With an incredible run of pleasant, warm and dry weather in Western Pennsylvania, just couldn’t get a recent letter to the editor submitted to and published by the Observer-Reporter out of my head.
In the letter, the author recalls how football used to be football – filled with hard hits, actual defense, suspense and unpredictablility. While the author may have a point (I still enjoy watching the occasional professional or collegiate contest), what cranked my mindshaft was his current preferences to watching sports.
Walks on the beach.
Enjoying the fall scenery.
Strolling through town, talking to acquiantances and stopping by a few local shops.
Just couldn’t get out of my mind how spot on this letter was. It hit just the right nerve. And the recent run of whether provided a perfect backdrop to prove the point.
Technically, this wasn’t learned the past week, but there was certainly a reconnection with things like trimming trees, mowing grass, taking the dog for a 3-mile walk instead of a 20-minute outing and smelling the fall air. I didn’t watch a minute of the Pitt football game (thank goodness!) or pay much attention to the end of the major league season. I wasn’t parked on the couch for the Steelers-Bucs game, though I readily admit I pay a bit too much attention to my fantasy football and baseball teams.
When the weather worsens, the plan is to move the activity inside. As a homeowner, there’s always work that needs done.
- A long-standing goal is to run a marathon and, hopefully, run it well. I’m a bit of a fitness nut, so it’s not a shock to the system to intensify training to accomplish this goal, which I put in writing on Facebook. Well, I recently committed to being part of a relay team for the Pittsburgh Marathon, and plan on running the entire race. I’m stoked for the challenge.
- Acts of kindness go a long way. Don’t believe me? Just scroll down an entry on this blog to find out how.
- Ace Frehley is coming to Greensburg! His gig is scheduled for Nov. 15 at the Palace Theater, an excellent venue without a bad seat. I’ll be there.
- Having a head cold sucks for many reasons but the primary one, right now, is it slowed the search for the perfect pumpkin beer.