Indulgence in the Afternoon

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Sometimes, Today’s Perfect Moment has to be a little indulgence.***

As I write that, I felt it was such a powerful statement that I had to step back from the keyboard and admire it a little. I had to start a new paragraph for that very same reason.

Because I haven’t really been torturing myself with the new diet, I feel a little guilty succumbing to temptation. Honestly, though, I actually don’t.  As I look behind me and see my cat stretching out in the sunbeam, I feel a little at peace.  If he can enjoy himself, well so can I.

I bought these delicious cookie snacks last weekend when I visited J-Town to have katsu curry and yakisoba. I also had a Monaka, but you’ve probably already read about that.  I had put them away as I knew I would be taking my nutrition a little more seriously this week.  They were on sale and that was all the justification I needed.

When I bought them I relied on sight recognition. I assumed these were the original Koala March snacks by Lotte.  I had seen them a billion times and I didn’t look too carefully at the package.

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When I opened the box, I knew instantly that these were different. The overwhelming and wonderful aroma of bananas made me take a second look at the box.  It turns out that these are banana and chocolate flavour.  Also, these were made in Thailand for the US market.  None of these facts bothers me at all because I am not a Japanese food snob.

These little snacks were absolutely scrumptious. Though the smell and flavour of the bananas were undoubtedly artificial, they didn’t have that chemical odour and flavour I associate with it.  If I had bought more than the one I ate and the one I photographed I would be in real trouble now.  As it was, that one little box was enough to be Today’s Perfect Moment.

*** a quick question; I wavered back and forth between the adjective (indulgent) and the noun (indulgence).  The meaning is similar enough, but how about the nuance?  Which would you have chosen?

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Baby Steps

IMG_20190411_124912_290I wish I could write that I have completely overhauled my diet. I wish I could honestly tell you that I have given up junk food, stopped snacking between meals and that my love affair with pizza (who loves me even more than I love it) was over.  Alas, I cannot.  What I can say is that I have made a concerted effort to eat better in all areas of my life.

I have written several times this early spring that I want to be better on the bike this year. To do that I am going do several things:

  • stretch more consistently and improve my flexibility
  • lower my weight to achieve a better power to weight ratio
  • ride more often to improve my fitness
  • work on my core strength
  • improve my nutritional balance

These are obvious goals but the execution of them is not necessarily easy. By doing all of the things I mentioned, weight loss should be a natural consequence.  If it weren’t for a very powerful love of chocolate, beer, pizza, and samosas, that would probably be true.

I just thought I would share a picture of my lunch with you to show you that I am serious in turning over this new leaf (again).

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When the Bus Door Opens to Random

I shouldn’t have been going to work, but I was. I had volunteered to substitute teach for one of my colleagues.  I am not sure whether I volunteered out of friendship or the desire to make a few extra dollars, though I am leaning more towards the profit motive as time goes on.

I should also be clear that Today’s Perfect Moment won’t be the flurries that happened shortly after I boarded the bus for work. Yeah, they were beautiful, but I’ve had enough.  I want winter over and done with.  I have already written about the Last Gasp of Winter and I really don’t want to do that again.  I guess I can stick to a technicality.  The Last Gasp was a bona fide snowstorm with actual accumulation.  These were just flurries and don’t really hold a candle to a true winter snowfall.

Today’s Perfect Moment is instead a moment of beautiful randomness. That you can see evidence of a snowfall in the picture may contribute to the randomness of it all, but should not be considered an endorsement of winter.  As I have already hinted, I want to out on my bicycle ASAP.

This is the story. I boarded the bus some time before eleven o’clock.  I haven’t taken the bus at this time in quite a while, but I do remember that at this time of day there is a different breed of public transportation user on the bus.  Though it may seem like it (as I have a well-known sarcastic tone) different is not being used as a euphemism for weird, but merely unusual.  Today was an exception and the bus was mostly filled with average people without a trace of sketchiness about them.  The bus trip itself was rather weird though,because we had two driver changes in the same trip–one near the beginning and one near the end..  It annoys me when there is one; so you can imagine how I felt when they had two.  Seemed like poor planning to me.

