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Leviathan meets the Incredible Hulk

Irritated, but not unaccomplished.

Posted on 2007.05.21 at 08:52
Current Mood: irritatedirritated
This should have been a You-Tube video.

It would have started looking at my feet, in gray sneakers, on pavement. You would have heard my voice saying, "These are my shoes. Because these are my shoes, I know feel entirely qualified to judge myself."

At this point the camera would have tilted quickly upward, seeing a brief vew of a park, blurry from the movement, then panned just as quickly in a hundred-and-eighty degree spin to meet my face, as I said, "Because I just walked a mile in them."

Which, in fact, I had done, at a blinding speed of about two miles an hour.

But, when I got to my desk to upload it, I found that I'd managed not to save it on my camera. Grr! Dopey Leviathan!

Comments:


alloy_
alloy_ at 2007-05-21 13:54 (UTC) (Link)
My camera also does sound and video. so I plan to take a leave out of your book....(hopefully without the groin shot ;-)
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-05-21 14:48 (UTC) (Link)
And I thank you! I mean, I copy you often enough that fair's fair, but I'd hate to be followed by someone who puts me to shame in that department!
Jenna: fomerly chocolate_coins
jennashaped at 2007-05-21 15:34 (UTC) (Link)
Awww...I'm so proud of you though!! You're doing awesome ^_^
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-05-21 15:47 (UTC) (Link)
Well, it helps that I have something to focus on, a motivation immediate enough and concrete enough to grab hold of and work toward.

That motivation, knowing there's that one person out there who will pleased, has been enough thus far, and I hope it will stay enough as the weeks go on.
tajareyul at 2007-05-21 16:49 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! (You can always shoot the video again after the next time you walk that mile.)

And just so you know you're not alone, I walk every day on my first coffee break at lunch. I'm not sure how far, but it's all the way around the building. Today I am hoping it will still be light enough on my second break to walk again.

I am in training, you see, for my trip to England in July. My travelling partner has informed me that we won't be taking the Underground everywhere and I can't afford taxis.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-05-21 17:22 (UTC) (Link)
You can always shoot the video again after the next time you walk that mile.

Oh, that's not the same, though, is it?

I'm not walking based on distance, but time. I walk for a half-hour a day, for now, three days a week. It just so happens that my walking route is a measured half-mile, and today I did it twice in the alotted time.
tajareyul at 2007-05-22 04:11 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's not the same, though, is it?

See, I want to be a smartass and ask: Why? Will you be walking in someone else's shoes next time?

But given your clarification, I won't go the smartass route.

I did manage a second trip around the building tonight. It now officially stays light enough at my latitude to feel comfortable walking by myself around the factory at 9:30 PM.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-05-22 08:29 (UTC) (Link)
But given your clarification, I won't go the smartass route.

Thanks. It was a proud little moment to commemorate that milestone. I know the soldiers in WWII re-staged the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima for photographers, but I'd feel incredibly narcissistic doing that with my stupid little mile walk.

I did manage a second trip around the building tonight. It now officially stays light enough at my latitude to feel comfortable walking by myself around the factory at 9:30 PM.

Go, you! I'm proud of ya!
B00
i_m_b00 at 2007-05-21 17:00 (UTC) (Link)
I am thrilled that you walked ... think of me as a kinda cheerleader who is old and does not have pom poms.

BTW I ran in to a bit of Emma love on Fark.com today
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-05-21 17:24 (UTC) (Link)
No pom-poms? Disappointing!

And thanks for the fark.com pointer. Nice balance for oddness elsewhere.
jo
jo_ron at 2007-05-21 19:59 (UTC) (Link)
*high fives you*
way to go!
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-05-21 22:40 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!

You know, looking at your icon, I was watching GoF yesterday, and it occurred to me... They did that lovely bit where Neville was out basically all night at the Yule, and thoroughly impressed with himself for how well he did.

And his date was Ginny! At what point did Ron go, "Waitaminute!!!"
elfwhistletree
elfwhistletree at 2007-05-21 20:54 (UTC) (Link)
YAY - YOU CAN DO IT - SIZE 10.5 SHOES ARE MADE FOR WALKING!

I have no pompoms either, and I'm pretty sure I am older than i_m_boo, but I could go shopping, or improvise with dusters or something, and Daffodil Ranger and Captain Enthusistic can jump up and down enough for any 6 people!

