Thursday, May 23, 2013

"What 'ya fix'en?"

Weight = 177.6 lbs, about the same as last weigh in.

Coinage = $2.02

Best Find = a “Ben scatter of pennies” (where someone just unloads all of their loose pennies on the curb) eighteen pennies in the scatter.

Comment:  “What ‘ya fix’en?”  On my fitness walk while checking the parking lot of Rouse’s Grocery for dropped coins, a “healthy” woman was heard asking “What’ya fix’en?”  I couldn’t hear, but given New Orleans culinary legacy and being that it was Sunday morning, it had to be something good—Gumbo, Jambalaya, Andouille, Crawfish Étouffée, Shrimp Creole, Muffulettas, Po-boys, Red Beans and Rice, Oysters Rockefeller, Trout Almondine, Bread Pudding, Bananas Foster, Beignets, and on and on.  These are all world famous for their savory tastes. Unfortunately they are all loaded with calories.  I treat myself to these delicacies but reduce the portion sizes and more frequently eat low calorie meals. 

What ‘ya fix’en for Memorial Day?  Burgers?  Use .93 lean and cut the cheese.  Have a good one.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Hostel Walking

The India House in Mid-City New Orleans

Weight = 177.6 lbs and down

Coinage = $4.24  Quarters and dimes in the curbs and the hot spots. 

Best Find = One super-find in a newspaper vending machine. (50 cents or more in one location)

Walking and staying in a Mid-City hostel

I’ve never stayed in a youth hostel but I admire their residents; many are avid walkers.  In Mid-City New Orleans there is the India-House hostel.  Their guests walk to the Quarter, to Jazz Fest, our famous above-ground cemeteries, to the neighborhood restaurants, and dozens of other interesting areas.  Several arrive in cars, others are international students on limited budgets.  Hostels are defined by their diversity of nationality, gender and race, but most guests have one thing in common, they are thin; possibly from all the walking.  The India House is a MoneyWalker “hot spot.”  For some reason these young travelers frequently drop money along the curbs and parking lot of the establishment.  I usually route my walk to this interesting building. From their building, this morning’s walk netted $.52, two quarters and two pennies.