funny is going on with me. And I do mean humorous. This morning
I got up with a chuckle, even before I read wacky cartoonist Gary
Larson's morning laugh on my one-a-day calendar. Don't ask how
this got in my mind, but I was remembering a weekend newspaper
article that said Bill Gates is no longer the richest man in the
world. Sam Walton's son now holds the titlewhich made me
think that the American public is currently spending more money
at Sam's Club and Wal-Mart than it is spending on computers and
software. Somehow that seemed strange, considering how fast a
computer becomes obsolete and needs replacing. But thinking more
about it I remembered that just last night my wife and I went
to Sam's Club, where I bought another $4.98 T-shirt because I
couldn't stand not getting in on another super dealfor the
30th time. We also bought a bottle of Absolut vodka, which even
at Sam's price ain't cheap. Hey, wasnt it Sams Club
that used to brag about pushing American-made products?
surprise was that my wife decided to join me on my walk this morning.
Now, this is not to say that Linda doesn't like to exercisein
fact, its quite the opposite. Her exercising was such an
influence that our daughter got a degree in physical science.
But Linda has her own approach to exercise, one that I don't clearly
understand. For instance, for a while we were going to a health
spa at 6 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The fact that
this spa doesn't open in the morning on Tuesdays is what got my
weekly walks on that morning started. By now I've faded on the
Monday, Wednesday and Friday routine, which Im hoping to
get going again. But the Tuesday walks are still going strong.
Anyway, when Linda and I went to the spa; as I would drive into
the very large parking lot, which was usually full, I would try
to take the first available parking space. Just as I was about
to turn in, my wife would say, "Why don't you drive closer
to the front and see if there is a space available?" I guess
what I'm trying to say is, I thought the idea was to exercise!
left the house today at 5:44 a.m. the temperature was 41 degrees.
The only star in the sky, which I don't really think was a star,
was in the eastern horizon. Probably Venus. I don't know very
much about astronomy. The only thing I think I remember is that
my 10-year-old nephew once told me that the second star in Orion's
Belt was 800 times bigger than the sun.
walking at a fairly brisk pace, and being the man of the family,
I figured I needed to show leadership. We headed up Cerrillos
Road toward the Plaza, then north on Lincoln Avenue to the Federal
Building and clockwise around it to the intersection of Paseo
de Peralta and Washington Avenue. From there we continued east
on Paseo de Peralta, which curved around to the intersection of
East Palace Avenue, which we followed west to Cathedral Place.
At this point we were very close to the French Pastry Shopbut
guess what? I had forgotten my wallet! So instead of turning west
on San Francisco to get a pastry, I led Linda on around Cathedral
Place and started back toward home. But the moment I passed the
San Francisco Street intersection, my wife casually asked why
was I not heading to the pastry shop. I tried to camouflage the
problem by saying that I didn't want us to have to carry the heavy
load of the pastries home. But this didn't go over very well,
so I had to confess that I had forgotten my wallet. That didn't
go over very well either, because Linda reminded me that this
had never happened to me before. Well, to make a long story short;
we walked back home and then I did the cavalier thing and drove
us back to the pastry shop for coffee and you know what. After
all of this was accomplished, we were back home by 7:20.
walking with my neighbor, I had to take three steps for each one
of his, so he wore me out. This week my stride was somewhat longer
than my wife'sbut somehow she wore me out also. There are
things I dont understand very well.