Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Summer Sunsets of the Soul

Pushup Challenge : Week 6 day 2
Plan :
30, 30, 25, 25, 25, 25, 22, 22, at least 56
Actual : 30, 30, 25, 25, 25, 25, 22, 22, 56

I'm sitting by the window in my hotel room in Dallas watching one of those late summer sunsets that takes your breath away. The sun is about to drop below the horizon beyond the Interstate and is a huge red ball in the sky. From time to time birds glide and fly in front of it and are briefly silhouetted in its glow. Watching from my vantage point as the city crawls home beneath it is very uplifting. I was lucky enough to witness the same glorious spectacle while driving up yesterday evening, and to me it signifies the coming onset of Autumn. And that definitely makes me happy.

I've had a very pleasant evening. I got back to the room and got the pushup challenge out of the way (I did 260 pushups tonight - how????) and then took my book and headed off to the fitness room. Did a good 45 minutes on the bike and headed outside for a swim/relaxing float in the pool. Then I dried off on one of the loungers while listening to jazz music softly piped through the outdoor speakers. Having worked up an appetite, I strapped on the snout and trotters, attached the curly tail and headed off to the Chinese buffet. They have the absolute best Crab Rangoon - I think I ate about 5 of them and am now suitably stuffed and happy. At least I didn't spot Saddam this time.

I am currently reading "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" - John Berendt's almost-poetic ramble through the eccentric characters of Savannah, Georgia. Much of the book is intertwined with the music of Johnny Mercer and evokes old world Southern Gothic imagery in a style similar to Anne Rice's New Orleans. This is a book I've been wanting to read for some time, and so far it's not letting me down.

And speaking of books, I talked to Nancy on the phone tonight and she told me the Karnaze book has arrived. Apparently she is enjoying it. Hope she finishes it by the time I get home otherwise I'm going to steal it!!!


GandaMan said...

How long are you in DFW? I'm doing 20 miles early Saturday morning in FW, if you're still around.

cymrusteve said...

Chinese buffet? very nice...

Glad the book arrived and I'm sure you'll enjoy it when your wife lets you have it!

Mark said...

Hey Ryan. I'm only in DFW until Friday afternoon but thanks for the offer.

Steve - I have satisfied my chinese buffet cravings for another few months:-) Looking forward to reading that book.