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( Sep. 28th, 2005 08:12 am)
Last night I was walking from my yoga class back to my son's house in Berkeley. When I turned the corner to his street (kind of hillish, but definitely still in the middle of town, with many houses and even small apt. complexes) I saw what I thought was a very big dog nosing at a garbage can. Surprised to see an unleashed dog in this very conscientious town, I looked a little closer. It turned out to have horns--sure enough, a deer, standing on the sidewalk. He saw me and was totally confused, with a parked car on one side, a wall on the other, and me getting closer. You could see his brain working--"Run this way! No,that way! No, help, I'm trapped!" I took pity and walked out in the street and made a wide circle around him--but apparently it still never occurred to him to run back up the other direction into the hills he came from.

Also, I had acupuncture for the first time yesterday--mostly just to see what it's like, since my son is studying to become an acupuncturist, but also for a sore place in my back. This particular guy used electricity on the needles, which was weird. But I sure felt fine afterwards.
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( Aug. 24th, 2004 10:22 am)
One thing I did this summer that I hadn't done for quite a while: got a bicycle.

I'd forgotten how wonderful it feels to pedal along--it's almost like flying. It's great, too, to be able have all the gears and make the work of pedaling harder or easier as you go. It really does come back to you, just as they say.

The only thing I didn't like was cars. I mostly rode on a bike trail, but had to go through traffic to get there. I used to ride a motorcycle (way back in the day) and stopped mainly because I was convinced that the cars were not just ignoring me--they were actively trying to hit me. I get that feeling all over again with the bicycle.

I'm going to start looking for one down here, but I'll have to do all my riding on streets. I live in a mostly residential neighborhood, and in mid-morning there's very little traffic on the back streets. I should be OK if I just never get careless.

Any of you bike riders out there, any hints on the most comfortable type of seat and seat cover? I had a gel cover in Chicago but it was still mighty hard--and I come with some natural padding, too!
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( Aug. 23rd, 2004 11:43 am)
Well, not much. Still not unpacked--that's not just all the stuff I took to Italy in June and Chicago for the rest of the summer, but also all the boxes of stuff I put away to give the sitter some shelf space.

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