I spent the early part of the trip looking over the material I was going to have to teach. While the flurries caught my attention, they didn’t hold it.  I needed to concentrate on the material for some time.  At some point, for reasons that I am not entirely sure about, I looked out the door at one of the stops.  Maybe something caught the corner of my eye, or maybe I just needed a break from the material in the text.  Whatever the reason, I certainly didn’t expect to find a moving do20190411_111426lly occupying my view outside the door.

Sure, there was/is a lot of construction being done on the road to make room for dedicated bus lanes, left turn protocols, and signals to facilitate those protocols. However, none of this heavy construction equipment requires a dolly—a huge construction crane or backhoe maybe, but not a dolly.

I am so happy I was able to take a picture before the bus started moving again.  And, I suppose it isn’t weird, but it certainly struck me as random. Why was a dolly parked there?  Who left it?  Were they coming back for it?  As I look at the picture now, I can clearly see tire marks of a truck.  This brings up other questions that I didn’t ask at the time.  Had they used it to load or unload the truck and then simply driven off without it?

I didn’t have much time to ponder it after taking the picture because a lovely older woman sat down beside me and started a conversation with me. As this happens rarely, I maintained my side of the conversation and turned off the interior monologue.  However, the image of a lonely moving dolly abandoned in a field stayed with me for the rest of the day.

If you liked this post, I recommend you read about some of my other bus encounters.

The Two Fisted Drinker

Scenes from a Rainy Day

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So That’s What 900 Feels Like

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It wasn’t until after I finished writing the blog–several hours after–that I realized I had hit a kind of milestone. The last blog was my 900th blog.  I know, I know, 1000 is the milestone and 900 is just the speed bump.  Whatever.  It’s my speed bump.

Am I on Schedule?

No, probably not. I don’t think I have a schedule.  I try to be a consistent blogger, but life just seems to get in the way.  I might be out enjoying one of the Perfect Moments and can’t write.  I might be trying to overcome the consequences of one of those Perfect Moments–also called the less than Perfect Hangover) or I might be so tired from work and explaining relative clauses that I am too tired to string words together for the blog.

Am I where I planned to be?

I didn’t really have a plan. At best, I probably had a hope of where I would be.  I probably hoped I would be hip deep in followers, being courted by companies to review their products, and travelling around the world on someone else’s dime.

Am I happy with what I have accomplished?

Absolutely! Despite what I have written above, the whole experience has been excellent.  I have written a few good sentences and maybe even a few good pieces.  I have laughed, I have smirked, and once or twice I have even snorted.  If I have entertained anyone half as well as I have been entertained, I would consider that pretty amazing.  In addition to that I have interacted with some great people.

Greatest Hits?

With 900 posts there have got to be a few good ones. Here’s a selection of the ones that still make me smile and still have me dreaming of being a writer.  It may be one post, or one paragraph, or one sentence, or even just a word pair, but hopefully you find something to smile about.

Are you going to do this again when you hit 1000?

Yes.  Most likely yes.  You’ve got to celebrate any victory or occasion that you can.  What if I stopped blogging tomorrow?  I would never get to 1000.

The Future

The future is the next blog post.  I will tell you when I get there.

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Spring Cleaning

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Today’s Perfect Moment is one of those moments that, at first glance, seem rather banal; however, upon reflection, are anything but. Today’s Perfect Moment is celebration of the rites of spring.

Today, in a celebratory mood, and possessing coupon which made it free, I took my car to the carwash. Yes, I did one of the many things I have been carelessly procrastinating for some time.  Yes, I washed away the crud of the recent winter to spring transition.  I washed away the grime that had been weighing on both the car and me.

Obviously I could relate that riding through the carwash tunnel was nostalgic and inner child inducing. I could easily have made that Today’s Perfect Moment and been quite happy with it.  I mean, who didn’t want to go through the carwash when they were children?  Who didn’t want to see those brushes and mops and other robot like stuff move around?  Who didn’t think that was a really cool way to spend a few minutes?

