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8/20/2004

Diet and exercise…

Filed under: — stan @ 4:53 pm

I went to the doctor today to get the results of my latest cholesterol test. 198 total, with a 163/35 LDL/HDL split. They said this is good, so I don’t have to take statins. It’s a lot better than the 232 I scored back in March. I’ve also lost 10 pounds since March. So the program of bike riding and not eating eggs seems to be working out well.

They told me that I should be getting a half-hour of exercise three times a week. I get a bit more than that five times a week riding my bike to work, and I’ve been doing that for nine years now. But that wasn’t enough. It took adding the 40 mile Sunday rides with Foothill Cycle to make the difference here. But I like riding my bike, so it’s just fun. It doesn’t seem like an ‘exercise program’ at all.

8/15/2004

Hollywood Hills

Filed under: — stan @ 8:35 pm

Today there was no official Sunday bike club ride, so the four of us who wanted to ride made our own. I made up a route that took us over to Hollywood, then up Nichols Canyon to Mulholland Drive. We took Mulholland down to Cahuenga Pass and then down into Burbank. Our snack stop was at Priscilla’s in Toluca Lake. Then straight home through Glendale and Eagle Rock. 49 miles.

8/14/2004

Tour de Curly

Filed under: — stan @ 8:21 pm

Today I went for a bike ride to see the sanitarium where Curly Howard died, as well as the cemetary where he is buried. Both are relatively close to our house. The sanitarium is an old building set back off the road, and it’s kind of hard to see. The cemetary seems a bit out of place, as it’s in the middle of the East L.A. barrio. Not the place one expects to find a Jewish cemetary. Still, it was an interesting little adventure, and it’s worth pausing for a moment to salute Curly, since he can still make us laugh over 50 years later. The bike ride was pretty nice, too. I did it early in the morning, so there wasn’t too much traffic. 29 miles.

 

8/8/2004

Flat ride

Filed under: — stan @ 8:05 pm

Rode with Foothill again today. It was Gene’s ‘Horizontal Bomp’ ride. Out to Monrovia, south to Temple City, and back through San Marino. The snack stop was at Il Fornaio. Then we went down past the Rose Bowl and up to Altadena Drive for the long downhill home. 38 miles.

8/7/2004

Playing tourist in Los Angeles

Filed under: — stan @ 5:49 pm

We went over the the Motion Picture Academy in Beverly Hills to see their current gallery show about set decoration. They had pieces of sets from lots of recent movies. It was a fun little adventure.

 


After this we went to the Japanese Museum in Little Tokyo to see “September 11: Bearing Witness to History”, which is a traveling Smithsonian exhibit of artifacts recovered from the sites of the September 11th attacks.

Short ride

Filed under: — stan @ 10:05 am

Did an early-morning ride today. Out to Duarte and back. Left the house at 06:25 and was back by 08:00. 25 miles.

8/1/2004

Short ride

Filed under: — stan @ 7:23 pm

Short ride early this morning. Duarte and back by the usual route. 25 miles.

7/31/2004

Griffith Park Ride

Filed under: — stan @ 5:14 pm

Rode to Griffith Park with the Covina club today. The ride started in Arcadia and went through Eagle Rock and Glendale to get to the park. Sadly, they didn’t go as fast as I would have liked. On the way back, they stopped at Foxy’s restaurant in Glendale. I skipped the stop and headed home, since it was already 10:30 by then, and I wanted to be home by noon. The route back was pretty much straight down Colorado Blvd all the way back to Pasadena. 44 miles.

7/18/2004

Toluca Lake

Filed under: — stan @ 8:29 pm

Rode with Foothill today. The Toluca Lake ride with a stop at Priscilla’s for a snack. Gene pushed the pace for part of the ride, and we were going pretty fast for a time. 41 miles.

7/17/2004

Duarte and back

Filed under: — stan @ 8:28 pm

25 miles ride today. Did the Duarte-and-back loop, along with a side trip and stop at Macaroni Grill in Monrovia to buy some gift cards for Wayne and Nicole for watching our house when we go on vacation.

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