I have met the enemy, and he is…thus

If you know the enemy and know yourself,
you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
~ Sun Tzu

Say hello to the nice readers, Sweetie. Yes, you’re dashing in white, but you know I can’t resist you in black. Four times in the last two weeks, is it? They only leave me wanting more. I cried when you left last year. Twice. Once from missing you and once from relief it was finally over. But you came back. You always come back. And you’re staying a while. Tauntingly close. A 60-second ride away…waiting. Audacious too. Out there for the world to see, thumbing your nose at the neighbors. A fruit market? Zucchini? Summer squash? Grapes? Watermelon? As if. Batting cages? No contest. You’re everyone’s next stop. A beer distributor? A worthy foe, but you know you’ll win. You always win.

And you, Salty. So many years at this, you and I. You never leave for long. But you never stay long either. You go, and I crave you. You come back, and you’re gone too soon. I hate you. (I love you.) Go away. (Don’t leave me.) You’re mine. Always.

Oh yes, Mr. Tzu, I know my enemies. All too well. I also know myself. All too well. Hence my dilemma.

What about you, my friends? Have you vanquished your enemies? Tell me how.  I’m all ears (or rather, thighs).


  1. BoatDrinkBaby said,

    Friday, May 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    LOL Chris. Good one. 🙂 Totally totally get it hahaha

  2. facie said,

    Friday, May 7, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I gave up sweets for Lent. I have done it successfully only one other time in my adult life. I have no idea why it worked so well this year. But when it was over (well, and also, on Sundays, b/c any good Catholic knows that you can take Sundays off), I consumed many sweets, for many days.

    What helps for me is to save my sweet treats for after dinner. I am most likely going to eat ice cream and/or chocolate then anyway, no matter if I have already had, for example, a donut and a half, a muffin, and two cookies all before 3 p.m.

    There is no way I could give up sweet stuff. At this point, I would be happy to have one small portion a day! And people wonder why I risk my knees to run.

  3. WritingbyEar said,

    Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Facie, I’ve given up sweets a few times for Lent, too. It’s REALLY hard (but not this year — I didn’t give up anything because I was already trying a pretty strict diet — and yes, like any good Catholic, I still felt guilty about that). I like your attitude — I’m pretty good about not having sweets throughout the day, so maybe my once in a while Blizzards and things aren’t SO bad.The worst thing is that we have them at night (late — 9:00 or 10:00), so no time to burn any of them off.The chips, now that’s another story… my biggest weakness.

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