I HAVE MOVED

After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.

If you are looking for my new posts, please go to www.haroldlshaw.com .

Thank you for all they years of following One Foot In Reality.

Harold

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An Introverted Runner - That is Me

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: July 30, 2014


Running is an important part of my life, but not for the reasons that are obvious:
  • weight-loss
  • physical fitness
  • mental benefits
  • more leeway in eating what I want

They are important and they are a part of "why" I run.

Comfort Zone


Running does something for me that no other activity does, it takes me out of comfort zone - a lot.

No, it isn't about running faster or further either.

huh???

Running makes me want to get out and be with other people, go places or do things, I wouldn't otherwise.

What are you talking about Harold?

Through running I have met people I never would have met otherwise (both people who are relatively famous or those who are less famous, but have become friends), go places (run in Central Park, gone to Runner's World Headquarters), done things (attended the inaugural Runners World Half Festival as a featured blogger or earned a living writing about running/healthy living for a year).

Those are a few of the things that running has done for me.

Because I run, I have done these things even though I am...

Rather Introverted

Being an introvert is not a bad thing, there are many more of us around than people realize. As I have aged and gotten to know myself better - I have finally accepted that being an introvert is just part of who I am and it isn't some strange malady that I have to endure.
What is an introvert?

This is from About.com and fits my experience quite well:

They enjoy thinking, exploring their thoughts and feelings. They often avoid social situations because being around people drains their energy. This is true even if they have good social skills. After being with people for any length of time, such as at a party, they need time alone to "recharge."

Maybe that is one of the reasons why I enjoy blogging so much too. :-)

Introvert Image from CJ Hilton's Facebook Page

If you really watch me, when I am in social situations, I tend to stand off to the side, watch what is going on.

Sure I will talk with those who stop and visit with me, I might even attempt to initiate some conversations (that is really hard for me with people I do not know - well). I usually keep moving around the fringes and avoid the people who are supposed to be the center of attention - it is too draining to compete for their attention. When the "small talk" with someone starts to slow down or become awkward, I move on.

After I get "tired" of being a "social butterfly", I will move off to someplace where others are not, to recharge, before I move back into the social fray.

Running

It is different at an event related to running, I know what I am supposed to talk about, I don't have to worry about trying to keep up "small talk" about other subjects that really don't mean a lot to me, with people I do not know and/or can trust.

I am with people who generally have something in common with me and I am comfortable talking about:
  • running - how the race went, what we are planning to do or how our running is going
  • training - how is my training going or what training plan we am using
  • gear - how our new GPS watch is doing, what new gear we are using
  • injuries - what is my current injury and commiserate with others about theirs
  • running shoes - how much we like or hate our current shoes and what we have seen that really interests us for our next pair
  • weather - how it is affecting our running
  • family - if we know the family how things are going

and the best part is that more than a few runners are introverts too and don't take my so-called social awkwardness as too unusual or strange. When I move off to be by myself for a couple of minutes they don't look at me like I am a weirdo or freak, they just give me some space when I need it and welcome me back, when I get around to coming back.

Going to races either as a participant or volunteer, local group runs and being a member of the local running club gives me opportunities to meet and/or see other people, I wouldn't otherwise. We talk about running, training, running shoes and as we get to know each other better about other things, but it is a "safe" social environment for me.

When I am volunteering at running events, I still tend to choose activities where I am doing things "more" independently, although when I "worked" the Skechers booth last month, I did have fun, but when I got home, I was more toast from working the booth than I was the race. I crashed and needed to recharge.

Social Media

Then there is the online running community. Sometimes it seems as though I talk more with my online running friends than I do people in the real world. At times it is easier sometimes to talk via social media than it is face-to-face. I know that I have met several runners through social media, who would not be a part of my life otherwise.

Luckily, I have met a few runners that I have gotten to know through social media and when we meet it felt like I was talking to an old friend, which was a good thing. Even though I will never meets some of these people in person, I consider them friends and know from experience if I did meet them, we would sit down and talk like old friends.

