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Fitness: By the Dawn’s Early Light

Yep, I was down at the gym before dawn, which, I admit, sounds nuts. Hear me out. I was watching a TikTok channel on WFH corporate life. It’s hilarious. And also uncomfortably true.

I used to get up at about 5:30am every morning, got ready for work, and packed my lunch before I drove to the bus station. Then I walked from the drop off point in down town Pittsburgh, walked to the nearest Crazy Mocha for a large skim latte, and strutted down Grant St. to my office with AC/DC blasting away in my ears. Arrived at my desk at 7:30am. Reverse process on way home.

I don’t do that anymore. Now, I keep hitting the snooze button and get up at 7 so I can brave the harrowing commute down the hallway. The pandemic has thrown my lark-ish nature all to hell. I fall asleep when it gets dark, then I’m up at 2:30am for a couple of hours looking for a podcast boring enough to put me back to sleep.

So, this morning, I forced myself out of bed and went to the gym for two miles on the treadmill. By the way, when this gym membership expires, I’m buying a #%^ing treadmill. I’m going to try this morning exercise thing for a few weeks and see how it goes.

Anyway, I don’t want to discourage anyone from watching the news today. Ukraine is nerve wracking. Biden is going to end black history month with something historic, I think. Just don’t sit in one place all afternoon if you can help it. Get up and move around. Go for a short walk around the block, unless you’re in Pittsburgh where the weather is going to be… well… Pittsburgh. All day.

On my playlist this morning:

Remember these guys? I think they were popular about the time we last got this close to midnight on the Doomsday Clock. Nice warm up song.

Here’s a song from Wizard Women of the North called Fønix. Compared to how I felt at this time last year after my surgery when I questioned my sanity for having it, I feel a billion times better this year. Thank you to all of you who helped me through the last year, especially William who writes so well.