Monday, October 11, 2010

Day Two

It has taken me a few days to get to Day Two, eh?
I've been trying to get back in the swing ... (Thank you Mr. Columbus for giving me an extra day!)
Here are a few pictures from day 2 ...
(Which one is for you, Sarge?)
Early trek through the mist to the Golden Gate
I might have considered jumping on the way back.
Thumper and me with the Coast Guard boys!
Loved the signage!
Them doggies were rollin' but they were also barkin'
This guy had a GREAT body!
Going up ...
up ...
up ...
UP ... to cross the ...
Golden Gate again ... 
 I felt really good walking over the bridge and kept up with the crowd.  It was worth the trip because ... when I got back to camp ... I was greeted by ...

this one's for you Sarge ...
The LOVELY Mr. August from the 60 mile men
who encouraged me to rest my weary self on his fabulous pink boobies!
Another 20 miles down ... one more day to go!
Day 3 Later!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Day One

Phyllis and me
Phyllis and I had breakfast ... then parted company.  She had to be at Opening Ceremonies to check out the walkers ... I had to just get there to enjoy the moments before our first steps.
I walk for ...

One of the first things I did when I arrived at the Cow Palace was grab a sticker and write the names of those for whom I walk ... Mom,
Cynthia, Phyllis, and Bee ... my heroes!
It was fun for me to watch my fellow "virgin" walkers as they began their journey.  Opening Ceremony is always so moving.
After the ceremonies ... we were on our way.
First steps taken ... we were ...
 Here are a few of the highlights of the day.
The 3-day is colorful and fun and fabulous.
crowd waiting to cross the street

One of the sweep vans ... the Manbulance

Mario and me ... how about that pink mustache?

Hookers for Hooters sweep van

San Jose Police Department ... DELICIOUS!

The signage was great

Our first look at the Golden Gate
 We ended our first day at camp in the Presidio.  Phyllis had set up our tent and delivered my duffle, for which I was so grateful (after our first 20 miles I was just a tad tired!)
After a steak dinner under the "big top" and a shower in the truck ... it was off to semi-sleep.
Day one ... 20 miles down.  Two days and 40 more miles to go.  We were 1/3 of the way there!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Let's start from the very beginning ...

Giant macaroni ... you know you love it!
Let me take you on our journey from the very beginning!
Phyllis and Roberta do San Francisco!
(or ... just a part of it!)
New Yorkers on the BART!
Phyllis and I loved the BART.  We took it to Embarcadero  and walked to the Ferry Building.  I have been waiting to go back to the Ferry Building for a year ... and here are some reasons why ...
cookies ...
cakes ...
cheeses ...
mushrooms ...  
The Ferry Building has the most beautiful foods and flowers and EVERYTHING ... it's a wonderful marketplace ... and ...
view from the Ferry Building 
 ... the view is amazing.
We ate at Hog Island Oyster where we had the BEST waiter!
Phyllis and Roberta with the BEST WAITER!

  and ...
your's truly!
Our pedicab driver ... transplanted from New York! 
 Phyllis wanted to take a pedicab to Fisherman's wharf ... which we did (and I think I owe her money for this ...)  Our driver was from Westchester.  Go figure!
Fisherman's Wharf
Sea Lions
We were running out of time as Phyllis had to get back for a crew meeting ... but we walked along the wharf ... and I was attacked by "Branch Man" (but that's another story) ... we took a trolley back to Embarcadero ... and the BART back to our hotel.
Later that night ... we all got together for the Blogger Babes for Boobies team photo:
with pink sunglasses ...

without pink sunglasses
  And so we reached day zero of the 2010 Susan G. Komen 3-day 60 mile walk for the Cure.
We look rested don't we?
That's the last time you'll see me wearing make-up for 3 days.
More tomorrow!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Day Two Down ... 20 Miles to Go!

