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I almost mugged a homeless guy

Posted Aug 24 2008 5:43pm

I think I'm losing my mind.

I had a computer training meeting in downtown Fort Worth Wednesday morning.

Before I left the house, I grabbed my phone then grabbed a handful of quarters for the meter.

I get downtown. I feed the meter, run across the street and realize I don't have my phone.

Must have left it in the car, I thought.

I check the car. Its not there. Must have put it on top of the car while I was feeding the meter. Its not on the car or on the ground.

The whole time this is going on, a homeless guy had walked by and was now about three blocks away. He must have my phone, I thought.

I ran down Fifth Street and caught up with him before he crossed Throckmorton Street.

I wondered what I should say to him. Should I pat him down?

"Excuse me, sir, " I asked. At least I was nice.

"Yeah," he said, turning around.

"Do you have a phone?" (Notice I didn't say, "do you have my phone." This was a very calculating question on my part. Didn't want to come off like I was blaming him)

"What the heck would I be doing with a phone," he said.

At that instant, I realized that when I grabbed the quarters in the change jar at my home, I put my phone down. And never picked it up again.

After the meeting, I drove home. My phone was lying on the couch.

Another glass of 5ksandcabernets

I hadn't run since Tuesday morning, so I made myself do 5 miles today. It was hard. The night before, I drank three glasses of Hess Estate Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon with Circle30 at Zambrano Wine Cellar. I also ate half a pizza. On the running trail this morning, it took three miles before I felt "normal." But I met my goal of not running too fast, that is, keeping my run under 80 percent of my max heart rate.

It's hard to run that slow, but I figure if I can do this enough, I'll reduce the chances of re-injuring myself.

Here were the splits

1: 10:22

2: 9:55

3: 9:20

4: 9:19

5: 9:09


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