with the new gps giving us directions, i went with my father to the supermarket. preloaded with a database of all the local businesses, we selected "market basket, somerville avenue". it plotted out a recommended route but we took an alternate path via a shortcut instead. the great thing about these navigation gps is as soon as you deviate from the recommended course, it quickly recalculates a new course based on your current location. it's amazingly accurate and pretty fast in figuring out a new set of directions. it really is like having an all-knowing co-pilot who tells you where to turn and how far to drive. you can even change the voices, male or female, and a host of accents and nationalities, like british or australian, or even french or spanish. the nuvi 650 model will even read the street names, instead of just a possibly-ambiguous "make a right turn." it's so smart about directions that it almost seems alive.
once i returned home i went out for a run before lunch since i like to run on an empty stomach. for the first time since i started running again i managed to do my 3-mile loop without stopping. today was another picture perfect day with temperature in the 70's. i saw a few harvard students sunbathing on the grass along the bank of the charles river.
i didn't eat very much for lunch since i knew julie would be coming over to make dinner; just two slices of pound cake and a glass of milk. julie came by in the evening with her sandwich press to make some panini sandwiches. not sure what it was called, but it involved strips of rotisserie chicken and something called chipotle mayonnaise. it was pretty good and i could've easily have a few more although julie only made one each. she said she caught a cold and went home early before she could see the red sox tie up the game and take the lead only to be beaten by the detroit tigers in a walk-off victory. even though the red sox lost, it was a great game nevertheless and to be fair, the tigers had already lost their previous two games against the sox.