Turf Blog 08-03-22


Well, not quite the same challenge as going “Around the World in 80 Days” but I’m sure Phileas Fogg and his French valet Passepartout would have been impressed with yours truly here on Planet Gary successfully completing the challenge of taking at least five zones every day for 180 days and gaining the Daily-180 medal. All the stressful stress, the nail-biting worry, the sleepless nights, even the chicken sacrifice*, have all been worthwhile. The annoying software glitches, the falls from the bicycle, not a few storms and even the occasional dog attack, are things of the past and now forgotten. This mountain is conquered but the higher peaks are still calling.

Yes, there is still more to do and we cannot stop here, the next medal in the series is the Daily-365. Yes, another gruelling 185 days of five zones a day, each and every day. And now the big questions. Can I do it, should I do it, do I want to do it? Yes, probably, is my answer. Well, I’m going to give it a fair try whatever. I’ve already done 180 days, so another 185 should not be a problem, only an additional five days. Easy to say. Having said that to miss a single zone, just the once, and its curtains. Like the Monopoly game…. go back to start, do not pass go, do not collect any Kit-Kats. I don’t think I would start again. Would you?

I’ve noticed some chat on turf media and quite a few turfers are going to stop at 180. Reasons are mixed and varied. Such activities as family holidays getting in the way are once such reason – you need holiday destinations with zones and an understanding family as well. Another is the thought of failing near the end and having to start all over again, or not as the case may be. Personally, and I suspect others may feel the same, I did on occasion find it very restrictive and longed to be free not to “have” to go turfing. It would be so easy to stop. Just miss one single day, or even miss one single zone out of your daily five and you’re finished. But no, I’m probably going to keep on going, for better or for worst. It’s only six months, or half a year. Nothing really if you say it quickly. Just take it one day at a time.

Now, fast forward a day or so. I said the word probably as my answer to continueing with the Daily-5, all the way to Day 365. To be honest, while I will, probably continue, part of me would be happy to stop, to not have that burden, all be it a small one, hanging there at the back of the mind all the time. I can see why some turfers haven’t bothered with the Five-A-Day. Guess we shall have to wait and see. Back soon.

* Nothing living, just a piece of chicken nugget, a tough nastly left-over chewy bit.

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