Husband prefers no talking at the gym

At the gym, I like to watch TV on the treadmill to pass time. I’ve learned so many things about the outside world!

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I’m not a TV watcher, so because – and only because – of the treadmill, I’ve learned about: 600 pound people trying to lose weight, what killed the dinosaurs, and some guy named Donald who got voted  President this year. Crazy, huh?

I forgot my headphones one day. He had brought his and was preparing to listen to music on his iPhone.

“Oh, shucks. I forgot mine in the car,” I noticed.

“Want me to get it for you?” he offered. He’s so sweet. The sweetest.

“You’re so nice! No, that’s OK,” I declined.

“I’ll fetch it. Where is it in the car?” he asked.

"Don't talk to me! I'm listening to music!" - Husband
“Don’t talk to me! I’m listening to music!” – Husband

“You just get your workout started. Don’t worry about me. I don’t need to watch TV. I’ll just talk to you,” I replied cheerfully. This was going to be great!

“Uh, no,” he said, and left to get my headphones.

Awesome. Thanks.

…So, uh. Did you know some TV host traveled to Japan to look for the legendary kappa water monster?

Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania, In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. One day, she might figure out how to put that master’s degree to use.

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