Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Row Your Troubles Away

I got two email responses to my plea for a piece of exercise equipment on Freecycle.

The first was from a person with an elliptical type machine that also has a seat, but it was over an hour drive away, in the middle of nowhere. Plus the fact that the person wanted me to come out and get it right away, at 9pm on a Saturday night when I go to bed by 10 so as to be ready for church in the morning, made it untenable.

The second is a rowing machine, which stands up out of the way in a corner and can be used for other exercises. It is here. It was located less than a 3 minute drive, just up the highway, and I was able to go get it at a very convenient time.

So, rowing is now my cardio exercise of choice.

Someday I am going to have enough money to join that very nice gym a half a mile up the road. Until then, rowing it is.

Today is:

Archaeology Day

Festival of the Hungry Ghosts -- China (through Sept. 7)

Independence Day -- Gabon; Indonesia

Meaning of "Is" Day

National Thrift Shop Day

National Vanilla Custard Day

Odin's Ordeal begins -- Ancient Norse Calendar, through the 25th

Prekmurje Union Day -- Slovenia

San Martin Day, Argentina

St. Hyacinth's Day (Patron Saint of Lithuania)

Birthdays Today:

Robert DeNiro, 1943
Maureen O'Hara, 1920
Mae West, 1892
charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary, 1887
Samuel Goldwyn, 1882
Davy Crockett, 1786

Today in History:

The Peace of Bergerac gives political rights to the Huguenots, 1577
John White returns to Roanoke, Virginia, to find no trace of the colonists he had left there 3 years earlier, 1590
Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins its first trip up the Hudson River, 1807
Solymon Merrick patents the wrench, 1835
The first bank in Hawai'i opens, 1858
Patent granted for an electric self starter for automobiles, 1891
Fantasmagorie by Émile Cohl, the first animated cartoon, is shown in Paris, 1908
First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California, 1953
Quake Lake is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Yellowstone earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana, 1958
East German border guards kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin becoming one of the first victims of the wall, 1962
Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage, 1969
Venera 7 launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus), 1970
Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine, 1978
The first Compact Discs are released to the public in Germany, 1982

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