The Emperor’s New Shoes

New Balance MT101GB

New Balance MT101GB

This is a picture of my latest pair of running shoes, New Balance MT101GB’s.  A way that I can get good shoes for less is to wait till the new model comes out, which usually means that the prior model is sold for less than half the price of ‘new’ shoes.

In better times it’s also the way that I purchase computers.  I don’t have to have the latest machine with all the bells and whistles when a machine that’s close in performance will do just as good.

I’ve always tended to purchase sneakers this way, if only because what I care about is that the shoes are good performers, not if they happen to be the latest model.  The latest version of these shoes cost at least $100, while the earlier model cost $40.

And you may be asking why it is that a person that’s unemployed is spending their time buying running shoes.  It’s a valid question, but misses the big picture, which is that I enjoy running.  It keeps me balanced and exercises my body as well as my mind though most importantly taking care of my feet keeps them healthy, because I need them and want to keep them as health as I can.


‘a new bottle of whine’ or ‘there will be blood’


This is not a photo from a Cronenberg movie

I am not really a wine drinker. It lacks the excitement, the enthusiasm of a nice, cold beer.

That being said, I don’t mind the contrast every once in awhile.  So yesterday I purchased what I thought would be a nice shiraz, with every intent to drink it sometime this weekend…

Till, in a ill-fated effort to wash the dishes that have been sitting in my sink way too long, I accidentally knocked it to the floor.  It was almost like in the movies when something falls in slow motion.

The bottle exploded upon impact, spreading wine and glass all over the floor, which created a number of interesting problems.

The most pressing being that I was barefoot (I live alone, so I tend to dress very comfortably, which usually means nothing at all.  Don’t judge me) and I didn’t want to get a piece of glass in my foot.

Which, despite my best efforts to clean up, happens more often that I’d like to admit.

In fact, the last time I broke something I caught a small piece of glass in my foot, which I carried around – literally – for a few weeks.

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in the (what the heck is in This Stuff, and why am i eating it if i can barely pronounce it) department

What am I describing? The ingredients of this mystery ‘food’ are: Sorbitol, Maltitol, Gum Base, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Acacia, Less Than 2% of Glycerol, Soy Lecithin, Aspartame, Color (Titanium Dioxide), Acesulfame-K, Carnauba Wax, GHT (To Maintain Freshness) and Phenylketonurics: contains Phenylalanine.

You may be shocked to realize the almost indecipherable list of ingredients above make up common chewing gum, something that many of us enjoy without thinking about what goes into it.

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back to the doctor

The last time that I went to the doctor, I learned that my blood pressure was a bit higher than was desired.  That was Part One, now comes Part Two:  I haven’t run for a week or three weeks now, and I miss it. The thing is, I have had this pain in my right knee that has restricted my movement somewhat, and I wasn’t able to get an appointment till Monday.

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the pressure

I just got back from my yearly physical, and I learned that my blood pressure is a bit high.  According to New blood pressure readings are broken down into diastolic and systolic measurements.  Diastolic is the point of greatest pressure; systolic is the point of lowest pressure.

A normal reading is 130/85, and 120/80 is considered optimal.

My blood pressure is 130/90.

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