A blast from my past.

Back in the summer of 1972, my mother and her husband at the time thought it would be an absolute hoot to pack up all of our belongings and move west to Sioux City, Iowa. I have no idea why they chose this fine city, and I’ll never know because my mother passed away back in 2004 of an early onset of Alzheimer’s. I never asked while she was alive either because I thought it was taboo. I was hoping it was only a brief layover as we made our way west to a cool place like California to start a new life. Luck was not on my side. While I was living at 2317 South Cornelia Street, I developed a sweet tooth for this regional favorite:

Twin Bing

Twin Bing

Whenever my mother would send me to Johnnie’s Market to buy her cigarettes, I’d always include a Twin Bing in the purchase. I think my mother knew, but I never told her. I just ordered a box (36) of these and they arrived on my doorstep today. For those unfamiliar with this delicacy, a Twin Bing contains 2 cherry-flavored nougats coated with a mixture of chopped peanuts and chocolate. I immediately opened the package and relived my childhood for but a brief moment as I tore open the wrapper. I did enjoy it, though I have 35 more left, so if you want one, please let me know and I’ll give you one. My verdict is that they are okay. I think when I was 7, anything sweet was yummy. So, here’s what folks in the Midwest looked like in 1972 (my 3rd grade photo):

Sioux City, Iowa 3rd Grade Group Photograph

Sioux City, Iowa 3rd Grade Group Photograph

Pretty much like everyone else in the country I suppose. I loved wearing those Toughskins with the built in knee patch. Here’s a closeup of me sitting next to the girl I had a huge crush on:

And they call it puppy love...

And they call it puppy love...

Anyway, on the running front, I got good news from my doctor that my toe is not broken.  I still have degenerative joint disease (a.k.a. osteoarthritis), but I already knew that. My toe stings a bit still from the injury, and I might have to see a podiatrist if it persists.  Tomorrow, I have a 20 mile run, and I’ll be doing 16 – 18 miles most likely.  I’ve been taking Celebrex for the inflammation, and I have some vicodin in case of pain.

Also on the running front, yesterday I got my bib number from the BAA:  21997.  Look for me on race day.  There’s also a way you can have my result e-mailed or text messaged.   I’ll post that when I figure it out.

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