Sunday, August 20, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

From couch to triathlon

I don't know what I was thinking.

Well, yes I do. I read a story about someone overcoming insurmountable adversity -- someone with drive and determination -- to raise their body up and will it to compete in a triathlon. An accident had left this person partially paralyzed, but did that stop them? No sirree.

I was lying on the couch when I read the story.

The couch is my native habitat.

So, I got up, put on a hat, found some hiking shorts, donned a new pair of running shoes, and broke out with sweat just from doing all that.

The plan is (was) this:
  1. Do a 5K run
  2. Do a 20K bike ride
  3. Another 5K run
  4. Find a swimming pool to brush up on my swimming.
  5. Another run, another bike ride, then...
  6. Sprint Triathlon.
Like I said: I don't know what I was thinking.

Monday, August 14, 2017

A new Instagram account

Just for fun, I've begun a new Instagram account for some cartoons that I've drawn. You can find it at: The Farr Place.  

A post shared by Tracy Farr (@thefarrplace) on

My Haiku just for you

Wednesday Mockingbird
mock, mocking the barnyard cat
out stalking its lunch.

*  *  *

Virginia is for
lovers running hand in hand
to beat the Devil.

*  *  *

It's gonna be a
grey rainy slip drip spitting
wetful kind of day.

*  *  *

We were all searching
for the American dream,
but then we woke up.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

How I spent my Summer Vacation

How did I spend my summer vacation?


If sitting is the new cancer, I have three weeks left to live.

While I sat, I tried to learn French.

I watched all the French movies on Netflix, I followed French speakers on Twitter, I logged onto YouTube and watched French tutorials, and I read French news on French-speaking news sites.

I can't speak French.

After about a month of sitting, I decided to mow the yard -- sitting on a riding lawnmower.

I did pull some weeds and chop down some brush, but I doubt any of that extended my life one iota.

For some reason I came up with the notion to do a Triathlon.

I try never to run anywhere.

I haven't swam in about 30 years, but I'm sure it's just like riding a bike. Not mine. It's covered in cobwebs.

In a burst of enthusiasm and self determination, I bought a pair of running shoes and have started running around the block. Well, mostly walking. I run when the mood strikes.

I'm almost never in the mood.

The Triathlon is in April.

I'll probably be dead before then.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Erie Canal 200th Anniversary

In 2015, I rode my motorcycle along the Erie Canal thinking of low bridges, barges and a good old mule named Sal.

Men put shovel to dirt 200 years ago today to begin the Canal.

Happy 200th!

Erie Canal Lock No. 14

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Sun sets to the dance

of fireflies and cicadas
enjoying themselves.