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January 28th, 2006

Walk Around Lake Thoreau: ~1 hr

Yourself! Fitness
Duration: 45 mins
Focus: Flexibility
Calories Burned: 340
Result: Shredded

Body Weight: 295 lbs (W00t!)

The Y!F workouts are tough -- WAY tough. This one included an exercise called "Half-Moons" which involved balancing on one arm and one leg while moving the other arm over your body in an arc -- which I simply could not do without falling down. So naturally, Maya called for it over and over and over and over.

Breathing is still a problem. I feel as blasted now as I would at the end of a session of Kung Fu, and for the same reason: there just isn't any oxygen coming into my bloodstream. I might as well be breathing methane for all the respiration goes on -- so I get lightheaded and dizzy after a few minutes and occasionally have to sit down for fear that I'm going to black out.

I need to get to a doctor about this. :P

-The Gneech

Challenger

I was home from high school for reasons I don't recall now; it was the first shuttle launch I'd had the opportunity to watch live.

As always, there were delays, random countdown stops, etc., but finally it launched.

Cool. :)

It climbed, climbed, started turning.

bzzt

It was a ball of smoke, with two self-eating booster rockets going off randomly.

No kaboom, no flash, no nothing.

Just bzzt. And commentators wondering what the hell was going on.

I was startled, and sorta confused. But I wasn't upset.

Not until about three years later, I was watching Koyaanisqatsi, with its climax sequence, of a single piece of debris cast off from the explosion and tracked, presumably, by a chase plane or helicopter.

Falling.

Turning.

Falling.

Turning.

Falling.

Turning.

Falling.

Turning.

Falling.

Turning.

While bass voices chanted "Koyaanisqatsi" [1] over and over again.

Falling.

Turning.

Falling.

Turning.

Falling.

Turning.

God, somebody, make it STOP.

Then I cried my eyes out.

It wasn't until 9/11 that I had that feeling again, that deep, bottom-of-your-soul grief. It's not a feeling I am eager to experience again any time soon.

-The Gneech

[1] Hopi: "Life out of balance."

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