I couldn’t either! But I laughed out loud, though!

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“Duh” technology

November 24, 2009

I love this concept – these two architects are looking for ways to harness energy which is already being created in already-existing structures. Behold the Revolution Door, a sort of revolving-door low-speed/high torque turbine, which can produce enough energy to power over a dozen lightbulbs for more than a day!

In dense urban areas with many large buildings with high foot traffic, this could be a crazy-cool development with some further refinement.

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Cute video- Some of the seagulls here in Seattle seem nearly that big…

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Morning Walk

June 23, 2009

Perfect for a sunny morning! 2 activity points.

Burke Gilman-neighborhood Loop 2.3 miles

Burke Gilman-neighborhood Loop 2.3 miles

Lake City Errands Walk

June 11, 2009

Today’s walk found me helping little old ladies across the street!

Lake City Walk

Lake City Walk

Started out normal enough…a few hours to kill and some errands to do.  I walked up the 196-step staircase to Fred Meyer to buy a ham baguette and a $10 media card reader. As I left, I saw a little old lady with a walker who had evidently dropped the two boxes of strawberries (2 for $5!) she’d just purchased. She had just made it across the street, and she was trying to get her walker up the curb cut, pick up the loose strawberries, hang onto the other still-intact box of strawberries, keep her purse closed, and keep hold of her other purchases–all at the same time. Needless to say, she was having some difficulties.

I helped her pick up the strawberries and noted her very Texan pronunciation of the word “wash.” She groused for a few minutes about how she’d tried to hang the handles of her reusable shopping bag over the walker handles, but that they’d fallen off. I helped her re-organize herself and she invited me to please have a strawberry for my trouble, very sweet! Turns out she used to live in Mission, TX in a senior mobile-home park, and she moved to Seattle 4 years ago when her husband died. She said she cared for him for the 22 years with which he suffered with Parkinson’s, but she was very proud to share that she had no major medical  bills because he had kept his insurance up after he retired from his job.

Since I wasn’t in a hurry, I walked with her back to her apartment building, and then bid her farewell. “Miss Jean” told me to stop by and say hello any time I was in the neighborhood, that she would enjoy the visit. Too cute.

Stuck my head into Value Village, nothing interesting there…Continued to the bank where I stocked up for “tip money” for our Cozumel trip: Since it’s an all-inclusive deal, we won’t have to pay for any food or drinks, but “tips are always appreciated,” as they say. I walked out of the bank feeling ridiculous with my huge wad of cash–$50 in $1 bills, and additional smaller bills.

I went home the long way because I figured that after my Dragonboat experience yesterday (and how sore I was this morning!), it would probably do me well. 3.83 miles, only 8891 steps. Still, it’s 5 WW activity points!

7-mile walk, reprise

June 1, 2009

Yesterday F and I decided to try and walk off the damage from Saturday night Kiss the Cooks event, where we gorged ourselves on beautiful fresh asparagus and tart rhubarb in an assortment of forms.

We drove to Safety near University Village to start. The route:

Route Map 5-31

Route Map 5-31

We saw some really cool things along the way…Like Mount Rainier:

Mount Rainier

Ducks, turtles, herons, and more at Green Lake:

DucksTurtleNot sure who this is...Duck FamilyBlue Heron

After we walked around the lake and through Ravenna, we decided to go to University Village to hit Red Mango–fat-free yogurt deliciousness.

It was a scorcher Red Mango Pomegranate and Tangolicious

All in all, a delightful way to spend the afternoon! 190 minutes of walking (but I forgot the pedometer, rats!) at a leisurely pace translated into 6 extra activity points for me, in exchange for the 2-point yogurt treat. Excellent!

F and I had a superb dinner last night with some friends…But between the before-dinner cocktails, the appetizer snacks, the main course, copious wine, dessert, and brandy, just DINNER cost me 38.5 WW points. Yikes! We hadn’t eaten much during the day to prepare for dinner, but I only had earned 8 activity points for the week, so ended up with negative points for the week for the first time ever (!).

route map 5-09

Once I calculated the damage, we decided to go out for a long walk today to try and get back on track. This suggestion turned into a marathon 7.19 mile walk (that’s 11.5+ kilometers!)  through Lake Forest Park neighborhoods into Shoreline. We left the house at 3pm, and returned around 6:30. Our walk included a 30-minute pit stop at Safeway for a tiny sushi snack and bio break, and about 30 assorted minutes of stopping to stretch, wait for a stoplight, etc. So we did 7+ miles in 2.5 hours. Not a great pace, but not bad as adding extra activity goes–I recuperated all but 1 of my negative points with my 20,106 steps walked!

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