It is sometimes confusing writing to a global audience and in
the present passing of time, the now. One begins to believe that
he or she is the center of things and all conditions revolve around
him or her: the weather, seasons, holidays, geography, culture,
attitude, economy and other sorts of abstracts that define one's
situation. It's summer in Australia and Arkansas is a block of
ice. The sun cast its last shadow long ago in London, yet a new
fiery ray streaks across the endless eastward horizons of Hawaii.
The city of Moscow does not know New York City nor does the Strip
in Las Vegas really understand the Gaza Strip in the Middle East
differing times, places and circumstances.
see, I want to talk about the lengthening of days and the on coming
spring as if it were around the corner. The year has come and
gone like a bandit and we have a foothold on the wintry New Year.
California is a warm jewel of opals of azure blue sky, emeralds
of deep green forest and sparkling diamond beaches set in brilliant
golden sun. Things only get better from here on, right? My dilemma
is obvious: they're shoveling snow in Maryland and without electricity
in Tulsa. No doubt Indonesia is facing monsoons, radioactive fallout
or some other weird thing. I will, as I often do, ignore the predicaments
and inconsistencies which distantly surround me and they will
go away courage and direct action before adversity, Bombers.
did not take its toll on the members of our World Gyms in central
Cal. They hung in with diligence, responsibility and good humor.
The weather has been kind and hope shines with the sun and aspiration
rises with the temperature. We glow. Take away the sun, dump some
rain and turn off the heat and we become animals. So far, at 01/02/01,
we stand upright and strong. The missing in action will be accounted
for by mid-January when all the holiday debris has settled and
the training itch is overwhelming. The diets, the revived and
revised routines, the tenor, the good old company and the good
old feeling, the goals, the hopes, doubts, guilt, struggle and
determination; it'll all be there as if fuel for a jubilant barn
fire. It is a celebration of redemption and renewal, a gathering
of discipline, goodness and inner beauty to launch and ferry us
to a better place as a better people. Yeah, right... gimme eighteen-inch
arms, chiseled abs and four plates on the bench. See ya later.
this. I know I don't spend a lot of chatter on the merits of aerobic
exercise. I play aerobics down, in fact, to compensate for the
high-ranking they've been awarded by the stumbling new wave get-fit
frantics in innocent conspiracy with the slick exercise-toy-making
industry (ten thousand dollar treadmills to run nowhere and break
down... excuse me). However, I've been considering the addition
of the Spin bike to my workouts for twenty-minute interval runs
3 to 4 days a week to observe their effects on my musculature
and energy level. I was a consistent stationary biker until I
applied myself to the all-consuming task of rebuilding our Scotts
Valley Gym four years ago. I put the chore aside without regrets.
Adios, amigo. Today, I'm curious. What changes will they bear
on me and do I have the wretched discipline?
palms are sweating and I'm reluctant to hand this silly commentary
over to Laree. She will laugh mercilessly and taunt me. The Spin
bike? The tough part will be wearing a paper bag over my head
as I foolishly pedal. No one must recognize me. I'll hand over
my report in the latter days of winter. Perhaps by then we will
have forgotten? It will have gone away?
to unknown destinations, flying with the best... DD The Bomber
today, reap today, tomorrow and, well, forever... DD The Farmer
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