Saturday, August 30 – Monday, September 1

I almost melted

Saturday and Sunday may have been part of the holiday weekend, but they also were full workdays for me.  I spent eight hours at the Major Home Improvement Retailer each day, 8:30 to 5 on Saturday and 8 to 4:30 on Sunday.  Of course each shift felt about 24 hours long instead of eight.  That’s because it was unusually hot and humid both days, and unlike almost all other employees on duty I didn’t get to spend my time in the beautifully air conditioned store building.  Instead, I spent most of my shifts in the non-air conditioned outdoor garden center, or around the side of the building handling propane exchanges.  With Monday being Labor Day with its traditional cookouts, there were a lot of propane exchanges.  To make matters worse, for the last two hours of my shift on Saturday and the first hour or so on Sunday, I was stuck with an absolutely backbreaking task of sorting through shingle bundles.  I probably ended up lifting and carrying 45 to 50 bundles, each of which weights 70 pounds.  It was such a hot, exhausting task that I wasn’t able to get to the gym after work on Saturday.

On Monday, I had to get up very early to drive into Queens to help with a move.  While having to get up at dawn on a holiday wasn’t my idea of fun, I got to drive on nearly empty roads.  That was a pleasure, and a rare pleasure to boot.  Later during the day I did quite a variety of things.

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Thursday, August 28 – Friday, August 29

Excellent yoga and a free arboretum visit, what could be nicer?

Thursday was an easy end to my workweek at my regular job. While I had to go to the physically most distant worksite, about 25 or 30 miles to the east, it went easily as it always does and I was done almost two hours early.  No complaints from me.  Later that evening, I went to the 8pm hot yoga session.  I didn’t really want to go to the one at 6 because it’s a bit more advanced than I prefer.  In any event, I had a terrific session, maybe the best ever.  My balance was decent and I was able to stretch farther than ever before.  It might have been partly physical, but also partly mental, as I was determined to push past my previous limits.  And I did.

On Friday, my day off, I finally got to see the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Oakdale.  No, I did not swallow my pride and pay the extortionate $8 parking fee that deterred me last week.  What I did instead was park for free at the Great River train station and walk 10 minutes to the arboretum’s entrance.  There is no charge for walk-ins.  I spent the next two hours or thereabouts wandering the beautiful grounds and admiring the trees.  Some of the black oaks are truly magnificent, with amazingly thick trunks and huge spreading crowns.  I also admired the bald cypresses with their root “knees,” they’re not something easily seen in person as the northernmost point of their natural range is hundreds of miles away. All in all, I’d have to say that the most interesting trees were the dawn redwoods, on account of their unusual history.  Known by leaf fossils, they were thought extinct for tens of millions of years, until a few live ones were found in a very remote part of China about 75 years ago.

I didn’t do much for the rest of Friday, I was a bit too sore from yoga to go to the gym, but a leisurely day was fine, especially as I’d be working all day on both Saturday and Sunday at the Major Home Improvement Retailer.

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