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A Sweet Lesson on Patience

(Shared this from my good mate Meg via Daily Transformations.  Thanks lub!)

A NYC Taxi driver wrote:

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. ‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90’s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.  There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware. ‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. ‘It’s nothing’, I told her.. ‘I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.’ ‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, ‘Could you drive through downtown?’ ‘It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly.. ‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice. I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. ‘I don’t have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice..’The doctor says I don’t have very long.’ I quietly reached over and shut off the meter. ‘What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl. Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, ‘I’m tired.Let’s go now’. We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her. I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into her purse. ‘Nothing,’ I said ‘You have to make a living,’ she answered. ‘There are other passengers,’ I responded. Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.She held onto me tightly. ‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she said. ‘Thank you.’ I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut.It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day,I could hardly talk.What if that woman had gotten an angry driver,or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life. We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments, but great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

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May 9, 2009: It’s been a long week…

– besides work (which btw I actually like my job contrary to what people have been asking me), I’ve only hit the gym on Wednesday and Thursday.  I didn’t want to push it because of the massive cramping I’ve been experiencing on my legs.  I finally got a muscle relaxer and a stern look dashed in my direction with the following words: “Drink Gatorade for electrolyte replenishment.”  Ever since I had some, no more cramping.  Yeah, crazy, huh?  I swore off any sports drinks for over 2 years due to being addicted to Gatorade (I used to drink @ least a 64 oz/day) and it was getting ridiculous when I discovered the 1 gallon size.  By then I knew I had a problem:

OK More than a gallon of gatorade, but you know what I mean!

OK More than a gallon of gatorade, but you know what I mean!

– I’ve been averaging anywhere from 3 cigarettes (Thursday) to 6 1/2 (Tuesday).  So far today I’ve only had 1, but it’s not even 10AM on a Saturday morning…the day’s going to be long…I can feel it!  I just have to keep weening myself off of it.  It’s a long road…

My brand of choice:  Camel Turkish Silvers

My brand of choice: Camel Turkish Silvers

when I buy smokes, I buy the brand above, but mind you I also have a cigarette roller machine.  I own the Tops Top-O-Matic:

Here it is...the one I own

Here it is...the one I own

and I still have a good stash of the following tobaccos:

Bugler Gold Blend Tobacco

Zig Zag Light Tobacco

Zig Zag Light Tobacco

Bugler Gold Blend Tobacco

– Yeah, I know…no good, but it’s not like I’m sitting there rolling smoke after smoke.  If I get a major craving, I just roll one:  I don’t want to make multiple smokes in the event I get tempted to chain-smoke 2-3 of them…no good!

– Saw this movie last night:

Star Trek XI

Star Trek XI

It wasn’t just the movie, it was the company:  My closest friend El…what can I say?  Her family rules like none other…

Huh…got that all taken care of and not eve 10AM yet…like I said…long day.

As far as food pictures, I’ve got a boatload taken from this week, but unfortunately I’m in Rockland and I forgot my extension (xd card)…on my dad’s computer.  I’ll do it next post!

– R



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Diet and Exercise Recap: May 3, 2009

Exercise (if you can call it that…been taking it easy due to the sore left shin/calf and sore right hamstring):

– a slow, paced walk for an hour in the AM

– 20 minutes on the exercise bike

– 10 minutes on the stair master

– a slow, paced walk in the evening after dinner (about 15-20 minutes)

What I ate:

Honey Nut Chex

Honey Nut Chex

Take-Out Chinese: - Crab Rangoons - Shrimp Toast - House Special Soup - Vegetable Fried Rice - White Rice - Sesame Chicken - Steamed Dumplings

Take-Out Chinese: - Crab Rangoons - Shrimp Toast - House Special Soup - Vegetable Fried Rice - White Rice - Sesame Chicken - Steamed Dumplings

– mind you, I didn’t eat everything from the dinner picture, but it was easier to just take a picture of everything that came in prior to eating.  It was everything my brother and I ordered (minus his sesame chicken)…

– I also had a cobb salad for lunch, but since I actually forgot to take a picture of it beforehand, it kinda looked like this (not the actual salad, but close):

Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad

– in other news, I spent the evening kicked back after I got back from my “digest” walk.  Monday was a pretty crazy day with a lot to do @ work, so it was a good thing I got in some rest…

until… – R



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Diet and Exercise Recap: May 2, 2009

– Went for a walk to the gym after I wrote yesterday’s post and did the following:

  1. 10 minutes warm-up on the exercise bike
  2. 20 minutes on the treadmill with arm extension @ 3mph, then 3.4mph after 10 minutes
  3. 10 minutes on the stair master (Level 2 for 5 minutes, then Level 3 for 5 minutes) – I couldn’t go further than 10 minutes due to my left leg cramping up

– After I rubbed down my leg again, I got good advice and purchased the following:

Hylands Leg Cramps With Quinine Caplets

Hyland's Leg Cramps With Quinine Caplets

– since I started to take them, I only had 1 leg cramp (both legs), but after I got over that, no cramps!  I hope this does it combined with additional fluids (making sure I drink 3 liters of water minimum) as a precaution as well.

