I'm in New York this week, attending the BlogHer 2010 Conference, and the streets of Manhattan couldn't be more different from the dirt paths of Marlborough. In most of my walks around Alfie's parents' town, I encountered just as many animals and plants as I did people, but around Manhattan the wildlife is decidedly of the human variety.
Neither of those things bothered me as much as the temperature change: the cool morning air and cloudy skies are far, far away now. Yesterday I walked over 50 blocks in the sultry summer heat. It was like walking into a hair dryer! You'd think that a Filipino like me would toss my frizzed-up hair and wonder what all the fuss was about, but years of living in the cool climate of California have wimped me out. Actually, Filipinos avoid being outdoors as much as possible and seek out airconditioned homes, offices, malls and cars. No sane Filipino would walk around in the sun -- which was my precise thought as I trudged up and down midtown Manhattan. Then again, walking 60 miles in 3 days is not quite sane anyway.
In any case, whatever the ground is like, whatever the weather is like, I have to make like the Energizer Bunny and keep going, going, going. The San Francisco leg of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure® is less than 8 weeks away!
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