Presumably Mandy likes walking - she will encourage you too. ♥
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-05-21 22:43 (UTC) (Link)
Sadly and most unfairly, she doesn't get to come-- yet. As I get (here's hoping) in better shape, I'll be taking her for weekend walks, but for now, I'm walking, weather permitting, on my way into work. And, as my company foolishly refuses to instate "Bring your Doggy to Work Day," well, it just doesn't work out.

(In case of inclement weather I go to the local enclosed shopping mall at lunchtime and walk there.)
elfwhistletree
elfwhistletree at 2007-05-21 23:20 (UTC) (Link)
I understand - it's a bit like the Law of Conservation of Bicycles - if you cycle to school in the morning, then don't be too surprised if mum expects you to cycle back home again afterwards.

I'm not sure Mandy would enjoy technical support - although perhaps she would be good at it - install anti-virus properly or I will lick you? *grin*

Weekend walks are something for you both to look forward too, and are hopefully not too far in the future.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-05-22 01:01 (UTC) (Link)
if you cycle to school in the morning, then don't be too surprised if mum expects you to cycle back home again afterwards.

As a corrolary, if you elect to padlock it to a telephone pole in the middle of nowhere because your friends offerred you a ride, don't expect it not to be vandalized by frustrated would-be thieves.

install anti-virus properly or I will lick you?

Sadly, by the time she gets in range to make the threat, she's already done it repeatedly.

Weekend walks are something for you both to look forward too, and are hopefully not too far in the future.

It will be fun. There is a park, not too far away, in the town of Groton, Massachusetts, called Squannacook, with a great trail for dog-walking. (Of course, then she has to put up with me singing, on the way there, in a nasal twang:

Oh, we're goin' down to Squannacook
Because I think you wanna brook
To plop your piddy-paddy-pooddy paws in

We get to go to Squannacook
Because we read it in a book
The Groton-folk have written all their laws in


But she still thinks it's worth it!)
rupert_talley
rupert_talley at 2007-05-22 05:24 (UTC) (Link)
Well hats off to you! I joined a gym just to use the treadmill. My goal was no IS to go minimally three times a week and go for 40 minutes each time. I listen to HP podcasts on my IPOD. Didn't even go last week (if read my LJ you know why) and don't seeing it happening this week due to hectic ending of school. Let's try to keep each other motivated okay?
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-05-22 08:37 (UTC) (Link)
I can't use a treadmill for a few reasons. I weigh more than teh "Max Weight" -- how's that for embarrassing? -- and I can't stay motivated to walk if I don't go anywhere.

I think it may be a miostake to make it an "Event" like going to the gym. If that works for you to keep you motivated, great, but if it starts to look like "A thing I have to do that can be bumped off my schedule" then it may become problematic.

In the meantime-- Park at the far end of the parking lot when you go shopping, perhaps?

BTW, *hugs* for what else you've been dealing with. I have been reading.
herrbgone
herrbgone at 2007-05-23 17:29 (UTC) (Link)

On hoofing it…

Congrats! You’re getting to the point that I may not be able to keep up. That’s great!

I found a treadmill by the side of the road a couple of weeks ago. Literally. After and entertaining bit of getting it home (a story for another time) it now sits in my dining room covered in boxes that are destined one day to go to storage.

Most of my walking these days involves crossing the parking lot from my car to the building I work in or wandering around various flea markets on the weekend. Neither are done at anything near an aerobic pace though there is occasionally some weightlifting involved on the weekend as I carry stuff I’ve bought back to the car. How much of that stuff winds up on the treadmill waiting to go to storage is one of those things I’d rather not think about…
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-05-23 17:35 (UTC) (Link)

Re: On hoofing it…

Yeah, I'm nowhere near an aerobic pace either. You know what they say, "A journey of a Thousand Miles begins with a single step and a fifteen-second pause before the next one!"
Risie
risiepookie at 2007-05-23 22:23 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, honey, I'm so proud of you! It's a big accomplishment and I'm so proud of you for trying and sticking with it. It's definitely a hard road, one I'm totally with you on, and it helps to have friends around. If we lived closer, I would totally go walking with ya! Since that isn't the case, I'll be thinking of you on my walks alone.

::big hugs:: :o)
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-05-23 22:54 (UTC) (Link)
And I'll be thinking of you as well, my friend! Thanks so much for the support.
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