April 15th, 2002

The gentleman is always properly dressed

Street Spirit

I spent my weekend acting on widely conflicting impulses.

On the plus side, I started riding again. I probably managed to log 25-30 miles on Saturday (into town via Harvard Sq.) and Sunday (on the bike path out to Lexington). I was feeling a tad weak on the second ride, so today I let discretion be the better part of valor and didn't ride at all. It felt good and strangely natural in spite of my long hiatus. Even though I've gotten slow, I can still handle the bike pretty well and seem to have retained at least some of my mountain goat endurance.

Now the bad news... Seems that old habits are going to die hard. I had hoped that I could clean some more this weekend and otherwise be productive, but I got sucked into the worlds created by my magic box again. CivIII demanded far too much of my time over the weekend and this in spite of my increasing frustration with the game. (I have a kind of "why can't we be friends" approach because I'm far more interested in building magnificent cities than in global conquest. I generally end up being overrun by the impossibly large Chinese armies in the late Middle Ages.) Short story, then, is that when I wasn't on the bike, I was home being sedentary and snacking too much.

Went out Natick today to catch the runners with Ron and Sandy. Spent most of my time out there cheering on the folks with BC shirts on. Somehow, cheering for them seemed to make more sense than just shouting out the random names sported on people's arms and shirts. Yeah, I know it helps, but Ron's nephew was there taking care of that detail, and he was loud enough for all of us. By day's end, he was hoarse, I was not.

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    Radiohead, "Street Spirit (Fade Out)"