Thursday, January 03, 2013
Anyone a Detroit Pistons fan? If yes, you already know why I'm asking, and the rest of you get to wonder what the heck I'm talking about, because I'm mean like that. Sometimes. Not very often. But sometimes.*
Dropped in on a friend whose birthday is tomorrow (the 4th), and I got presents. In the form of hockey tickets. Birthday dinner beats midseason exhibition game, and I'm not one to complain. Excited to see Yost again, it's been three years since I made it to a game there.
Today, I was that guy, joining a gym just a couple of days after New Year's Day. I went with the functional, cheaper option rather than signing up with the university rec center. It has ellipticals, stationary bikes and rowing machines, and also has a weight room. Maybe I'll make it over there someday soon. To the weight room, I mean, since I did actually work out after signing up. Played a little basketball with people half my age, since I didn't know about the time reserved for kids (under 18). Half of these guys could have passed for college kids, so I did't feel bad about stealing the ball from one of 'em.
As mentioned previously, the weight has crept up since I got to Michigan, but when I went to record the 181.2 I saw this morning on the tracker, I noticed that the 12/19 weight was 182, which means that I stayed on par throughout the holiday season. One point for me!
And now to see what I can do in the next few weeks, as I try to keep up with the BLC challenge regimen. Though I've been blogging consistently, there (obviously) hasn't been any set template to these missives. Might have to adopt a structure in order to better adhere to the BLC reporting demands. Or what I'm imagining them to be, anyway.
Thinking of turning on the TV to watch football, but am also thinking that the team I'd support probably won't win. Which wouldn't be much different from the last few days. I'd have so much more respect for Oregon if they could just decide on one uniform and stick with it. Instead, backed by Nike and its advertising and design might, the Ducks pretty much have different uniform elements for every game. I'd complain more, but Michigan had hideous "special" uniforms for their trip to the Outback Bowl. Every time the sun shone on the back of the players, the yellow numbers disappeared. Even the announcers eventually complained about not being able to see the numbers.
But college football being college football, I'm going to watch this contest. And tomorrow I'll go to Michigan hockey. And Sunday, I might go see the Pistons, if my brother did interpret his e-mail correctly, which appeared to imply something about free tickets. And if we do get to the Palace of Auburn Hills to see Tayshaun Prince play, I'll be sure to spend a moment training my binoculars down on press row to catch a glimpse of longtime Pistons announcer George Blaha.
*(see, I'm not that mean after all.)
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Another blog title inspired totally by what I'm listening to at the moment, rather than any verse I might be reading while re-enacting scenes from Romeo and Juliet. I used to work in a town called Verona, and I remain disappointed that no one I know has to my knowledge visited that town, so as to have sent me a postcard from there. I'd still welcome one, but it wouldn't be as funny now.
It also doesn't refer to the copious amounts of pizza consumed while sitting around watching football all day Tuesday, getting more and more annoyed as my alma mater, my grad school institution, and a team from the town I spent last New year's eve/day in (Michigan, Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, respectively) lost, one by one, in a progression of suck stretching from 1 PM on nigh 'til midnight.
The title, instead, comes from the title of the last album the band Kamelot did with their former singer, Roy Khan. I've previously mentioned writing CD reviews on line once upon a time, an endeavor through which I got to conduct a couple interviews, in addition to the free CDs and concerts I got to see. The first one I ever did was with Khan.
The site I wrote for is defunct, so I thought I didn't have any record of that. Of course, I'd failed to take into the account the awesome power of the internet, and fansites, as the site below has it archived. I just discovered that the other day, and have listened to a fair bit of Kamelot to start off the new year, not a bad thing in my book.
If you care to read me in fanboy mode, search for "Partha" on that page to find my chat with him. I like how I transcribed it, pointing out when we were laughing about something, or pausing to think up the right words for my questions or his responses. I'd like to think the typos are due to whoever copied it over to that website, and not my fault.
The following link is to the video for the song Ghost Opera, mentioned in the interview, and the title track to the 2007 album they were doing press for at the time. It's a cool vid, worth 4 minutes of your time, even without reading the other stuff.
You might say I'm on a Kamelot kick at the moment...definitely have to find the CDs, so as to rip to mp3 and have them for workout purposes.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
First entry of 2013, and I think I'll recycle the title with which I began in 2012, referencing a top 10 favorite album, "A Pleasant Shade of Gray", by Fates Warning.
So where do we begin?
And what else can we say?
When the lines are all drawn,
What should we do today?
And so 2013 begins, as the ashes against the grain of 2012 blow away, leaving behind...what, exactly? Hope?
I might not go that far...but I have to say, a peek back to that first blog of the year past did provide a couple of surprises for me, and cause for some optimism. For example, I thought I'd gotten off to a far more explosive start on the spark journey, and was under the impression that I'd lost 10 or less pounds in 2012. Instead, that look back tells me I started the year at 198 pounds, which makes the 183 I weighed in at after midnight on 1/1/13 a loss of 15 pounds.
That's not bad. Ain't spectacular, but a solid figure, and a decent goal to shoot for again, one that if I can make happen, would fulfill my not resolution of peeking under the 170 mark.
I think I can. Actually, belay that...I think I will.
(And for the record, I know that being literal in this case is both denying myself some credit, as well as cheating a tiny bit, since I'm actually up 5 pounds in the past 2 weeks, since moving. That means that I actually did, for a short time, achieve a 20 lb decrease. Also means that the initial 5 pounds of the 15 lb goal *should* be relatively easy)
January 1, 2012: 198 lb
January 1, 2013: 183 lb
January 1, 2014: ??? lb
Monday, December 31, 2012
Or maybe it's the metaphysical cliff of the odometer rolling over on the calendar, I'm not sure. Either way, last day of a not fun year, and an inevitable pause for reflection, no matter how hard I tried to resist doing that, since, essentially, I've been doing that all year, without much success. Maybe something will click in 13. Hopefully something will click in 13. It has a rather low bar to clear, as the standard set by 12 isn't very high. So here's to clearing that bar by 5280 feet.
And the same to you, regardless of how well your 12 went, I hope your 13 beats it by 1760 yards, or 63360 inches, whichever suits your fancy. I'd offer a metric option, but I am, after all, an American. Either that or I can't find my calculator.
Enjoy your Eve, and roll on 13.
And though this isn't a resolution, this next year will see my weight dip under 170 for the first time since 2004. Just sayin'
Sunday, December 30, 2012
On the list of blog entries I've done, I see one listed as December 29th, but others have mentioned that it's listed as on the 28th. The former software tester in me wonders if what you see depends on where you are? As in, I posted it at 12:xx am Eastern time on the 29th, so I see it as such, but those in the central time zone see it as the 28th because that was when I posted it according to their clocks?
Doesn't matter, the initial point of that particular diary was, after all, to make excuses for the inevitable day when I forgot to extend the blog streak. I suppose that I ought to keep that in mind for when I start posting things to the BLC21 challenge, which I attempted to sign up for yesterday. Suppose I'll find out soon enough if I'm cool enough to hang with those folks. As mentioned previously, I have only tried to participate in one challenge before, and didn't last long before washing out, so here's to better success keeping up in this one.
Went sledding on the hill behind my brother's house today. While it's not huge, it's decent enough for a few slides, and I decided to run up the hill on the way back to the top. Totally claiming that as cardio. If I pop back out there during the next couple of days, I might try jogging (which I never do, but am also considering messing with in 2013, a fact that is making me wonder if indeed I have gone around the bend) through the untouched snow. 5 to 6 inches of the white stuff makes can get the heart rate going in a pretty short amount of time.
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