Sunday, 2 March 2014


Quotation Of The Day ~ Cormac McCarthy: I got what I needed instead of what I wanted and that's just about the best kind of luck you can have.

I recently downloaded an app for my phone called Moves

My doctor once told me that, in spite of my relatively unhealthy lifestyle (drinking, smoking, generally avoiding fresh fruit and veggies, living alone, etc.) (well, there's that damned pest of a cat, too) (<wink>) i'm in pretty good shape for my advanced age thanks to the fact that i walk a lot. I like walking!

Anyway, Moves uses the GPS to track my every step and i was interested in seeing how far i actually did walk in a day. Admittedly, at this time of year, and with the weather being the way it has been -- snow upon snow upon more snow and, let's be honest, it's also been fucking freezing -- i haven't been strolling the streets and avenues of my fair town as much as i might do on, say, a sunny day in May. (In fact, i hate walking atm, slithering and sliding all over the place, clambering over churned-up ice and that's been covered with layers of snow, it's too much like work....)

So, according to Moves, over the past two weeks, and excluding the time i spend at work wandering around aimlessly (i turn my 'phone off when i'm at the shop), i've walked an average of 2.5 kilometres a day. Not much, really, but then the weather has been in large part to blame. I come home with my face frozen, i don't want to go out and have it frozen again.  And, this winter, i have fallen more often than ever before -- sometimes tripping over objects hidden underneath the snow, but mostly in attempts to clamber over snow mountains that have been deposited in my path by the ploughs (or, for the benefit of my American readers, "plows"). Fortunately no harm done, except for a torn pair of trousers.... No broken bones or bloodshed.

Another thing about Moves, though, is that it tags my locations. (Damn that GPS, that eye in the sky!) And it's staggering, what a limited orbit i have had lately! For example, in the past two weeks, it tells me that i've been to Kelsey's seven times, to the bank twice, to Video + Books twice, to the beer store three times, the liquor store once, to Bentley's once, to Quiznos twice, to the grocery store four times, to Fanfare Books once and Joe's Variety three times and ... that's it. Those are the only places i've been to in two weeks, other than home and work.

What a sad old fart i have become.... I'll be less of one, though, as soon as the summer arrives. If it ever does.... (I'll be a happier old fart LOL.)

Caveat: Moves uses up a lot of battery. Even though, as i said, my phone is off all day at work, i still have to charge it every night.

Here's the playlist:

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Greatest Hits
Simon Nicol - Consonant Please Carol
Marillion - Sounds That Can't Be Made
Spiers & Boden - Tunes
Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes
Jeff Lynne - Into The Light
John Fogerty - Blue Moon Swamp
Joe Satriani -- Unstoppable Momentum
Stone The Crows - Teenage Licks
Ofra Haza - Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival
The Beatles - Help!
The Moody Blues - To Our Children's Children's Children
The Beatles - Beatles For Sale
The Vaughan Brothers - Family Style
The Beatles - Rubber Soul
Camel - I Can See Your House From Here
Colin James - 25 Live
Camel - A Live Record
Jack Bruce - Songs For A Tailor
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Live Alive

And the next selections from my CD collection:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Must almost be time for one of your one-week vacations.

St. Louis is wonderful in the early spring.