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Downsizing in 2020

Approximately 52 million or 16% of Americans are age 65 and over. It is easy to understand that some of them are thinking of downsizing their home because they don’t need the same space they did in the past. It can be liberating to divest yourself of “things” that have been accumulated over the years but are no longer needed. Moving to a less expensive home, could provide savings for… Read More »Downsizing in 2020

The Proof is in the Miles. Get OUT 2019!

Holy Crap!I haven’t run this little since High School. Even in the “bad” years when I worked at Coldwell Banker and struggled to get runs in, I ran more than in 2019.1106. 1106 miles. In fact, in 2018 I almost had that by the halfway point. A bad year, indeed. And with the knee replacement in June, I don’t expect the next year to be much better. 1106 miles. That’s barely averaging… Read More »The Proof is in the Miles. Get OUT 2019!

Yesterday I Woke Up on the Couch

Yesterday I woke up on the couch. No, this isn’t a story about marital trouble and it is not a commercial about the world’s most comfortable couch (although mine is pretty comfortable). This is a story about decisions. Yesterday, I was supposed to awaken in a bed at Rose Medical Center. I would awaken there because two days ago I was scheduled for my  knee replacement. While my Doctor said… Read More »Yesterday I Woke Up on the Couch

It’s Really Kind of Sad

It’s been a long time since I wanted to write anything on this blog site. I’ve done some running since July 29 (last post), but nothing of any significance whatsoever.I write today while basking in the comfort of the once lovely Best Western North River, awaiting tomorrow morning’s Chicago Marathon. I was supposed to run Chicago last year, but my knee caused me to defer until this one. This knee… Read More »It’s Really Kind of Sad

Decisions……

Some people Blame it on Rio. Not me. For me, Rome is the culprit. In fact, all of Italy is to blame.I’d never been to Italy. Heck, I’d never been to Europe or in fact across either of the Oceans. My life, although much traveled, is domestic in nature. But the trip I took this summer with my wife Linda, and her family, sort of woke me up. And now… Read More »Decisions……

A Trip to Italy (and maybe some runs) Part 13, Arrivederci Italy!

Our Ride We were up before the alarm. The anticipation of a long trip home sort of weighed on us as we headed down the scary elevator to meet our “driver.”There had been a little bit of a joke about us opting for the car instead of the taxi. Well, not when we hit the curb. There was our guy in a black suit driving a black frickin’ Mercedes Benz.… Read More »A Trip to Italy (and maybe some runs) Part 13, Arrivederci Italy!

A Trip to Italy (and maybe some runs) Part 12, When in Rome, Time to Go Home

Grabbing shade at Monte train If it’s Monday, it must be time to head to Rome. A bit of a sore knee made a run a lousy idea so I went for a walk instead. We were pretty much packed from the night before and we kind of knew that this would be the close to final packing as we had very limited time in Rome for such things.Breakfast was… Read More »A Trip to Italy (and maybe some runs) Part 12, When in Rome, Time to Go Home

A Trip to Italy (and maybe some runs) Part 11, Monterosso!

Morning in Monterosso Al Mare The day began with a rooster crowing at about 6:30. I guess even the rosters sleep in in Italy. My job was simple: get up, get dressed, and hit the run down the hill. Monterosso is actually two places, Monterosso and Monterosso Al Mare. The first is South of Al Mare and a little smaller. That’s where our hotel was situated. While smaller than Al… Read More »A Trip to Italy (and maybe some runs) Part 11, Monterosso!

A Trip to Italy (and maybe some runs) Part 10, Hello Coastline!

Chiara’s Car Fully Loaded Note:   You will notice that Blogger began acting up halfway through this post (not wrapping text around pictures). After completely wasting 30 minutes trying to cure its actions, I just gave in. Hope it’s not too annoying.It was time to say goodbye to the Villa and head for the coast. I confess to looking forward to the move mostly because the villa, while wonderful, was boring.… Read More »A Trip to Italy (and maybe some runs) Part 10, Hello Coastline!

A Trip to Italy (and maybe some runs) Part 9, Lucca and my Mission

Cover me, I’m going inthru the Lucca Wall It was Friday (I didn’t miss this one). It was our last full day staying at the villa. I was on a mission.The day we walked the streets and shopped the shops of Lucca, we had seen some wonderful handmade pottery that nicely depicted the Tuscan countryside. This morning, I was going to combine two of my favorite things: running and doing… Read More »A Trip to Italy (and maybe some runs) Part 9, Lucca and my Mission