So my online running community and social media also helps me to not disappear into a shell and become that old weird guy up the street.

However, I never want to allow social media to be my primary social outlet and know that I need actual human interaction beyond a screen.

The reality is that


there are all kinds of different personalities in runners, however, if you look closely, will find more than a few runners who are pretty introverted and according to some things I have read, that is one reason some runners are attracted to running, they do not have to interact with others, unless they want to...it gives us that "me" time that is so valuable in today's overly connected world.

I know running is stereotypically the "loneliness" of running, however, for me it has become the way that I stay in contact with other people and my primary social outlet.

If I didn't run, I have a feeling that I would easily just fall into a routine of seeing a very limited amount of family/friends/neighbors, work around the house and that would be the limits of my social activities.

My world would be a lot less interesting and lonely, if I wasn't a runner.

How about you if you are an introvert or an extrovert (somewhere in between?), how does running impact your social life.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

WOW! Fantastic Customer Service

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: July 20, 2014



Yesterday, we went to Berlin, New Hampshire for TheWife's Hawkinson (and all the other 100 or so other ways you can spell the name) - family reunion.

We had a GREAT time, got to see a lot of Mary's relatives and had some good conversations.

We had talked about going over to North Conway earlier in the day, so I could go to the Pearl Izumi Outlet Store if we had time. After it was over and we were ready to head back to Maine at about 4:00 PM. So we checked to see what time they closed (7:00 PM), the wonders of being able to access the Internet while on the road and drove over to North Conway from Berlin.

By the way avoid going to North Conway during peak hours - traffic sucked, it was backed up almost to the Mt. Washington overlook and took about 40 minutes to get from there to the PI store - about 3-4 miles.

I have two brands of shoes that I really have liked a lot this year, Skechers and Pearl Izumi. I run well in both Brand's and I love PI's clothing lines, so the trip to the Outlet store was for a couple of reasons.
Even though I asked questions/complained about the issue/concerns with my N1 Trails on social media sites and wrote about it on my blog, I never got any response from Pearl Izumi (shows how popular my blog is ;-) ) and no one who read my blog or on my running shoe group seemed to have a big problem with grit getting inside of the shoes. I needed to know if the issue I had with the N1's - was just me.

Enough of the prelude.

Pearl Izumi Outlet Store, North Conway
Pearl Izumi Outlet Store - North Conway, NH

When we got there, we were helped by Dan B. and I told him the problems I was having with grit and stuff getting in through the gap between the tongue and the upper (yeah, I know that all shoes let in a certain amount of stuff, but the amounts I was getting in was excessive and uncomfortable). I just wanted to look at the N1 Trails they had in stock, to see if they were made the same as my shoes or not and look around at the clothing.

The conversation I had in the store and summarizing below is not meant to be a exact record of the conversation we actually had, but are simply my impressions of what was said, but not perfect by any stretch of the imagination.

While I was looking at some the new N1 Trails, we talked about my experience with them and he asked me if I had the shoes with me.

I just "happened" put the N1's in the car that morning and went out and got them.

We looked them over and compared my N1's to the new ones on the shelf and it seemed to me as though the tongue was about the same.

Then he said "I am wearing N1 Trails and I haven't had any issues with too much stuff getting in the shoes, but I don't run in sandy conditions or on a lot of dirt roads in them". We looked down at his shoes and when he flexed his foot, bingo - there was a gap about the same size as the one on my shoes between the tongue and the upper (his was on the other side of the tongue).

We talked a little more and he asked me if I wanted to do an exchange for a new pair of in stock PI running shoes.

I really wasn't expecting to exchange my shoes for new ones or anything else - that wasn't my intention.

Really, the only reason we stopped at the Outlet Store, (besides drooling over some of their running clothes and accessories), was I just wanted to know, if my N1 Trails were defective or if the concerns I had were what I would consider a design flaw.

After looking at the other N1 Trails, from my perspective, it was a design flaw, that could have been avoided by using a gusseted tongue, but they didn't. But who to hell am I to be telling the professional designers, engineers and all the other people at Pearl Izumi, who are a lot more successful and probably a lot smarter than I am, that they have a design flaw.

