One of the great things about running outside (vs. in the gym on a treadmill) is that every day is different. Every single day, there’s something new–a slightly different path, the weather, the angle of the sun, the birds, the other people out running…all different every day. I love that.
So the past two days I’ve run in Lincoln Park here in West Seattle, even though we’ve got enough snow to make me think we were transported to some Mid-western town with mountains during the night. Yesterday I ran along the beach which was icy and not relaxing even though it was staggeringly beautiful, then back up into the park proper where I learned that you can gallop full out in dry snow without worrying about slipping–it was a real rush!
Today I stayed up in the park since I knew the beach trail would be way too slippery to be enjoyable. The snow in the park had a crunchy crust but was fine for running and I found that even in 20 degree weather, you can work up a sweat and feel that happy all-over warm that I associate with x-country skiing. I’ve never run in the snow before, so this is a big new adventure for me.
On the Jobs front: Steve Jobs, that is. There’s so much talk lately since it was announced that Jobs wouldn’t be giving the keynote at Macworld in Jan that his perceived poor health was going in the unwelcome direction of Worse. I don’t know about it, I can only imagine it must be hard to grapple with that kind of media attention to personal matters, but as (Fake Steve Jobs) Daniel Lyons discusses in this Newsweek article, Apple is Jobs and Jobs is Apple. The fanatical fan base is as bound up with the mystique of Steve Jobs as with Apple’s to-die-for product line (count me in here).
I can’t imagine Apple without Steve Jobs, and as a mac user and Jobs admirer, I don’t want to. Still, as Lyons points out, Jobs is not just a genius of mythical proportions: he’s human after all.