Robert Bush 6:31 p.m., May 18
"Do not seek illumination unless you seek it as a man whose hair is on fire seeks a pond." --Ramakrishna.
I have been seeking cherry/pineapple frozen pops in such a manner this summer. It's been epic but hasn't reached the level where I'm identified at the grocery store, yet.
There was a time when the Slurpee ruled my frozen-treat world. That was curtailed when my friend and I, both full grown men, walked into 7-11 and the clerk said, "Hey, it's the Slurpee guys." Does anyone older than 11 want to be know as the Slurpee guys?
Each of my delightful frozen pops is 80 calories of pure, unadulterated, refined sugar. How do I make this work for me?
A thought appeared this morning when I was out of milk and frozen pops. I recalled being sent to the grocery store to buy milk or bread as a youngster. I would either walk or ride my bike, buy the required staple, play a few video games with the change and come on home. The video games got out of control one day and I was forced to show a receipt for the change from then on.
Why don't I walk or ride my bike to the grocery store for milk anymore?
I recalled a few weeks I spent in Italy at an opera festival. I had no car and the grocery store was about a mile away. I walked to the grocery store about every other day and bought my food for the next few days. Since I had to play Sherpa and haul my goods back up a substantial hill, I only bought what I needed and avoided buying extra junk--umm--like frozen pops.
Why can't I do that in the States?
Today I did do it. I walked--ran--to the grocery store and walked back. The round trip was 2.99 miles and I burned 340 calories. A few more calories may have dropped off because the tracker didn't account for the 10 pounds of groceries I was carrying. 10 pounds is a guess.
I bought milk, frozen pops, raisin bran, and English muffins. I planned to have a balanced load on the walk back.
I'm happy to say that when I returned from the store I had a healthy sweat going. The melt down on the frozen pops was minimal. In fact, the melt down was perfect. I selected a frozen pop that was slightly thawed and thereby ripe for consumption.
One more thing, walking to the grocery store is good for the environment.