Archive | February 19, 2018

My Second Week With A Fitbit Ionic — Other Than Floors Climbed, Pretty Pedestrian.

by Anura Guruge

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What can I say — other than I am fat (and getting fatter) and lazy (and getting lazier). Yes, kind of laughable numbers compared to what I see others post. My only consolation is the floors climbed number and that is only because I live in a 4-story house with 3 staircases. Since my office is on the 4th floor I have to climb floors just to survive and go to the bathroom.

Well, this coming week won’t even look as good as this. Already goofed away one day!

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by Anura Guruge

Why The Crotch Accentuating Uniforms Of The U.S. Speed Skaters?

by Anura Guruge

First and foremost — time to get mind out of the gutter.

Second, it is NOT just the women’s uniforms, though, for what must be reasons Freudian, it is much more pronounced in the case of the women! It might have to do with their anatomy — and I stress ‘might’.

The uniforms were designed and made by Under Armour.

That grey crotch design was not an accident or purely a marketing gimmick to grab your attention.

I knew that the design had a reason. I really did. I, however, wasn’t sure what. I thought that it might be for camera contrast to help with accurate timing. That, to I, made sense.

Well it appears it is slightly more mundane than that. They are FRICTION REDUCING patches — made out of a material called “ArmourGlide“. It is supposed to reduce friction by up to 65%. I assume that “ArmourGlide” must be expensive. If not why not make the entire lower half of the uniform in it? Maybe the entire uniform because it must also reduce wind friction.

But, now you know.

IF you look carefully you will notice that other non-US speed skaters also have ‘patches’ in the crotches — but noting as noticeable and accentuated as the Americans.

Well it isn’t as bad as the 2014 Colombian (Bogota Humana) Women’s Cycling Team Outfit.

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Images Of The Snow Dropped In Central New Hampshire By 2018 Winter Storm “Noah”.

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

Winter Storm “Noah”, February 17 – 18, 2018, dumped much more snow over Central New Hampshire than had been forecast. It was said to be a ‘Southern Storm’ meaning that snow totals tapered off further north you were — and we are pretty far north.

Well they got it WRONG. It was claimed we would get 3″ tops. We got around 7″.

But, it was very light, fluffy snow. Very easy to shovel.

Plus, the sun was out in force Sunday morning. So, it was very pretty and quite warm.

Enjoy these pictures.

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by Anura Guruge

What “A Sense Of Accomplishment” Looks Like.

by Anura Guruge

Woke up on Sunday, February 18, 2018, to much more snow than had been forecast for the supposedly ‘mainly Southern’ Winter Storm “Noah”.

There was about 6″ to 7″ on the ground and over a 1″ by the mailbox where the town plow piles it up.

So, around 10:05am Teischan and I set out to shovel. Devanee had parked her van at the top of the drive so that she could get out to work, at 7am, without having to shovel much …

So, here is what we did.

Yes, I wear a Fitbit Ionic on my wrist that tells me steps, floors etc., BUT trust me when I tell you that there is no sense of accomplishment to that of clearing a drive by hand and knowing that YOU did it. It is very satisfying. No, not as good as sex, but up there. So …

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General lay of the land before we started shoveling.

20 minutes of shoveling.

1.5 HP — Human Power (HP), Teischan & I.

That was satisfying.

Clearing the mailbox. Much deeper snow.

Just 1 HP — Just I.

About 25 minutes, non-stop.

Dig, Pick-up, Throw. Great upper body exercise. 

After the mailbox.

About 35-minutes of pushing snow with a snow-pusher.

Very satisfying to see what you have achieved. Not sure about others. But, my body feels good …

This is why I resist getting a snowblower. We have a cleaner drive than those with snowblowers and I do NOT have to breath in exhaust fumes or listen to the racket of the engine. Mine is all fresh, clean air and either the sound of silence or birds chirping.

I will continue to shovel by hand until I finally can’t. Doubt whether I will ever keel over shoveling. Heart and other muscles much too used to the tempo of shoveling.

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