Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.
I was going to say “no” … but then I realized that actually, I did. Sort of. It was 54 years ago. That was so long ago, it’s as if it were another lifetime.
All photos: Garry Armstrong
When I and my friends were in final summer between high school and college, we got serious about bicycle riding. For that last summer, we rode between 10 and 30 miles every day unless it was raining. We rode out to another county, and deep into New York city. We didn’t have fancy bicycles, either. None of those 10-speed racers. We had whatever was available, ranging from my friend Carol’s bike which had been her mother’s bike, to Mary’s Schwinn . It wasn’t a race or a marathon. The only prize was we could say “we did it.”
At the end of that summer, I was in the best physical shape I have been in. Ever. It turns out it isn’t just a rumor: serious exercise gives you serious muscles.
Name one thing not many people know about you.
My official college major, after I dropped music, was Speech. To this day, I’m fascinated by the way people talk.
What is your favorite flower?
Lilac. It’s the scent.
Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc)
Art is probably the most important. I need beautiful and interesting things near me. Art makes my world sane. If you don’t love art, you won’t understand.
Otherwise, housewares make me happy. New pots and pans. Dishes. Flatware. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Having things that work well but are also beautiful give me a sense of satisfaction I can’t entirely explain.