Monthly Archives: July 2013

Day 212 : the wave

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Sandy: This week there is no boot camp. We do 4 weeks on and one week off. So I am doing exercises on my “Wave”. One morning about 6 years ago an infomercial captured my attention. I couldn’t stop watching it. After 15 minutes I was sold on trying The Wave exercise program. The Wave is a ramp that you step on and off during exercises, a bit like a Step. But the special thing about the Wave is that when turned over, it rocks. When doing exercises on the rocking side, one must engage the core to keep it steady. I get a good aerobic work out, though, nothing like boot camp.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 210 : S4

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Sandy: My husband upgraded his mobile phone. He feels like he’s finally moved into this century with a Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. He especially likes the larger screen because all the text is bigger (readable). The Active model is water and dirt resistant (accident proof). When he saw the Dive Blue color, he knew that was the phone for him. He claims he will never use all of the features it offers, let alone learn half of them (he’s probably right).

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 209 : x

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Sandy: My friend cracks me up. She likes the idea that I’m using my left hand to challenge my brain. So in support of me and for her own development she is signing all her credit card purchases with her left hand. I used to care that my signature was legible and resembles the signature on my driver’s license in case a comparison was needed for official business. It doesn’t seem to matter to anyone any more. I could sign a completely different name and I don’t think it would be noticed. When I sign the electric tablet at Macy’s, strokes that I haven’t drawn become part of my signature. I am grateful to my friend for her solidarity and will start signing my credit card purchases with my left hand, too.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 208 : watermelon

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Sandy: I’m taking a fruit salad to a potluck tonight. In the past I was never fond of using the hull of a watermelon as the bowl. It seemed so contrived, overused, not clever any more. But in this day and age, I humbly say it’s a great way to re-purpose. I’ve never been able to make completely round watermelon balls. I wish I knew the secret because all mine have one flat side. I make watermelon domes. My left hand actual made better balls, 80% were round. Instead of a carving a zigzag along the top edge to make a finished appearance, I made a curving wave shape. It’s a good thing that the rind wasn’t too hard to cut with a knife because I was afraid if I applied to much pressure, I would lose control over my left hand and the knife would stab my right hand that was holding the watermelon steady.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 207 : lights

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Sandy: Tonight I strolled along the waterfront on the Embarcadero in San Francisco to view the art installation of lights on the Bay Bridge. The world’s largest LED light sculpture – 500 ft high by 1.8 miles wide – is programmed to never repeat a pattern over the two years while on display. It had the same mesmerizing effect on me as sitting by a flowing fountain or lit fireplace. The lights dancing, sparkling, fading in and out brought a peacefulness to the area. The bay water reflected back a very faint glow, like the lights were tapping on the surface. It is anticipated that over 50 million people will see it live, plus more online and in the media. (Sorry, my rendering doesn’t do the bridge justice. Drawing an illumination is near to impossible especially when it is 25,000 tiny white lights.)

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 206 : sayings

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Sandy: In English, the word left comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lyft, which means weak or broken. German for “left-handed’ is linkisch, which means awkward, clumsy, and maladroit. In Italian, the word is mancino, which is derived from crooked or maimed. In Russian, calling someone a left-hander (levja) would be an insult.

I came across a few English phrases that suggest a negative view of left-handedness. A “left-handed complement” is actually an insult. A “left-handed marriage” is not a marriage but an adulterous sexual liaison, as in a “left-handed honeymoon with someone else’s husband.” A “left-handed wife” is actually a mistress.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 205 : HRH

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Sandy: An heir to the British throne, born on 7.22.13, has been named – George Alexander Louis, His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. My question is, will he be left-handed? His left-handed ancestors could have a strong influence – his father, Prince William; grandfather, Prince Charles; great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II; great-great-grandfather, King George VI. 

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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