On Wednesday my coworkers did a Safety Blitz Day. That’s where a large group of supervisors go out and make sure that there are no rules infractions going on. Because we working in an unforgiving environment, it is essential that employees exercise caution out in the field.
Afterwards there was “Team Building” at an indoor Go Kart track. We’ve done this in the past and it seems to be a favorite of many. A boost of adrenaline, lots of smack talk, and of course driving fast.
This was a lot of fun… at the time… But the aftermath on my body was brutal. The next day I had bruises along my back ribs. Over the past few days, my legs have been cramping and I literally moan when I have to stand up from a seated position.
I’m not a youngster anymore and can’t put my body through that kind of abuse. No matter how fun it is.
I enjoyed last night more than I’ve enjoyed previous gatherings at my home. It was because people came out for the sake of visiting and enjoying dinner. Not like the old days of Friday night pre-party drinks leading to a late night of drinks.
Most of my friends have matured. Myself included. Those feelings of suffering a hangover are long behind us. Casual drinks and good food are much more enjoyable. And that’s what we experienced.
Last night our BBQ started at 7pm. By 9:00pm the first of my friends started to depart. Then the next wave of people were leaving just before 10:00pm. By 11:00pm everyone had gone home. I couldn’t have been happier. Everybody left with full stomachs and a smile. No weird drama, no drunk shenanigans, no mess to clean up. I was in bed by midnight.
I’d call that a successful dinner party. Those are the kinds I’d like to host more often. Good friends and good food makes for a good time.
This growing old thing is painful. After being on my feet for about seven days straight, walking about 20,000 steps everyday, my feet are angry at me. I don’t walk that much on a regular basis anymore. That’s about 18 km per day. I have two more days of this to go. I’m at the age that I need to make sure I am wearing good shoes or I really suffer.
Ain’t nobody got time for that.
It may sound strange, but walking around is my favorite thing to do. It clears your head, it’s easy exercise and you get places. I try and walk a few kms almost ever day around our neighborhood. It’s a time for my wife & I to talk and keep our relationship in order.
“You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
Back to my complaining about walking ten times more than usual – I have days where I hurt so bad, my slight limp becomes extremely obvious. The pain begins in my feet and works its way through my heels to a burn in my calves & thighs and ends with a lower back pain. Over the past week, at the end of each day, I take off my shoes and deal with my little tootsies throbbing for a few minutes. My heals calm down and my thighs relax. But the back pain causes me to bend over and makes me about as sexy as the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Advil has become my new best friend.
I am now looking back on my life and realizing that I should have done more exercises to help my back. I’m a fairly tall gentleman and should probably look into Yoga to help my posture. But I’d look pretty badass with a walker…