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Dre’s 101 in 1001: An update on the challenge so far

For those of you new to this blog, click here to learn about this project and the influences for it. I began this filled with anticipation of completing the tasks, exploring new things and taking it all on full steam ahead. Well, that has shifted in the last two weeks. As you’ve probably noticed if you’ve seen the list, many of the things that I set out to do were dependent on my being healthy.

Two weeks ago, I mentioned that I had injured my knee but wasn’t sure of what I did to it while out on what was up to that point one of the better outings I’d had running in some time. Well, I’ve since learned that I have what is called a severe strain of the iliotibial ligament. Here’s a link to the simplest explanation I’ve been able to find on this injury. It means those words that I hate to hear when it comes to accomplishing a task have to at least be considered: Slow down. I can slow down to take a moment and stand back, as I said very early on in the existence of this blog. The moment it becomes an obstacle to accomplishing goals, it becomes extremely difficult.

It gets better. Two ridiculously stressful breathing attacks later and there is now talk of a case of sleep apnea in my life. Not being able to catch your breathe is very scary, especially when they occur in a 24-hour period. Enter ER trip #2 to UAB and the diagnosis. I’ll find out more about that diagnosis soon and let you know how it’s going. Both of these surprises have effectively slowed my efforts on many of my 101 in 1001 activities. Luckily, there has been some progress:

7. Create a wireless home network – Well, not exactly wireless. A wired network has been established in the loft, making life at work and home a little easier. Plus I learned that the last piece of equipment necessary for my plan can be used with a wired system as well.

16 & 39. – Unless something crazy happens, I’m scheduled to be attending the National Trust Main Street Center’s annual conference in New Orleans next week. The trip is being made via Amtrak. Seven hours should lead to some interesting stories.

24. Create a photoblog – Enter the Dre’s Ramblings Smugmug site. ( It’s definitely been a lot of fun. I’ve considered moving some of the Flickr pictures to it. There are some really cool features too, allowing for private galleries for family and friends so they can keep up with me (though it will probably be easy to do that in the coming months).

92. Play Scrabble once a week for 12 months – The games began two weeks ago. It helps when you’re able to slow down to enjoy them. We may have to invite some people over for these things too.

I’m also realizing that as I try to organize these efforts online that the development of another blog solely for that purpose may rear its head. So far, there has been one post on the trip to Chattanooga, but I’m getting ready to increase the updates as we move on. I’ll keep you posted. I hope you’re enjoying the holiday weekend.


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