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The Fitbit Charge HR Activity Tracker

July 18th, 2015

      Purchased a new Fitbit Heart Rate + Activity tracker and today was the first full day putting it to use. It’s a wristband model that’s supposed to be worn everywhere except in the shower. Even when sleeping Fitbit tracks sleep patterns (so far it hasn’t appeared in my dreams). In theory the tracker records all activity, monitors my blood pressure rate, calories burned, steps taken, stairs climbed, miles run-walked-hiked, and total minutes active – on a daily basis.   

      So far Fitbit, and it never lies, is telling me all the things I want to know. Of course I do have to wonder about classifying my bicycle pedaling as steps walked or stairs climbed for it doesn’t recognize bicycling as a separate form of exercise. So far today I’m below my day’s calorie input allowance, have walked more than my number of steps goal (15,456 versus 10,000), climbed 16 floors (that must be related to bicycling exercise for I’ve not climbed anything so far today) and walked 6.78 miles (again I assume that’s a combined morning walk plus bicycling afterwards).     

      Should I be suspicious of Fitbit’s tracking reports? Here’s a rundown of my early morning activity and the data Fitbit captured and reported about it.

MY ACTIVITY

FITBIT REPORTED ACTIVITY

Miles Walked

3.1

Miles Walked

6.78

Miles Bicycled

22

Floors Climbed

16

 

 

Steps Counted

15,456

 

 

Calories Burned

1,870

      I might be suspicious of Fitbit’s tracking reports were it not for the fact there’s a little computer chip in the wristband and – as we all know – computers never lie. In fact the biggest liar in my household is the scale in my bathroom that’s supposed to provide accurate weight counts. I’m positive it malfunctions every time I step on its surface for another weighing. Fitbit is, obviously, accurate and truthful in its monitoring and reporting functions. Yep! Fitbit is the one worthy of trust.     

      Would I recommend Fitbit to others. Well, if you’re a gadget and toy collector aficionado then a Fitbit Heart Rate + Activity wristband is a must for your collection. Or, if you’re into extreme exercise activities and need heart rate count confirmation that you’re accomplishing a goal, then you need a Fitbit. But, if you’re into a “waiting for God” lifestyle, then Fitbit is probably not an appropriate or useful choice for you.     

      Read more about the Fitbit Charge HR model at https://www.fitbit.com/chargehr.

Bond Shands
July 19, 2015
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Mother Nature’s Misting System Malfunction

July 18th, 2015
       This morning’s paddle boat – oops – bicycle ride, despite the high humidity levels, started out rather pleasant. The dark clouds overhead shielded the riding route from the usual harsh summer sun and wind-in-your-face from riding the bike turned the daily activity into a pleasant morning outing. All that changed when I encountered evidence that Mother Nature’s Misting System had been turned on and it then began to drip rather than mist.  

        Half way through the ride the entire misting system completely malfunctioned and was replaced by lightning, thunder and light sprinkles. Those light rain sprinkles gave way to actual rain of the continuous all the way from the sky to the ground variety. Yep! It started getting wet out there. 

        Riding a bicycle in dry weather that gives way to rain always starts out refreshingly pleasant. All that pleasantness soon goes away when the bike tires throw wet pavement gunk up and it lands on me. Even worse is the amount of wet pavement gunk that passing motor vehicles lob in my direction. That’s when I’m ready for the ride to end – but this morning that time was about ten miles from home. 

        My rainy, very wet, thunder and lightning return ride home ended around 9:30 am. Following arrival I removed my wet clothes, wrung water from the t-shirt, and loudly. I later called out to Mother Nature my thanks for her selection of morning weather offerings. Also asked for a bit more warning next time – and certainly one better than the predicted 60% chance of rain after 10 am forecast that had led me to believe my ride would not be a wet one. 

 Bond Shands
July 19, 2015
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Charles M Schulz Museum and Research Center

July 3rd, 2015

     I’m a fan of Snoopy and the other Peanuts comic strip characters that were produced by Charles Schulz. The bits of humor and wisdom provided by those daily comic strips were eagerly ready by myself and, of course, many others. My June 2015 Road Trip from home in Palm Springs included a visit to the museum which serves as a shrine to the comic strip characters and the famed cartoonist.

     The Charles M Schulz Museum and Research Center, opened in 2002, is in the City of Santa Rosa, California. It’s the repository for the Snoopy and Peanuts gang comic strip drawings and related memorabilia produced by famed cartoonist Charles M Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000 ) over a 50 year period. The museum compound also includes a large gift shop filled with Peanuts characters items along with the Redwood Empire Ice Arena that Schulz owned. The last Peanuts comic strip was published on Sunday, February 13, 2000, the day following Schulz’s death from colon cancer.

     The grounds of the compound feature a number of large replicas of his various Peanuts gang characters. They include Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, Woodstock and eight more. Click here to view a page describing the individual Peanuts comic strip characters. Click here to view a copy of the layout and content of the multi-floor museum building. Click on any photo below in order to view a larger image.

 
Snoopy & Woodstock on Dog House Roof

Snoopy and Woodstock

 
Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown

 
Lucy Van Pelt

Lucy Van Pelt

 
Schroeder

Schroeder

 
Linus

Linus

 
Woodstock

Woodstock

 

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