after reaching a good stopping point in my work i went out running today. temperature was in the mid-60's, much warmer than yesterday. i did some searching and found out the last time i went running was back on march 1st; it was a pitiful outing, i was so out-of-shaped i went but just one mile before walking back home. how would i fare today, after a month and a half hiatus? certainly the warmer weather helped out, although i found it a bit too warm for my taste. i ran a mile to harvard square and walked to the river before continuing my run. i walked a bit over the eliot bridge before running out the rest of the way. the whole time i was thinking how i've put on 12 lbs since returning from southeast asia (granted, i did lose 10 lbs during the trip). if i could just be lighter, i could run faster and wouldn't struggle as much, but it's a catch-22, since without first running i won't be able to lose the weight. by the time i finished my loop, i felt dizzy and wanted to puke (i could taste the hot dogs i had for lunch and the dumplings i had last night). looks like i'm back in the running game!
in the evening manny came over with wings (as well as a container of ham). we watched america's next top model while gnawing on our chicken parts. i had 10 gourmet parmesan wings, i barely managed to finish them. since it was manny's birthday a few days ago, i got him a whirl-o, that stringless yo-yo i was talking about yesterday. although the tiny instruction booklet said you could do "tons" of tricks, it only demonstrated 2 tricks. i liked its selling points though: "learn some basic science fundamentals while having fun: gravity, magnetism, centrigual force."
after manny left, i found out my movie file had finished downloading, the revolution will not be televised, that documentary about venezuelan president hugo chavez. i've been searching for a copy of that film but for whatever reason they can't find a distributor to release it. the version i got was transferred from a videotape copy so the quality isn't very good but it only adds to the underground nature of the information.