Redwood Age: Healthy Ways
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March 20, 2007
I do some of my best mind-wandering when I’m
exercising. On a three-mile run in Marin County, I can come up with next
week’s story idea, devise a plan to pay for our summer vacation and settle on
a dish to make for dinner that my one-year-old son might not throw on the floor.
Mind-wandering is my key problem-solving time. Truthfully, I’m not so
concerned why I do it. These days, I’m just thankful that I have found the
time to let my thoughts run wild and see where they take me. Researchers point
out that mind wandering
can be a negative activity when it takes you away from the task at hand.
Maybe they have a point… it took me about 30 minutes to write this 130-word
P.A. MacLean, March 15, 2007
Biking over to the weekend farmer’s market,
happy as a shaggy dog rolling in the grass because it was the first real
spring day this year. And then I
see it. One of my biggest peeves
about cities that put in bike lanes then have the street sweepers blow all the
dirt and glass out of the traffic lane and into pile in the bike lane. Piles of little bits of glass that just wait to give you that
next flat. Clean the
corners folks. Or don’t
throw those beer bottles out the car window on Saturday night to smash on the
P.A. MacLean, March 14, 2007
Last week I had to invoke the three-patch
rule. Got a big old hunk of
glass in the tire just two blocks from work.
Walked in and got it patched in the building basement.
Once a tube has three patches it is officially cooked.
If I get a fourth flat on the same tube it goes to the tubular
March 11, 2007
My colleague, P.A. MacLean, makes a good point or three
in her story
about bike commuting
. I know because I’ve commuted by bike for more
than 20,000 miles over the past two decades, with most of that coming in a clump
of 6,000-mile years. In my first year in Marin County, California, I cut my car
mileage to about 3,500 miles from 15,000 the prior year simply because Marin
makes it so easy to ride a bike just about anywhere: to work, to the store, to
get some exercise with friends. Just think how much the price of gasoline would
drop if everyone would do a shopping trip a week using a bike. Think how clear
the sky would get if they would ride their two-wheeler to the office now and
then. Think how medical costs would fall if we dared to get a little extra
exercise on the old velo. Pretty soon, we might start riding as much as they do
in Amsterdam, which is way ahead of us on this. Maybe more kids would even start
riding their bikes to school again along safe routes that are now crowded with
SUVs. Just maybe.