Be the Fountain, not the Drain.

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Bob1623Let me know

What changes you do make to this. There are a couple substitutions I would make also so I am very interested in those you would make to have this be low carb.

And also, once you make it, did you enjoy it? 1 day ago

Bob1623from Benjamin Disraeli

“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.” 1 day ago

Bob1623Earth-like World

A saw an article today about a amazing discovery of the most earth-like world found to date. Could there be life there? We may never know as it is 500 light years away. Here is the article2 days ago

Bob1623Well, because

I pass a lot of cemeteries when I am out riding. They seem to be all over the place. Some are big, some are small.

All are peaceful and well kept. They are picturesque. They are full of history. There are stories there. You can read them in the tombstones.

Maybe just because they are there. I guess I just like them.

And after all, people are just dying to get into them. (That’s a punch line to an old joke.) 3 days ago

Bob1623Mushroom Bourguignon

Yesterday my wife showed me a recipe for Mushroom Bourguignon She said it looked good and I should try making it. And if i did she might even eat some. The thing about this recipe is that it is vegan. My wife does not like to eat vegan. The fact she even said she would eat it is amazing to me. She hardly ever eats any of my vegan meals.

Then last night, she mentioned she was going grocery shopping and would I like the Mushroom Bourguignon for dinner. Now this is totally amazing that she would actually make a vegan meal. I said “Of course!!” Now that is totally amazing that she actually wanted to cook a vegan meal.

She did make it and it was great. And with her making dinner, I got a great 20 mile bike ride in after work. Thanks Honey for the amazing dinner. 3 days ago

Bob1623This goal

I am starting this goal to counteract some of the negative things I see and read throughout a day’s activities. There are a lot of bad things happening every day. The news media and even friends discuss these things all the time. It becomes very depressing, at least to me it does.

But there are a lot of good, amazing and positive things that happen every day. They are all around us. Sometimes they just tend to get lost in all the bad and negative things. So I’m going to try and find one everyday. I’m sure I can and I hope I can write them all here. 3 days ago

Bob1623 3 months ago

Bob1623Name Change to this Goal

I have been meaning to change this goal around a bit for some time. Finally, I have the time and the inclination to do it.

I was on the Kiva site the other day and saw there are 43 countries I have not yet given a loan. So, that is the new goal. It gives me some incentive to visit the site more often, see what my balance is and who is out there I can offer a loan.

Yesterday, I found Dolinda from Mozambique who wants to buy some kitchen wares to build up her business. Now, only 42 more countries to go. 3 days ago

Bob1623This is pretty freaky

Reading your response now on the movie; and I am watching “Waking Ned Devine” right now!!

I should play the lotto tonight… 1 week ago

Bob1623Very cool idea

Definitely a great way to spend this found money.

And once repaid, you can give it again and again. 1 week ago

Bob1623How about

Give them to someone who needs them. 1 week ago

Bob1623That's quite a plan

Congrats on pulling it all together and getting this plan together. Good luck.

You have a dream and you are out to grab it. That’s what life is all about. I believe you will actually pull this off too.

Sp hang in there. I am cheering for you all the way. 1 week ago

Bob1623No, not yet.

I got wrapped up in March Madness basketball and totally forgot. It will be a good thing to watch over the next couple days.

Thanks for the reminder.

On a side note, I did catch a movie called “Intouchables”. This was pretty good and I may watch it again on Bastille Day. (It is French with subtitles.) 1 week ago

Bob1623from Randy K. Milholland

“In the end, you’ll know which people really love you. They’re the ones who see you for who you are and, no matter what, always find a way to be at your side.” 1 week ago

Bob1623Thanks OR

I’m sure I figure things out. I have seen this coming for awhile. I know why the numbers drop off in the age groups as they progress in age. The body just can’t handle the workouts forever 1 week ago

Bob1623Results from the Doctor's visit

I had a x-ray to help determine what was wrong with my hip and causing all the pain I was having. Turns out I have a moderate case of arthritis in it. All the pain is attributed to this. He recommended I cut out the running I do.

My immediate response was: “You mean I should cut out the marathons and only do half-marathons?”

He just shook his head and said I should cut it back much more. Maybe do more swimming and elliptical workouts; types of exercise with minimal impact.

Judging by the 15K I ran last weekend, he may be right. But if I have to give up the running totally, I could go into a deep depression. At least the weather is starting to get better here and I can bike. I got a nice 26 mile ride in yesterday and it felt so good. It was chilly, but the sun was out and there was no wind. It was just nice to be out and moving.

