This is all Patrick's fault

Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 by Melanie

While Gen. Tsao was nodding over MATLOCK, I snuck back here to record Ep. 105 (which will be out this week, I swear). At the end of the episode, Patrick announced that he had to go and do his 3-mile walk, which he finishes in a half hour. Since I had to hit the treadmill anyway, I decided to follow in his footsteps (not literally, since we live two states apart, but you get the general drift) and go for a walk around my neighborhood, during which I learned some important things:

1) I live in the hood, relatively speaking. My house is in a quiet little development where a lot of the Asian and Indian employees from the local technological corridor live -- the houses are nice but unassuming, which is fine with me.

My stroll took me to the next housing development over, however, which was built in 2001 and is apparently where they're hiding all the $500 - 750K luxury houses in the area. Circular driveways, turrets, huge windows revealing gracious entrance foyers, beautifully manicured front yards and topiaries, lighting all over the place, yadda yadda yadda, and with an HOA that would make Himmler weep in envy.

The drool on my chin was unattractive, I'm sure, but it was lots of fun to check out different architectural elements and figure out how to apply them in a smaller version to Chez Fletcher.

2) There are inclines in my neighborhood. Very gentle and rolling, but inclines nonetheless. It's good for me, right?

3) I really need shoes with arch support if I am going to walk for a half hour around the neighborhood. The shoes I wore yesterday were very pretty, but after I got home I was almost crying from the cramps in my feet, and sleep was reticent and fleeting.

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  1. Pat Gaik |

    In accordance with the DQYDJ full disclosure policy, I must admit that I re-checked the course I was walking in 30 minutes and discovered it was only 2.2 miles. I have readjusted my course to a full 3 miles and have so far been able to complete it in 40 minutes, but I will be increasing my speed until I can do it in 30 and will report on my development in a future podcast.

  2. Melanie |

    Pumpkin, I can do a mile in 30 minutes, if I'm lucky and have a tail wind, so I'm still hella impressed.


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