– went to New Paltz as I took one of my random drives along w/ my brother.  The town’s pretty hopping surprisingly:  Lots of places to hang out…especially their strip of local stores (looks like downtown Nyack a bit, but instead of a straight road, it’s a question marked-shaped road).  Got home just past 9PM and had some chicken while I watched Fight Club…can never get sick of that movie!

– Oh yeah, looking forward to Kinetik in 2 weeks:

Kinetik Festival Line-Up for 2009

Kinetik Festival Line-Up for 2009

YOU KNOW IT!

Until tomorrow – R

P.S. – below is what I ate predominantly.  I did have some Doritos while I was driving, but I didn’t take a picture of that…

Leftover Dragon Soup from Mandarin Chinese Restaurant in New City

Leftover "Dragon Soup" from Mandarin Chinese Restaurant in New City

Beef Stroganoff and Steamed Veggies

Beef Stroganoff and Steamed Veggies for Lunch

Rice Ball and Pepperoni Roll

Rice Ball and Pepperoni Roll for late lunch/early dinner

3 Pieces of Chicken

3 Pieces of Chicken for supper

Diet and Exercise Recap: May 1, 2009

– walked about 30 minutes before work (no muscle spasms)

– before going out to lunch, I walked around the plaza, but this time I did get a muscle cramp (right hamstring).  I’m seeing the doctor next week for a 2nd follow-up after my hospitalization, so if these series of muscle spasms continue I hope he can prescribe some treatment to elliviate this pain.  I thought it was dehydration so I almost doubled my water consumption since Wednesday.  Unfortunately when all is said and done, Icy Hot to the rescue!

– It was Friday and when I left I called up my brother to see if he wanted to stay in and we’ll cook something or go out.  He opted to go out:  I opted to drive just over an hour north to Albany and hit The Golden Corral.  Good for the meal:  Bad for me!

– We got back around 11PM and there were still people @ the gym.  I went in, put on my sweats, and headed on over.  After stretching out my legs for a good 15 minutes, I hit the treadmill for 30 minutes going around 3.0 miles to start, then half-way through I moved it up to 3.4.  After that, I grabbed the smallest set of dumbbells I saw (15lbs) and did the following:

  1. Dumbbell Flat-Chest Presses:  2 sets of 10 reps
  2. Shoulders:  2 sets of 5 reps
  3. Reverse Flies – 2 sets of 5 reps
  4. Shrugs:  2 sets of 10 reps
  5. Bicep curls:  2 sets of 10 reps
  6. Triceps curls:  2 sets of 5 reps

After I got back, I showered, put on PJs, and went to bed only to be woken up with muscle spasms on my left calf/shin.  On a bright note:  At least I’m trying…

…but still I’m aching all over the place…and in pain on my calf.  Damn leg! 😦

Food consumed on May 1, 2009:

Corn Flakes

Corn Flakes

Nutri-Grain Bar (Strawberry)

Nutri-Grain Bar (Strawberry)

Pretzels

Pretzels

Chicken Caesar Salad & Mandarin Oranges Cup

Chicken Caesar Salad & Mandarin Oranges Cup

Chocolate Granola Bar

Chocolate Granola Bar

Where I had dinner:  Golden Corral, Albany, NY

Where I had dinner: Golden Corral, Albany, NY

Salad w/ chicken, beef, spinach, lettuce, tomato, egg, onions, and blue cheese dressing

Salad w/ chicken, beef, spinach, lettuce, tomato, egg, onions, and blue cheese dressing

1 1/2 Dinner Rolls

1 1/2 Dinner Rolls

Crab cake, Stuffing, Beer-Battered Scallops, Beer-Battered Haddock, Fried Catfish, and 2 Hush Puppies

Crab cake, Stuffing, Beer-Battered Scallops, Beer-Battered Haddock, Fried Catfish, and 2 Hush Puppies

Broiled Salmon, Coconut Shrimp, Mushroom Caps, Beer-Battered Haddock, and Fried Catfish

Broiled Salmon, Coconut Shrimp, Mushroom Caps, Beer-Battered Haddock, and Fried Catfish

