It's All Goodnow……

2.3 pounds of salad and Spray Painting

Running in the morning changed my entire day.  I might even say it put me in a better mood.  

I went to the gym at lunch just because I felt the run itself was poor.  Got some time in on the bike and did some rowing.  Gym in the afternoon is a great way to break up the day.   And it gets me away from my desk for an hour…..

Some thoughts/notes from the day:

Grabbed coffee with a friend after work.  A couple of things I like about getting coffee rather than hitting happy hour.

1. I love coffee.  Caffeine is a wonderful thing.  It never fails to make me smile.

2. Cheaper than beer.

3. I can stop after just one.  With beer I usually need at least 5 which then renders me useless for the rest of the night in terms of doing anything truly productive.

4. I have yet to be forcefully removed from a Starbucks……

5. I don’t have to tip the person at Starbucks 25%

6. I don’t have the urge to order 3 appetizers worth 1350 calories while drinking my Pike Roast.

Reasons getting coffee sucks vs. going to a bar

1. Happy hour bartenders are either witty Irish guys or smoking hot chicks showing gratuitous amounts of cleavage.

2. Starbucks employees get health benefits = expensive coffee.

3. No sports

4. It is a coffee-house.    Sitting in one automatically makes me a ___________. (insert your own word here)

5. I’m going to be up until 1 am because of all the caffeine

6. I can’t get drunk at a Starbucks unless I bring my own booze.

7. Did I mention no sports????

8. Nothing is better than a Guinness after a tough day at work.  It would take a life event to convince me otherwise.

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Sitting outside of the Starbucks and I mention to my friend that the building we are at is the NFL headquarters.  Not 30 seconds later Roger Godell walks out the door.  I said “Hey Roger” and he gave me the  “Yep, I’m the man”  head nod. 

Sidenote: In the last 2 months I have seen both David Stern and Roger Godell in person.  Maybe that is God’s way of telling me that I should work for a professional sports organization……

Might run the Brooklyn half marathon with my friend.  By with I mean at the same time because I can not run next to another person.  I hate it.  I like doing my own thing. 

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I have taken to eating lots of whole wheat pasta. 

The salad I had for lunch today weighed 2.3 pounds.  It took  me 1 hour 45 minutes to finish.  It was the unlimited topping bar.  I got 17 different vegetables, cheeses, and meats.  By the end the guy was just giving me the “Are you fucking serious”  look.  But hey, unlimited means unlimited in my book.  Got to get those vegetables.   Again, I’m the picture of good clean living.

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Getting on the subway tonight –  I’m walking down the stairs of the subway station and there is a little kid behind me WITH A FUCKING CAN OF SPRAY PAINT.  And he is walking very slow behind me.  I turn around and I see him put the can of spray paint in his hooded sweatshirt.  He turns around to his friend and says “Yo, this N-word (he did not say N-word, but I’m trying to keep the blog pg-13)  be paranoid”       Little punk kids calling me the N-word and creeping behind me slowly with a can of spray paint make me feel a few things:

1. Safe and secure

2. Good about our youth

3. Less white because I was called the N-word. 

4. Glad that graffiti in the subways is making a return.  We need more culture in the subway stations.

5. Happy my shirt is still blue.

The funny thing about the whole situation is that there were about 8 firefighters on the subway platform and I thought nothing of it.  I was more concerned with some jerk kid covering me in spray paint.

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Tomorrow morning I’m going to get my lazy ass up and go for another run.  Just have to do it.

Morning run, Goodnow Enterprises, hot wings

I woke up. Answered my phone.  Put on some clothes without thinking.  Ate half an orange.   Went running.  My first early morning run in a year.  The last time I went running so early was when I went to Hawaii and that was because I was up so early because of the time change.   Come to think of it, the weather this morning was almost as nice as a Hawaii morning, just a little more crisp. 

I’m trying to get my body used to running early so that on race day I’m not in complete shock at the early morning stress I’ll be putting my body through.  

It sucked at first, but as I got going my body wasn’t so miserable.  Not eating much, not stretching, and starting my run 10 minutes after getting out of bed did not make for the best run I’ve ever had (ran 9:30 miles), but I wasn’t out there to break any land speed records.    Overall, I ran for 37 minutes and felt great when I got home.  It was a good way to start the day. 

My mind wanders when I run.  Today I  thought about:

Business plans- Marketing strategies for a family member’s business.

Jobs where I have been successful- Washing dishes (hard work), office manager (making a $200m office run and keeping 15 people happy), client relations (making sure $450m stays invested with me and keeping 65 clients with very different needs happy).  How can I turn those traits into Goodnow Enterprises?  I think I’ll need to go for a longer run to figure out that part.

Where do I want to live – I live in NYC.  Now what?   Where do I got after this?  When should I leave?

How I would like to get a dog- You see so many cool dogs in the park.

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I got home from my run and I was brushing my teeth…..the next thing I know I think to myself   “Why the fuck is there toothpaste on a butter knife?”   I must have been out of it because I went to my kitchen sink to finish brushing my teeth instead of back into the bathroom after wandering into the living room to catch the weather report.   I’m not a morning person.

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Scheduled a work trip to Chicago for April.   Looking forward to getting out of the office for a while.   Getting out and seeing clients is far and away the best part of my job.

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Easiest commute in the world this morning.  The subway was empty.  Must be the weather.

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Read an article saying that as long as you have less than 6 cups of coffee a day there is no increased health risk.  My 2-3 a day are in the “healthy” zone.   I’m the picture of good health.

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Speaking of good health, I saw a good friend of mine and his wife for dinner last night.  They were in town for the Big East tournament so we grabbed dinner.

(Sidenote:  Another reason I love living in NYC.  People are always here to do something.  I get to see so many friends because they are in the city for the day. )

We ordered wings.   They were delicious.   Some of the best wings I’ve had.  And I ate them quickly.  And I began to sweat.  Not a little either.  Sweat dripping down my face, into my eyes, my hair began to get wet.    But I still kept eating.  They were that good.  I was using napkins for towels toward the end.  People at the table started getting concerned/ looking uncomfortable at the scene in front of them.  “No, dude, you are really sweating”  It only  took about 20 minutes after eating for my body to cool down (that shirt is going to the cleaners…..)   

It was so nice out last night that I walked home in hopes of burning off some of the 2300 calories I ate in wings, blue cheese, and my burger.

Overall, a lovely evening spent with friends.