Oh stop it, this old fart is saying just that here. ;-)

All I can reasonably say is that the N1 Trails let in too much grit for the way my feet work in that shoe and leave it at that, because I really love these shoes other than that fatal to me - flaw.

If Pearl Izumi gussets the tongue or other makes other design changes to minimize or eliminate the gap between the bottom side of tongue and the upper when the shoe is flexed on the next version of the N1 Trails, it will be a shoe that I will buy again, because they were a GREAT shoe for me except for that flaw. If they do not, I will move on.

However, I will keep getting their running clothes, because they are "da bomb"

Exchange Time

However, at the Outlet store, I didn't say that to him, he was too nice and attempting to be helpful to me, that dissing the product to him would have served no purpose - he didn't design the shoes and I didn't want to act like an arrogant ass, they get enough of those in there I am sure.

So I told him that wasn't necessary to exchange the shoes, that my N1 Trails were pretty old and had quite a few miles on them (I checked 280.1 miles).

We talked some more about Pearl Izumi shoes and how much I had originally loved the N1 Trails and I told him had two pair of N2 Roads (I was wearing one pair, which he had noticed earlier), he told me that Pearl Izumi has a GREAT warranty program and wanted their customers to be happy. If I wasn't happy running in their shoes, he wanted to do something about it to make it right.

Again he offered to exchange my old N1 Trails for a comparably priced pair of new PI shoes from his shelves.

Wow. I really was not expecting that kind of customer service, especially at an Outlet Store.

At first I felt a little guilty about it, hell I had almost 300 miles on those shoes, even though they did look almost new, but I got to thinking that if it wasn't for that issue I would probably still be running in them as my primary trail shoes and I would not have gone out and bought another pair of trail shoes last month, which I still do not like as much as I did the N1 Trails (even with their problem). The more I thought about it the more I began to think - why not.

Decision Time

I said okay.

Now this put me on the spot, because I wasn't ready for this generous offer and didn't know which PI shoes I wanted.

I thought about getting a pair of N1 Roads, but I really, really like my Skechers GoMebs and GoRun Ride 2's for road running and I still have two pair of N2 Roads that are in good shape. So I really didn't need another pair of road shoes.

Based on what I saw in the N1 Trails, it didn't make any sense to get another pair (even though I was tempted) and I know how stiff the N2 Roads are, so I didn't really want to break another pair of N2's, even if it was the trail version.

Then I saw that they had a bunch of Peak II's. Yes they are the previous generation of trail shoes from Pearl Izumi, but I had read a lot of positive reviews about them in past and when I put them on, they felt comfortable, once I sized up to a 9 1/2, (we have a foot size, not a shoe size).

Pearl Izumi Peak II

I did notice that just walking around in them, they were more flexible and not as firm as either the N1 Trails or N2 Roads I have worn, so I chose them. Hopefully, they will be a good trail shoe for me.
Extra Credit

We went to finish up the exchange and he told me, you still have about $20.00 in store credit, what do you want to do with it.

Since the PI Outlet Store is over 3 hours from the house and we do not get over to North Conway very often, I decided to use it and ended up getting a really nice PI running hat and a pair of socks. I was impressed - he could have simply of done the exchange and not said anything about the extra store credit and I would have still been very happy. So there was a very high level of honesty, which was nice to see.

The reality is that

Visiting the PI Outlet Store gave me a chance to compare other N1 Trail models to mine. Unfortunately, based on what I saw, the N1 Trails on the shelf appeared to have the same issue - a gap between the bottom side of the tongue and the upper when the shoes were flexed.

Which was really too bad, because I thought the N1 Trails were one of the best shoes I had EVER run in, until the weather warmed-up and I started getting grit, small rocks and other stuff inside of my shoes. Which made runs range from slightly annoying to having to stop to empty out the shoe, because it was painful to run on the small rocks that were getting inside.

