Breaks from news coverage

Tuesdays and Saturdays are my so-called weight training days. A small Universal®  gym has been against one basement wall since 1988, and not gathering dust, I am pleased to say. The effort seems to have been working over the years. My goals are modest, to be able to keep tying my own shoes as time goes by and to fend off any twinges while doing odd jobs around the house.

The manual which came with the machine has a toning routine which includes 13 assorted exercises, light easy stuff. During each session, however, the total repetitions do approach 500. Even a small exertion done 500 times is bound to be helpful when compared to channel surfing or turning pages in a magazine. Although I like that too.

There is another piece to my motivation. I grew up in a family with a chiropractor on speed dial. Back and neck aliments, headaches, you name it, it was there. So, if I can keep some semblance of muscle balance and tone, there should be a payoff somewhere down the road. And, I suspect, there already has.

Sirius Satellite Radio®  keeps me company while down in that basement corner. This morning the channel was “Classic Vinyl” under the rock category. Occasional breaks from news coverage have become more and more welcome, especially during the campaign season.

A little rock music with no news also helped calm me down. Last evening I watched Bill Moyers Journalon PBS. After listening to Henry Waxman summarize some of his oversight investigations, my anger toward our government almost kept sleep from my bedroom door. January 20, 2009 will be like having the country fumigated … at least for a while. I can’t wait. In the meantime, keep investigating.

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