Boston Creme Pie and Banana Pudding

Boston Creme Pie and Banana Pudding

OK…time to go outside for some fresh air…

Have a good one – R



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Diet and Exercise Recap: April 30, 2009

Well, it started last night when I woke up with that massive muscle spasm:  I ate a red banana.  When I woke up, I stretched, then took an early AM casual walk for about 15-20 minutes.  Got back, showered, then headed out to work.  I had to stay late, but when I got back home, my brother had just gotten back from Rockland with a few slices of pizza from Peppe’s Pizza and some KFC grilled chicken.  I had the slice, then went out to the gym and did 20 minutes on the cycle followed by 10 minutes on the stairmaster.  No treadmill since there were people on it, so I left, took another quick shower, then had the KFC.  It was surprisingly good!  I then stretched out some more, watched Smallville, then something on this show I had on my DVR called Dhani Tackles The Globe.  The episode was from his trip to Australia and trying to be a surf-and-rescue swimmer. I have NOTHING to complain about after seeing the physical activity this guy had to endure during that episode…damn!

Anyway, I’m still just trying to get into some kind of rhythm.  Yeah, I’ve had a few compromising meals this week, but I’m only human.  Tomorrow’s another day.  I’d say I was excited that it was Friday, but believe it or not I get more excited when I get up Saturday, so I’ll leave it for then.

In unrelated news, I’m hope that I’ll be able to get to this year’s Kinetik Festival.  I missed it last year and I’ve been regretting it ever since.  The chances of it happening were cut down a bit due to my stay @ the hospital a few weeks ago, but I have high hopes that things will fall into place and I can make it happen.  There’s a slew of people I’d like to hang out with there, so we’ll see what happens with regards to that.

So, to recap:

– AM walk, 20 minutes cycle, 10 minutes stairmaster

– Cigarettes:  1 on my way to work, 2 while I was at work, 1/2 after I got home, and in all likelihood I’m going to have one before I brush my teeth and crash, so let’s say I had 5 today.  I know, that’s 5 too many cigarettes:  *shrugs*

– Food pictures below:

Red Banana (Had this around 3AM after another bout w/ a music spasm)

Red Banana (Had this around 3AM after another bout w/ a music spasm)

Fruit Loops

Fruit Loops

Mustard Pretzel Sticks

Mustard Pretzel Sticks

Nutri-Grain Bar (Blueberry)

Nutri-Grain Bar (Blueberry)

Pasta w/ Chicken

Pasta w/ Chicken

Pretzels

Pretzels

A Slice of Pizza from Peppes Pizzaria (Yeah, the one in Hillcrest on 45!)

A Slice of Pizza from Peppe's Pizzaria (Yeah, the one in Hillcrest on 45!)

KFC Grilled Chicken w/ biscuits

KFC Grilled Chicken w/ biscuits

Take it easy – R


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Diet and Exercise Recap: April 29, 2009

What did I do today:

– Stretched out for 10-15 minutes prior to work.  Didn’t exercise at all due to pulling muscles on both legs (shin and calf on left leg; hamstring on right)

– Worked a bit late today to finish a big work task

– Missed going to Smoker’s Anonymous Meeting in New Paltz since it was @ 7PM.

– Cigarette Count:  1/2 in the AM, 1 in the afternoon, 2 in the evening = 4 1/2 total

What I ate:

Multi-Grain Cereal w/ Berries and a banana

Multi-Grain Cereal w/ Berries and a banana

Chocolate Granola Bar

Chocolate Granola Bar

Pasta w/ Beef

Pasta w/ Beef

Mid-Afternoon Orange

Mid-Afternoon Orange

Baked Tater Tots (about 3-4 oz)

Baked Tater Tots (about 3-4 oz)

Troegs Mad Elf Ale

Troeg's Mad Elf Ale

Baked Italian Sausage w/ Cornbread Stuffing

Baked Italian Sausage w/ Cornbread Stuffing

Homemade Peanut Brittle (from Kingston Wok Restaurant when I ordered out last week)

Homemade Peanut Brittle (from Kingston Wok Restaurant when I ordered out last week)

– I started out my day eating good, but (no excuse of course) when I got home, my brother already had the tater tots out of the oven and the Italian sausage in.  Even though I really should of not had a beer (due to the meds I’m still taking stemming from my hospital stay), I decided that one wasn’t going to kill me.

– Note to self:  Eat a bit more sensibly tomorrow

– Why am I up @ 3:35AM?  Went to bed before 11PM, but woke up to another muscle cramp about an hour ago and decided to update this while I was up anyway (as I rub more Icy Hot into my right hamstring)…

Cya tomorrow – R

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