Category Archives: Health & Well-Being

More Bikes!!!

Literally!!! Well, these orange delights are called Mobike so the pun works!!!!IMG_3843

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The Bikes are Coming!!!

Spotted these Lime colored delights near Veterans Triangle!IMG_3875

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Tough Temple Cross Fit Has Moved – Is Senior Home a Step Closer?

The Tough Temple Cross fit has moved locations and has a sign out front for Fedex/UPS deliveries. Curious to know whether the assisting living facility slated for that space is now a step closer to breaking ground. Of course the dance studio is still there but evidence does suggest we are inching closer to a redevelopment project for Rugby Avenue.  It seems that Bethesda Urban Living for seniors is on the horizon!

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Soul Cycle Bethesda

Just read a really interesting series of interviews in Fast Company on innovators and leaders in the new economy. I found the bits on Soul Cycle to be particularly interesting and would love to hear thoughts from people who have experienced Soul Cycle in Bethesda. Do you like it? Love it? Go a lot? Drop an email to raj@rajabout.com:

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Saw this really interesting helicopter maneuver at Suburban Hospital – it looked like a test/ drill:

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Sierra Club One Day Hike: C&O Towpath from DC to Harpers Ferry

I am yet to successfully register for this hike but will be trying again this year (as you will see from the info below it fills up fast). The hike passes through Bethesda (near Glenn Echo, Sycamore Island etc.). Take a look at the info below and if you participate or want to share stories of past hikes please let the Bethesda Actually community know by emailing stories and pictures to raj@rajabout.com

Preliminary registration info for the ODH (http://www.onedayhike.org/register/index.html)

This is via their Facebook page:

The 44th One Day Hike (ODH) will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017. All ODH hikers must be pre-registered; below is preliminary information about how you will do that.

For five-time finishers of the ODH, there will be a special, 3-day registration period from Monday, January 23, 5 PM, to Thursday, January 26, 5 PM. The registration form will request the last five years that the hiker has completed an ODH event (100K, 80K, or 50K).

The regular registration period will open Wednesday, February 1, 5 PM, and will close when the number of registrants reaches 350. (In some years, it has taken less than one hour to reach that maximum.) Registration may reopen to fill any cancellations. No registration will be allowed after Monday, April 17, midnight.

Registering: Registration is online via Active.com. I will email/post the link in about a week.

Fee: The fee for either the 100K or 50K is $55 per registrant. You will need a major credit/debit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

Transferring registrations: Registrations are NOT transferable. The registrant is the one who needs to do the hike, cancel in time, or not show up.

Who can register whom: Someone (over age 18) may register someone else. Multiple people may be registered per log-in session, but each person’s information must be entered individually (i.e., not by a list). If a participant/registrant/hiker is under 18 years of age, the person registering him/her must be the participant’s parent or legal guardian, but the person doing the registering must be at least 18 years old.

Minimum age for hikes: Hikers must be at least 16 years old for the 100K and at least 13 years old for the 50K on the day of the hike, and must be accompanied on that hike by an adult parent or legal guardian who is registered for the same version and is at least 18 years old.

Additional purchases: You may purchase ODH T-shirts (S, M, L, XL) and car stickers (“62.1” & “31.1”) for additional charges ($25 and $3 each, respectively) during the online registration

Happy New Year Bethesda

Dear readers,

I just wanted to take a moment to wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year!

I have noticed that many pundits, writers etc. have marked the change from 2016-2017 by noting how terrible the last year was and how relieved they are to move into 2017.

My take is slightly different. It is true that there were elections both in the US and around the world that seemed to be filled with negativity but, hidden in plain sight, so many positive things happened last year. Many of these are global and big picture in nature – US carbon emissions dropped, a ninth planet was discovered and Colombia moved closer to peace.

But, in some ways, of equal significance were the millions of positive things that happened much closer to home.

Let me give you three with a local twist:

1. At a local and global level – Bethesda’s NIH started Zika vaccine trials and showed an ability to assist infected people.

2. Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky dominated the Rio Olympic games.

3. Bethesda Green and Bethesda Magazine awarded prizes to groups of individuals and businesses for their contribution to greening our community.

Please email me your thoughts on the best things that happened in 2016 – from the personal to the local to the global.

We will feature the best ones – my email, as ever, raj@rajabout.com

 

 

Reflecting on Life

A number of readers have talked about the shock of the election and the way it has hit them harder than they would have anticipated. I have been thinking about that and reflecting on what we can do at Bethesda Actually to be of service to those struggling a bit at this time. One idea is to share a few thoughts regarding places to walk and breathe fresh air. My feeling is that disconnecting from computers etc. and getting outside a bit can clear some mental clouds and cobwebs.

So if you have any ideas for places to walk and clear away some stress please email me at raj@rajabout.com

Here are a couple of thoughts for your consideration:

Walking around the butterfly sanctuary near NIH:

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Playing some tennis @ Battery Park:

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Please share your ideas!

 

Weekend Fun

What do you have planned for the weekend? Want to share a tip with your fellow readers?
Drop me an email to raj@rajabout.com and we will share the best ones!

One regular reader noted that they hoped to get out and play some tennis at the courts at Battery Park!

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Real Estate, Aging and Mobility Town Homes and Condo’s

I wanted to continue our rolling discussion on real estate and mobility within the home by considering town homes and condos as options for folks looking to downsize in part due to mobility concerns that often come with age.

Now, townhomes are an interesting option for people looking to sell a single family home but still in need of a reasonable amount of space. One thing that I would note is that many townhome communities have a real mixture of housing stock within them so you will have to look carefully to find homes that have useful mobility features. And what do I mean by that? Well I am thinking specifically of townhomes with main level bedrooms/ bathrooms/ master bedrooms and town homes that allow access to that main level while climbing very few or no stairs.

Another option (and one that is becoming increasingly popular) is to buy a townhome that has an internal elevator so that you have access to the whole property without going up and down stairs.

Condo’s are of course another option – more often than not they are on one level (within the unit) and there is an elevator providing access to the unit itself. A mobility consideration for condos may be to look at access to the building itself – are there stairs? A ramp?

That is all for now – I will have more thoughts on real estate as we age next week.

As I mentioned – these posts are just snippets to get you thinking about these issues. Feel free to email me with specific questions. It should also go without saying that I am happy to meet with you to discuss your real estate needs and assist you in developing a real estate plan that takes into consideration your needs as you age. My email is raj@rajabout.com and cell is 240 486-3921