Sunday, May 17, 2020

Running - Weekly Log for May 10, 2020 through May 16, 2020

Last Week's Mileage Goal: 18 miles
Actual Miles Last Week: 18 miles
Run/Walk Miles: 0 miles
Cumulative Mileage: 507.5 miles.
This Week's Mileage Goal: 20 miles
Current Weigh-In: 198.4


Now to run the next 500 miles.

Previous Weekly Running Log: May 3, 2020 through May 9, 2020

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Book Blogger Hop - May 15th - May 21st: The Country Code for the Republic of Ireland Is 353


Jen at Crazy for Books restarted her weekly Book Blogger Hop to help book bloggers connect with one another, but then couldn't continue, so she handed the hosting responsibilities off to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.

This week Billy asks: As a book blogger yourself, what was the last book you read as a result of a fellow blogger's post?

I have to confess that I don't actually read very many other book bloggers. Between work, reading, getting material put together for the two ongoing RPG campaigns I am running, and writing material for this blog, not to mention having a two year old, I just don't have a lot of time to read other bloggers. In a weird twist of irony, I don't really like to read reviews of a book unless I have already read the book, and by then it is obviously too late to read the book based one a blogger's recommendation.

The handful of book bloggers I do regularly read don't really give me very many recommendations of new books to read, in large part because they are usually recommending books that I have already put on my reading list. In those cases, I can't really credit my reading those books to their recommendation, since I had already decided to read them. They might motivate me to push those books closer to the top of my reading list, but I can't truthfully say that I decided to read the book based upon their recommendation.


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Monday, May 11, 2020

Musical Monday - Gloria by Laura Branigan


#1 on the Billboard Hot 100: Never.
#1 on the Cash Box Top 100: The week of November 27, 1982.
#1 on the U.K. Chart: Never.

This song was a huge hit in 1982 - at the time it set a record for a song by a solo female artist. Despite the fact that it was and undeniably successful song on its own, my memory of this song is inextricably intertwined with the 1983 movie Flashdance. The song appears in a relatively short but important scene in which one of the women in the story is performing in a figure skating competition.

The central theme of Flashdance is that the various dancers and staff of the tiny club named Mawby's are all hoping for a big break to change their lives. Jeanie is a waitress at Mawby's who is training to be a figure skater. When she gets her opportunity to compete, she uses Gloria as her backing music and her routine starts well, but then she falls, and with her confidence shaken she falls again and again. She finally gives up, her dream dead. Jeanie is a casualty of the plot, used more or less to show that breaking free of the dive bar all the characters are working at is a difficult endeavor. Later, she despairs after her boyfriend leaves town to try to make it as a stand-up comedian, deciding at that point that her only option is stripping.

I don't know if my memory associating Branigan's song with this subplot from Flashdance is shared by a lot of other people. I kind of suspect that it is, because the figure skating scene sticks out as being fairly notable in the film. In any event, in my mind Gloria and Laura Branigan will always be connected to a woman failing at figure skating followed by her briefly choosing a career as a stripper.

Previous Musical Monday: I Don't Wanna Dance by Eddy Grant
Subsequent Musical Monday: Truly by Lionel Richie

Previous #1 on the Cash Box Top 100: Up Where We Belong by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Subsequent #1 on the Cash Box Top 100: Truly by Lionel Richie

List of #1 Singles from the Billboard Hot 100 for 1980-1989
List of #1 Singles from the Cash Box Top 100 for 1980-1989
List of #1 Singles on the U.K. Chart for 1980-1989

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Running - Weekly Log for May 3, 2020 through May 9, 2020

Last Week's Mileage Goal: 15 miles
Actual Miles Last Week: 15 miles
Run/Walk Miles: 0 miles
Cumulative Mileage: 489.5 miles.
This Week's Mileage Goal: 18 miles
Current Weigh-In: 196.6

Last week I set a goal of fifteen miles. I ran fifteen miles. I thought I was going to miss a day of running on Saturday, because I was feeling quite worn out and the weather was unseasonably cold, but I got out and ran anyway. As a poetic reward, Sunday has been beautiful.

Based upon my success last week, I'm going to go ahead and up my mileage goal for this week to eighteen miles, in accord with my overall plan. At this pace, I should be back to five miles a day in a month or so. I am hopeful that I will be able to get there.

Previous Weekly Running Log: April 26, 2020 through May 2, 2020
Subsequent Weekly Running Log: May 10, 2020 through May 16, 2020

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Book Blogger Hop May 8th - May 12th: The Battle of Crocus Field Was Probably Fought in 352 B.C.


