“It seems a little absurd for me in my position to be asked, or to answer the question as to what I would do or would not do if I were President of the United States, since no such contingency has even one chance in sixty-million to be realized. But, if that chance should happen, it would probably be my experience and my misfortune to make as many blunders and give just cause for as much criticism as any one, who has ever occupied the Presidential chair. One thing however I would do or try to do. I would employ every means supplied to the President by the Constitution of the United States, to secure to every citizen of the United States, without regard to race, color, sex or religion, equal protection of the laws. No citizen, however poor or despised, should be able to say at te close of my administration that he had suffered any injustice or had been in any way oppressed or injured by any act of mine while acting as President of the United States.”
Thanks to Andrew for writing about this Douglass essay.
Feels like I'm on the zillionth week of this challenge . . . and I've still not reached my goal. After finishing Week 6, my best exhaustion set was 60. So I went back to the program for Week 4, I was much stronger and did close to double what I had done previously on the max-out sets for that week. Then there was vacation. Despite the fact that push-ups are portable, I did not do a single one. So, here I am -- a little bit weaker-- I decided to go back to Week 3. So far, so good. My max-out sets are stronger, and I feel more stable when I do push-ups. I feel, well, honestly, more confident of my form and kind of more dude-like. If you haven't signed on to the challenge, you should, why not? Download the whole program at www.hundredpushups.com. It's free.
Today I found a room of my own at a writer's space in Tribeca. It's a short train ride from home and has all that I need to write: a simple desk and chair, internet, restroom and above all quiet. The room has exposed brick walls and good light. I signed up immediately. I have been looking for a space for some time--I am usually happy to write at home--but lately, home is full of distractions. There's laundry, dirty dishes, dusty shelves and the floors always need sweeping and washing. Add to that I have a parade of house guests in the coming weeks --in a one-bedroom apartment that means they are sleeping in the living room which equals my office.
Knowing that I will have my own quiet space even during that time, makes me happy. It's a really important time as I work on the final revisions of my novel which will be published next year. Today, I wrote until close to noon. I was the only person there. It was great!
Our banking system is on the verge of collapse but today at Columbus Circle Citibank was giving out free Metrocards and Sovereign Bank had a couple of guys on Segways giving out refrigerator clips. Is any of this going to make sense soon? Is any of this mess going to get cleaned up?
and tired beyond tiredness. Started the long travel day at 3:30AM and just arrived home about five minutes ago. That's about 16 hours. I'm frazzled--filled with too many impressions, sensations, emotions and memories. I'll be watching no-thinking tv tonight until I fall asleep drooling. Tomorrow back to real thoughts and observations (drool-free).