fishing, desperately


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.


4 Responses to “fishing, desperately”

  1. Vickie Says:

    Wow, 17 miles is pretty good! Keep working at it for the marathon, you can do it.
    Too bad you couldn’t get a shot of the apothecary chest; would love to see it. I love that kind of stuff.
    Hope you’re able to get to Roundrock soon, but you can certainly blog about what else is up in town here in the meantime.

  2. robin andrea Says:

    You make me wonder where Lucy is now. I’ll have to google around to see if I can find her.

    Seventeen miles is quite an accomplishment. I can’t even imagine what it’s like to run that far. Oy.

  3. robin andrea Says:

    Just a little follow up on Lucy. Thought you might appreciate this:
    “In her Ethiopian homeland, Lucy is called “dinknesh,” which means “the wondrous one.”[7] Beginning in 2007, the fossil and associated Ethiopian artifacts toured the United States for six years, as an exhibition entitled Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia. Part of the proceeds of admission fees were to go to the Ethiopian government for improvements to its museums. Lucy and the exhibit were returned to Ethiopia on 7 May 2013.

  4. Mark P Says:

    Seventeen miles is a good run. Based on my own marathon training a long time ago, it’s mainly just a matter of doing it. I think you have to do it to get the feel of that kind of distance. Do it more and you get better at it. The longest run I did before my only marathon back in 1977 was 20 miles, and I didn’t start training for it until about three months before. Up until then I was a six-mile man.

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