So the other night I was meeting a friend for dinner and she let me know she was running late. I took the extra time to head over to my sanctuary, aka Barnes and Noble. It wasn't long before I found myself in the poetry section. As I was thumbing through one of the anthology's I thought to myself, God I love poetry. Ever since I started Grad school a lot of things I enjoy have had to take a back seat to writing term papers and reading text books. As I was standing there it occurred to me that I really need to make the time to sit down and write again, to send of poems to lit journals and to receive the rejection letters and who knows, maybe get another one published. I love the whole process. I left with a couple of books that night and when Michele saw them she asked if we could go back to a poetry reading again. Yes, I would like that.
So this last weekend I did it. I went out and bought a tent. Luckily for me REI was have a big sale and I was able to get a pretty good deal on a great tent.
I haven't slept under the stars in probably some twenty years. I used to go camping a lot, mostly down in Mexico when we were chasing surf, but for some reason I set that part of me aside. Now, I'm not sure if I'm going to like sleeping on the ground again at my advanced age but I'm excited to give it a try. I have been fantasizing for a while now on all the beautiful spots I can go visit and all the adventures I can have. I've missed communing with nature.
The test run begins on Nov 20th with a weekend trip to Joshua Tree. Wish me luck.
I live most of my life in fantasy. There, I said it. I'm a world class daydreamer. And I do not regret a minute of it because I have learned over the years about the power of dreams. I am always thinking up new schemes and plans and designs and while it drives my wife crazy at times, I do know that it is one of the things she loves about me. Never a dull moment with me around.
Before I met my wife I really didn't get out much. Fortunately for me she was a lover of travelling, getting out in the world and seeing the sights and sounds. I have been to places all over the world thanks to her passing the love of travel to me.
So when I see a site like this, I always go right into daydream mode and think about how wonderful it would be to throw caution to the wind hit the road and have the experience of just getting lost in the adventure.
So I broke my toe 3/4 weeks ago and missed the Long Beach Triathlon which was to be my coming out party for my new fitness program. I initially went into the tank but decided to keep it together and stay on the path I was on. Well this weekend I made up for lost time. On Saturday I went out to the Children Today's 5K which is a charity my company has supported for several years. It was extra special because I was able to run it with my friend Tina who quite smoking 2 weeks ago and this was the first 5K she has ran in 20 years. The event was a success, my toe didn't start hurting until after the race. Then on Sunday some friends and I went and did the Long Beach Marathon Bike Tour. It was 26+ miles of a lot of fun. Needless to say I'm beat but inspired. Thanks to all my friends who went out and ran/rode with me. It's fun to get healthy with friends. Here's some pics:
This last week/weekend I traveled up to Sacramento to attend the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists national convention. Since I started school I have been pretty active in the California Division. I have had a lot of fun and met some great people. I was a little apprehensive going into it but the whole thing was a success. I learned a lot and meet some new people that I'm sure I'll be spending more time with in the future. One more time I have learned that when you walk through the fear lots of amazing things can happen. One of these days it just might come naturally...but I doubt it. Here's some pics: