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3/8/2009 11:50:00 PM
I'm Not Writing An Article Today
NY Yankee superstar, Alex Rodriguez, shows America's Little Leaguers the proper way to fire up a stogie. A-Rod recently announced his decision to have hip surgery in order to repair a torn labrum. According to A-Rod's public relations spokesperson,
NY Yankee superstar, Alex Rodriguez, shows America's Little Leaguers the proper way to fire up a stogie. A-Rod recently announced his decision to have hip surgery in order to repair a torn labrum. According to A-Rod's public relations spokesperson, "self-injection of banned substances during 2001 through 2003, probably did not cause the torn hip cartilage."

Dee Bonner

I'm not writing an article today.

Don't much feel like it.

It's not that I feel bad. I'm fine.

Well... mostly fine. In the interest of full disclosure, I suppose I should report that I'm more than likely suffering from normal aches and pains associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

So, call me cranky.

It's because I've gone to pot. I don't mean herbally. What I mean is that I've abandoned my regular daily regimen of moderate exercise and semi-healthy eating.

Even though we've not experienced a sustained deep-freeze and harsh, brutal weather this winter, it seems like winter is never going to end. Sure, we've been blessed with a few days of 50 and 60 degree weather, but Spring doesn't officially arrive until March 20. In Indiana, that often means more snow is on the way.

I gave up on my treadmill weeks ago. It's good for maintaining a minimum level of exercise during the early winter months but frankly, treadmills are boring. So, I prefer to walk outdoors.

Never mind the fine particulate matter that fills Shelbyville's air; regardless of the occasional unleashed mongrel (dogs and people); despite the failure of motorists to yield for pedestrians; walking outdoors is much better than using a treadmill.

Then there's the eating. Like lots of other people, I tend to pack on extra pounds during winter hibernation. For me, too much food and too little exercise equals cranky. It's a simple formula.

I generally look forward to springtime to help me regain my diet discipline. Of course, religion helps. I'm not claiming that I'm a good Methodist, but that's where my religious indoctrination originated. And fasting has been a part of Methodism since the very beginning. John Wesley thought fasting was so important that he personally fasted weekly. So, Lent and Easter season is a good time to try and instill some discipline by eating less. However, I will admit that this is a fairly recent epiphany. For many years, I thought "fasting" meant "feasting". I guess I just figured it was a typographical error. Now I know the difference. And I also know there's a distinction between fasting and abstinence. But that's a totally separate topic. Talk about cranky!

There's a few other things I'm not writing about today. The economy. The Wall Street meltdown. G.M. going belly-up. Republicans. A-Rod's hip surgery. The dispute between the City of Shelbyville and Shelby County over the Shelbyville Police Department's continuing occupancy in the Criminal Justice Center. Not gonna do it. Not gonna write about it. Not even gonna mention it.

So, instead of writing an article, I'll recycle and refurbish a few more previously published cartoons. Beginning with one that originally appeared on April 2, 2005 called "Time Flies". That one seemed appropriate since Daylight Saving Time begins in Indiana this week.

I'll add a few more cartoon oldies throughout the week. After that, they'll be posted in the 'Toon Tomb Section. So check back often, because you never know when I might get over this crankiness and decide to write a real article.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2009
Article comment by: Francis Robinson

Hi Dee
I also used to be a Methodist but back in my 20's (you know how long ago that was) someone asked me if I was giving anything up for Lent. I couldn't think off of the top of my head of anything else to give up so I gave up church based religion. :-)
I also do not believe in over eating but I do still indulge in the practice too often. When we walk into King Buffet they no longer bother to ask booth or table and what we want to drink. I do believe in a lot of walking and have a couple of miles of grassy lanes here on the farm that I love to walk when the weather is decent. It seem that I too have been able to find a lot of excuses to avoid doing what I should be doing to stay in shape this winter. At least the horses keep us getting out daily. Take care and keep walking.

Posted: Monday, March 9, 2009
Article comment by: Miss Priss

Not to worry - Exercise is overrated and dangerous! Just look at all those who have died while trying to keep fit!

Posted: Monday, March 9, 2009
Article comment by: Ms Obvious

hi cranky,
im not reading the article you didn't write but i think your funny tee hee

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