Dear Ali chan,
GOD! Just got home
from a seemingly ENDLESS walk with Dinkey who would NOT cooperate
and poo! Around and around, and up and down, and back and forth until
we actually got lost. That's something that's pretty easy to do in
the labyrinthine back streets of Tokyo, but I haven't done it for
YEEEARS! He finally did his business, and I am now happily ensconced
in the big armchair (found it in the garbage two years ago!). Ding
Dong has eaten his din-dins and is now finishing the cats' leftovers.
Waste not, want not!
I was getting a
bit cranky during walkies, and wishing the dog would stop fartarsing
about and get on with things when I realized that the extra exercise
was good for me. Most Japanese walk, or cycle or take the train, so
you don't see many fatties over here? Is that considered politically
incorrect? "Fatties"? Oh well, couch it in whatever term
you're using these days, but fat is still fat! Extremely unhealthy,
a burden on the health care system, and one person eating the food
of two (or more!) people is a waste of natural resources! All the
walking and cycling and stairs plus a good diet is what keeps us slim
and trim over here! Interesting to note that the Japanese are one
of the longest lived races in the world! Food for thought. LOL! Get
it? It's a diet joke!! FOOD FOR THOUGHT!!! Never mind...
Anyway, I was reading
the news tonight and it said that since the quake, when Tokyo's UNBELIEVABLE
(and the world's busiest! Google Shinjuku
Station, the station we use, and you'll see what I mean) transit
system was crippled forcing tens of thousands to walk hours and hours
to get home or to not get home at all, bicycle sales have soared.
Good for your health, great for the environment. The humble bicycle
was able to go where the trains couldn't, nor cars and buses which
were stuck in horrendous traffic jams.
I haven't driven
a car in close to 17 years. LOOOATHE driving!!! Such a waste of time!
I'd rather sit on the train and read and let someone else get me where
I need to go. This morning on the commute to uni, I went over what
I need to teach tomorrow (lung structure and function), and now I
don't have to do it at home. YEAH! More free time! Good for me, great
for the environment.
Take public transit
people! Cheaper than driving/owning a car and better for the planet.
Car pool if you have to drive! Take the stairs! Butt starting to hang
down and flap behind your knees? Take the stairs two or three at a
time, then!!! A colleague of mine, Marsh, when we were working in
one of the skyscrapers in Shinjuku, used to strap weights on his ankles,
then JOG up the stairs to our office ON THE 19TH FLOOR! (He did this
for years and he's in his forties!) Ride a bicycle rather than take
a car whenever possible. Take a backpack when you cycle to the market,
load up with fresh goodies and get a bit more of a workout on the
return trip! Good for you, great for the environment!
Well my dear, time
for a LIGHT supper, (leftover stew), read a bit, then beddy-byes!
Hope all is well on your side of the planet. (Wish our side would
stop moving!!!) Kiss, kiss...