Toto in Glasgow

Last night went to see Toto at the Concert Hall in Glasgow.  Now while I’ve heard and liked the odd song over the years, they’ve always seemed a little rock-lite for my tastes, but my wife is a fan, and I knew she’d love seeing them live, so off we went.

Well, they may come across “rock-lite” on album, but they were totally blistering live.  I knew Steve Lukather was a good guitarist, but last night I discovered he’s actually an awesome guitarist.  It was a brilliant show.  Over two hours of classic rock, and of course, they had to finish with Africa :-D

I was pretty stunned to hear from the stage that this was the first time they’d ever been to Glasgow!

Anyway, I think last night turned me from casual appreciator to fully fledged fan.  Now, I’m nipping out to buy the new album (XIV)  catch you all later.

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Active day

Yesterday I cycled to work (approx 10k), at lunchtime I went for a wee run (4.3k according to Strava), and then cycled the 10k home again.  I’m pretty happy about the fact that my level of fitness is improving, and I’m enjoying what I’m doing.
Saying that, I still have motivational issues when it comes to karate.  There’s a few times I’ve thought that if Karen wasn’t coming along too, I’d have given up (although, once I get to the class I do enjoy it).

So, regular exercise, and trying to cut out the junk when it comes to food (struggling with that a bit though.  Why is it that the tasty food is the worst for you?).

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Back running

Over the weekend, I managed to get out for my first run this year.
I’ve been really lazy, and got the “can’t be arsed” stage, as it seemed like a huge wall was up between me and running, but on Saturday night, I left out the running gear, and on Sunday morning I got up and went out.  I have to admit I almost didn’t as it was raining, but I thought “Sod it.” and went anyway.

At 7.00am, I pretty much had Pollok estate to myself, and only saw another 3 or 4 people running.  I’m really lucky to have this park literally on my doorstep, and sometimes I take it for granted.

The rain was soon forgotten (I have always had a problem setting out in the rain.  I don’t mind it starting once I’m out, but seeing it rain before I set off makes it hard for me to get out the door) and I was quickly just enjoying the run and the “me” time.

As I haven’t run in about six months, I took it easy, and just did a wee loop that comes in at just under 5.5k.  A nice wee easy pace too.

Thighs were a bit achey the next day, but in a good way.  I also felt really good for the rest of the day.  That’s one of the things I love about running.  I always feel better about myself and life in general when I’m running.  My wife thinks I’m a lot happier a person and more positive when I run, so it does have benefits for mental well-being as well as physical health benefits.

Anyway, here’s a wee pic from a few years ago when I was a member of Bellahouston Road Runners (when I get back up to speed, I plan to re-join).  I’m the one in the purple vest.

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Mountain Bikes and Bothy Nights – Alistair Humphrey’s film

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Oooft!

There was some over-indulgence of the weekend courtesy of the Paisley Beer Festival (excellent timing, as we avoided the crowds) and the single malt collection in the house.  It was fun, but it’s time to knock it on the head and get back into training.

With that in mind, it’s time to get running again.  I’ve not got the excuse that stopped me over the winter (snow and ice on the roads) and I can always use the treadmill in the gym at work if that’s the case, so time to man up, get out there, and get the painful bit over and done with, so I can get back to enjoying running again.

I’ve not been vegging out completely though, I’ve been back on the bike with a vengence, so hopefully it’ll be a fairly gradual climb back to where I was at when winter made me wimp out.

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Remembering Syria

Last night I was watching a programme about Christians being persecuted across the Middle East – the exception being Lebanon, which has it written into it’s constitution that both Muslims and Christians HAVE to have equal representation in the make up of the government.

There was a section in the programme about Syria, and the Christian town of Maaloula. When we were in Syria a couple of years before the current crisis started, we visited Maaloula. It was a beautiful little town in the mountains, with an absolutely stunning monastery, which we visited.

We – unfortunately – see images from war zones all the time now on tv, and shocking as it usually is, when you see somewhere that you have actually been, it really brings it home.

The people we stayed with, who ran a hostel in the old city in Damascus, fortunately managed to get out, and made their way to Jordan.

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The new wheels

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So, I got the bike

On Thursday last week I picked up my new bike, and very nice it is too. Unfortunately, thanks to the weather, and the 60mph+ winds in particular, I’ve only ridden it once, and that was on the way home from the shop :-(

Yesterday we had snow. SNOW!!! It’s almost Easter!!!!

Anyway, it’s just going to make the first proper ride, all the better for the waiting.

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More downsizing required

I still have that second bag of dvd’s to take to the 2nd hand music/dvd shop.  I also have to get more looked out and decide if I really need them.
Ok, I don’t need any of them, I’ll rephrase that.  (a) Do I want them, and (b) realistically will I watch them again, and often enough to justify them taking up space?

Then there’s t-shirts that need clearing out too.  They’ll go to the charity shop.

Books I’ve pretty much got down to an ok level and I’m happy with my kindle, but I could probably get rid of more if I put my mind to it.  Again, charity shop.

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Latest bike news

So, this Friday, I’ve got a test ride on the Cannondale organised. If it feels right, when the cycle to work scheme starts in just over a week, I’ll be picking it up. They’re going to give me a Genesis to try as well. It’s supposed to be similar, so they want to give me an option. It’s a bit more than I want to pay, and to be honest, even if it wasn’t, I think I’m pretty sold on the CAADX, so the Genesis will have to be something special to sway me.

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