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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Day 250 ½ – (AD 650 ½) – Jim's Trek Part III – 0.0 Miles – Red Bar, Red Bar, Desktop’s Gotta Go Over

Good Day,

You must know, by now, that every morning I go through a number of steps, my routine. All these steps are set in my grey matter, albeit set in stone, so that I can get myself to start my exercise and pedaling on my Schwinn 170. The routine steps begin with me putting my feet from bed the floor to the point of the pedals.

Well this morning during one of my steps I got a red bar, a red bar to my Backup Space on my PC. It sticks out like a sore thumb, and it is something I have never, ever seen before in the 30+ years that I have been using PCs. And of course in PC vernacular Red does not mean good.


I know that yesterday both Microsoft and Apple had automatic upgrades. That meant of course that all my PCs and Smart phones and gadgets and devices were somehow affected. And after an hour of trying to get a possible answer, and running routine PC maintenance tasks the Red bar did not go away.


So there’s a new breakfast restaurant just opened up in the neighborhood. I called Citrus Computers. Guess where my desktop is going? No time to cycle today. And then I will go do my Thursday volunteering at the Family History Center in Lutz.

Status update on our new Equality quilt – Three blocks left of a total of 81 blocks to hide the starts and stops… Damn is this gonna be a beautiful quilt.


This is my 719th Jim’s Trek post. And according to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 55,663 Pageviews.

I definitely welcome any comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact me at Jim’s Trek.

Be healthy and enjoy your day.

Jim

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Day 250 – (AD 650) – Jim's Trek Part III – 21.9 Miles – 14,004.7 Miles on My Schwinn Fitness Cycles

Good Day,

Yes.  Today I can now say that I have pedaled over 14,004.7 miles; 22,538.4 kilometers on my Schwinn Fitness Cycles. I have used both the 150 and now the 170.


I am now heading in an almost northerly direction on Victoria Highway in Northern Territory. This is my 250th day cycling in my virtual Australia and I have been averaging, in real time, about 21.6 miles each and every day. I have only about 48.7% of my targeted Jim’s Trek III goal to complete.


And it is cold today…but the sun is shining in Tampa. It’s been 33 years since I’ve had to shovel out of my driveway. I do not think that I could handle 6 feet of snow.



The facts are in, sort of. Florida facts, so I always take them with tongue-in-cheek. Governor Rick Scott won by 64,145 votes.

If I quickly calculate, this means that he paid, in his election process and advertising dollars, about $779.48 for each one of those extra votes. I hope that those non-participating voters who sat on each one’s own derriere and avoided the ballot boxes this past November 4th are extremely pleased with themselves.

I certainly could do with an extra $780 a month. Just saying.

This is my 718th Jim’s Trek post. And according to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 55,584 Pageviews.

I definitely welcome any comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact me at Jim’s Trek.

Be healthy and enjoy your day.

Jim

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Day 249– (AD 679) – Jim's Trek Part III – 21.3 Miles – Do I Really Want To Be On This Road on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

On this cold Tampa day, currently 52°F, I was able to get a bit heated up cycling 21.3 miles on my Schwinn 170. I also completed 200 sit-ups. My totals – 13,982.8 miles; 22,503.2 kilometers.


I am now 290 miles from my next destination and goal point. I am currently located, going northeast on Victoria Highway in Northern Territory. At least this part of my Trek appears to be green.


Have you ever really asked yourself the question, “What am I going to take with me…when it’s my time to go?” I wonder if I can create a virtual bundle or knapsack.




Well the light on the front portico has been fixed. It appears that there had been a short in the in-house switch box. I just wonder what else is living within these walls?


And this is the Pack’s medicine cabinet. Yup that’s right. Oh and Bella’s glucosamine chews are down below. All four and there is a definite sequence to be followed. Praise be for my Sharpie.


Just a question – Is there some sort, some kind of nepotism that has been missed. Check out the November 17 Reuters article. “Florida attorney general to head group that financed her campaign.

