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Is It Still Called A Bloop?

mattw

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I ' m sitting in my garage hoping someone will stop and buy the stuff I have in my driveway . It ' s one of those neighborhood wide garage sales or else we wouldn ' t have bothered .

It was supposed to start at 7am , but the creepers were out at 6 : 15 . I was too , running my 3 . 1 mile loop while trying to stay in heart rate zone 3 . I downloaded some workouts from Garmin Connect that are based on heart rate to see how that feels . Today was 45 minutes of hills in zone 3 . The tough part of this is having to practically sprint downhill and almost walk uphill .

A Nintendo DS with a slightly scratched screen sold for $ 5 . Nice Hispanic guy picked that up for a kid I ' m sure . A grandfather was doing some Christmas gift shopping and bought the Rapunzel tower for $ 4 .

Usually I only have to watch out for the paper delivery guy on my early morning runs , but the folks hoping to be the first at the sales were creeping around while I tried to obey my Garmin ' s ' be be be boo ' ( HR too low ) or ' be be be beep ' ( too high ) warnings . I was careful because I knew the driver ' s eyes were looking at driveways and not for ninja runners .

A lady bought two lap trays for her first grade class . I feel bad taking even a quarter each from a school teacher . Two X - Box games went for one dollar each . We found those at a college dorm when helping my sister - in - law move out .

The zone 3 workout translated into a 7 : 30 pace for 6 miles .  My run ended with an easy cool down mile . Then I started getting the stuff out to sell . 

My wife says I sell things too cheaply . I feel like most garage sale shoppers are not rolling in the dough and are out for a bargain . I don ' t want to disappoint .

 

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You are very kind , sir . I live in a kind of affluent town ( I guess ) - there are some yard sales I can ' t even afford !!  :o  The consignment shops are decent , but you have to be an eagle - eyed shopper   and I never got the girl - gene when it comes to liking or being good at it , haha . 

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Our neighborhood has a yearly garage sale as well . I use it as a chance to save a trip to Goodwill and practically give things away for free . Plus we never think to get enough cash for change .

I miss hearing about your running ! What ' s your next race ? 

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1 hour ago, gdionelli said:

Congrats on posting the first bloop in the new Loop !

Ha . Guess I should have been more poetic or maybe prophetic somehow .

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1 hour ago, DrWhiskers said:

Our neighborhood has a yearly garage sale as well . I use it as a chance to save a trip to Goodwill and practically give things away for free . Plus we never think to get enough cash for change .

I miss hearing about your running ! What ' s your next race ? 

No races scheduled . Just been doing about 30mpw lately . Only a few workouts here and there .

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I ' ve always been a little skeptical of the Garmin HR workouts . Think you ' ll keep them up ?

Any time I stop at a garage sale I always hope I discover some old lady selling a stack of ' 50s baseball cards for a nickel each and pick up a couple   Mickey Mantle rookies or something . And yeah , I know what you ' re thinking , ripping off an old lady is terrible . But it ' s payback for   my mom using my Derek Jeter rookie card to scoop up and throw out a dead bug . So there . 

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8 hours ago, Gonzo Runner said:

I ' ve always been a little skeptical of the Garmin HR workouts . Think you ' ll keep them up ?

It ' s called the " Improve Your Fitness " plan . It at least gives me a couple of workouts per week to try .  I could always ignore the HR too low / high part and get the workout in .

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We ' ve gotten a few things from neighborhood sales . The best score for me was a small deep perfectly seasoned cast iron pan for like $ 10 . I use that thing almost every day .

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Our best garage sale score came when we were first married .  It was an old wooden high chair , sold by the woman who ' d been a baby in it .  Since Mrs . AB wasn ' t pregnant yet , it was a leap of faith , and it worked .  I refinished it , our son flung baby food from it , and we still use it as a charging station for our phones .  I ' m pretty sure we ' ll have it forever .

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Where I ' m at , I don ' t put prices on things because some people haggle . You can spot them as they come up and you just know that if you tell them it ' s $ 5 they will offer you $ 2 .   Others , usually the ones who don ' t understand why you haven ' t priced anything won ' t haggle so I give them the price I want for the stuff I just want to go away anyway .  
I don ' t like having garage sales ... and your pace is ninja .  

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I love cheap garage sales . And I agree on your statement regarding that teacher . It ' s commendable that they spend some of their own money for their students , isn ' t it ?

I ' m debating if I should invest in a heart rate monitor . Still undecided .

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