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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Move along, nothing to see, just opening up a space to collate all the instances and times of my febrile attempts at running.

Tuesday (post ultimate) 2/26, 15 minutes for one mile plus one lap, mile in 13:30. 1W/4R/2W/4R/2W

Monday (post pickleball), 2/25 One mile, 11:07, 1 Walk/5 run/2W/4R, tried to speed up the last two laps in an attempt to get under 11, but didn't quite make it.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/26/2013 4:09PM

    Good job!

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Have you ever wanted to punch a commercial in the face?

Monday, February 25, 2013

The stoned out of its gourd moon at the end of this Little Caesars clip www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgbTk
fills me with rage. But not enough to not grab some of their product when I went to see the Detroit Red Wings play Saturday night, the first time Iíve managed to do so in over a decade. To save on parking costs, I put my car in the Greektown casino structure, thinking I might walk the just over 1 mile to the Joe Louis Arena. As I exited the lot, a cold wind dictated I take the People Mover, Detroitís joke of a transit system, instead. It was the first time Iíd been on that thing since 1998, as far as I recall, and it sounds like a creaking old geezer of a system, brakes wheezing into each stop en route to the arena. I walked into the stadium a half hour before gametime, and decided to take a walk around, trying to recall which of the decorations had been in place back in 2002. JLA is outdated, as per todayís hockey arenas, with luxury boxes located only at the top of the seating, and no flashy scoreboards ringing the arena, but it felt nice to just watch a game without the whizbang graphics. Not to say Iíve seen much in the way of NHL hockey lately Ė the last NHL game I saw was in 2003, when I went down to Columbus, Ohio to interview for grad school on a weekend that just happened to have a Blue Jackets/Vancouver Canucks game on the Thursday, and Michigan-Ohio State showdowns on Friday and Saturday. Hey, they asked which weekend I wanted to visit, who was I to ignore a perfectly fortuitous calendar?

The Canucks won that game back in 2003, and they were the opposition for the Red Wings Sunday night. Even though they scored first, and led 3-2 after the first, they would not be victorious again. As I chomped my thoroughly mediocre Little Caesars pizza (some would claim that thatís the best Little Caesars pizza ever rises to, but I grew up on the stuff, and enjoy it just fine, more often than not), I had to be careful, as I kept having to jump up to celebrate Wings goals. Three times in the second, twice before Iíd disposed of the meal, the red light went on and Red Wings fans rejoiced. Thrice more in the third, and we left happy with an 8-3 victory, the exultant roar of ďSouth DetroitĒ as Journeyís ďDonít Stop BelievingĒ played late in the game still ringing in our ears.

I fully intended to ride the People Mover back to the casino stop, but the massive line at the ramp up to the platform decided that I would walk the distance, after all. I walked down the step in front of the Steve Yzerman entrance, uncertain if I was going the right way, but then I spied the Detroit River, and the glow of a whole different country on the far side, and I knew where I was. Had a momentís mirth thinking that Iíd have to pay one heck of a toll to get across the bridge, or through the tunnel nearer by, as I donít have a currently valid passport. I kept walking, going past the Detroit Princess (cool old riverboat www.detroitprincess.com ), strolling behind Hart Plaza, over the tunnel to Canada, arriving finally at the Renaissance Center. Turning left at that collection of cylinders, and walking a few blocks further on, I arrived back at the casino. Emboldened by the altered employment status, though I donít actually start for a couple of weeks, I played a few dollars I havenít earned yet. Fortune was with me, though, as the eveningís expenditures were swiftly won back (as in, hockey ticket plus gas plus food plus the $20 I tossed on the craps table, plus about 50 bucks more), and I left, not trusting the next player to do me any more favors.

I had a pretty decent Sunday, then. How about you?

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BLUE42DOWN 2/26/2013 3:03PM

    Sounds like a rather fabulous time, all around.

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CLPURNELL 2/25/2013 9:44PM

    Sounds like an awesome game!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/25/2013 8:58PM

    Not a bad Sunday all in all. At least no snow. Well, I guess that will be provided tomorrow, Wed. and Thurs. UGH

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PRIZM96 2/25/2013 12:20PM

    Sounds perfect, High Roller! :-)

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EJRANVILLE 2/25/2013 10:54AM

    Wow, what a great game to be at! I agree, they really need to upgrade/replace JLA and the People Mover too. Just terrible.

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ADARKARA 2/25/2013 8:33AM

    Sounds like a great Sunday! Glad you had a good time. =)

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If sleep comes like a drug...I need more drugs

Sunday, February 24, 2013

U2 with the title inspiration, from the Joshua Tree track, In God's Country.

Referring to the fact that I haven't exactly kept a normal sleep schedule while jobless. I'm insomniac way too often, even when I had somewhere to be at 9 AM, and when that was no longer a concern, well, ok, then, I'm sleeping my 7 or 8 hours, and if happens to be 4 am to 11 am, so what?

The rumored work hours are like 7-5. As in 7 AM. Right now, I don't acknowledge that 7 AM exists. Well, except on Tuesday, when I go play ultimate with those high schoolers. But the other 6 days of the week? And now, what have I gotten myself into? An alarm that'll probably have to be set for 5 AM? Yikes!

I suppose that's a payable price for rejoining the ranks of the employed. I think a decent portion of that first paycheck might be invested in stock in 5 hour energy, though.


