HELL YEAH, another screech day yesterday!!!
Car appointment to get a new key programmed to the car. It took just over an hour and over a $130 later to have a new key made...I am old and probably an anachronism in many respects, but damn, it was a LOT easier going to the hardware store, paying a couple of bucks and walking out with your new keys in about 10 minutes. Whiney aren't I? ;-)
Then a quick trip down to Portland to set up our new health care plan with Martin's Point, everything had to be in by the 20th for a December start...so the drive down and back was necessary. However, where I needed to go was not the Martin's Point facility and I had to go up Washington Ave to their Administrative Offices. Not a big deal, but it added on about a half hour for me to get this all done - time that I really wanted to use for something else. Then we had to go over all the paperwork, of course, pay some more money.
Which meant that after I got done there, I needed to get out and move. More specifically -- RUN!!!
One of my favorite places to run is Back Cove in Portland and I was right there (plus I just happened to have my running gear on - for some reason or other). Actually, I had thought if I had enough time that I would go ahead and do 1 or 2 laps around it. With all the delays, I had time for one lap.
Starting out the wind was in my face and I just couldn't get my breathing comfortable until I went over the bridge, then I started to feel better and began to slowly pick up the pace. Although, I don't have a clue what that big dip is coming up to the bridge???
I like running on the mostly flat course and dirt path, it is just comfortable to run on and I can focus on my running, not worry about traffic or anything other than other runners/walkers and maybe an occasional dog or bike flying by.
I looked at my watch just past the Hannaford parking lot side (I started on the other side) and figured that I better start hauling ass, if I wanted to get back home in time to run/walk Bennie, get ready for work and then get to work on time. I started to pick-up the pace.
After a very short distance, I noticed a familiar runner coming at me...it is funny how you can sometimes recognize other runners just by the way they are running and what/how they are wearing their gear from a distance. Scootah.
We greeted one another and he turned around and we got caught up on what was going on, our injury woes and how things were going in general. I don't usually get to run with too many others, so it was fun to run with Scott, swap a few lies and not worry about anything else. Unfortunately, with my schedule, I wasn't able to do the extra lap that I really, really wanted to do and had to say see you later to Scott.
I tried to get a photo of Scott running on the path as I drove by, but he was moving so fast that I misjudged and missed him. That gotta pay attention to driving thing, instead focusing on taking a damn picture.
By the time I got home, I was toast, so instead of running again with Bennie, we went for a mile walk and then I had to get ready for work.
Oh yeah, I got my $51.00 Chromebook in last night too and after I got off work, I was playing around getting that setup and working the way that I want it to. Doing that brought back a lot of memories of all the things that I loved about my first Chromebook.
The biggest issue that I will have will be how to get my Garmin's data downloaded...I will probably have to setup my wife's Desktop to download the info and upload to Garmin Connect/Strava, since the Chromebook will not read it, but I will be looking at all the different alternatives. Yes, I still have my Windows Laptop, but I just haven't been "wowed" by Windows 10 and the too frequent re-starts that seem to happen when I am in the middle of something.
At this point in my life, I just want my computers to work.
Just one of those days, but I got the run in and got all the errands done, but the highlight of the day was getting to see Scott again and catch-up with how he is doing.
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