When you’re moving out you’ll be thinking about things to buy. Considering that I have no kids and still have the urge to impart the wisdom gained by age, whether appreciated or not, as illustrated by me having this blog, here are two things I did not consider when I was young:
You won’t be buying too many beds. You’ll probably be sleeping in your bed for ten years, at least. You might be changing beds when you break up after a long relationship. I don’t know much about that. But assuming that you don’t, don’t feel bad about buying expensive, good looking bed linen. It is expensive when it’s ugly, it’s even more expensive when it’s beautiful, but considering for how many years I usually keep my bed linen, I don’t feel bad about having bought expensive, good looking bed linen.
You will not be buying a lot of towels in your life. Switzerland is a rich country. I have a job that pays well. New towels aren’t high up on my priorities. We bought some nice dish towels when we were in France. I don’t think I have ever thrown away a towel. I may have used a dish towel to apply stuff to wooden furniture. I have never thrown away a bath towel. Some of them are old, many of them are frayed, there’s one with a small hole I made there with a Swiss army knife. Don’t ask. They still work. They’re still useful. I still like them. Which means that I still have those sienna and firebrick towels I took with me from my parent’s household 22 years ago. And I still have those tropical fish and jungle flower bath towels I bought 18 years ago.
Whenever there are things you won’t be buying much in your life, take a moment and think about it.
I’ve recently read Born to Run and it really makes me want to run more. A while ago we started training for 10km runs and these days we moved to training for a half marathon. This book is about 50 miles runs and 100 miles runs, however. It’s also about buying cheaper shoes, eating healthier, running more, and people living in remote areas of the world that still run for hours on end. This book really makes me want to run more.
Beyond all the people that love to run making an appearance in the book, I think it was the statement that humans are made for running and that some of the greatest runners don’t need expensive shoes, training, workouts, plans, and any of that. We are born to run, and so you can just start, on your bare feet if you must. Just start small and work your way up.
There is a passage where a woman likes to run, starts to run on lunch breaks and ends up running 15 miles to the office and back every single working day.
The book is not about tips but about the joy of running. Works for me!
One of the persons mentioned in the book was Barefoot Ted. It turns out he now has a shop and sells the running sandals he saw the natives make from old car tires in Mexico. Yesterday, I bought some from a Swiss web shop. That’s how excited I am. At first, the order didn’t go through. I typed a comment into a chat window, got a response, got a call and had a friendly chat with the guy running the web shop. What a surprise to talk to the people running a web shop.
If you’re wondering about the use of sandals for running, you can find a summary of what the author of Born to Run had to say on his website: the barefoot running debate. It convinced me because of a few things:
There’s plenty of stuff on YouTube.
If you're already running, switching from heel striking to forefoot running is dangerous. I’m guessing that if you’re running 20km a week or more, switching shoes and style is going to be brutal. You have muscles in all the wrong places. I was lucky. We didn’t run. Claudia gave up dancing and was looking for something to do. A friend suggested running. Claudia was skeptical at first because one of the reasons she had stopped dancing was the pain in her feet. But we tried it. I bought some shoes. She bought some shoes. We started with a “recovery” training plan that started with 20min runs and worked our way up. Since we both started basically at zero, I was spared a sudden change in style. If you’re going to switch, I suggest to run 19km a week using your old style and your old shoes, and just run 1km using forefoot running. Switch style as fast as you learned to run in the first place.
Yeah, I haven’t been able to enjoy myself as much as I usually do since I caught a cold and currently fighting snot and headaches at 37,7°C – but that doesn’t diminish this uplifting feeling of loyalty, friendship, attraction, confidence, intimacy, knowledge, sympathy, growing up and growing old together. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️✎
Some old pictures. Amazing to see how bad the quality of those pictures were. And these are scans from reproductions I had actually hanging on the wall for a few years. Back then, we felt those were good pictures!✎
Also note how long it took Claudia to prevent me from making weird faces.✎
To think that back then we didn’t even have digital cameras!✎
The black and white pictures is probably the oldest. That’s what Claudia’s hair looked like when we met, in high school.✎
All these tags, all these topics I blogged about. I started this site on 2002-06-23. All this stuff… Who will ever read it again? Sure, some people might be reading it now – but what about those old posts? Who will be reading them in a year? Nobody. Not my family, not my kids, no historian… In fact, most probably nobody will be paying for the server and one day it will all simply disappear. Copies might be left on the Internet Archive.✎
|Rahm (ich nehme Vollrahm)||Cream (ours has approx. 35% so that would be light whipping cream in the USA?)✎|
|Edelkastanie, geröstet, püriert||Sweet Chestnut, roasted, puréed ✎|
OK, maybe less cream next time. I think I’m going to faint of sugar and fat overdose.✎
Recently I made some $10/€10 donations, and I’m planning on some more.
I found a way to filter my photos on Flickr by camera used!
We returned from Portugal on October 5.
First, we spent a few days in the Algarve. (Pictures.) Then we spent a day in Lisbon and at my mom’s place. It was her birthday and so her two brothers and their wives were also there. My sister and my half-siblings were also there. It was great. (Pictures.)
Now we’re back to work and trying to get the flat back under control after our recent move.
Wir sind umgezogen. Weiter hinaus, wo die Menschen älter sind, wo die Hipsters und Yuppies fehlen, wo es weniger two incomes no kids gibt – also eigentlich praktisch in fremdes Land. Irgendwie auch schön, wenn man in der Siedlung begrüsst wird. Im Kreis 4 kannten uns die Nachbarn ja schon im Innenhof nicht mehr. Ausser Sven und und das ältere Paar aus Osteuropa, die waren immer sehr freundlich.
Zügeln ist und bleibt allerdings ein Mist. Davon kriege ich Kreuzschmerzen!