Four take-aways from going to the North Conway Pearl Izumi Outlet store were:

  1. How great I was treated. It was more like I was a long-time customer, who had an issue and they were going to take care of it right away, than some strange guy off the street, who was talking out of his ass.
  2. The store employees showed a higher level ofexpertise and customer service than I am used to from the stereotypical Outlet Store store employee.The two staff members (I hate that descriptor) who were in the store, went out of their way to be friendly, put my wife and I at ease inside of a store that I don't go to that often (I have been there maybe 3 times in 5 years), and ensured that I was happy with my Pearl Izumi gear.
  3. They could have just as easily done a shoe exchange, easily short-changed me and got me out the door at 6:00 PM on a Saturday night, instead they were honest and took the time necessary to make sure that I left as a satisfied customer, who will be back.Oh yeah, when the guy gave me his card - so that if I had any more questions I could ask him or if I was looking for more Pearl Izumi products I could contact him, I found out that the guy who was helping me was also the Store Manager, which made an even bigger impression on me.
  4. He never talked down to me, gave me that WTF do you know attitude and treated me right. He took the time to find out what was going on, talked me through my trying explain what I was experiencing with my shoes and didn't make me feel like I was bothering him at any time.

Thank you Dan for your time and expertise.

My experience in Conway, restored my positive attitude towards the Pearl Izumi brand, after my questions/concerns had been ignored by PI on social media channels, but were addressed at the Outlet Store.

It will be interesting to see how the previous generation Peak II's feel/perform compared to the new EM line.

Based on this experience, I will definitely go back to the Pearl Izumi Outlet Store, after all I do have to go to Berlin and Lancaster, New Hampshire every so often, it just means that it will be routed through North Conway, even if it means going a little out of my way to get there.

WOW! Fantastic Customer Service

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: July 20, 2014

Yesterday, we went to Berlin, New Hampshire for TheWife's Hawkinson (and all the other 100 or so other ways you can spell the name) - family reunion.
We had a GREAT time, got to see a lot of Mary's relatives and had some good conversations.
We had talked about going over to North Conway earlier in the day, so I could go to the Pearl Izumi Outlet Store if we had time. After it was over and we were ready to head back to Maine at about 4:00 PM. So we checked to see what time they closed (7:00 PM), the wonders of being able to access the Internet while on the road and drove over to North Conway from Berlin.
By the way avoid going to North Conway during peak hours - traffic sucked, it was backed up almost to the Mt. Washington overlook and took about 40 minutes to get from there to the PI store - about 3-4 miles.
I have two brands of shoes that I really have liked a lot this year, Skechers and Pearl Izumi. I run well in both Brand's and I love PI's clothing lines, so the trip to the Outlet store was for a couple of reasons.
  • Even though I asked questions/complained about the issue/concerns with my N1 Trails on social media sites and wrote about it on  my blog, I never got any response from Pearl Izumi (shows how popular my blog is ;-) ) and no one who read my blog or on my running shoe group seemed to have a big problem with grit getting inside of the shoes. I needed to know if the issue I had with the N1's - was just me.
  • See if they had any great deals on running stuff.
Enough of the prelude.