Hello Loyal Followers!
I just finished Day Two!  I have to say...I gained some momentum as I approached the Golden Gate Bridge ... and I came in to camp as number 424 of 1400 walkers.  Not bad!
Day one started at the Cow Palace and wound through San Francisco down by the ocean past Sea Cliff and on to the Presidio by the Golden Gate Bridge.  Phyllis, my friend and tent mate, is crew and was able to pitch our tent.  After a quick visit to the "self help medical tent" for an icing and a new bandage on my under-the-toenail blister ... I had a steak dinner with Karen Thompson and Karen Nichols and around 1400 other walkers.  Showers in the truck are "private" this year ... so it wasn't as difficult showering as it has been in the past.  Sleeping, however, was not as easy as I was surrounded by snorers!
I woke up VERY early and was ready for my second 20 miles.  Today's walk was over the Golden Gate Bridge, into Sausalito, then Mill Valley (where we had lunch) then back.  The Golden Gate was shrouded in fog ... but it was awesome!  I have a lot of pictures (especially for you Sarge ... as you can only imagine! ... and I will be sharing when I get home.
The weather is cool ... but there is so much warmth here.
I think of you all every step of the way.
Love--Walker 3038281

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Later that evening ...

Phyllis and I spent the day in the city and had lots of fun taking lots of pictures.  I'll post them when I'm able ... Suze Orman won and I didn't pay for Internet.
The Blogger Babes are here and ready to go.
We're meeting for breakfast tomorrow at 5:00 then we're on our way at 5:45.
I hope to be able to write while at camp ... if not ...
see you after 60 on Sunday!

Day Zero ... No picture! Phyllis Showered!

I'm on the hotel computer ... so there are no pictures ... but after last night's picture who would want to see another anyway!?
It's day zero and there are 3-day staff at the hotel.  Phyllis has a meeting with crew later but that would mean missing dinner with the Blogger Babes and that would be unacceptable.
We slept comfortably through the night and are ready to explore the city.
It's a beautiful 85 degrees here ... a lot nicer than the torrential rain we're getting on the east coast.
Phyllis told me that Suze Orman would be angry with me if I paid for a day of Internet service in the room ...
Oh ... screw Suze ... I'll hook up later with pictures!
Love from the other coast ...
Walker 3038281

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Roberta and Phyllis on the Plane

oy vay!
Oy vay is another way of saying "yikes!" Bee and Sarge! 
Phyllis and I are halfway to our San Francisco destination.  So far we played 3-8,  two thirds of a card game ... and I was winning.  Then we ate our dinner and dessert (a bag of M&Ms)  We played with our new cameras ... (hers is better than mine!) We tried to figure out her schedule as Crew ... and now ... after about a half hour of trying to get Internet service ... I'm showing her how to blog.  
Phyllis tried to upgrade our seats to first class ... but we're in "steerage" and, that's ok.
We're laughing and laughing.
(But Phyllis said she won't shower in the truck ... and I don't know about sharing a tent with a woman who refuses to shower.  I might stop laughing.)
Just to let you know ... I received donations that took me over my $3500 goal.
Life is great!
More later.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Thank you!

Be happy ... on a walk with my girls in Montauk!
A few thank yous ...
Thank you Mrs. Glass for saying "yes" when I asked you to do this walk with me ... and thank you Beth for understanding when I said "I'm going back to San Francisco."
Thank you to my blogger buddies (and a few others) for joining the Blogger Babes for Boobies team.
Thank you to Burt for finding 3 day walkers in the New York area ... and organizing the greatest training walks!  I love Burt's Babes and hope that someday (next year?) we can form a team and walk 60 miles together.
Thank you to my loyal readers (you know who you are Bee and Sarge ...) for following every single post (except when you were on the high seas!)  I walk for YOU Bee (and I'm always on the lookout for a good booby shot for Sarge!)
Thank you Dr. Tepper, for telling me that Dr. Burzotta is great.  You're right!  Thank you Dr. Burzotta for taking care of my feet!
Thank you to my friends who took a few steps with me ... Beth, Viv, Robyn, Susan, Lynnie, Miss Celia, Mark and Gail ... and, of course, Joan. And to TY for peddling by my side!
Speaking of TY ... thank you TY for the "Feet" book that has become my bible!
Thank you to Bill and Dee (my friends at Pig Pen Studios) for designing and producing the great team shirts.  We will be stylin!
Thank you to those who searched for my donor page.  Now THAT'S called support!
Thank you to ALL my supporters.  You have helped me raise over $3500 for the cure. (And Baz ... Berkowitz just sent a check for $1000!)
Most of all ... 
Thank you Susan G. Komen for the Cure!
I am so proud to be a part of this organization ... and to be able to do my small part to support programs, education, and breast cancer research.
Phyllis and I will be on our way to San Francisco tomorrow night.  Stay tuned.  I intend to take you on my journey ...

