Big thank you to Jo for the heat pads that she gave me today, not only do they make my knee feel a great deal better but they have an inadvertent advantage. Now I am sure Jo will be proud to learn that the heat also soothes the ache in my arm that occurs when I try press ups! So now with a combination of my left hand set slightly forward, to accommodate the angle, and a three-fingered tripod fist on the right I can achieve press ups.
The press ups themselves generate an interesting soundtrack of clicks and clunks, which I like to think are natures way of describing healing, but also makes the wrists ache (exercise should cause aches after all) and these are soothed by the heat. An inadvertent solution that allows me to continue to fly in the face of good advice, thank you.
Thanks very much to my friends for their support today, you’ll be pleased to hear I am in an upgraded room in the Marriott and very pleased to see that bed!
For those of you that don’t live or commute into London, I forget that even in Essex there are people who see London as a foreign country, allow me to share one of the comforts of the city’s transport system. As I travelled into London today it was through snow, grey sky’s and cold winds, when I got to Stratford I trudged through slushy salt and snow to the Overground which slipped and squealed its way to Highbury. Having walked up the stairs into the cold breeze at Highbury I joined the escalator to start the descent to the tube and it powered me into a comfortable warmth reaching out to embrace me.
The tube has many ‘benefits’ and ‘features’, vomiting drunks, beggars, lunatics, delays and muggers to name but a few but one of the odd things about it is the temperature. You see whilst the tube is often unbearable in the summer this is the result of crush loading and therefore massive metabolic, or human, heat the tube itself is a very stable environment and in the winter its a strange comfort that many of us have grown up with. Standing underneath a wintry street scene wrapped in the warm environment of the tube network is a simple homecoming that makes the world real after a tough day.
I have an evening now of preparing for a trip to Burton tomorrow, I am not driving I will be collected from the door and returned to the same, if we get stuck in snow I doubt that I can offer any assistance in shovelling or pushing, my meeting prep is done so what do I have to do to prepare? Well I am not sitting here tomorrow evening telling you how travelling takes it out of me, I am not old and I will not allow the old thoughts to creep in! Tonight I shall stay up and then get up early and I shall get all the way to Burton without toilet breaks, leg stretches or travel bloody sweets, age is in the mind they say and I am getting it out of mine.