Jen at Crazy for Books restarted her weekly Book Blogger Hop to help book bloggers connect with one another, but then couldn't continue, so she handed the hosting responsibilities off to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.

This week Billy asks: What platform do you use for your blog?

I use Blogger. There's really no thought behind it other than that's what I found as a platform back when I started blogging and just never changed. I've considered changing a couple of times, and even have a domain that I own that I could use, but the task of moving everything over would simply be so large that I never bothered.


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Monday, May 4, 2020

Musical Monday - I Don't Wanna Dance by Eddy Grant


#1 on the Billboard Hot 100: Never.
#1 on the Cash Box Top 100: Never.
#1 on the U.K. Chart: November 13, 1982 to November 27, 1982.

Is Eddy Grant the only Guyanese international pop star? I think he may be. I certainly can't think of another. In any event, Grant was part of a mini-boom of non-Reggae based Caribbean music that took place in the early- to mid-1980s. He only had a handful of really substantial solo hits, and this was one of them. To a certain extent, it was kind of a miracle that Grant was performing at all in 1982, since he had suffered a heart attack and collapsed lung in 1971 that had sidelined him for years.

In any event, this song is basically a gentle break-up song. It may be the most matter-of-fact break up song I've ever heard, and possibly the one with the least animosity of heartache as well. Basically, the singer just isn't interested in the former object of his affections any more, but isn't going to do anything to hurt her on his way out of the door. The video kind of sends a mixed message though, and although I vaguely recall the song from way back in 1982 - when I would have been living in Zaïre - I had never seen the video until this week.

Previous Musical Monday: Up Where We Belong by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Subsequent Musical Monday: Gloria by Laura Branigan

Previous #1 on the U.K. Chart: Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? by Culture Club
Subsequent #1 on the U.K. Chart: Beat Surrender by the Jam

List of #1 Singles from the Billboard Hot 100 for 1980-1989
List of #1 Singles from the Cash Box Top 100 for 1980-1989
List of #1 Singles on the U.K. Chart for 1980-1989

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Running - Weekly Log for April 26, 2020 through May 2, 2020

Last Week's Mileage Goal: 12 miles
Actual Miles Last Week: 10 miles
Run/Walk Miles: 0 miles
Cumulative Mileage: 474.5 miles.
This Week's Mileage Goal: 15 miles
Current Weigh-In: 198.4

Getting back to where I was in February is going to be a long grind. Building up your running endurance is an extended, arduous process, that only gets more difficult every year that I get older. Losing your edge, on the other hand, happens in almost the blink of an eye. So I will slowly work my mileage up again, adding just a little bit to each day's run every week until I am back to running real distance on a regular basis. Patience is a virtue, especially in distance running.

Even though I didn't make my mileage goal this week, that was due to circumstances beyond my control - I ended up having so many meeting scheduled on Friday that I just didn't have time to go out and run. Therefore, I am still upping my mileage goal for this week as I had originally planned to do. Let's see if I make the full 15 miles on the road this week.

Previous Weekly Running Log: April 19, 2020 through April 25, 2020
Previous Weekly Running Log: May 3, 2020 through May 9, 2020

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Book Blogger Hop - May 1st - May 7th: Transfers Under 26 U.S.C. § 351 Are a Primary Means of Transferring Property to Businesses


Jen at Crazy for Books restarted her weekly Book Blogger Hop to help book bloggers connect with one another, but then couldn't continue, so she handed the hosting responsibilities off to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.

This week Billy asks: Quote your favorite author!

Some Ursula K. Le Guin quotes:

"Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new." - from The Lathe of Heaven.

"We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel – or have done and thought and felt; or might do and think and feel - is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become. A person who had never listened to nor read a tale or myth or parable or story, would remain ignorant of his own emotional and spiritual heights and depths, would not know quite fully what it is to be human. For the story – from Rumpelstiltskin to War and Peace - is one of the basic tools invented by the mind of man, for the purpose of gaining understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories."

"To light a candle is to cast a shadow" from A Wizard of Earthsea

"You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere." from The Dispossessed

"To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness." from The Left Hand of Darkness

"The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next." from The Left Hand of Darkness

"I am living in a nightmare, from which from time to time I wake in sleep."

"The law of evolution is that the strongest survives!' 'Yes, and the strongest, in the existence of any social species, are those who are most social. In human terms, most ethical . . . There is no strength to be gained from hurting one another. Only weakness."


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