I’ll have to redo my training plans. Maybe scale back some of the events I was looking to do. I’m not sure how it will all shake down. One thing, I have to be ready for an extended recovery time on any running type event I do attempt.

But in the long run, I have done well. There are a lot of people out there who can’t do much of anything due to physical limitations. I still consider myself pretty lucky. 1 week ago


Today I am grateful for:
1. Quiet day at home
2. Good music on internet radio
3. Making vegan chocolate cake. It came out very good
4. Nice dinner out
5. Getting together with friends and having lots of laughs. 2 weeks ago

Bob1623from Ken Doherty

“A runners creed: I will win; if I cannot win, I shall be second; if I cannot be second, I shall be third; if I cannot place at all, I shall still do my best.” 2 weeks ago

Bob1623 2 weeks ago

Bob1623Wrigley Field's Big Birthday Year

There is a nice article on NPR about Wrigley Field being 100 years old this year.

Here is the link

Maybe with the stadium turning 100, we will see the Cubs in the World Series this year??? 2 weeks ago


Way to go. 2 weeks ago

Bob1623Good Luck

And kick butt on this!!! 2 weeks ago

Bob1623Finally, after some time

and a lot of agony and moaning around, I made an appointment to go to the doctor to figure out the leg pain I have been experiencing for some time. It has not got any better over the past few months, so it is time to ask an expert. I’m not sure if my doctor will find anything, but I need to do something. I have finally come tot he realization it is not going to heal by itself.

He may just tell me to take some extended rest (not what I will want to hear) or go for some PT (if that is what is needed, I can do that).

Anyway, I am finally asking for some expert help on this. 2 weeks ago


It was sunny today and the forecast sees rising temps and more sun. Can winter finally be over?!!!

This winter was one of the most trying seasons in a long time.

Today I am grateful that:
1. Even with the furnace working overtime, it kept working and kept us warm.
2. The snow blower, also getting on in years, worked fine and allowed me to keep mine and a neighbors driveway free of snow.
3. There were no slips or falls on the ice of any family members that needed trips to the hospital.
4. Driving in all the snow did not see any family or friend’s vehicles wander off into the ditches or medians.
5. I spent a good mount of time playing in the cold. No bouts of frostbite, hypothermia, or other cold weather related dangers occurred.

Cheers to Spring!!! 2 weeks ago

Bob1623Your observations

ring true for me also. I am beginning to believe any “older” person who is active and pursues the physical challenges is in the minority. People become set in their ways much too easily. All my peers are too full of excuses to do anything in which they may work up a sweat. It forces me to hang around with a younger set. For me, most of those are female too.

At least we all enjoy each other’s company and we pretty much have the same goals for our activities. And I must admit, it has taught me a lot, especially about being appropriate and not being a jerk. So a lot of good has come out of what I have been involved in.

With family and other friends, it is a totally different story. Many times they make me feel like a freak for all the activities and events I do. I even invite them along, just for short outings, but the response is always I don’t have time, I could never do what you do, or some body part hurts too much. I have responses for each excuse, but they don’t work. No one ever joins me. At least with running and biking, I can do these alone. I am thankful I am not involved in tennis or other team type sport. I would be in big trouble then.

So I stay in my little world. I enjoy the social times when they occur. The races and charity events I do provide for this and I am very thankful for them. Hopefully I can stay healthy and injury-free to keep up with all the younger folks around me. 2 weeks ago


Good to hear the little one is here.

I hope all is well with the baby being early and such. Rest up while the baby goes.

Hugs to you. (((kathy))) 2 weeks ago

Bob1623You are 41; you are just a kid

at least from my view you are. (In the running world, women hit their prime in their 40’s.)

I understand what you say about people not DOING things. I have a lot of that in my life. It infuriates me so much. It make me want to DO more, just to set the example.

And yes, we may slow down a bit, maybe not. Last year I had a very active year, and even set some new records for myself. Age-wise, I am not a kid by any stretch.

Most of it is in your outlook I guess. Staying active a big key. Challenging yourself also. So keep doing all those things you are doing and just staying active. Don’t give in.

Keep that young attitude. I’m with you on that one. 2 weeks ago


Yes, it was a good morning.

I did not set any records, but it is one of my favorite races and I was grateful to be there. A good kickoff to the running season. 2 weeks ago

Bob1623from Edith Wharton

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” 2 weeks ago

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