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Going the Distance – nearly 100 miles!

What a beautiful weekend. The weather was ideal, the activities were great. I don’t have a single complaint. Well, maybe one – but we’ll get to that later.

On Friday night Randy and I got together with a bunch of friends for dinner, conversation and games. We played Pictionary and my team (me and Chris) won. I’m not normally one to gloat, but I also want to add that Randy’s team never made if off the start box. Nope – they didn’t move one square. I’m just saying.

Anyway, here’s a picture of the game nights (names have been omitted to protect the not-so-innocent):

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On Saturday, Randy and I drove up to New Hampshire and he bought two kayaks. He plans on forcing me to exercise at some point. He also bought me a bike since he’s really pushing the whole exercise thing on me. But more on that later.

Saturday night we got together with friends, Ben and Sandy, and Randy cooked a turkey….by throwing it into a big boiling cauldron of peanut oil in the back yard and frying the damn thing whole. It was much more moist than any turkey I’ve ever had (and not greasy at all, surprisingly). But it was still turkey and I’ve never been a big fan. I wonder if you can make deep-fried Twinkies with that thing?

After dinner, Randy was still in a Pictionary mood so we played again. This time, he was on my team and we managed to win. Just never ask him to draw “Tic-Tac-Toe.” You’d think that would be an easy one…but he decided to draw the game “Connect-Four” instead…but as a board game. Well, at least that’s what it appeared to be. Needless to say, we didn’t get that one correct.

Sunday we met up with my friends Bryan and Jason for dim sum in Chinatown. Then, finally, it happened: Randy got me onto a bicycle and I, gasp, exercised. I’ll be honest, I expected to only make it a few blocks. And I think Randy was equally nervous that I’d be a miserable S.O.B. the entire time. But to the surprise of both of us, I think I enjoyed it. We rode along the Minuteman Trail which runs from Somerville/Cambridge to Bedford (by way of Arlington, and Lexington).

We didn’t do the whole trail since it’s 22 miles round trip. But we did go to Lexington Center which, according to online maps is about 6-7 miles. Round trip that would mean we rode a total of 12-14 miles. And, just as dog years are adjusted with the 1 year=7 years ratio, Karl miles follow the same formula; so our 12-14 miles was actually the equivalent of 84-98 Karl miles.

Are you impressed? I even have some photographic evidence!

Here I am before we set off on our ride. Isn’t the hat great? I felt so sporty.

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And here I think I look rather fetching in my cycling gear. I inherited the shorts from somebody I’d previously dated. Who knew I’d find a use for them? And I’m glad I had them…the between-the-leg padding works miracles.

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A day later, I’m not in any pain. Well, at least my legs aren’t in any pain. I am feeling the residual between-the-legs pain. But I realize it would have been much worse had I not had the padded cycling shorts on.

So there you have it – my sole complaint for the entire weekend. And it wasn’t even that bad!


  1. Comment by thleen on April 23, 2007 11:53 am

    Karl miles! I love it. You slay me with your cleverness. Oh, and nice shorts, biker guy.

  2. Comment by Randy on April 23, 2007 1:28 pm

    thanks for the jabs at the tic tac toe. yea i was way off. Just ask my family about a scoprian sometime… boy that was bad.
    At least I made it off the beginning square that time!

  3. Comment by Dave in Chicago (2) on April 23, 2007 2:13 pm


  4. Comment by Will on April 23, 2007 8:21 pm

    “Fetching” is a good word–you actually make the helmet look good and they usualy come off just looking silly.

    I love that you “inherited” a former date’s bike shorts. I believe I “inherited” my first pair of 2(x)ist briefs the same way.

  5. Comment by karyn on April 26, 2007 12:37 am

    LOVE Pictionary and have many grisly stories from my days playing that rather competitively…

    And how freaking cute are you… hahaha… NICE shorts…and I love love love the Karl Miles! You and your evil genius you!

  6. Comment by Luis on October 27, 2007 2:57 pm

    Hi Karl,

    Even in mainstream web sites, you seem to pop-up everywhere! I was doing a google search and somehow your picture came up!

    How are you and Randy? I look forward to seeing you on December 1st!



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