Monday, January 10, 2011


According to Wikipedia: "A euphemism is a substitution for an expression that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the receiver, using instead an agreeable or less offensive expression, or to make it less troublesome for the speaker. Some euphemisms are intended to amuse, while others are created to mislead." One euphemism that I frequently hear is when men refer to themselves as being "big." Of course, nine times out of ten, they are not just big; they are fat. But somehow, calling themselves "big" seems to carry a positive meaning in our society. Let's call it like it is. If you are 6' 10" tall and 250 lbs or less and can run a mile in 8 minutes or less, then I will grant that you are indeed "big." Otherwise, you are fat.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year's Day paddle on the Chicago River

It was a cold day. Temperature of 18F with stiff winds making the windchill about 0. Still, it was fun to get out on the water with dozens of other paddlers. This picture was taken by a photographer for the Chicago Tribune.

2010 fitness log totals

Totals from 2010 outdoor fitness logbook - Kayaking: 162.5 hours, 342 miles - Running: 54 hours, 352 miles - Skiing (downhill and x-c): 21 hours - Scuba: 11 hours - Biking (road and MTB): 9.6 hours, 134 miles* - Other workout activities: weight lifting, hiking, rock climbing - Total workout hours: 377 *My lowest yearly biking total since learning how to ride; a reflection of my kayaking addiction.