Pearl Izumi Outlet Store, North Conway

Pearl Izumi Outlet Store - North Conway, NH
Pearl Izumi Outlet Store - North Conway, NH
When we got there, we were helped by Dan B. and I told him the problems I was having with grit and stuff getting in through the gap between the tongue and the upper (yeah, I know that all shoes let in a certain amount of stuff, but the amounts I was getting in was excessive and uncomfortable).  I just wanted to look at the N1 Trails they had in stock, to see if they were made the same as my shoes or not and look around at the clothing.
The conversation I had in the store and summarizing below is not meant to be a exact record of the conversation we actually had, but are simply my impressions of what was said, but not perfect by any stretch of the imagination.
While I was looking at some the new N1 Trails, we talked about my experience with them and he asked me if I had the shoes with me.
I just "happened" put the N1's in the car that morning and went out and got them.
We looked them over and compared my N1's to the new ones on the shelf and it seemed to me as though the tongue was about the same.
Then he said "I am wearing N1 Trails and I haven't had any issues with too much stuff getting in the shoes, but I don't run in sandy conditions or on a lot of dirt roads in them". We looked down at his shoes and when he flexed his foot, bingo - there was a gap about the same size as the one on my shoes between the tongue and the upper (his was on the other side of the tongue).
We talked a little more and he asked me if I wanted to do an exchange for a new pair of in stock PI running shoes.
I really wasn't expecting to exchange my shoes for new ones or anything else - that wasn't my intention.
Really, the only reason we stopped at the Outlet Store, (besides drooling over some of their running clothes and accessories), was I just wanted to know, if my N1 Trails were defective or if the concerns I had were what I would consider a design flaw.
After looking at the other N1 Trails, from my perspective, it was a design flaw, that could have been avoided by using a gusseted tongue, but they didn't. But who to hell am I to be telling the professional designers, engineers and all the other people at Pearl Izumi, who are a lot more successful and probably a lot smarter than I am, that they have a design flaw.
Oh stop it, this old fart is saying just that here. ;-)
All I can reasonably say is that the N1 Trails let in too much grit for the way my feet work in that shoe and leave it at that, because I really love these shoes other than that fatal to me - flaw.
If Pearl Izumi gussets the tongue or other makes other design changes to minimize or eliminate the gap between the bottom side of tongue and the upper when the shoe is flexed on the next version of the N1 Trails, it will be a shoe that I will buy again, because they were a GREAT shoe for me except for that flaw. If they do not, I will move on.
However, I will keep getting their running clothes, because they are "da bomb"

Exchange Time

However, at the Outlet store, I didn't say that to him, he was too nice and attempting to be helpful to me, that dissing the product to him would have served no purpose - he didn't design the shoes and I didn't want to act like an arrogant ass, they get enough of those in there I am sure.
So I told him that wasn't necessary to exchange the shoes, that my N1 Trails were pretty old and had quite a few miles on them (I checked 280.1 miles).
We talked some more about Pearl Izumi shoes and how much I had originally loved the N1 Trails and I told him had two pair of N2 Roads (I was wearing one pair, which he had noticed earlier), he told me that Pearl Izumi has a GREAT warranty program and wanted their customers to be happy. If I wasn't happy running in their shoes, he wanted to do something about it to make it right.
Again he offered to exchange my old N1 Trails for a comparably priced pair of new PI shoes from his shelves.
Wow.  I really was not expecting that kind of customer service, especially at an Outlet Store.
At first I felt a little guilty about it, hell I had almost 300 miles on those shoes, even though they did look almost new, but I got to thinking that if it wasn't for that issue I would probably still be running in them as my primary trail shoes and I would not have gone out and bought another pair of trail shoes last month, which I still do not like as much as I did the N1 Trails (even with their problem). The more I thought about it the more I began to think - why not.

Decision Time

I said okay.
Now this put me on the spot, because I wasn't ready for this generous offer and didn't know which PI shoes I wanted.
I thought about getting a pair of N1 Roads, but I really, really like my Skechers GoMebs and GoRun Ride 2's for road running and I still have two pair of N2 Roads that are in good shape. So I really didn't need another pair of road shoes.
Based on what I saw in the N1 Trails, it didn't make any sense to get another pair (even though I was tempted) and I know how stiff the N2 Roads are, so I didn't really want to break another pair of N2's, even if it was the trail version.
Then I saw that they had a bunch of Peak II's. Yes they are the previous generation of trail shoes from Pearl Izumi, but I had read a lot of positive reviews about them in past and when I put them on, they felt comfortable, once I sized up to a 9 1/2, (we have a foot size, not a shoe size).
Pearl Izumi Peak II
Pearl Izumi Peak II
I did notice that just walking around in them, they were more flexible and not as firm as either the N1 Trails or N2 Roads I have worn, so I chose them. Hopefully, they will be a good trail shoe for me.

