Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Mmmm, Crab Cakes!

There was a moment yesterday when the motorcade rounded the Willard Hotel onto 15th when it stopped a block north right next to my old office building. The new president got out and started walking towards the east sidewalk and I was convinced for a minute that he was going to run into Old Ebbitt Grill and come out with a couple of to-go orders of crab cakes. That would have been awesome! And tasty!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Growing Up

There was a common theme among Repuglicans and an unfortunate number of MSM talking heads eight years ago that the "grown-ups" were taking charge. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft - these were the guys that had been there before and were supposed to know how things worked (I'm not sure what the hell it was that they were supposed to be fixing). We see how that went.

I've noticed a number of commenters today (PC among them) that have noticed that this time around, WE get to be the grown-ups. We're actually being treated like adults - talked to instead of talked down to, told the truth (good and bad) instead of what someone thinks we ought to hear, and given some responsibility for getting us out of the mess, instead of being told that the extent of our patriotic duty is to shop more and sport yellow ribbons on our SUVs. It certainly doesn't hurt from my perspective to have a 'tweener like me in the White House, but I don't know if this is a generational thing or a personal thing. All I know is that I'm liking it.

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The Key

Okay by me that Obama didn't go for the obvious soundbite in his inaugural address - he chose substance instead.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions, who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short, for they have forgotten what this country has already done, what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them, that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long, no longer apply.

Something to remember in the weeks ahead as the blatherers pick away at everything he does.

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Ex-President George W. Bush

Just wanted to try it out.

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Advice for the Fellas

Valentine's Day is on a Saturday this year. I would strongly suggest not waiting too long to make dinner reservations if you know what's good for you...

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Is He Really Leaving?

I see I'm not the only one that was worried about whether Darth Cheney is actually going to leave or not...

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

NFL Playoffs

As long as it's not an all-Pennsylvania Super Bowl, I'm happy...

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Risky Business

A large group of walkers on the track at the gym taking up all the lanes, while I'm coming around listening to the Doors "Break on Through (to the Other Side)" at 11...

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Success!

So while I might be trying to balance sleep and diet and exercise, I can at least claim success with one of my goals - I did stick to my training schedule last week!! I managed to get in 4 runs and 3 weight-lifting sessions - we won't worry too much about how FAR or how FAST I ran, nor how much weight I lifted. The key is that I made the schedule work. The next hurdle (and it should be a fairly short one) is to do 12 miles a week and average less than 9:20 per mile. Given that 4 years ago (pre-Chicago) I was running 15-16 miles per week and averaging less than 9:00 per mile, that's shouldn't be a stretch goal, but sadly...

But hey, no negativity - I'm pretty happy with the progress so far!

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