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13 February 2008 @ 07:02 am
fine tuning my health  
In the past 48 hours we were expected to get 5 to 10 inches of snow but we got about 1/2" because it fell as rain.

I will be able to get out and walk or bike instead of being hemmed in again by the snow.

To celebrate, I am making some more changes to my diet.

Ever since I started eating foods to increase my calcium a few months ago, I started noticing my pants getting tighter.

So I weighed myself this morning and I did gain weight.

For me this is a big deal because I am into ultra-compact boats and other outdoor activities where five extras pounds can really slow me down or make me less efficient.

I can fix this by ending my consumption of alcohol again, except at picnics and other events with others.

I started consuming small amounts of alcohol every day a few years ago because it is supposed to reduce cholesterol.

For me though it spikes my appetite suddenly as soon as I consume it. and I know that's the time I consume more food than my body needs.

I have also had a stubborn recurrence of "bursitis" in my left shoulder, and the diet change will help that go away, too. I have had bouts of this in my shoulder all my life but they have always eventually ended.

Finally, I don't think the alcohol really helps cholesterol anyway. The evidence is not very strong.

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I found a little book at the library Sunday that is probably Ohio's first "travel guide", written in 1854.

It is an account of a journey by train from Cincinnati to Cleveland by train, with about 30 nice ink drawings of towns like Milford and Morrow and Xenia and London and Columbus. The entire route from Cincinnati to Columbus is now or soon will be bike trail. I am fascinated by the book. The picture of London, Ohio shows a station with two large Dutch-like windmills.

This reminds me of something else I wanted to describe, a fairly new website that I and many others consider to be the best in Dayton:

Daytonology

The main blogger there, Jeffrey, loves to do wonderful local geography studies and post amazing old photos to tell the stories of neighborhoods and landmarks.

He also does very good thorough investigations into local political and urban issues.

Here is one of the articles he posted in January about the early 20th century history of my neighborhood:

Grafton Hill residential buildings

He included this picture there of the front of my building:



Maybe the pessimism that has been my dominant mood for quite a few years is lifting. There are new sources of information now and new people getting involved in things and to them the mess things are in now is just a baseline that they take as the status quo because they are younger. (So things can only get better.)

My problem was that I thought things USED TO be better, so there was anger and sadness for someone my age who thought so.

This is just an irrelevant fact to many who are younger. To them, the theme is, "Let's just get on with changing it now!"