I haven’t been to Roundrock in so long that I’m getting desperate for blog fodder. The cannon you see in the photo above was (and may still be) at the entrance to the natural history museum in Nairobi. I took that photo in 2006, I think it was. Seth and I had gone to the museum (walking across half of the city to get there as I remember) because the Lucy skeleton (or perhaps a replica) was on display. Unfortunately, because of funding, the museum was not only closed, but the entrance was guarded by two soldiers with rifles. I understand that in the time since then, several religious leaders have petitioned that the skeleton and all references to human evolution be removed from the museum. I don’t know the outcome of those efforts though.
In other news, I did a 17-mile run on Saturday, which is my longest effort thus far. It wasn’t pretty. I’m still no good at regulating my pace and, like when I’m driving on the highway, I find myself going too fast. I can’t sustain that pace, and I either slow to a walk or stop and gasp. I’m trying to build my distance for the full marathon I’m running in early October, and I’m pretty sure I’m behind schedule in my training.
I did, however, finally get the apothecary chest I’ve been wanting for a long time. Now all of my running gear can be collected in one place rather than scattered about several rooms. Curiously, it’s not easy getting a decent photo of a piece of furniture.