BR> <BR> And I get to go home <BR> ------------------------------- ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:48:42 EST