Wrapping It Up

So my duffle is almost packed and I'm almost ready to go to San Francisco.
I tested my air mattress last night and I'm looking forward to a semi-comfortable sleep for two nights in my tent ... shared with Phyllis.
Here are a few things ...
Funshine walk
 I have done training walks in three states ... New York, Massachusetts, and the Funshine State.  The hottest walks were in New York City in August.  I never complained ... but my red face said it all.

Brooklyn Bridge
I was most excited when I walked over the Brooklyn Bridge.  I walked it a number of times and it NEVER got old for me.

Nathan's Famous anyone?
My greatest accomplishment was FINALLY making it to Coney Island.  It was my longest training walk ... but I LOVED it!  Getting on the air-conditioned Q train at the end of a very hot day was the highlight!!!!!

 The West End of Provincetown is my favorite spot ... with the end of Sands Point a close second.  I always had to stop there and just take it in.

"Hello Darling"
Although anyone who walked by my side was a GREAT training partner, Joan is my favorite.  I love her!

There's more to say ... but I have to go to work!!  Here are some facts:

Number of times I saw the podiatrist--3 (thank you Dr. Burzotta)
Number of training walks taken with Burt's Babes--7 (Thank you Burt Lipshie)
Number of miles walked to date--over 300 
lNumber of size 8s--4
number of times I whined or complained--ZERO (I was only stating the facts)

More Later ... I'm going to be late, now! DUHR!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Last Sunday Walk with Joan before San Francisco--6.98 miles

Dahlia's on Haven Avenue
Today was my last walk with Joan until after the San Francisco 3-day.  Next Sunday I'll be finishing my 60 miles.
Joan and Yours truly
 Joan always greets me with "Hello Darling" ...then we kiss ... then we're on our way. There's no better way to start the week! 
I took it easy today, as you can see.  I wanted to be good to my heel ... my right toe ... and now, my left toenail.  I'm icing my heel as I write and will soak the foot when I'm finished.
This, by the way, is stating facts ... NOT whining!
A gal decked out in pink passed me.  She was wearing an Avon breast cancer shirt. The back of her shirt said "In it to End it!"  I like that.  If she's doing the New York walk ... she'll be taking her first step October 16th.  I did the Avon Breast Cancer walk many years ago.  Saturday is over 26 miles of walking and trust me ... that's a lot! 
We're ALL in it to end it ... 2 days, 3 days, 1 day ... 5 miles or 60 miles. Running or walking.

I sat by the pond for a bit ... watching the model sailboats being prepared for a race.  As I looked out I realized that all those lines holding the new growth in place had ribbons on them.  Take a look:
Pink ribbons
I took a picture from this spot before, but I don't remember all those ribbons being pink.  There are hundreds of ribbons.
It symbolizes why I'm walking next week.
I'm walking for US ALL ... I'm walking to END IT!
Wrap up tomorrow ... Thank yous on Tuesday ... On my way to San Francisco (again) on Wednesday.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Last Sands Point walk before San Francisco--11.3 miles

Goldenrod by the water in Sands Point
I just returned from my last Sands Point training walk before the BIG walk starting Friday.  I really love walking in Sands Point.  It's so beautiful.  I wasn't going to take a lot of pictures, but I couldn't resist taking just a few.
Welcome to Paradise!
 This is the sign outside the gate of the last house on Plum Beach Point Road.  It's my favorite street in SP ... and I bet the house really is in paradise!  It's right on the water.
Right next to Paradise ... is a house being built.  As I was walking by, I saw it in the mirror on the street ...
Just next door to paradise.

Yessiree ... it's a big one!
I visited my friend Viv on the way.  She just fractured her ankle so I wanted to see how she's doing.  Here's the culprit:
The culprit.
His name is Rusty.  He was walking too fast while Viv had him on the leash and she fell.
(Wipe that smile off your face Rusty.)
Rusty's sister,  Sophie, is not as amused as Rusty ... and feels sad that Viv is in a cast and can't run and play.  (This picture was taken after Sophie "washed" my hands with her tongue ... Good girl!)
I walked the regular route after leaving Viv, Rusty, and Sophie.  You've seen the pictures.
I did see a nice mushroom for Sarge, though.
Mushroom or booby?