And now I continue in Australia Jim's Trek III. My exercise journey now on my Schwinn 170 from Tampa to parts unknown...

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Day 419 – (AD 849) – 22.3 Miles – Jim's Trek Part III – A Couple of Milestones On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I cycled another 22.3 miles in 72 minutes at a 12 resistance on my Schwinn 170. Totals – 17,720.0 miles; 28,517.6 kilometers.

And today my Jim’s Trek blog clocked 70,007 pageviews. The daily average of pageviews has increased by 1 to 77 a day. Thank you. (This is my 908th post.)

This morning I reached Mackay, my 17th of 20 destinations and goal points on this weird and crazy Trek, Jim’s Trek III. In Australia I have now pedaled 9,097.7 miles; 14,641.14 kilometers. At this 17th point of Part III I have cycled 51.36% of my overall mileage of 17,714.8 miles. I am astounded that I have been able to keep this up on this 849th day of pedaling. (That’s 59 days of no pedaling since 2 December 2012.) Narcissistic or not, and whether you read this or not, I am just gonna keep going. Period.

And I continued past Mackay for another 5.2 miles in Queensland. I am now headed in a southerly direction and I have another 271 miles to go to get to my next, 18th destination and goal point.

According to my calculation I still have about, give or take, about 13.3% of the distance remaining to cross my finish line.

And all I can say is that if a major appliance should just so happen to breakdown and has to be replaced I am damn for sure thankful that it happened on Memorial Day weekend. Yes I had to get a new washing machine. Only in America.

Another has thrown his hat into the fray. A new candidate, Rick Santorum tweeted, “Today I announce my candidacy for President of the United States.” And if you’re a Republican you’ve got a lot of studying to do, that is if you intend on choosing a reasonable and credible candidate.

The fifth Origami Crane block has been finished for our quilt composition Hope.  Follow our updates at Quilts SB.

This is my 908th post. According to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 70,002 Pageviews.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Day 418 – (AD 848) – 22.3 Miles – Jim's Trek Part III – What Can I Say On My Schwinn 170?

Good Day,

No issues or problems with the stress test yesterday. Echocardiogram next week. Just routine due to age. Has anyone ever deciphered Juan Ponce de León’s personal notes?

This morning I cycled 22.3 miles on my Schwinn 170. My totals – 17,697.7 miles; 28,481.8 kilometers.

And today I am located at 17.2 miles from my next destination and goal point. I’m at Lot 40 on Bruce Highway. Virtually, I cycled from Pindi Pindi to Hampden in Queensland.

Archer Farms’ Chocolate Carmel Nut Medley is my downfall. It’s those bags of chocolates at 9:00 pm. The chocolates are not in a box making me to choose only two. In a bag I just keep plopping them in. The chocolates that should be in neat little compartments but are in a jumble in the bag until I realize that I have eaten half the bag instead of closing the box until tomorrow. If I have to blame someone I’ll blame Archer Farms… But they are so good. My blood sugar was up this morning by 12 points to 114. Guess what, no Archer Farms tonight.

BBC News (this morning) “Same-sex marriage: Irish vote ‘defeat for humanity’ says Vatican official” – Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state.

Question – What happened to the Apocalypse? What about pedophilia? What about the Reichskonkordat? Think I’ll wait for the Four Horsemen.

The Riders of the Apocalypse, Daniel Peron

And this is one thing that I understand about sports “ ‘two generations of soccer officials’ used partnerships with sports marketing executives to solicit $150 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for, among other things...” (USA Today, May 27, 2015.)

According to Cap Times editor Dave Zweifel “Texas Sen. Ted Cruz”, a would-be candidate for the Presidency, recently stated “that he understood the concerns given a federal government that for six years has been ‘disrespecting the liberty of its citizens’.” And now in The Dallas Morning NewsObama confers with Gov. Abbott about Texas floods, promises quick federal aid.” (Todd J. Gillman, May 26, 2015). And in Texas is it all about having their cake and eating it too?

Turns out washing-machine tub hairline crack, which means… Damnation. Period!

This is my 907th post. According to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 69,960 Pageviews.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Day 417 1/2 – (AD 847 1/2) – 0.0 Miles ? – Jim's Trek Part III – Not On My Schwinn 170

Good day,

Today I'm not getting on my Schwinn 170. Scheduled stress test. My cardiologist decided that even though I am in relatively good condition, due to my consistent pedaling, he made mention that due to my age he felt it was time once again.

And I'm sitting in the waiting room, and another contender for the treadmill has requested that receptionist staff to switch the current TV station to a pain-in-the-ass soap opera show. The stately marm's reasoning, "I wouldn't have been able to keep me doctor's appointment if I had to miss my show." Damn hell, the intelligence of some people just amazes me.

And then she leaves the room.

Another patient registers at reception. Staff member states that her payment is required before service. "How much?" asks the elegant lady. "21- cents," is the response. "21-cents?" "You have a credit balance on your account." "A credit? How much? Since when?" "Oh it's been on the books since 2013." Damn. (That's me thinking.) A credit balance, without any notification. And I think I'm going to start a new business. Refund plus interest services for over-payment on accounts.

The paperwork/disclaimer included "there are potential risks (approximately 2-3 per 10,000) associated with an exercise stress test. These include...heart attacks or sudden death." And I'm patient number 9,997. Wonder how bright the light is?

