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Forced myself to go running yesterday.

Forced.

Test of Character! Are You a Man, or Are You a Cockroach?

I have no idea why exercise is relatively effortless one day and such an ordeal the next. Back in the day when I was a jock, I used to enjoy it.

I loved racing bicycles because I could coast very, very fast down those Berkeley hills, feel the wind against my face and in my hair since I never wore a helmet. (In fact, I am lucky I didn’t kill myself that time I wiped out on Centennial Drive going 40 miles an hour; I did lose a front tooth.)

I loved Tai Kwon Do because punching and kicking and sparring is fun!

But running is not fun. Running is kinda monotonous, even with podcasts. One does it only because that vision of Lot’s wife looms—Lot’s wife turned to Philadelphia cream cheese instead of salt as befits a Lot’s wife who lives in 21st century America.

Do you want to be Lot’s wife?

No, of course not.

It really has nothing to do with attractiveness.

I’m old. Any attractiveness I may still possess at this point is strictly in the museum specimen category.

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Just before I went running, I had a conversation with Lois Lane about weight that was a tad awkward.

I mean—what do you say to people when they complain to you about their weight?

Lois Lane got noticeably plumper in the six months or so when our paths didn’t cross. But she is still a knockout: big blue eyes, the most gorgeous cascade of red curls, a voluptuous body—tiny waist, big boobs, generous hips. Gibson Girl! And she has great taste. She dresses amazingly. (It was Lois Lane who introduced me to what is now one of my favorite retorts: It’s called fashion, Brenda. Look it up.)

I know, I know, I know: She was venting. My role as Friend was to sit there, nod, throw in the occasional sympathetic, Ummmmm.

Except. I can’t do that.

“The real issue is physical activity,” I told Lois Lane. “It’s just harder to be active when you weigh more. I always do the Kitty Litter Test. How much weight did you gain?”

“Twenty pounds,” said Lois Lane.

“Well, pick up one of those large 20-lb tubs of kitty litter and imagine how much more difficult it would be to do Pilates with that strapped to your back. And paradoxically, of course, you need to be more active in order to lose that weight.”

She did that mouth-tightening thing that signifies you have wandered into conversational quicksand territory.

I felt bad.

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Else? I registered justice4some.com as the domain for the “With Justice for Some” blog Max and I are collaborating upon.

I’m designing the site in WordPress.

Haven’t done any web design for at least a decade. Hopefully, I still have some chops.

Also, I bought Transcription in hard copy because Kate Atkinson!

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cah1470
Oct. 2nd, 2018 03:43 pm (UTC)
When you write about running it reminds me of Kinsey in the Sue Grafton books. I have never been a fan of asking questions I don't really want the answer to. It's just weird conversation gymnastics IMHO. Do I look fat? Seriously???
mallorys_camera
Oct. 2nd, 2018 03:57 pm (UTC)
I loved Kinsey! I was so sad when Grafton died.

My sun sign is Aries, and I have to say that I am a typical Aries when it comes to those conversational gymnastics. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, etc.
fuzzilla
Oct. 2nd, 2018 08:03 pm (UTC)
**It's just weird conversation gymnastics IMHO. Do I look fat? Seriously???**

Yeah, I agree. I'm very careful about with whom I'll share any weight loss talk. I remember once saying, "You have to just accept that weight loss is gonna take a long time" and my friend was like, "Eh, not really, I just lay off the desserts and I'm fine." I'm thinking - sure, and you have like 10 pounds max to lose, if that? Whereas I've lost 50 and want to lose 60 more? But rather than get mad, I thought - I just will not discuss this with her again, ever.

Maybe every once in a while I'll share some general thoughts with the general public, like some nice before and after pics, but if I really wanna get into the weeds and bitch about weight loss, I'll do that in a group specifically designated for that where I know people will get where I'm coming from.
fuzzilla
Oct. 2nd, 2018 08:09 pm (UTC)
I forget why I said, "You have to just accept that weight loss is gonna take a long time." I think I was just talking about my own personal philosophy or "you" in the sense of "one in general." Not like, "If YOU wanna lose weight, fatty..."
thoughtsbykat
Oct. 2nd, 2018 04:26 pm (UTC)
LOL, it's Gibson Girl. I hear ya on the weight issue. I know what I need to do. I would be a bit peeved if a friend pointed out what I need to do. I just want support and someone to vent to.

I heard that Hudson Valley residents have reported that their feet are starting to web.
mallorys_camera
Oct. 2nd, 2018 04:41 pm (UTC)
Gibson! :-) Ooops! Correction made! :-)

their feet are starting to web

Ha, ha.

Yes, it has rained and rained and rained.

Another reason why on the few dry days, I force myself to run.
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