Aaron's Crazy Race

Day 11 -- The Party Preparation Day

Getting up at 4:30 am made no sense after finally falling asleep at 2:00 am but that's the way it goes sometimes. I knew I'd be tired today but I didn't feel too sore so I felt as if I were making progress. Taking care of the dogs and cat, doing some work, and answering a slew of e-mails took up several hours before Holly arose. For breakfast I made scrambled eggs with tons of melted cheddar cheese on top and added a few cloves of garlic for my portion. Fortunately, I wouldn't be near too many people today!

I knew it would be a no-exercise day but I was focused on finishing the editing I was assigned for the "Blind Justice" Web site (www.BlindJusticePBS.com) as well as update the Guest List on the TV show's Web site. The latter had not been revised for three years. Talk about falling behind in one's work! I also was developing a concept for a third show to be called something such as "The Mediator" in which people would bring business problems and conflicts which I would attempt to help them resolve. It was a concept I had toyed with over a decade ago but I felt the time was ripe for it today.

Most of the day, however, was more mundane. I had to vacuum the entire house while Holly was assigned to clean a few bathrooms. She did it begrudgingly but I rewarded (or is the operative word "bribed?") her with promises of a movie "fest" and popcorn later in the day. My goal was to have only one more meal myself and get a good night's sleep. Yeah, right...

It didn't take long for me to violate my "just-one-more-meal" plan as I got hungry by midday but I still was conscientious about my intake. It was tomorrow -- facing the prospect of unlimited hot dogs (which I love) and keg-fresh, locally-brewed root beer which made me fear the likelihood that I would find a way to consume 5 or 10 pounds of food and 10,000 or more calories. I had done it before and I knew I would do it again.

I also knew the buffet of items provided by a 300-person pot-luck would be far too tempting to avoid. Hey, a little of this and a little of that adds up -- especially if you have the eating capacity of a blue whale, like I do. "What the heck," I thought to myself, "even if I gorge myself tomorrow, I'll still have a week to work off the weight." "Yeah, fat chance," I retorted, "especially given the fact you likely will run only one or two more times between now and the race."

Terribly conflicted, I consoled myself with a piece of matzo slathered with butter and some juice. I felt better once again. Isn't comfort food great? That later was topped by the ice cream cone "drumstick" Holly gave me -- only because it gave her an excuse to have one, too. My sweet (speaking in glucose-based terms) angel was no foreigner when it came to manipulation, bless her little soul.

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NEXT: Day 12 -- Big Party Plus Big Appetite Equals Big Trouble

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