Strollerblading the Westfield Monon extension

We hadn’t yet been on the northern extension of the Monon Trail in Westfield yet, so yesterday we decided to check it out. The trail has been extended another 1.25 miles from 146th to a little past 156th. There is gravel beyond that (probably to 161st), but we couldn’t continue because my wheels wouldn’t have been very successful. David rode like a champ and was quite talkative, as usual. The bridges and tunnels built in Carmel in the past couple of years really exposed how heavy David is! We saw some deer, a new Ritter’s under construction, and we promised each other that we’d visit the water slide in Carmel’s Central Park before the end of the summer.

Unfortunately, my GPS watch seems like it’s starting to flake out. It no longer beeps, and I’m convinced that it was incorrectly displaying our mileage yesterday. The non-beeping has been intermittent for about two years, but it always came back on the next morning’s run. However, it hasn’t beeped at all this week. The piezo speaker is on the bottom of the unit, against the user’s wrist, and there are pinholes that sweat can get into. It probably got its final dose of sweat earlier this week and isn’t going to be able to resolve itself.

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Eat your fat and your veggies

Yet another “nutritionism” study brings a mix of information that is at once counterintuitive, common sense, and contradictory to previous studies. By focusing on a completely deconstructed view of nutrition, the field has a tendency to eschew common sense, periodically attracting flurries of attention when studies are released that do happen to reiterate common sense. This time around, we are told that it is a good idea to dress tomatoes with olive oil. Well, that’s certainly a shocker!

Author Michael Pollan has been harping on this point for some time now, most recently in his book, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Relax and try to take all the science with a grain of salt! Just enjoy a wide variety of foods in moderation, just as the human race has traditionally done for thousands of years. We have a terrible tendency in our culture of overcomplicating everything related to food, and taking all the enjoyment out of it.

Security fail

Saw this intricate fix for a broken stall door constructed solely out of office supplies. We either have an engineer or MacGyver at work here. Fodder for


Pixar guerilla marketing?

Returning from our evening walk, we noticed something high in the sky. There was a tiny dark speck against the clouds. I ran inside and grabbed the telephoto lens for the camera, and the speck turned out to be a bunch of mylar balloons. Guerilla marketing for Pixar’s Up, could it be?

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Name a movie that frightened you.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

I saw this movie with my fiancee two weeks before we were to get married. It was a very ominous experience. The two families eerily paralleled hers and mine. My family is reserved, Emily’s is, well, exuberant. It made such an impression that seven years later, I still remember the name of the father was Gus Portokalos. The thing that made the movie scary was that I was fine with all the marriage preparation that we had been doing all along, but that was the moment when the reality of it all hit me. I think I also made Emily nervous, because she probably saw me sitting silent and still in my seat with my eyes bugging out.

It’s a good thing everyone got along in the end!

Trouble in the kitchen

Uh-oh, three foodservice repair vans were in the Kinder Care parking lot this morning. I wonder if this means delivery pizza for lunch!

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