And don't you love C.I.?
I love her for many, many reasons. Among them she doesn't take crap, to be sure. But she's also the first one to defend others. When Al Jazeera Arabic published that article this week that was yet another hate piece ('Jews are invading Iraq and stealing the country's treasures, even the US military agrees' -- that's the summary), C.I. didn't hesitate to fire back with a response piece ("'A bunch of damn Jews'") calling out that b.s.
In the snapshot for Wednesday August 31st, C.I. called out Michael S. Schmidt ridiculous New York Times article "Iraq War Marks First Month With No U.S. Military Deaths" which uses the term "milestone" and gushes Operation Happy Talk.
Many have followed. Few have demonstrated the passion or the maturity. And I was going to hold my nose and link to an asshole but I just got a text from C.I. asking if I'd seen it? I have, I think I'll carry that over to Third. So no link to the asshole but do look for a piece at Third on this.
This morning, Mike called. He, Wally and C.I. run every Saturday morning before C.I. and Wally leave Boston. So I asked Mike to call me.
I used to run back in high school and college but there's this thing you may have heard of called "life." Yeah, it does get in the way. But a friend at work is now on a crash diet because her doctor told her she has to lose X pounds. And that got me thinking about how diabetes runs in my family and it's really not smart of me not to be active now. So today was my day back. I didn't run. I just walked. But I stayed on the phone with Mike and walked while they ran (and while they walked -- they ran 55 minutes and then walked 15). So that was an hour and ten minutes of walking for me. It wasn't a problem except my left sneaker must have a problem because the sole of my foot is irritated. (Problem? I mean a worn spot that's not showing up yet but will probably be a whole in the sole shortly.)
Ava and C.I. usually grab 30 to 45 minutes during the writing edition of Third to speed walk and they said they can get on the phone with me if I want to join them on that. And I think I will. I felt so much better today having gotten that exercise in.
So much better that I've babbled through a lenghty post.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"