Sunday, January 22, 2006

Another Crowded Semester

The first week of classes is barely over and I'm already counting the days to the end of the term when a majority of the students will pack up and leave town for three blissful months of summer. Crowds around town don't bother me that much... I don't eat out a lot, I don't shop a lot, and I've sworn at traffic on Texas Avenue so regularly that it doesn't really get worse when the students return. This weekend has come close to pushing me over the edge.

Yesterday I went to the Rec to swim. The motivation for my return to the pool after a seven month hiatus is that I've gained back over half the weight I had previously lost and a member of my research group is on a diet and on track to catch me. No longer are the lines at the Rec confined to the weight room. I tried swimming yesterday, but there wasn't a lane that wasn't already doubled up or had someone in it that I wouldn't be able to split it with. Last weekend I noticed an increase in the swimming crowd, but I chalked it up to students messing around before classes started. It appears however, that I was wrong, and that everyone's resolution this year is to swim more.

So for the next month my patience and determination to get back into a regular exercise routine will be tested as I wait for other's resolution to fail. Here's hoping they give up before I do and resort to trying to run them down as they drive down Texas Ave.


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