Saturday, March 25, 2017

And... it's saturday again

So it seems blogging is somewhat getting away from me. Now and then I will have someone mention a post from years ago and, as I gander back at it, I not only miss being able to write about the things I used to, but often I wonder who the heck even wrote it. It's like someone else. But, alas, that is life my friends (or myself). I've not many complaints about the way things presently are, though more and more I wish I could slow time to a crawl.

Anyway, this week seemed to have a lot going on in my mind, and some of it even spilled over into actuality.

Marcus King Band
The most notable thing in my memory was seeing The Marcus King Band Thursday night. As I've mentioned before, our church sort of runs a music hall in downtown Fort Wayne. They have quite a few shows, and I have rarely, if ever, been disappointed in the talent they bring in. We actually hadn't heard of the MKB, at least to our knowledge, but we weren't doing anything Thursday night, and the opener was one of our favorite local bands (Todd Harrold & Nick Bobay), so we hopped down to the church building and took in the show. It was also a chance to hang with some of our new church friends (volunteers from the church work the shows). Let's just say we were NOT disappointed again.

When we arrived we chatted with some of the volunteers at the door. They were the same people we make and served food with the night before to the underserved of FW. They also (finally) asked if we would want to join the volunteer crew for the music hall. I'm thinking we will. After that... it was another evening of near-musical bliss.

Todd and Nick started off with their usual soulful/grooving sounds and he opened with this fantastic 10-minute version of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water.' It's amazing the amount of sound two guys can pour into an evening. I could sway to them all night.

After the opening half-hour set we noticed quite a crowd filling the hall. I recognized many local musicians and music-scene regulars expectantly looking forward to the main act. I soon found out why. Man... I do have to admit, the MKB does not play exactly my style of music (not that I don't like it, but it's "busy"), they were some phenomenal musicians. Wow. They put on an incredible performance.

Then... this morning as I was reading the news on the computer and preparing to write this, Jane was watching the TV show "CBS This Morning" and they had none other than THE MARCUS KING BAND ON LIVE!!! They did mention Thursday that they were heading to New York, but I don't remember them saying they were going to be on TV. So, that was kind of fun.

The Buick
I finally put the '02 Buick Century up for sale. Since buying the '13 Honda Accord we no longer need it. Jane is driving the Accord and I have changed to the '11 Ford Escape. The Buick has been running a little funky so I made an appointment to have our mechanic look at it. I didn't want to sell it knowing something was wrong. Well, I wasn't planning on that "something wrong" being the need for a new catalytic converter. They quoted me a price of almost $500, but suggested I could have it done for about half that at a "lesser" shop. So, I just put a post on Facebook that the car was for sale for $500 as is - stating that it needed a new catalytic converter. I was hoping someone who could do the work themselves would jump on it.

Right away I had a couple people who said they were interested. However I then heard from a few other people who were actually in need of a vehicle, but didn't have the means to get the repairs done. So now we are wrestling with whether to go ahead and get it fixed and sort of 'donate' the car to someone in need, or try to recover a little of the expense we've lately dumped into it. Either way we are not only not going to make any money, but it is now a matter of how much we can afford to lose.

So that seems a rather sad end to what has been a phenomenal car for us. My parents bought it new (or nearly new), and we bought it from them at the end of 2006. It's been a great car for quite awhile in our family. My parents and us both loved the ride, and it also got good gas mileage for a car its size. I will miss it.

Other than that there seems to be too much to remember right now. I finally got under 170 lbs on the scale. I was happy about that. My body still feels good (no soreness or aches from working out). We are scheduled to be greeters at the new church this Sunday and next. I do need to start working on the sermon I have coming up in April. It's the same as it's always been: I have lots of ideas but just can't seem to get myself to sit down and puke them out on paper. And... it's another great lazy Saturday where the wife and I got to sleep in and ease into the weekend. Though she is frantically cleaning the house, and I'm doing more of the easing. :)

I would like to say I'll try to do better at blogging this week, but I'm really kind of enjoying not trying to do "better" at anything. Sometimes it's nice to just do my thing, with a tad of intentionality and contemplativeness, without getting wrapped up in the "need-to-ness" of things.

