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Can I Go Out and Run Now?

Whether we were kids in grade school trying to escape multiplication tables, teens in high school dodging any and all homework, or young adults in college, in the military, a trade school or just flippin’ burgers, the pull of the outdoors when we should have been “takin’ care of business” was–and still is–incessant. Right now, Monterey Bay is sparkling, flags are fluttering, bees are buzzing, and my fingers are drumming because my business right now is to get this website in shape…Which means web designing software, html, and two hours in a noisy coffee shop with a craigslist gem (thank god) instead of going out for a run. This seems worse than what’s-seven-times-twelve, probably because it is bugging me now rather than all those years ago. But I do remember that to get past the multiplication tables, the teacher had those who knew their tables (the girls) test those of us who didn’t (we boys). In college, that was a set up we guys strove for; but in third grade? Humiliating. Of course, a girl asking me what’s seven times twelve in college was prettying humiliating, too, but at least she would go have a beer with me after, so it was all worth it. Today, a run will make it all worthwhile, though it’s still no substitute for the company of a woman.

What makes it all worthwhile for you?