Garyclarkk's Blog

10 Years In 2 Months
July 31, 2014, 7:42 am
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Lots of rain and thunder last night.  Scattered rainstorms today, high of only 85.  Low 90’s and sun for the next 5 days.


Before I turned 50 I was determined to get back into shape.  Worked really hard for months . . . and I didn’t have that far to go.


I turn 60 in October. . . so, can I get into similar shape in 2 months.  Truthfully, No.  However, I can give my best shot because I found my motivation; one of the pictures I took of myself on my birthday, 2004.



I Know I’m Getting Forgetful, But . . .
July 30, 2014, 7:02 am
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Good thing that I’m a man.  Because as forgetful as I have been getting, this could happen to me if I was a woman.  Not sure for that long though.


Jul 26 at 1:08 PM

Yeah, I Embarrassed Myself
July 29, 2014, 9:16 pm
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Short and sweet. Ok, just short.

Went for a 10.77 mile jaunt Saturday. Very hot. Very humid. Almost home, at 10.25 miles. I nod at a guy jogging towards me. He gives me a very strange look eyeing me at knee level.

I’m wearing almost knee length nylon gym shorts, sweating up a storm.

I look down at my left leg and see…….

The sweat that gathered at the bottom of my shorts had actually foamed. About the size of a Ping Pong ball.

True! Looked like a bunch of dog slobber…….. or if memory serves me correctly, like something else. Without a doubt, the guy that ran past me thought it was the well-worked something else.

Crap, I mean stuff, that only happens to me.


Hot Weekend
July 25, 2014, 7:42 am
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Low 80’s going to 100. Warmer both Saturday and Sunday. Cooler mid-week.

I have lots of work to do this weekend. Going to try to get a head start today even though I’m in the office this morning.

I’ve got to put some miles in today.
Trip to Sams to get dog food and drinks.
Buy some sod.
Till and plant the sod.
Several loads of clothes to wash, dry, fold and put away.
Trash is already taken out. So I’m off to a good start.

If I can get all that done, I’ll be free to go for my long Saturday walk. Going to have to get on the trails early. 101 is too hot for me to be exercising outdoor.
Saturday is also, clean my room really, really good day.

Sunday is mow, edge and trim both the front and back yards.

I watered the flowers in my front garden this morning. Amazing! They’ve tripled in size after last week’s incredible cool, wet weather.

I have a cardio appointment on Tuesday. No! Really, I do! This time I’m sure.
If I can all my work done this weekend and not drink any beer, I should be at the weight my doc is looking for.

July 24, 2014, 7:50 am
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100 today.  102 through Sunday

We had a nice little shower last night.  Lots of lightning, thunder and a good deal of rain.  That made for a nice night.

However . . .

This morning is sunny, hot, with no breeze.  With a high of 100, it’s going to be a muggy day.

Rangers lost a rain-shortened game to the Yankees last night.  They also had rain in NY.  But theirs was torrential.  Poor grounds crew took 20 minutes and 3 attempts to cover the infield with the tarp.

Fox Sports never cut to an advertisement it was tha entertaining to watch.  The video is all over the web this morning.  Felt sorry for the grounds crew . . . while I was laughing.  I’ve been there and done that.

Extremely busy at work this week.  So back to the job I go . . .

Told you it was going to be short.

Record and (Ignorance x 2)
July 22, 2014, 11:01 am
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Hot – sunny.

Yesterday I got an IPhone message reminding me I had a Cardio visit on Tuesday @ 07:45.  I setup that reminder a couple of weeks ago so I wouldn’t forget.  Smart of me.

However . . .

Dang It!!!!!  I thought it was Thursday.  Haven’t been on the strict diet I had planned the 3 days before my visit.

So . . .

How do I lose a quick 5 pounds?


Strapped on my walking shoes and completed at 4-hour, 14.26 mile walk.  That’s real good for me, both time and distance. 

And . . .

My new shoes worked.  My feet didn’t hurt at all.

I beat my all-time distance record by 1.15 miles.  A couple of months ago I did 13.11 which is a 1/2 marathon in 4 hours and 40 minutes.  So yesterday I went 1.15 miles farther in 40 minutes less time.

OK, I’m feeling good about the cardio visit.

Got to his office at 07:20.  He’s at his other office.   Odd   VERY odd.  So  I went down the block to his other place.  Walked in and no receptionist.  Took a couple of minutes for her to show up.  She looked surprised.


After some positive interaction that I won’t go into, the bottom line is:

The Cardio’s visit is next Tuesday.



July 21, 2014, 7:05 am
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No blog because this is a, record-setting-through-ignorance day.

I’ll explain tomorrow.


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