Having just finished possibly my most recherche "tutorial" ever -- the four part post of my paper THE COMPLETION OF KANT'S MORAL THEORY IN THE TENETS OF THE RECHTSLEHRE -- I thought I would try a sharp change of pace by talking about what is happening to me personally right now.
I am on a diet. I got back from Paris on September 21st and discovered to my dismay that I was a scant pound from the dreaded 190. On a frame barely 5' 9" tall like mine, that is a lot of flab. So I summarily stopped drinking all wine [about half a bottle of red a day], stopped eating my daily lemon poppy seed muffin at the Carolina Cafe while doing the NY TIMES crossword puzzle, stopped eating all cheese, and the little Weight Watchers icecream pop I have after dinner every night, stopped going out to dinner several times a week [since I do the cooking, that is always a real night out for me], and upped my exercise regimen to a daily four mile one hour walk.
My body always responds to my dieting efforts by losing several pounds instantly in a desperate effort to convince me that the whole idea is a mistake. After fourteen days, I have lost nine and half pounds. I tell myself that I will keep this up until we return to Paris in early December, which means another eight weeks. If I can average a pound and a half a week, which is reasonable, I think, I can bring my weight down to the high one sixties.
Then, maybe I will run for President!