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The Word-Nerd WOD
On Friday, I lit a fire under my butt and decided to tackle the ever-growing stacks of discarded books that darkened the hallway of our office.
It started a few months ago: Dave was cleaning out his office, and he stacked books he wanted sell at Half Price Books in the hallway. I began to add my own castoffs and now, we’d grown accustomed to maneuvering our way around the four stacks of books that were about five feet tall and teetering precariously. I also regularly stubbed my toes on them while making the journey from my office to Dave’s. Something needed to be done.
Given that it was hot and humid — and that a laundry basket full of books weighs somewhere between 20 and 50 pounds, depending on how many thrillers and geek books one tosses into the bin — this particular chore quickly turned into a WOD.
The Word-Nerd WOD
Move four 5-foot tall stacks of books from the office to the car, approx. 100 yards roundtrip
My time: 33:27
Things I Learned During the Word-Nerd WOD
The best WODs not only train your body, they teach you something about yourself and the world at large. Observe:
1. Lifting and carrying hundreds of books in 95-degree weather might be more strenuous than some gym WODs I’ve done.
2. Books about computer programming are heavy.
3. No matter how much you want that book you started and discarded three times to be good, it’s never, ever good.
4. Cockroaches like to hide behind stacks of books.
5. Do not wear rhinestone flip-flops when roaches might be involved.
6. A 4-inch thick computer programming book, dropped from 4 feet high, is an effective roach killer. (Leaving the book/dead roach for your spouse to clean up is perfectly acceptable behavior.)
7. Wheels are, indeed, one of man’s greatest inventions; moving books in a shopping cart is far superior to schlepping them in a laundry basket.
8. There is nothing at all ridiculous about owning both the Kindle and printed version of a book. Or several books.
9. I cannot resist buying a new book (Hello, latest Sid Halley novel!), even when I’ve just spent hours packing and carrying reject books.
10. There is no such thing as too many copies of Jane Eyre.
The books stacked in the backseat filled three shopping carts at Half Price Books and netted us $256.00 — which I immediately donated to our local Meals on Wheels because I heard an NPR piece about the effect of the government shutdown on Meals on Wheels, and it just about broke my heart.
We are quite fortunate to have the luxury of being super picky about what we eat. But there are thousands of people out there whose only meal each day is from Meals on Wheels. In many cases, the funding for those much-needed dinners is supplemented by federal funds, which are non-existent during the shutdown. Just $35 provides 5 meals for needy seniors; you can learn more about how to donate on the national Meals on Wheels web site.