Saturday, July 28, 2012

Running in Style

Thursday I purchased my first pair of running shoes in 6 or 7 years, along with some new running shorts.  It’s been 20 years since I’ve purchased new running shorts.  With any luck, I’ll wear this pair until I’m 70.

The shoes are of the “new” minimalist style.  They are like the shoes I used when I first started running – they offer less padding and less support than the clunky ones we’ve been using for 30 years now – but a great deal lighter.  I knew the shoes would feel different – just didn’t realize the colors of shoes are so crazy these days.  Currently all shoes – whether they are the new minimalist shoes – or the old strong and sturdy variety – are the most vivid, fluorescent colors.  My Brooks PureConnect turned out to have only subtle hints of fluorescent lime green along with more neutral silver.  I might be able to wear them somewhere besides running.   That will be good as I’m really not back into running in a big way.  

My goal is to double my mileage; I will now run twice a week, rather than once a week.  Yes, I’m aware the experts advise increasing mileage by only 10% a week, but when you run as little as I do, I think the 100% increase in mileage will work.  Besides I have quite a “base” of miles under my belt.  I walk a great deal and I’ve found that a 2 to 3 mile run/walk is easy since I’m in good enough shape from all the walking.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Relief in Sight

Ahh - this is nice.  It's not my usual view at 7:00 a.m.  I'm taking the day off - at the cabin.  Most days at this time I'm in the middle of what I call "Breakfast with Bangalore", our daily 6:30 or 7:00 am Webex conference calls.  We like to say that our business "follows the sun" which is a less imperialistic way of saying, "The sun never sets on the [insert large multinational company name here] empire". 

I flew in from Boston on Tuesday and went directly to the office for a meeting I hosted. 

Tuesday and Wednesday were odd - both kids were gone!  Maria in Indiana with the cousins, and John at the cabin with the in-laws.  We actually watched a movie on Wednesday night - just the two of us.  That's something we probably haven't done in years - seriously, we (or at least I) seldom sit still.

Yesterday I retrieved Maria at the airport.  We collected one of her friends and began the journey to the cabin.  It was a fun trip, with the girls in the backseat blasting their music.  They were singing and bouncing to such a degree that the car rocked at times, causing passing drivers to stare and smile - probably thanking their lucky stars that they were not in the car with us.

John was happy to see us.  He had been baking and met us in the backyard with warm chocolate chip cookies on a platter!  The girls were thrilled.  He is so happy to have companionship under the age of 70 !!  Lucky I brought Maria and a friend - as I alone would probably not have sufficed.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Life After Fiddler

Business travel helped me over the post-show blues.  After a great final performance of Fiddler on the Roof, and the post show strike (dismantling of the set), and cast party, I was in bed by1:00 a.m. and up bright eyed and bushy tailed this morning.  I'm off to Boston for a day of customer focus group work. 

Both Maria and I left MSP around 1:00 p.m. today.  M for South Bend and some quality time with the cousins, and me for Boston.  My plane arrived around 4:30, and I spent an hour so wandering around the Back Bay area before dinner at 29 Newbury.  Nice view - not a bad table for dining alone.

Pre-dinner I happened upon this young man biking through the Public Garden with his Iguana on his shoulder.  Enough folks begged him to stop; so he did - posing for pictures.

Oh - I threw a buck in the violin case of the young women playing the violin in Public Garden.  She reminded me of Abby Roemer (the Fiddler) - sigh!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fiddler - To Life

[From the To Life scene.  That's me at the far end of the table.  You can see lots more photos on the Rosetown Playhouse Facebook page.]

I've been quiet lately.  It's been a busy few weeks.  We are nearing the end of our Fiddler on the Roof performances.  Add to that some busy weeks at work as I prepare for a short business trip. 

The final show is tonight.  Tomorrow morning Maria and I head to the airport.  Maria is flying to South Bend for time with her cousins.  This will be her first flight alone.  Since she's over 15 she can fly as an "unaccompanied minor" - but I'm glad I will be there as well (flying to Boston for business at about the same time), so we can go through security together, find our gates, etc.  The Dude will be heading to the cabin with H & J.  Shana will be home alone until Tuesday when I return.

As usual I've gone from extreme exhaustion - with it's usual promises to NEVER to another show as long as I live - to the next phase - starting to miss my fellow cast members already and looking forward to the next show.  Seriously, we've talked about not performing next summer in an effort to get our summer back.  When we are doing shows - as we have the last 4 years - we are busy 4 or so nights a week and there are some weekend duties.  We are lucky to get to the cabin for Memorial Day and a few days around the 4th of July.

Of course - we say that every year - so wait and see.

For now, I'll make a list of all the chores I've put off and start tackling them one-by-one on my free nights and weekends.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Driving My Dad

Fourth of July week at the cabin - as usual - though the kids and I drove back Monday for two nights of Fiddler rehearsals. 

The big news around these parts:  Maria is driving!  She has her permit now and is taking advantage of the relatively congestion free roads in the greater Vergas, MN metropolitan area to hone her skills. 

Thank goodness for Grandma-ma's automatic transmission (both cars in the Hobbled fleet are manual transmission).  We've spent most of the time in the Honda Element (aka "the Opera Buggy").  Yesterday was our first attempt at Dad's manual transmission.  I think it went relatively well - but M might disagree. What we need is a wide open space to practice the clutching/shifting where you don't even have to think about steering (much).  Where's the old Met Center/Met Stadium parking lot when you need it?  I bet most every Richfield and Bloomington kid of a certain age learned to drive there.