Nobody puts Baby in the corner.

Nostalgia for Patrick Swayze.  This just seems like yesterday to me. 

1987.  A million years ago.

Oh Yes. Yes. 57 minutes of sheer joy…

Date: 2/28/2008 5:15 PM
Type: Long
Course: Manor Loop-Partnerless
Distance: 5.34 miles
Duration: 57:27
Pace: 10:46 / mile
Shoe: Asics
Weight: 🙂
Weather: Sunny
Statistics: Calories: 723
VO2 Max: 28.1

Well, not all 57 minutes.  The first mile is always hard for me.  I have this conversation like, “I can’t wait to stop.  When can I stop.  My side hurts.  Vera Ave. is long.  Where is the golf course.  It’s too sunny.”

Then something happens to me after the first mile.  I feel like I’m powerful.  I got to the golf course again and it was locked halfway in, so I took it as good luck, because it’s when I ran my 4 miles last week.  I get up to Main Street, and I think, well, I can’t stop now.

I have this funny thing about running in front of people.  I like it, I confess.  Kim likes the trails, etc.  Me?  I like running by McDonald’s, Starbucks, the Mexican Restaurant, the bar, the bank.  Why?  I watch people watching me, and I think…they so want to do this.  You there.  You go ahead with your chicken nuggets.  I also get off on smelling the grease that I’m not putting into my body, and somehow it spurs me on to keep running.

I doubt that I’ve ever done any exercise for 57 minutes straight.  Ever.  And, I can guarantee you that I’ve never done 5.34 miles of running.  I have the Emerald 12K next weekend, so maybe I won’t completely suck at it.

Music that had me floating, from the Shawshank Redemption…


Red: [narrating] I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can’t be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.

Yes.  That’s exactly what I felt as I made my way down Main Street.

Heath Ledger


Heath Ledger


From peasant to knight; one man can change his stars.

William:  “Hope guides me,

that is what gets me through the day and the night.

The hope that after you’re gone from my sight,

it will not be the last time that I look upon you.”

By now, the world knows that Heath Ledger has died.  I tried to explain to my boys tonight that our favorite William had died, and that he was really young.  I had cause to remember how many times we had to watch Knight’s Tale.  Was it really 2001 when we started watching it, because one boy would have been 5, the other 3 years old.  We loved the part where he yells out *WILLIAM*!!!!!, and jousts triumphantly.  We said that line around our house a lot.  My boys jousted with anything they could get their hands on.


Such a shame, and so sad.  Rest in peace.  Know how much pleasure your movie gave my little boys.



Posting From Home & Movies to Inspire

Note:  Rambling Post Ahead.

So, I take the day off.  Again.  My sick boy gets cured, and with some Motrin and Vitamin C drops announces that he can go to school.  So, here I sit with a day off.  Well, not really.

This did cinch it for me.  I could not stay at home.  Three loads of laundry, and a 30 minute walk with the dogs, and it’s 11:30.  I am trying to follow the advice of Robby and am trying to watch Pan’s Labyrinth.  Somehow this is supposed to inspire me.  He also advised that I watch Teachers again.  Need I remind you, that in 1984, Teachers came out as I was teaching my third class of sixth graders.  Yeah, I’ve been around.
Teachers is horribly outdated, but here is my most favorite line: 

Dr. Donna Burke: We, the board members present, think that you should tender your resignation.
Alex Jurel: My resignation? What for?
Dr. Donna Burke: Because, Mr. Jurel, no one here wants to go through the pain of firing you.

Pan’s Labyrinth?  Not so much.  I don’t get it.  Plus, I am a multi-tasker, and in order to watch this movie, I have to WATCH THIS MOVIE (it’s in subtitles).  So, I’ll make some lunch, and eat it elsewhere, because that guy with the eyeballs in his hands made me want to hurl. 

Carmen: You’re getting older, and you’ll see that life isn’t like your fairy tales. The world is a cruel place. And you’ll learn that, even if it hurts.

Edit:  I just finished this movie.  I cannot speak.  Beautiful.