Learned something today, the brain, itself, does not have any pain receptors. "There are no pain receptors in the brain itself. But the meninges (coverings around the brain), periosteum (coverings on the bones), and the scalp all have pain receptors. Surgery can be done on the brain and technically the brain does not feel that pain." Now I can watch an open brain surgery...I think.

This is my 906th post. According to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 69,923 Pageviews.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Day 417 – (AD 847) – 22.4 Miles – Jim's Trek Part III – Mirrors On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today this virtual narcissist pedaled another 22.2 miles on my Schwinn 170. Totals to date – 17,675.4 miles; 28,445.9 kilometers.

I am now located at Lot 1 on Bruce Highway. I still do not understand the “LOT” numbers as there must be some explicit reasoning for them being shown on the map…but there does not appear to be sequential justification. This time my location “LOT 1 Bruce Hwy” is in Pindi Pindi, Queensland.

And I have 39.5 more miles to go to get to my next destination and goal point. Only 13.69% of my original Trek III left. Does anyone have any suggestions for my 4th Trek? (And I do not think Google has Hell mapped as yet.)

My blood sugar was up 1 point this morning. That is if you’re interested. And no, this is not a self-scourging write-up of my thoughts. I truly do not care what anyone thinks about my journey, my Trek, or my health. I am doing this for me. I could keep my fingers quiet and allow the doctors to feed me the chemicals to help keep my diabetes in check… I could allow myself to realize a false and substance sense of well-being. Or, I could do something about it that would benefit me. My Trek, my diet, my writing, my design… No-one else but me. And yes I am ticked about the survey. I think it is BS. Just keep reading.

Guess according to the study of 555 people conducted at Brunel University London I may have very low self-esteem and I could be classified as a narcissist. Why? Because I frequently, every bloody day, update my Facebook and my Google+ pages about my “achievements” – my Trek, my quilts, my eating. Maybe so… So I am narcissist with low self-esteem based on the study’s “‘big five’ personality traits – extroversion, neuroticism, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness – as well as self-esteem and narcissism.

Possibly a reasonable study for a PhD thesis… but a sample size of 555? Facebook last quarter passed 1.19 billion monthly active users, 874 million mobile users, and 728 million daily users. So a sample size of 555 is a credible study?

Obviously there is something wrong with Google News; well I think there is something wrong with Google News. I am/was under the impression that Google News, based on my choices, over time, would select stories and headlines that I may be interested. It is very few and far between that I pick stories about sports. I’m just not interested in the Roman ideals of the arena. Well this morning the five, that’s right the top 5 Tops News stories on my Google News was about sports – and the top one was about fake sports, Fantasy Football. The others: football, basketball, basketball, and car racing. And sure enough the next three headlines: soccer, basketball, and basketball. That’s chosen eight Top News headlines about sports. Be damned. There must be something wrong with Google’s algorithm.

Our Moon Over Bayshore quilt-wich has been loaded to our Longarm. Let the quilting begin.

Thanks to the inspiration of Mike F. Andy and I have started another new quilting project. Here are two of our goal of 1,000 blocks.  No-name yet, just Hope.

This is my 905th post. According to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 69,878 Pageviews.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Day 416 – (AD 846) – 22.1 Miles – Jim's Trek Part III – Continuing On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I pedaled another 22.1 miles on my Schwinn 170. My totals – 17,653.0 miles; 28,409.8 kilometers.

I have now complete 86.1% of my Australian journey, Jim’s Trek III. And I have succeeded in pedaling 70.89% of my overall goal.

Only 62.2 miles remaining to my next destination and goal point. I located at about Lot 4 on Bruce Highway heading south and sort of a bit to the west. I’m cycling parallel to O’Connell River.

Blood sugar up 3 points this morning.

Supper last night – an attempt on Emeril Lagasse’s Harira: Moroccan Chickpea Stew with Chicken and Lentils. And of course I had a second helping.

Read article by Steve Bousquet of the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau, “The perpetual campaign of Gov. Rick Scott” (May 24, 2015).

Yep, he hit the nail on the head.

“Scott is not always consistent on matters of substance. Take education funding or Medicaid expansion, for example. But he is on matters of style…
“The only thing Rick Scott has succeeded at is twice winning close elections,” says Darryl Paulson, professor emeritus of political science at USF St. Petersburg and an outspoken Scott critic. Paulson, a Republican, says Scott is weakened by a team of inexperienced advisers, a lack of familiarity with the political process and an inability to interact with legislators, which becomes glaring at times like the present, during a tense stalemate over health care policy.”

Just wondering about some of the current national social controversies recently surfaced in the media.

Not getting too preachy or stuffed-shirt, I have always tried to avoid hypocrisy. I do not have many of the answers, but I know that I try to search for myself a modicum of understanding.

And Republican candidate Huckabee should take to mind Matthew 7:15.

Question – Does anyone have a reverse-aging process? I would like to turn back my clock and enlist for an astronaut program and sign up for the first and furthest distance location away from this planet.

This is my 904th post. According to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 69,757 Pageviews. Pageviews are certainly increasing, thank you: May 2012 – 0; May 2013 – 1,927; May 2014 – 2,270; and May 2015, to date – 2,327. And still 8 days to go.

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