And I wonder if this is just Rick Scott or just the typical bs of Florida politics. “It’s His Party! Rick Scott Starts Shaping Florida GOP” “After four years in office, Rick Scott is finally building his own team and starting to shape the Republican leadership of Florida.” (Sunshine State News). It has taken him four years?

This is my 717th Jim’s Trek post. And according to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 55,516 Pageviews.

I definitely welcome any comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact me at Jim’s Trek.

Be healthy and enjoy your day.

Jim

Monday, November 17, 2014

Day 248– (AD 678) – Jim's Trek Part III – 22.1 Miles – Dismal Weather on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

What can I say? Pool pump on the fritz. Washing machine E-17’d me. Max’s allergies took a turn for the worse; now he’s got a shaved butt. Front porch overhead light wiring fizzled. And the storm clouds are rolling in, and now a tornado watch.


I’ve got to get on my Schwinn 170.


This afternoon I cycled 22.1 miles on my Schwinn 170. Total miles to date – 13,961.5; kilometers – 22,468.9.



I am located still, (no big news), on the National Highway 1 in the Northern Territory of Australia. It appears that I crossed over the Victoria River and I am just about to cross Sullivan Creek. Both Google Maps images were taken in February 2008. The Tampa weather this November 2014 is certainly providing the downpour to keep in synch.

Guess, unless an age-reduction drug is discovered, I won’t be making the trip to Mars? CNNTech article – Humans on Mars by 2035? NASA’s sci-fi dream could be reality. Got to stick with the Total Recalls.

My blood sugar dropped 11 points to 106.  I suppose it could have dropped a wee bit more if I had had only one bowl of homemade French Onion Soup.

French Onion Soup - Before
French Onion Soup - After

I thought I had the Beef Broth and the Gruyere Cheese in the house.  I substituted Chicken Broth and Gouda and Swiss Cheese.  And now you understand why I had two bowls.

This is my 716th Jim’s Trek post. And according to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 55,460 Pageviews.

I definitely welcome any comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact me at Jim’s Trek.

Be healthy and enjoy your day.

Jim

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Day 247 ½ – (AD 677 ½) – Jim's Trek Part III – No Miles Today on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I decided to take a day off from pedaling on my Schwinn 170. The house needs to be cleaned and this housekeeper only works on the occasional Sunday. Also there is a little voice in me head telling me to take a non-pedaling day.  Believe it or not my biorhythm today for my physical cycle is at 0%.  Seriously!

My blood sugar count this morning jumped 16 points to 117. Yes I can say it is my fault. Hell all food that enters my mouth is only my culpability.

But I just had to get rid of the pound of salt-water taffy that was just sitting staring at me in the refrigerator. With each one I plopped into my mouth last night I keep saying that I know that my blood sugar will go up in the morning. Never once did I say that I will regret. I certainly do have a knack for short-term prognostication.

Last night’s attempt was my variation on Kimchi Jigae. Turned out to be sort of a “Korean-styled” noodle bowl; a chicken stew sort-of. And damn it was good.


Ingredients – Kimchee, Pork and Mushroom broth, Poached Chicken, Carrots, Rehydrated Mushrooms, Bean Sprouts, Onion, Garlic, Green Onion, Fish Sauce, Mirin, Soya Sauce, and Ramen Noodles. I was good I just heaped my first bowl. And would I make it again? Damn sure. Period.

Progress continues on three current projects – Equality, Afghan #5, and Afghan #7. Check Quilts SB and Afghans SB for updates shortly.

Who would have thought that I distant Robertson connection in Australia and I, in Tampa would be working together to determine our family lines in a small place of Oldhamstocks, East Lothian Scotland? Synchronicity? Follow progress and updates at A Genealogy Hunt.

This is my 715th Jim’s Trek post. And according to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 55,370 Pageviews.

I definitely welcome any comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact me at Jim’s Trek.

Be healthy and enjoy your day.

Jim