Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Wee Bit of Nothing of Substance

 Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you? 

 Fanny Brice

Good morning, everyone.  After a wonderful summer weekend, the humidity and heat are creeping back up again.  It's times like this that I am really glad I no longer have to go to work.  Those crowded subway platforms and long walks to and from work, well, I just couldn't do it anymore, especially in this heat.  I regret now that I took those pain-free days of youth for granted.  But, regrets are not going to help me.  What I have to do now is stick to my goals.  

Speaking of subways....Friday was the first time I have been on a subway since I retired.  I'd forgotten how cold and unfriendly they were.  Next time, no matter how round about the trip is, I'll go to Coney on the bus.  People smile and talk to each other on the bus.  Not on the trains.  Everyone is so afraid they might have to give up their seat to you, so they all pretend they don't see that you are standing there with your cane.

For those who wanted to see one of my selfies....

Pretty bad, huh?  I was frowning and squinting because I was trying so hard to see on my phone and why my nose looks so big, I'll never know.

I can't believe it is July already.  I didn't even know until I was filling out the application for Qigong classes and asked someone what the date was.  Threw me for a loop when they responded that it was July 1st.  I don't know whether it is because since I have retired the days all seem to run into one another or is it because the older you get, the faster time seems to fly.

Qigong is the art and science of refining and cultivating internal energy. 

Ken Cohen, 
The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing

July 4th I'll be having my own celebration.  It will be five years since I stopped smoking, my own personal Independence Day.  My meter never ceases to amaze me.

Four years, eleven months, three weeks, five days, 21 hours, 11 minutes and 15 seconds. 27343 cigarettes not smoked, saving $12,988.04. Life saved: 13 weeks, 3 days, 22 hours, 35 minutes.

I remember the day I first put this meter on my computer and the numbers said zero.  The higher the numbers got, the less likely I was to relapse.  There was no way I was going to start over. 

And with that, I bid you all a fantastic day.


  1. Can remember the date, but not the year for me.
    Best guess is 5 or 6 years ago.
    There is actually a meter for this. ?
    Looking at it from that prospective is mind boggling.

    I'd say that your nose was the closest thing to the camera lens is the reason it's more prominent.
    As accidental selfie's go, it's not a bad one. :0)

    Oh and tell me about the days flying by.....I've named it The Retirement Syndrome.

  2. July 4th will be a red letter day in more ways than one!

  3. Good for you that you are NO LONGER a smoker.....takes a lot of will power to stop that.