Remembering the Rain

David Bone under umbrellaI’ve remembered recently how much I loved the rain as a kid. Perhaps more precisely, being out in weather which is changing or not favorable, quiet in the usual way with a solitude or smallness to it.

One moment of weather I loved is the pending rain. As the kids were heading in, I’d grab an umbrella and go out onto the driveway, find a spot on the cement and wait for the inevitable. Umbrella open, held tight and close to my head, I’d crouch down and keep my patch of cement dry as long as I could. Even with a big umbrella and a light rain, eventually all the cement would get wet. End of game.

Sunday Bike Ride

I finally got my bike tuned up the other day from Bike Works in the LES of Manhattan, which means no excuses left for getting on the bike, right? Well to my surprise I found a flat this morning, so that could have been an excuse, but today starts my third week of the President’s Challenge I joined and I simply don’t want to miss any days I can prevent. Funny how this little patch I’m aiming for is keeping me on track.

Today’s Entry:
The following map shows a familiar ride for me. I usually take my time in one direction and pump it as hard the opposite. Basically the goal is to get to the Socrates Sculpture Park and back. To my surprise it’s a 12.5 mile loop.

Today’s ride to the Socrates Sculpture Park and back

I like to revisit this path each year to see how the neighborhoods and parks along the way have changed. This year was a big surprise for me in the Long Island City area. Nice new parks along the water to go with the towering condo buildings. Google maps doesn’t even show all the new ones yet. I’ve also marked a few spots that are great places to slow down, take a break or have a picnic/BBQ along the river.

Oh! Most of this route has a dedicated bike path lane too -

Taking a Challenge of a Challenge


OK, OK, I’m IN!

A long friend and currently fellow “sedentary, computer clicking monkey,” Globatron has begun the President’s Fitness Challenge. Globatron started a group, ID number 85648, and has posted easy steps for joining if you’re so inclined to move with the group.

I think signing up for one of three challenging levels @ THE PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGE took all of 5 minutes.

I’m heeding Globatron’s challenge because:

  • I don’t remember where my patch is from grade school
  • I’m developing a hunchback here at the desk
  • The child in me really wants that patch again
  • If it’s to be, who else will get me the patch?

OK, so let’s see if I can keep this up more than the friend that refutes that last question.