“He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.”

I apologize for the lateness of the hour, but I upgraded my OS today and started to write Coffee on my iPad as the Mac was doing it thing. I wrote the blog but it disappeared. Come to find out I hadn’t put it on the dashboard but in some unknown place which ate the entry. I started again and got most of it written then, glory be to God, my Mac finished so here I am.

This morning I woke up at 8:30 which is the latest I’ve slept since I got home. It felt like the middle of the afternoon.

After I get up, the first thing I usually do is check out my window to see what sort of day Mother Nature has sent us. I was thrilled to see the sun and feel the warm air when I went to get the papers. I came inside and opened both doors. Fern ran to the sun streaming through the front door, and I wanted to join her. Lolling in the sun is a fine way to spend the day.

I keep track of the number of miles I travel each week. When I worked, I generally traveled over 100 miles a week with the comings and goings, the off-cape meetings and the occasional trips to Boston. Last week I managed 48 miles. Some weeks, my sloth or hibernation weeks, I do around 24 miles. At that rate my car will last forever.

I find it a bit intriguing that I am more than willing to travel around the world, but I carp and complain about a trip to Hyannis. It isn’t as if I have to travel far, but that doesn’t matter, I still have to steel myself for the trip. To that end, I always promise myself a treat for having made the trek. Usually it’s a stop at Barnes and Noble or lunch out, sometimes at the Indian restaurant or the Thai place on the way home. I chuckle at the absurdity of it all, but that doesn’t change my reluctance to get on the highway and head to the big city, big at least for these parts. Never could I have visualized that Hyannis would seem the ends of the earth to me.

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17 Comments on ““He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    We decided to go to DC on the train this time because it was an adventure. It’s a great way to travel. Anyway, I was all excited about going into Boston and catching the train and ending up in Union Station with all the hustle bustle and traffic.
    Just don’t ask me to go downtown Wakefield to do anything unless I’m really in the mood. It’s not an adventure; it’s a chore.
    Every now and then I get in the car, get on the highway and just drive around for the heck of it. Mostly I just want to get whatever it is done and go home.
    The sun was out when I got up but now it’s grey and damp again. Not raining. Windy and cool. Meh. I’m going out in it anyway because Rocky and I are bored.
    Did you update to Mountain Lion or plain old Lion? I’m still with Snow Leopard. I’ve had the disc since it came out but didn’t update until a few months ago. I hate updating OS’s. 😀
    Enjoy the day!

    • Hi Caryn,
      I also went to DC once on the train, but it turned out to be a local and took forever so I flew back.

      I go to Wakefield every now and then when I visit my sister in Stoneham. Her favorite Chinese restaurant is there. It is a place where you can’t get there from here seems apt.

      We still have sun, but it’s cooler than predicted as it is only 68˚, not 70˚.

      I updated to Mountain Lion. My blog friend who signs his name minicapt has been teaching me about using my Mac. He had uploaded the new OS a bit ago and =sent me an e-mail that he believed it safe for me to do the same, that the kinks had been resolved.

      Dinner out at that Thai restaurant tonight!

  2. Birgit Says:

    A month ago I gave away my 15 year old rusty car. The advantage is that dispensable trips are now omitted 😉 A carless life with bike and public transport is possible over here, but I assume that laziness will win and I’ll try to fix my old motorbike.
    I loved today’s city songs. My favorite city is Vancouver. Are there any good Vancouver songs? I’ll have to check YouTube later…

    • Birgit,
      The first car I ever bought new was the cheap Toyota Tercel then all the rest were used until I bought the 2012 Camry I have now. I also gave my 10 year old, not at all rusty, Corolla away as I was sick of owning it.

      Around here you can’t really live without a car. I suppose I could use a bike, but it would take forever to get places I need to go and it would not be at all practical in the cold months. WE have one bus which goes up and down the Cape, but it is infrequent.

