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Garmin’s New Vivoactive 4-Based ‘Legacy Hero Series’ Seems A Bit Mickey Mouse To I.

by Anura Guruge

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Not my cup of tea — BUT I am 66-years old and wear a Garmin MARQ Expedition. Maybe if I was 40-years younger and had $400 to burn on a novelty watch (and thinking back, I probably could have afforded such if I wanted (SMILE)).

Nice bezels and nice straps. Not sure about the watch faces. And the price $400.

Also, they don’t each come in both sizes, i.e., 45mm (standard) and 40mm (small). That surprised I. The 45-mm is the ‘First Avenger’ & the smaller is ‘Captain Marvel’. I am too old to know the difference or those superheroes BUT does that size distinction make sense. I am from the Superman era. So, will Garmin make more of these? The mind boggles and as a long-term Garmin investor this kind of bothers I. Not sure what the market is. Can’t be huge. Pretty sure that by Christmas 2019 these two watches will be available close to $300.

Both based on the new Vivoactive 4 — 45mm & 40mm. But, unlike the Vivoactive 4 it is not available as yet. As with the new Garmin Venu Garmin is quoting 5 – 8 weeks. Think: “just ahead of Black Friday”.

Yes, even Garmin Connect has been updated to cater for these watches.

I am sorry, but I am skeptical. Can you … will you wear this to work … in an office? Can you … will you wear this to the gym? Can you … will you wear this to a fancy restaurant? I wouldn’t. But, then again … (SMILE).

So, what do YOU think? Would you buy one? Would you wear one if one was given to you for FREE? [No, nope … I am not making an offer or any promises.]

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by Anura Guruge

I Returned The Garmin Forerunner 235 After Just 4-Hours On My Wrist!

by Anura Guruge

Yes, WOW!

It arrived around 2:30pm yesterday, November 6, 2017, via USPS. I plugged it in to be charged and registered it via Garmin Express.

I did NOT get around to putting it on my wrist, with it turned ON (and working), till around 8pm.

It is a NICE WATCH. Extremely light. Noticeably so. That was nice.

So, why am I returning it and why did I go ahead, at midnight, 4-hours into wearing it, PRINTING the Amazon UPS label to return it.

First and foremost the backlight was beyond finicky and annoying. I turned OFF sleep mode and even with it turned OFF, I could NOT keep the damn light on for more than 10 seconds — even with the TIMEOUT set for: 30-seconds, 1 minute and ALWAYS ON! That drove me nuts.

It also took me 40 minutes, yes 40 minutes, to pair it with my 10″ ASUS Tablet running Android 7. I had to uninstall and REINSTALL Garmin Connect before I eventually succeeded. That my old Vivoactive HR was in the house appears to have been an issue. Garmin Connect and the ASUS wanted, so badly, to connect with THAT rather than the FR235. So, I was not happy.

Then, I discovered, to my intense chagrin (and embarrassment) that it does NOT measure STAIRS CLIMBED (because, I found out, it does not have a barometric altimeter)! Yikes. Climbing stairs is one of my favorite exercises and per my old Vivoactive HR I average 30 stairs climbs a day. I did NOT want a tracker that couldn’t track stairs.

Not being touchscreen was MORE of an issue than I had hoped!

Amazon, as ever, was cool. Plus, I hadn’t even had it for 12-hours and everything including the box are in pristine condition.

I am JUST going to wait for the Garmin Vivoactive 3 in Slate

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by Anura Guruge

I Am Getting A Garmin Forerunner 235 For Now.

by Anura Guruge

I relinquished my Vivoactive HR, which I owned (and wore daily, 24×7) for 117-days, on October 9, 2017, i.e., 26-days ago.

I was hoping to get a Vivoactive 3, in Slate, within 2 weeks. Well Garmin seems to have issues with the Slate version. Amazon, as of yesterday, no longer lists it! I had a pre-order at Amazon, BUT I cancelled it.

I thought about getting a Huawei or Samsung BUT decided that that would be shortsighted. I have too much ‘invested’ in Garmin.

I started doing some serious research and STUMBLED upon the Forerunner 235.

The Forerunner 235 will meet my needs — for NOW. {Smile}

When I got the Vivoactive HR in June 2017 I was brand new to activity trackers — and there is, IF you are serious (as I became) a v. steep learning curve.

Yes, the Forerunner 235 is slightly older technology than the Vivoactive HR and the Vivoactive 3. That is a concern.

But, the FR235 is very much a runner’s watch — and that is what I am.

It doesn’t have a Swim or Walk mode, BUT it is Winter now and I can do without. It also does not have a touch screen.

But, being round and black it has the look of a dress watch IF you use an appropriate watch face. That was one of the BIG things I did NOT like about the HR. It looked ugly. I like nice watches (as you would expect from one who wore a diamond-studded, limited-edition Rolex for nearly 30-years).

So, …. That is the story.

I will get a Vivoactive 3 down the road … unless something else comes along. I most likely will keep the FR235 for my runs and the other for the rest of the day. As Winter sets in my running watch will take a BEATING.

Stay tuned. I will keep you posted.V02

P.S., The FR235 has VO2 Max estimation. That should be interesting. At my age, and my level of UNFITNESS, that might be scary. Might tell me that I am indeed the walking dead.