Extra Credit

We went to finish up the exchange and he told me, you still have about $20.00 in store credit, what do you want to do with it.
Since the PI Outlet Store is over 3 hours from the house and we do not get over to North Conway very often, I decided to use it and ended up getting a really nice PI running hat and a pair of socks. I was impressed - he could have simply of done the exchange and not said anything about the extra store credit and I would have still been very happy. So there was a very high level of honesty, which was nice to see.

The reality is that

Visiting the PI Outlet Store gave me a chance to compare other N1 Trail models to mine. Unfortunately, based on what I saw, the N1 Trails on the shelf appeared to have the same issue - a gap between the bottom side of the tongue and the upper when the shoes were flexed.
Which was really too bad, because I thought the N1 Trails were one of the best shoes I had EVER run in, until the weather warmed-up and I started getting grit, small rocks and other stuff inside of my shoes. Which made runs range from slightly annoying to having to stop to empty out the shoe, because it was painful to run on the small rocks that were getting inside.
Four take-aways from going to the North Conway Pearl Izumi Outlet store were:
  1.  How great I was treated. It was more like I was a long-time customer, who had an issue and they were going to take care of it right away, than some strange guy off the street, who was talking out of his ass.
  2. The store employees showed a higher level ofexpertise and customer service than I am used to from the stereotypical Outlet Store store employee.The two staff  members (I hate that descriptor) who were in the store, went out of their way to be friendly, put my wife and I at ease inside of a store that I don't go to that often (I have been there maybe 3 times in 5 years), and ensured that I was happy with my Pearl Izumi gear.

    They could have just as easily done a shoe exchange, easily short-changed me and got me out the door at 6:00 PM on a Saturday night, instead they were honest and took the time necessary to make sure that I left as a satisfied customer, who will be back.Oh yeah, when the guy gave me his card - so that if I had any more questions I could ask him or if I was looking for more Pearl Izumi products I could contact him, I found out that the guy who was helping me was also the Store Manager, which made an even bigger impression on me.
    He never talked down to me, gave me that WTF do you know attitude and treated me right. He took the time to find out what was going on, talked me through my trying explain what I was experiencing with my shoes and didn't make me feel like I was bothering him at any time.
    Thank you Dan for your time and expertise.
  3. My experience in Conway, restored my positive attitude towards the Pearl Izumi brand, after my questions/concerns had been ignored by PI on social media channels, but were addressed at the Outlet Store.
  4. It will be interesting to see how the previous generation Peak II's feel/perform compared to the new EM line.

Based on this experience, I will definitely go back to the Pearl Izumi Outlet Store, after all I do have to go to Berlin and Lancaster, New Hampshire every so often, it just means that it will be routed through North Conway, even if it means going a little out of my way to get there.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Most Inspiring Blogger Award Meme 2014

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: July 9, 2014


Since I am not going to do a RunLog post today, I only did a couple of miles with Bennie, I wanted to do something different.

While I am not all that big on these blogger award meme's that go around the blogosphere, due to the amount of personal information that tends to be given during one of those posts.

Also I consider them a bit of artificial linking back to the person who nominated you in the post, so while the intent of many of the people who nominate others for these "blogging awards" is completely innocent and an effort to expose others to blogs that they love.

From where I sit they can also be an artificial effort to drive traffic back to a blog. Yes, I understand the numbers game for social media marketing and how much page views affects bloggers who chose to do it or need to grow their blogs to attract more/different clients.

To be honest, while I love to read these award memes on the many blogs I follow, after all they are interesting and fun to read, I usually tend to ignore doing them myself. Due to the privacy concerns (if you put it on the Internet - it is no longer private) and the social media marketing connections/connotations some of these memes have.

However, every once in a while I get the urge to do something other than write about my running or running in general, so here goes and since I do not mind linking back to Mike and Andy - I love and read all of their posts, here goes:

1. Thank the person who nominated you. Mike at Running Around The Bend and Andy at I'm A Runner and So Can You - both nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award - so Thank You!

2. Add the Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post - naw not my style

3. Share seven things about yourself - I took Mike's example and shared a little more, since I tend not to follow directions all that well and this way I don't feel as if I am hiding anything and will not feel as though I need to do one again any time soon.

