Friday, October 6, 2017

If I Make It To December

I was discussing something with the lab tech at the college the other day and my response to his statement was I just need to make it to December and immediately thought of Merle Haggard's classic:

Looks like that's going to be my new theme song. I'm down to under twenty working days left in my teaching career. I've got a great part-time job at the college but I'm ready to call it quits. Come December I can throw away the alarm clock and all my shirts with collars. Live in sweat pants and bib overalls, come and go as I please. Pick up the last four states on my quest to have been in all 50. Travel the Avenue of the Giants, see the Golden Gate bridge, sprint car races in Knoxville, Iowa, Museum of American Speed  in Lincoln, Nebraska and who knows where else.

In the meantime, however, knocking the hell out of the project list.

Got the bell base painted and finished making the chainguard for the motor bike. I still have to make the mounts to bolt it on, but soon. I made the front piece and rounded the bottom right corner off. It looked OK before I made the back piece. Now that I look at it, I should have had it follow the shape of the tubing so the two pieces look like one. Looks like I might have to splice a Dutchman in there.

I found time to finish another running book - The Inner Runner by Jason Karp. As the title suggests, not a "how-to book" but one that deals more with the spiritual/mental/physical aspects and how they affect your well being. I especially liked the last chapter Becoming a Better Runner and a Better You. Much of what he says would apply to most any sport but you can't really participate in any sport without running, either. If you're a runner now, the book will help explain the appeal of running and the emotional boost it gives you. If you're not a runner, read the book and you might become one. Running, whether you're world class or just a duffer like I am, is good for what ails you.

Hit the streets, my friends. You owe it to yourselves.

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