Peace out, folks; and in.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Running in a bucket

So I'm starting to get my legs back under me by running on the treadmill. I discovered that I can watch TV while I do it at the Y and that makes it a little better than at home. At the Skyline the TV is actually right on the treadmill!

I'm not going gangbusters or anything yet, but in 45-60 minutes I can do 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 miles. I've only been doing it a few days a week but it feels good to be able to do 6-6.5 mph for a little while at least. I can definitely feel that progress is being made in my legs and my lungs.

I've never been one to keep any sort of "bucket list." I suppose I'm the type of person that doesn't like to hope for things because then I won't be let down. Either that or I am content with more simple things. At any rate, if I ever have had a "bucket list" desire it was to run a full 26.2 mile marathon. And since we're dreaming I would also like to do it in 3 1/2 hours or so. But... I gave up on that notion last year. It just seemed too out of reach to ever be possible. And, over the last half year I wasn't so sure I even wanted to continue running. It wasn't fun anymore and I wasn't getting anything out of it other than sore legs and frustration. I'd kind of determined that maybe it was simply time to stop.

However, you know me, once I saw a little bit of light I had ideas swirling in my mind again. This morning I felt pretty good since I'm just getting over a head cold. It felt good to feel good again and I feel pretty relaxed and rested. So my mind wandered towards another possible marathon attempt. If I could get back on pace to doing 3 days of 5-6 miles each, (outside) and one longer run each week. Then do the elliptical and rowing machine a couple days. And I could sustain that and stay injury/soreness free...

I don't know. There I go again getting all wild-eyed. I know I would need to get intense about it. It would begin to take over my life and there would be consequences to consider. I just can't seem to do things casually. So...  I don't know. I'm just thinking. Out loud.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dr. visit

I had a routine 6-month doctor checkup today at 9 am. It went fine. The Dr asked how I was doing, if I needed any prescriptions, asked about my stress level, and then we just chit-chatted. He scheduled me to come back in another 6 months. I already have plans to have a series of blood tests done at a health fair between now and then so it will work out well. 

My weight was 175 fully clothed, which is what I thought it would be. I was 171 this morning after my shower. That's a typical weight for me this time of year. 

My blood pressure was 180/86. I'm good with that considering the nurse always takes it as soon as I sit down and she's talking to me the whole time. I checked it the other day and it was 120/74. The doctor was happy with it today. I'd forgotten that the last time I was there it was higher because my prescription had run out. 

I also didn't remember being stressed the last time. The doctor showed me in his notes that I was having issues with it 6 months ago. I don't doubt it but can't recall. I suppose I could look back through the blog but I'm not overly interested. I honestly don't feel any stress whatsoever right now. I think the exercise has helped, as well as the sobriety. 

I stopped at the store on my way to work and bought some trail mix to celebrate a successful doctor visit. Unfortunately my nose has been running like crazy all day since then. I think my nasal allergy spray has gone beyond its usefulness. Other than that I'm feeling pretty good. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Motorcycle serviced, haircut, and other saturday stuff

I love lazy Saturdays. We woke up naturally around 8 am. Unfortunately Jane had a nasty headache - possibly a migraine - but other than that we just lazed around a bit.

While she was sleeping/resting I decided to give myself a trim up top. I used my beard trimmer and used the #2 on top and #1 on the sides. It hadn't grown much since the last haircut, but looks much nicer when it's cleaned up. I also trimmed the beard and shaved the bare spots.

Once Jane was up and around we drove up to Redline Honda and I picked up my motorcycle. They called Thursday and said they were done with the oil change and check-over. I told them I would pick it up Friday (yesterday) but wasn't about to ride it with snow and ice on the road. I was glad that it was only $158, and apparently everything checked out okay. I also picked up a battery tender quick-connect. It was only $7 and now I won't have to take the seat off to charge it. Jane and I also looked around at the other bikes in the showroom. There were some nice ones. One of these days maybe...

