Funny, but I do not really recall the best days of an elliptical, except that when we bought the Precor EFX 523, it seemed the best model available. Exciting time. If I recall correctly, we bought it from one of my clients who worked at a store that sells exercise equipment. You would think I would have learned from a previous purchase of the treadmill coatrack but no, I thought an elliptical would be different.
At first, I used the elliptical almost religiously, for at least a month or two. Then something interfered and changed that schedule. Maybe work, I’m guessing, because I was working on 75+ escrows at a time when we bought the elliptical. The best days of an elliptical were probably right after the second market crash of 2008. Short sales consumed my life back then, and almost all of my transactions were short sales.
Believe me, I did not start out trying to cure health problems I did not know I had. Most of the time, if I’m breathing and can see when I open my eyes in the morning, I am content. As a general rule, I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about my health. The most consideration I give is when I’m about to see my primary doctor for an annual checkup. Then I put together a list of irritating or annoying things, and she fixes them.
Never anything that’s a big deal. But as we get older, and I am heading toward 67, you and I might find that things on our body have stopped working in the way that we were once accustomed. We don’t realize it because we tend to compensate for it. Especially if we are a top Sacramento Realtor and always way too busy to spend a lot of time trying to cure health problems.
If I didn’t join Planet Fitness in Kona, it would be some other national fitness club. The time has been a long time coming. I’ve thought about it, pondered the pros and cons. Because I don’t like having to go somewhere for starters, much less having to go somewhere to do physical labor. To adhere to a new schedule. But if I want to keep in shape, I can’t count on my day-to-day activities to carry me.
Plus there is the fact that Planet Fitness in Kona tempted me. For starters, it is very close to our house in Hawaii, about 5 minutes. The introduction fee last month was 25 cents and this month it is $5.00. Monthly dues are ten bucks with a one year commitment. Our neighbor Buzz says they can’t stay in business with those rates. But if a bunch of people sign up for the one year, they can make money for a while after the new members flake.
Getting the new pneumonia vaccine at Safeway in Kona, otherwise known as pneumococcal 23 vaccine, is pretty easy to do. I’ve been thinking about getting this new vaccine because everything you read about old people unexpectedly dying is often related to pneumonia. They go into the hospital with an aching heart or a kidney stone, whatever, and they drop dead from pneumonia.
As a person over 65, I’ve already had the flu shot and the Prevnar 13, but not the new pneumonia vaccine. I stopped in Safeway last October to get the shot but was informed I should check with my doctor first. OK, when I got back to Sacramento, I sent a message to my doctor at UC Davis. She said yes, since it’s been more than a year since I had the Prevnar 13, she recommends the new pneumonia vaccine.
This person happens to be a friend, too. She could have asked any other number of people to accompany her, but she asked me. So, I guess it is an honor along with a privilege to do this. I also happen to be quite the colonoscopy preparation expert. Having done it twice, and all. By now I have it down to a science and have eliminated most of the nasty aspects of it.
Now, you might not realize, but to get to Kaiser in Honolulu for a colonoscopy, we had to hop a plane. Surprisingly, Kaiser paid for it. My friend’s insurance paid for her round-trip ticket on Hawaiian and Kaiser picked up my fare, too. The first thing I noticed on the plane was, hey, I’ve never sat in coach on an island hopper.
Those are really tiny seats. Three across in a space meant for two. No free newspaper. A tiny tray was available on the back of the seat but it didn’t have any lip edges. That means a drink could go sliding off into oblivion. Not only that, but if we had to make a crash landing, I would break my face on the hard seat back in front of me. But, hey, I got free miles and my Pualani status got us into the Premier Club lounge.
Not only did my friend’s insurance pay for our transportation, but it included vouchers for a cab. Kaiser found a cheaper cab than Charleys. Because I had planned to book on Charleys, which was $20 flat fare. Eco Cab was $16. When we got off the plane, we found the cab but the driver was not in the cab.
Hey, it was my responsibility to accompany my friend to Kaiser in Honolulu for a colonoscopy, and I take that responsibility seriously. First thing I did was discover the cab door unlocked, so we helped ourselves to a seat. Then I called the cab company to see if they could track down our driver.
Our driver finally showed up. No excuse for the delay. Then he held us up by saying he had another passenger. No wonder they are so cheap. They double book. Why should we share a cab with somebody else? He tracked down the guy’s friends who said he wasn’t coming. I pondered if the cab driver deserved a tip. On one hand, he has a crummy job, barely a step up from Uber. But on the other hand, not my cab, not my trip and he irritated me.
All in all, though, it doesn’t take that much longer to go to Honolulu for a colonoscopy than it does to drive up to Waimea. While I sat in the waiting room, I worked on two new listings. Obtained one listing and sent it off for our office assistants to input into MLS. It’s not like I didn’t have anything to do.