The past 24 hours included a spectrum of experiences so perhaps a few unrelated thoughts might not be amiss.
Look Mom – No cavities! Aside from having a hygienist who was apparently an honors graduate of the DeSade School of Dentistry [Is floss supposed to feel like barbed wire?] all went well with the semi-annual visit to the dentist.
The road back to running is long and winding. Since temperatures still limit my willingness to run outdoors, I am confined to the treadmill. The gym limits the time on these machines so my current strategy is to gradually increase the distance I can achieve in the 30 minutes allowed. The total yesterday was 3.06 miles; not great, but better than the 3.02 miles the previous day or the 2.99 miles on Tuesday.
I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook but more love than hate today. Two friends posted their 1864 mug shots which can be generated on BBC America’s website http://www.bbcamerica.com/copper/mugshot-yourself/ . Since it cannot be done on an iPhone [Flashplayer required] one was kind enough to send me my mug shot. [Thanks Homer!] I made it my FB profile picture but I will change it soon. The picture is ‘a hoot’ but also a little too ‘Manson Family Christmas Card’ for my comfort.
Phoenix’s Nearly Naked Theatre Company kicked off their 14th season with “Parallel Lives”; a two-person show based on the “Kathy & Mo Show” created by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimi. The two (female) actors did a fine job. Since it had been almost 20 years since I saw the “K&M Show” I went online to try to learn more about the differences between the two pieces. I did not learn much but I did find a review of a New Orleans production done last year where the roles were played by male actors. That would have put a new spin on “Sister- Womyn-Sister”.
Politics have invaded the Dog Park. (Is nothing sacred?!) The humans have started to separate themselves into different parts of the park to avoid listening to the political rants of others; or possibly just to avoid hearing people with whom they disagree. This morning there was a group of 9 Scottsdale retirees [read ‘cranky old white guys’] sharing their collective wisdom about the President’s convention speech. I did not listen to much of it but the critical discussion point seemed to be something about whether “Muslims” are allowed to wear jewelry. Most of the dogs seemed to be gravitating toward them but I think that was probably more because they were camped next to the water fountain than any kind of canine political consensus. Happily Harper embraces diversity…or at least is curious about it.
And finally, from my, ‘One More Reason to be Proud of Living in a Red State’ file, a news item.
The judge is an appointee of our Governor Jan Brewer. I wish I could say I was even surprised. I guess, if the re-election bid doesn’t go well for Todd Akin he can relocate and find work on the bench in Arizona. There is one bright spot in this. When I sit down with my ballot and vote yes/no on whether to retain judges I often struggle to find a basis for making a decision. I think I will remember Judge Hatch’s name.