Now as an adult, I kind of like the fact that the car just looked all shiny and new. It didn’t hurt that the sun had come out and my very blue car looked even bluer.  Hopefully I turned some heads as I drove through my small town.

Now, sadly, I’ve got to clean the inside. Does anyone have a shopvac they could lend me?

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Putting Away the Jacket

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I didn’t do a great job of putting away my jacket in this photo, but it is away–and yes, my mirrors need cleaning.

Yesterday I went to work without a jacket. Perhaps this wasn’t the first day that I went without a jacket–I am pretty sure that I have left it in the car or not taken it because I was going to be in a warm car—but it definitely was the first day that I went to work (and was on public transport) without a jacket.

And it was GLORIOUS.

My winter jacket, often described as not a proper winter jacket, isn’t particularly heavy or cumbersome. Without something fleecy underneath, it doesn’t even really keep me very warm.  I don’t think of it as weight, but when I didn’t have to wear it yesterday, I realized that it must have weighed a million pounds.

Such freedom is easily Today’s Perfect Moment.

What has been your Perfect Moment of spring so far?

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When Shopping At A Japanese Grocery Store

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Once, a long time ago, I watched a Japanese TV program that was waxing nostalgic about Japanese summer treats.  One of the things they mentioned was Monaka.  If I remember correctly, the program was not really talking about the Monaka pictured above, but rather something that was made at a store, or a shop that served it through a tiny window.  I had long since moved away from Japan when I saw it, but the program images and nostalgic tone stuck with me.

Today, I had the chance to buy one at J-Town.

This might be an inferior mass produced item.  However, it had three things going for it.  It was delicious (waffle, chocolate, and thick, cold ice cream–yummy), ticked off the boxes for nostalgia, and I had the chance to share it with someone.  It is easy to see why it is Today’s Perfect Moment.

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The Bell That Got Away

I wrote about the bell I bought, and I showed you a picture of it on my bike.  In both of those posts, I also wrote about the other contender.  The bell that was also a mount for the Garmin I don’t actually have.

I stopped by the bike store today to pick up some UV protecting and cooling sleeves.  While there, I stumbled across the one I didn’t get.  And, after looking at it, I am really happy I didn’t chose that one.  It didn’t sound that sonorous.  Perhaps, it would be great for someone with a Garmin.  That person just isn’t me….yet.

They had a whole wall of stuff a typical biker doesn’t really need, but may want just because they can get it. I looked at new gloves, a new helmet, and even an awesome all carbon bike….So much stuff to blow your money on.

 

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A Picture of the Bell

In my rush to get my post about the bell out, I forgot to put a picture of the thing on the bike.  Seeing it in the package probably isn’t good enough.

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20190406_133406 I am generally happy with it.  I won’t really know until I need to use it.  Hopefully that won’t be too often.

It went on quite easily and there was space for the cables had I chosen to mount it further left towards the handlebar tape.   The hex nut appears not to be metric, so I had to use the allankey they provided rather than my own set.  I did not require the spacer that was provided, but I have kept it in case the need arises.

Working near the handlebars, it became obvious that my cycle computer needs new batteries.  Better to find out before the ride, I guess.

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Ring-a Ding Ding

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One of the interesting things that is required of anyone riding a bike here in Ontario is to have a bell on their bike.  Having had one on the bike in Vietnam, I suppose that need to signal to people you are approaching from the rear, signalling people around you, and scaring off dogs (in Vietnam) is real enough.  For the past few years, I have not had one, and like most of the riders I know, just pleaded ignorance when mentioned at club meetings.

I had heard there was a mount for the Garmin that incorporated a bell underneath the mount. This would certainly meet the legal requirement, but I wondered how easy it would be to reach.  Also, I don’t have a Garmin, and I am not sure I have the financial capability of buying one this year.  If I want to take the cycling vacation to Chile, I am pretty sure I do not have it.

While at the bike store trying to quickly get ready for this year–getting my electrolyte solutions, paying my memberships, looking at new socks, and a variety of other things, I came across a bell for my bike. It looks pretty sleek and won’t take up too much real estate on my handlebars.

Hopefully by the end of the week, I will have been out on the bike.

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