Started running. Now I have calves.
Iâ€™ve come across a unique book called â€œNot quite what I was planning.â€ Itâ€™s filled with memoirs from famous authors, each summarizing the essence of their lives.
While this sounds like something youâ€™d discuss at â€œthe finer thingsâ€ club, the book offers quite an energizing twist. Inspired by an urban myth regarding Hemingwayâ€™s ability to tell compelling stories with very few words, each memoir is precisely six words long.
Thatâ€™s hardly sufficient to summarize todayâ€™s weather, let alone the crux of an entire life. Hemingway offered the poignant, â€œFor sale: baby shoes, never worn.â€ I guess thatâ€™s why heâ€™s Hemingway.
Never one to wax melodramatic, Iâ€™d like to make a different contribution to the six-word story genre. The chief complaint I get here at ZeroToBoston is my failure to complete race reports in a timely fashion. So here they all are; precisely six words each.
Hit the wall at mile thirteen.
Collapsed at finish. Lovely Medical Tent.
Rockier than you can possibly imagine.
BLUE RIDGE RELAY 2006
Ran day and night. Van reeked.
KIAWAH ISLAND 2006
First Boston attempt. I Bonked ignominiously.
MYRTLE BEACH 2007
At least there was free beer.
BLACK MOUNTAIN 2007
Friend fell, got hideous knee wound.
HITCHCOCK WOODS 50K 2007
Shoes still waterlogged; full of sand.
BLUE RIDGE RELAY 2007
The Mythical Frog Boil finished fifth.
Unlike Chicago, they stocked extra water.
NEW YORK CITY 2007
Sea of humanity enjoys vulgar Brooklynites.
ROCKET CITY 2007
Amazingly flat for a hilly town.
MYRTLE BEACH 2008
Qualification overshadows boring course, cheesy shirt.
MOUNT MITCHELL CHALLENGE 2008
Twenty-two miles up; Eighteen down. Curious.
What color should my hair be?
Keep comments to six words, please.
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April 4th, 2008 at 5:21 pm
Ha Ha, very good! Dark Brown. 😉
April 4th, 2008 at 8:43 pm
the goal: smile…enjoy the journey!
April 4th, 2008 at 10:04 pm
See game at Fenway. Go patriotic!
April 5th, 2008 at 9:02 am
Eat Clam Chow Dah. Go Bald!
April 5th, 2008 at 10:16 am
Sky blue, with Boston yellow streak.
April 6th, 2008 at 1:35 pm
The joy is in the journey.
April 7th, 2008 at 9:48 am
Kiss Wellesley Woman. Lather, Rinse, Repeat.
April 7th, 2008 at 9:49 am
ha ha ha ha!
April 9th, 2008 at 5:16 pm
This sentence has exactly six words.
April 15th, 2008 at 2:01 pm
Girls screaming for you–Rock Star!