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Jacques Cousteau, The Famous Diver, Was Born This Day, 107-Years Ago; June 11, 1910.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Cousteau

I always liked and admire Jacques — and what was there, ever, not to like. I used to watch the “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau“, in the 1970s, with undisguised fascination. Diving is not my thing. I swim and I like to swim but coming from the island nation of Ceylon I did not learn to swim until I left Ceylon aged 14! So, while I do swim, near daily in the Summer, it is not something that comes naturally to me. Diving is another matter. I have no issue with snorkeling, though it is something I rarely do. Going way down in the water does not appeal! So, I lived vicariously through Jacques.

Today’s so called ‘open-circuit’ scuba technology
was created by Jacques in the 1940s.

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Rare Death At Acadia National Park — Just Ahead Of July 8, 2016 Centennial.

by Anura Guruge

From ‘WMTW8‘ TV in Portland, Maine.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access original.

>> Refer to this, June 8, 2016 post for the Fatal Fall at Acadia a month ago <<

Two deaths so close together is unusual in that Acadia averages but
a couple a year‘.

That the Park Service has accepted this as being ‘in the Park’
is telling. They are very reluctant to do so.
Folks that fall into the ocean from the Park
are NOT counted as Park-related fatalities!

Not all of “Echo Lake” is within the Park
(as you can see from map below).

That would have been quite a swim —
whether across or lengthwise.
If the water was cold you were asking for trouble.


“Echo Lake”, Mount Desert Island, Maine. Note that 60% is outside of the Park. [From “Google Maps”, of course.] Click to ENLARGE.

Click image for details about July 8, 2016 centennial of ‘Acadia’ — then NOT called as such — becoming a “National Monument”.

Echo Lake“, as it happens, is one of areas of Acadia associated with Nude Bathing;
i.e., it is said to have some Nude Beaches.

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‘Free The Male Speedo’ — Equal Opportunity For Men!

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by Anura Guruge

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speedo1On Monday of this week we were staying at the “Wonder View Inn” in Bar Harbor, Maine; our room was right above the outdoor pool. While brushing my teeth I could hear, what sounded like a family, with a dog, frolicking about in the pool area — though the bathroom blind was pulled down. Then I hear Teischan (9) exclaim from the bedroom “there is a man swimming in his underwear”. I didn’t have to look. I knew exactly what she was commenting about. The man must have been wearing a ‘speedo’. That a man wearing a speedo would elicit a comment from MY daughter perturbed me — slightly. It is true she had never seen me at a pool or on a beach in a ‘speedo’ — though as an European ‘speedos’ were my de rigueur bathing suit UNTIL the Summer of 1987 — 28 years ago.

So what is the deal here?

Thinking about it made me realize that the issue is no different to the “Free the Female Nipple” conundrum. I did a quick Google. Appears that when it comes to laws you are in the same court as that for female toplessnes. Most places do NOT have any laws specifically banning speedos — in much the same way that at least 48 of the States do not have any explicit laws about female toplessness. Yes, you can find a few reports that men have been cited for wearing speedos — usually under the all encompassing ‘disturbing the peace’ law.

Indecency laws only require the genitals to be covered and a speedo does that.

Furthermore, as was the case in Bar Harbor, foreigners wearing speedos, as far as I know, are never told off or cited. And from 1985 to 1987 I wore speedos in the U.S., albeit mainly around hotel swimming pools or beaches in Tampa and Oahu, without ever having anybody say anything about it.

Then we have swim/dive teams and competitions. All the men, including those from the U.S., wear speedos. So IF there is a swim meet taking place in a U.S. pool the men will wear speedos but speedos are not deemed acceptable for recreation. What gives?

And now the supreme irony. Women can wear the skimpiest bikinis and that is acceptable while men can’t wear speedos.

Why the double standard?

In Europe female toplnessness and men in speedos (quite literally) go hand-in-hand.

Yes, it does have to do with a stubborn streak of puritanicalness that still permeates U.S. society. It is all about decency and modesty. I understand and as I said this is an issue that I confronted, personally, 28 years ago.

It must have been May or July 1987. I, newly married, went to a family cookout in Massachusetts. They had a pool and I wore a speedo — since that was all I had. My (then) wife didn’t say anything and she had seen me in speedos. Nobody said anything to me about my speedo all day. They used to kind of like me those days. I wore the speedo, with nothing else, as was my then wont, most of the day. I was ultrafit those days — fasting 3 times a week, running 7.5 miles most days and doing 100 sit-ups and 100 push-up a day. So I didn’t have anything really to hide or cover up. But on the way home I was informed that wearing speedos was not the ‘American way’ and that I needed to get some ‘proper’ U.S. swim trunks. I never gave it much thought — 28 years ago. But now it has got me thinking. Ironically I am the same weight now as I was 28 years ago. But I am now 62 and though I still run my total exercise regime is 1/8 of what it used to be.

As with female toplessness I believe that there should be certain, self-imposed standards, as to whether one should wear a speedo or not. I think the 25 BMI mark should be a good demarcation point. I still make the 25 BMI but I am not sure whether I should subject innocent folks to even more of my body than they are now subjected to given that I am, during the Summer, habitually topless — and, at a minimum, do my 40 – 45 minute run, 6 days a week, topless.

But something for all U.S. men to think about.

What is the deal with wearing speedos? In the same way that we want to free the female nipple we should also strive to free the male speedo. They really do go hand-in-hand.


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