I tire of all the vixen-villians in romance-suspense-thrillers that explain their unorthodox behavior with the adage, “Love makes you do crazy things”. It’s not that I think it trite or that I take issue with the storyline. Rather the sentiment is wrong. Love does not make you do crazy things. Love makes you do mechanical things. Love makes you buy flowers and exchange mixed tapes and read poetry. There is a very scripted formula. Instead, I might be more apt to empathize with these vixi-villians if they changed one word to make the adage a well adapted mantra. It’s loneliness that makes us do crazy things. When lonely there is no greater time and better opportunity for crazy, and because there is no script for loneliness, I found great adventure potential in it. So for my fifth week, it all started in Salem and ended in Brazil.
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Since my first adventure, I have been working out consistently. Last week, my shins started to hurt and I realized that my 6 year-old Addidas could no longer cut it. Saturday, I had a cool experience in purchasing my new kicks at Fleet Feet. They sat me down and asked me what type of excercise I usually do and what I was looking for. They handed over a pair of shoes and had me jump on the treadmill. As I ran, they filmed my ever so graceful strides in order to see how my feet rolled as they landed. We then viewed the footage of myself running on a flat screen tv above our heads to discuss what we saw. He had some technical terms for me about how my heel rolls one way and how my foot shifts and rolls the other way towards the toes. He then checked my arch and came back with several pairs from different brands to see which one was the better fit. I ran on the treadmill with each pair; eliminating a few as I went along. I ended up with the, as he put it, the “Cadillac” of the running shoes (which is code for pretty DARN expensive). But, I have never had a better fitting tennis/gym/running shoe. It feels like I am walking on clouds. I am in Fleet Feet Heaven:)