4 & 5. Nominate a list of bloggers that inspire you and (5) Post on their blog about it. I believe that if I read your blogs regularly you are inspiring me and really do not need my linking to them in this post. Besides, I have a feeling that all the blogs I subscribe to and read or comment on regularly have already been nominated in this round.…

I have decided to use the ‘TMI Survey’ Aimee posted about here:

1. What are you wearing?

I am relaxing watching the Celtics summer league game, in running shorts and one of my running tank tops, with the A/C off.

2. Ever been in love?

Yes and I still am.

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?

Yes.

4. How tall are you?

5'7" and I always wanted to be a power forward for the Celtics.

5. How much do you weigh?

155 - I would like to get down to 145 for this fall 5k racing season, but I tend to eat too much "junk" food. Whoopie pies, ice cream and potato chips (Wavy Lays), so that will be tough.

6. Any tattoos?

No - I pass out when needles come around, so a tattoo is not in my future.

7. Any piercings?

No - not my style either

8. Favorite song?

Nickelback - If Today Was Your Last Day

My best friend gave me the best advice
He said each day's a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the longest stride

Fitting advice for a runner and the rest of the song will make you think.

What would you do, if today was your last day?

Although Sugar, Sugar by the Archies comes in a close second - yeah I remember the show this song was originally shown on back in the 60's, it was a big deal on a Saturday morning and yes, I still love Bubble Gum music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9nE2spOw_o

9. Quality you look for in a partner?

Honesty, being willing to be around a runner and all my idiosyncrasies. Not that a runner would be anything other than normal.

10. Favorite quote?

Keep smiling and good things can happen - Unknown

11. Favorite actor?

Don't have one, I very seldom watch movies or TV shows and when I do they are more the History Channel, Discovery, etc. or Fantasy Adventure i.e. LOTR, D&D, etc.

12. Loud music or soft?

Go loud, an old rock n roll fan here - A Little Smoke on the Water from time-to-time, plus I think my hearing is starting to deteriorate or maybe I am just a little more selective about what I want to hear - at least that is what TheWife claims.

13. Where do you go when you’re sad?

For a run or to the ocean or preferably both at the same time - as a retired Coastie the ocean calls me back and heals some of the sadness. It is hard to stay sad, when looking at something so beautiful.

14. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

I am out the door to walk the dog within 10 minutes.

15. Ever been in a physical fight?

Not in a long time

16. Turn on?

Twinkling eyes, real laughter and being a real person with their own personality.

17. Turn off?

Pretentiousness and small-minded

18. Fears?

Personal

19. Last thing that made you cry?

Calvin and Hobbes - when Calvin is old and his wife bring Hobbes in to his deathbed, had to clear something out of my eyes a couple of times, to keep reading.

20. Last time you said you loved someone?

About an hour ago - TheWife

21. Meaning behind your YouTube name?

hshawjr - my abbreviated name.

22. The relationship between you and the last person you texted?

Step-dad

23. Favorite food?

TheWife's homemade pizza, along with Sam Adams beer (OctoberFest)

24. Place you want to visit?

England and Scotland, my ancestral origins, but realistically, I want to go to Minnesota to see my grandkids more often

25. Do you have a crush?

TheWife - she still makes me tingle and I still take that second/third look.

26. Last time you kissed someone?

About an hour ago - TheWife

27. Last time you were insulted?

It doesn't really matter - I just consider the source, move on and don't worry about it. However, I do remember things and Karma can be a bitch.

28. Favorite piece of jewelry?

Wedding ring, it is the only piece of jewelry I wear, other than a sport or GPS watch

Now that I have given you all and the Internet a lot more information about me, I wonder how Google, Facebook and other data capture sites will use this information for their algorithms? It will be interesting to see how my "personalized" advertisements change as a result of this post.

Even so, writing this post was a nice change of pace and if I was really looking for privacy, I would get off the Internet, stop blogging or logging into different website, using facebook or Google products, which I do not plan to do.