Hearing My Breath

Today I forgot my headphones, so I ran without music or podcasts. It was an overcast morning with temperatures in the mid-50s, so it was perfect day for running. But I had to listen to the sound of my breathing. And every footstep. Normally I don’t hear these things, but it brought a different level of focus to my run. I paid more attention to how I was running than I normally do. I ran a bit faster than I have been lately, but that was largely due to the weather.

A Dog Birthday Party

Today Adriana’s dog Cosmo turned 9. He had a birthday party at the dog park. Cosmo dressed up for the occasion and wore a tie. The invited guests were mostly well-behaved. The uninvited ones were the ones we needed to worry about. A French bulldog was especially enamored of a stuffed, plush cake. He chased it. He tossed it in the air. He even tried to bury it in the dirt for later. Birthday parties in public places are always a challenge.

Nice Brand You Got There

The generic brand of food products sold at Walgreen’s drug stores is called Nice. Not just Nice. But Nice! The exclamation point changes this from the being a middle Of the road, almost offhand comment about the product’s quality to an on-trend, millennial slang term for awesome. I guess drug store snacks are one more thing ruined by millennials.

The First Day of School

I went to bed early and I woke up early. I saw several school buses on my morning run. But this first day of school has little meaning to me. My son is in college and his classes started last week. My daughter is a senior in high school, but I had no part in getting her to school today. She was at her mom’s house and she drives herself to school. This is more just a sign that summer is ending and the calendar is moving on.

Cemetery Gates

Notice: No person may engage in recreational activities in any cemetery. For purpose of this subsection, recreational activities shall include, but not limited to, the throwing of balls or frisbees, playing of games, engaging in sport activities, running or jogging, picnicking, allowing dogs, cats or other animals to run at large and any activities inconsistent with the use of a cemetery as a cemetery.