Last week I had two Tuesdays, thanks to a little trip across the international dateline. My flight left Beijing at noon and arrived in San Francisco at 8am the same day. I didn’t get to Naples, FL, my penultimate destination on this around the world journey until midnight.
Also, for the first time in nearly four months and despite conditions that give new meaning to term “un-hygienic,” I didn’t get sick until I found myself under my parents care. Our bodies really are remarkable for knowing just what it is we can handle.
In all fairness, I don’t think it was outlet mall shopping or early bird dining that made me physically ill.
Never one to rest on my laurels, the following Tuesday I decided to spend a morning with one of my dad’s Rotary buddies, Sustainability Specialist and biofuel innovator John Puig (www.johnpuig.com) building an organic garden at a home for autistic children. My thoughts were that I would spend a couple hours in the morning helping out and making small talk. Nearly eight hours and 700 ft of arugula later I collapsed on the lanai amidst discussion of whether I should visit the emergency.
Don’t underestimate the power of the sun.