      I went to Wikipedia and found these:

      “Vancouver City” by Serge Chubinsky-Orlov, “Innerlife” Music project
      “Bridge Came Tumbling Down” by Stompin Tom Connors
      “English Bay” by Blue Rodeo
      “Expo ’86” by Death Cab For Cutie
      “Dumptruck” by Blind Melon
      “Main & Broadway’ by Cub
      “Northern Touch’ by Rascalz ft. Kardinal Offishall, Thrust, Checkmate, Choclair
      “The City You Live in is Ugly” by Young and Sexy
      “The Crawl” by Spirit of the West
      “Vancouver” by Catman Cohen
      “Vancouver” by Genesis
      “Vancouver Blues” by Tim Hus
      “Vancouver B.C.” by The Smugglers
      “Vancouver Divorce” by Gordon Downie
      “Vancouver Town ’71” by Rolf Harris
      “The Vancouver National Anthem” by Matthew Good
      “Pine For The Cedars” by Dan Mangan
      “The Vancouver Song” by Treelines
      “Vancouver Shakedown” by Nazareth_(band)

      • Birgit Says:

        Wow – so many. Thanks! The Vancouver YouTube night is booked.

      • Bob Says:

        Vancouver is the best city in North America. If I could work in Canada I would move to Vancouver in an instant. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

    • minicapt Says:

      Vancouver’s not bad, but it is in the East:


      • minicapt,
        I looked and listened to more of their music on YouTube-thanks for the introduction!

      • Birgit Says:

        minicapt, I’m surprised that (ugly) Richmond has such a good choir. I’ve been there 4 times, but it’s long ago (relatives lived there). Thanks to your link I have to continue my Vancouver YouTube marathon with chorus videos after my own chorus rehearsal today.

  3. olof1 Says:

    No use in looking out the window now, it’s still completely dark now 🙂 But I can usually hear if it rains, well that is if the dogs doesn’t run around like maniacs wanting to go outside 🙂

    I hate to make those small errands and tries to do them on my way home from work. I really can’t understand why I dislike to drive anyway on the weekend, it doesn’t take that long time to be honest.

    Have a great day!

    • Christer,
      Gracie will usually sleep in with me, but as soon as she hears a change in my breathing she’s up and ready even if I try and pretend I’m still asleep. She will go out in the rain as long as it isn’t torrential. She is the first of my dogs not to mind the rain.

      I used to have to use the weekends for errands but now any day is errand day, but I try and group them all as I really hate doing them. Grocery shopping is the worst.

  4. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    The Toyota Tercel was my first car. The sun is bright, it looks like another hot day. I think I will hide in my dark room with Ms. Jewels, and nap again. It’s hard to believe I used to travel.

  5. Bob Says:

    I normally drive 44 miles to and from work and occasionally a short trip or two on the weekends. My 2000 Accord Coupe just turned 13 years old and only has a little less than 150,000 miles. A good car should last a long time if the scheduled maintenance is performed regularly. I enjoy my daily commute because I allow all of the nuts to pass me by and I relax while listening to NPR Morning Edition and All Things Considered on the way home.

    • Bob,
      My last car, ten years old, had 86,000 miles on it. I was faithful in having it maintained so it was in great condition. My new car has free maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles-mine will be two years as I’ll never go that far in less than two years.

      I lived 4 miles from work so it was a quick trip. I too listen to NPR in the car.

  6. MT C Says:

    Good to see that you are so mobile. While 24 miles a week may not seem like much, the fact that you have the freedom of driving cannot be matched!


    Speaking of longevity, my 1999 Forester had only 126,000 on it when I left. Since then the X has been using it and I’ve had the motor repaired once and then replaced and about 14k miles have been added on to it. But it is being maintained now that she has agreed to help with any more repairs. Its her second car and last winter when she didn’t have it, really missed the all wheel drive as she doesn’t like to shovel her driveway. I’m hoping against hope that it still runs when I finally return.

    Seems this two month stay in the Philippines has been extended to three years in various places. I was thinking about returning this fall, but the idea of returning to snow and cold made me think that spring would be “Oh, so much better”.


    • Carl,
      I love my new car so driving is fun. It is a wonderful red.

      My sister has my old car, and it is running just fine. I could have gone another 85,000 miles, but one day I got in to drive it and said, “I want a new car!” I got one two days later.

      I know what you mean. When I got home from the Peace Corps, I was freezing that whole first winter back.

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