Friday, September 21, 2012

Stop Watch Shrimp

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Life has become much simpler since I began to limit shopping trips to one day late in the month. Yesterday I found myself with the usual bunch of downtown errands, and after hoofing sidewalks for hours, I took a break at the Market.

There were several items left on the list. I realized that if I orchestrated things right, picking up a pound of fresh shrimp would automatically end the outing so I could run them home to the refrigerator.

Ice cream would work the same way.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Drive By

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I was in Yakima a few days ago, riding shotgun in a comfortable van. We drove past acres of apple trees, the corn of the county, and one small planting looked diseased. The trees are so carefully tended, I was surprised, but a second look told me they were groaning under a bumper crop of yellow fruit.

The eye processes details differently at sixty miles an hour.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Bottom Line

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It’s critical to be aware of the height of the seat you use for sedentary work. The distance from the seat to the floor determines brain oxygen.

Choose a flat-seated chair, perch on your “sitz bones” at the edge of the seat with your knees slightly lower than your hips. This posture opens up the abdomen to free breathing and permits one to sit as nature intended, with balance and authority.

A chair with a hard, flat seat is easy to modify-finesse the height with a telephone book or other stackable amenity.

Volumes have been written and fortunes spent on ergonomic office chairs. Seating guru Galen Cranz says it’s not good for the human body to sit on anything for more than twenty minutes, so I invested in a timer rather than the current hot design. For my purposes, simplicity is more than enough.

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