Wednesday 23 August 2006, 3:37 pm

While we were in Paraguay, Robert and/or Brenda took us walking several times. They like to walk a three-mile track around a safe park near the airport in Asuncion.

Robert and Brenda claim that this is great for their health even if they aren't able to do it enough to actually lose weight. (They walked at least half the days we were there, but maybe having us around gave them motivation to walk more than they would have otherwise.)

Mary has decided that we should walk at home. We were going to get up early this morning and do it like Robert and Brenda do, at 6 am. That didn't happen, of course, but starting at 11 am we did go out for a couple of hours.

We walked from here to Starbucks, about 1-1/2 miles away, where we sat and drank coffee. Then we walked another half mile to the new Milpitas Town Center, which is under construction, where we tried to see all they new buildings. We did lollygag for a while in the new Staples store. All the new back-to-school stuff just amazes me. When I was a kid I never spent a dime on school supplies ... just raided the trash cans on the last day of school to claim enough to last me the following year.

Anyway, after walking home a different way, we figure we did somewhere between 3-1/2 and 5 miles. (I lean toward the lower end, Mary toward the higher.) Next time we might take a pedometer; I though Mary had one, but she tells me she dropped hers in the toilet a couple years ago and was too grossed out to fish it back out. Women! (sigh) So I guess we'll have to spring for another one.