First of all, I want to thank everyone for your thoughts yesterday. I ended up making a compromise between running and resting. I ran an easy mile and then did 3 miles on the bike. I actually felt my quad twinge less after doing that, so I'm thinking it just needed to be worked out. It's still present today, but it's hardly noticeable so it looks like the issue is resolving itself. This is great since 20 miles is going to be a pretty freakin' long run. I also realized I might need to ask for The Stick for Christmas.
So last night Amanda, my friend Crystal and I headed downtown. I know, I know... who goes downtown on a Wednesday night? Well, the three of us and about 15 other people.
I have NEVER gone out on a Wednesday night, not even when I was in college. I guess now I can say that I've done it.
Amanda wanted to hit up our piano bar, and since it's one of my favorite places I was happy to make it happen. Since we'll be in Knoxville all weekend, we decided to go on down there last night.
Sure, the place was dead compared to the weekend. Sure, the people that were there were older than us. However, it ended up being a total blast. It's like you're getting a private concert. We got them to play David Allen Coe's "You Never Even Call Me By My Name" and sang along at the top of our longs. We told them Amanda was Canadian and they attempted to sing "Oh Canada" (but none of us here know the words to that so it didn't get very far). They even played a little Britney Spears's "Hit Me Baby (One More Time)" for us... and the dude sounded almost just. like. her.
SO much fun. It ended up being a kind of late night after we drove back and stopped to pick up some Krystal's for a late night snack. We'll be taking it easy tonight with a laid back dinner and some shopping since we'll be heading to Knoxville to meet up with other friends and have a rockin' weekend in Rocky Top town.
On a completely unrelated note... I kept seeing people posting on Facebook about "Joe the Plumber," including one status change by a friend saying he was going as Joe on Halloween. I did a little research and came across this article to learn a bit more about him if anyone else is as confused as I was about the whole thing.
Early voting has started, and I hope that everyone is making an informed decision and then heading to the polls. Regular readers know that I have very little interest in politics, but I will say that I will be casting my vote and then not worrying too much about it. I feel like what a lot of people are saying is true... regardless of who wins, it's likely to only be a one-term presidency.
I think our leaders are pretty confused in general right now. All of them... not just the president. It is a problem that we have allowed laws to be passed that have enabled people to get loans who had absolutely no business getting them in the first place. I think it is a problem that our debt won't even fit on the debt sign in Times Square (do a google search to learn more about that). All of the talk about the economy and taxes and blah blah blah is stuff that is often confusing and difficult to fully grasp how it works... but it's not hard to understand that as citizens we can do our part not by just voting, but also by making changes in our own lives. We shouldn't be racking up gobs of credit card debt just to own nice things. We shouldn't buy things we can't afford. We should be saving and investing and living by a budget.
I'm not trying to express any political belief by saying this, nor am I trying to stand on a soap box (so please don't feel the need to argue with me...). I'm just saying that we have to do more than just cast a vote to make changes in our nation. It starts with us. Figure out what your part is in making our country a better place and do it. Voting is important, but I think that finding a way to live your personal life in a way that positively impact other people and other things is even more important.