After taking the motorcycle back to work (where I store it), we went home and got our workout stuff. We then went to the Central Y and worked out. I did the elliptical for 30 minutes and then the treadmill for 20. That's the longest I've ever done the elliptical. Jane did the treadmill and then sat in the sauna for awhile in hopes it would help her head/sinuses. I have no intention of ever checking out the men's sauna unless I am the only one in the entire building.

Now we are preparing for the arrival of the kids. We are babysitting the three grandchildren tonight so Carrie and go watch Drew's band play. I think we're going to take them to Chick-fil-a for supper.

And... that's about it for this nice lazy day.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

We bought a car

Jane and I will finally be in one Accord. We just bought this 2013 Honda Accord. And I mean, literally, like just an hour ago I called and put down some money on our credit card. We go tonight to sign the papers and pick it up.

Drew's uncle works at Don Ayers Honda and we prefer to buy from him. I would recommend him to anyone that needs a car. I called him Tuesday and we stopped that night and drove this car and one Civic. Yesterday I read reviews and whatnot and we decided that I would call this morning and if they still had it we would pull the trigger. They did, and so we did. I'm trying not to think about how fast it happened so I don't freak out.

I would have been okay with waiting, but I'm good with this car too. We actually didn't want white. It also doesn't have a sun-roof or XM radio that we wanted. For some reason we just like it though. It does at least have a pinstripe. And it's supposed to be "Pandora Capable" (or something). We could always add an external XM radio if need be. It's pretty nice looking, and has all kinds of interior room.

I've wanted a Ford Fusion the last 2 or 3 cars we've bought, but it still didn't happen. I don't know what it is about them, but I like the way they look. I actually thought we would get a smaller car this time. The Accord only gets 2 mpg less than the Civic though, so we will enjoy the nicer ride.

I suppose the hard part will now be trying to clean out, and up, my '02 Buick Century. I will try to sell it myself. It would be nice to get $1000 out of it, but a lot will probably depend on the person/situation.

Here are the specifics about the car from their website:

***Free 100k Mile Warranty***, ***Low miles***, ***Perfect Carfax with no accidents reported***, Fantastic condition, ***Honda Certified***, Fantastic fuel economy, Back up camera, ***Just serviced***, and Garage Kept. Accord LX. If you demand the best, this wonderful 2013 Honda Accord is the car for you. This Accord will take you where you need to go every time...all you have to do is steer! Earns Edmunds Top recommended sedan under 25K. Honda Certified Pre-Owned means you not only get the reassurance of a 12mo/12,000 mile limited warranty, but also up to a 7yr/100k mile powertrain warranty, a 182-point inspection/reconditioning.

Body: 4D Sedan
Mileage: 32,186
Exterior: White
Interior: Beige
Engine: 2.4L I4 DOHC i-VTEC 16V
Trans: CVT
  • 160-Watt AM/FM/CD Audio System
  • 4 Speakers
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Air Conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Rear window defroster
  • Power steering
  • Power windows
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Traction control
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Overhead airbag
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Panic alarm
  • Security system
  • Speed control
  • Bumpers: body-color
  • Power door mirrors
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Driver door bin
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Front reading lights
  • Illuminated entry
  • Outside temperature display
  • Overhead console
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Tachometer
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Trip computer
  • Front Bucket Seats
  • Front Center Armrest
  • Passenger door bin
  • 16" Alloy Wheels
  • Speed-Sensitive Wipers
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • ***Free 100k Mile Warranty***
  • ***Low miles***
  • ***Perfect Carfax with no accidents reported***
  • Fantastic condition
  • ***Honda Certified***
  • Fantastic fuel economy
  • Back up camera
  • ***Just serviced***
(The car listed at $14,999. It ended up being $16,2-something. We resisted the pitch to add any extras.)