Wogged 2 miles in 27:51 Friday night, 3 walk, 9 run, 2W, 7R, 3W. Not entirely sure why it was that slow, since the 16 laps jogging was a grater number than I've done to date.

I did 1.25 miles after pickleball Saturday morning, 16:52 total, 3W/6R/3W/3R. I was watching the clock, the first three walk laps happened in 4:30, so the subsequent mile came in at 12:22. And today, I was consciously jogging slowly.

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CLPURNELL 2/25/2013 8:50PM

    LOL I am not an early riser either so I understand I would rather work 9-7

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ATTACKFATCAT 2/25/2013 1:09PM

    Congrats on the new job. Doing the travel thing will be difficult, but a lot of hotels have workout facilities, don't they? Hopefully you can wind up with one that at least has an indoor pool or something.

I am a night owl when left to my own devices. When I was a stay at home wife, I would sleep from about 5am - 12pm. I'd still get everything done, but I just tended to stay up at night and be more productive then. After years of getting up for a job, I've managed to shift to a "normal" schedule without too much difficulty, but it's still hard getting in bed before 10:30 or 11 pm.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/24/2013 4:49PM

    Your body will adjust. Takes time. I get up @ 5:30 am every morning, even weekends, because I have to check my blood sugar. My DD always says, "Well, why don't you just go back to bed?" Well, what the heck. By the time I'm organized and awake to do my blood sugar, I can't get back to sleep! Just easier to adjust the bedtime.

Anyhow, you'll find your "rhythm" and get a routine going.

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KING_SLAYER 2/24/2013 2:49AM

    Good luck with the 7 AM thing, as a fellow traveler on the late night road, I feel your pain. I think it was Confucius who said "better to jog slowly than to be dead". Or maybe I just made that up... either way I still think it's relevant.

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The universe might have just given me a giant middle finger...

Saturday, February 23, 2013

...and I might be enjoying its joke. Crazy, huh?

Still not counting chickens, mind you, but there be cracks in the shells.

The title refers to my War Nerve post (should have titled it that, but instead went with the "I look at my reflection and I see an enemy"). You know, the one from last Saturday, where my attitude was spitting out the lyrics of the Pantera song by that name, "F*** the world for all it's worth/every inch of planet earth/f*** myself, don't leave me out/don't get involved/don't corner me".

That's last Saturday. This is how this week went:

Monday, the 18th, I submitted resumes to two potential employers. One, I haven't heard anything from. The other, as stated on the resume submission web page, responded within one business day. The e-mailer asked me to let them know when NEXT WEEK I might be available to talk about stuff. I said, any time but Tuesday, referring to the 26th. On the afternoon of the 20th, the very next day, I get another e-mail, saying essentially, tight time lines, can you talk to someone today? I replied yes, and within a half hour, talked to someone from that company. That very night, I get a templated version of my resume back. with the kind of flowery language I'd never have come up with on my own. I add specific details and send it back the next (Thursday) morning. That day, I hear from them a couple of times, get to tweak the resume again (the document awaited in my Thursday blog), and I hear that their client was interested. On Friday, I'm talking to someone at the client site, hearing that they like what they see, and they'll make a decision early next week. Three or four hours later, an e-mail saying congrats.

Don't get me wrong, I'm happy. But my head's spinning a bit. I'm wondering whether or not I should have waited until the middle of next week to post this recap, just in case I wake up and it was all a dream (I suppose I could still change my mind, and you'd never know). But I seem to have a new e-mail address, and a couple of documents that I need to sign and send back to make things all official like.

The work itself is consulting on the software made by the company I used to work for. First time doing something of the sort, so I'm apprehensive and excited all at once. The place I got hired on to, a friend and former (and future!) co-worker is posted there, and he referred me. Now I've got to live up to whatever he said about me, too. No pressure there. Nope, none whatsoever. I might be buying the first 20 rounds or so.

One big concern of mine has to do with the fact that I'll be on the road, living out of a hotel 4-5 days a week. Wondering how that might affect the weight, and suspecting strongly that it won't help. As in ripe for disaster potential. I ain't going back to the 190/200/205+ ranges I've left behind, so I'll have to figure out some way of taking care of myself for as long as this particular adventure continues.

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CLPURNELL 2/23/2013 8:33PM

    I am an IT consultant. Have been for many years and living on the road is hard. What would help is get a national. Gym membership. Also have the spark app or fat secret app on ur phone so you can make good eating choices out. Don't be shocked by how quickly things happened I went from initial contact to being in Hawaii in 11 days. I once got a gig in a 17 min interview. IT moves at lightspeed sometimes!!! Congrats!!! Enjoy the new gig!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/23/2013 8:22PM

    One step-at-a-time. As for the diet, yeah, travelling makes it difficult to eat properly BUT with patience you'll figure it out.

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KING_SLAYER 2/23/2013 6:13PM

    Grats on the job!! As for not gaining weight, you can do evening or early morning jogs, calisthenics in your room or nearby park while on your jog / walks. Eating healthy can be accomplished by just avoiding the things that you know are bad at take out / dine in restaurants. You can do it!

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    How frickin' cool is this?!* And eating on the road is going to be a culinary adventure. Hey; maybe you can be a new blogger for how young up and coming single professionals traveling for work can successfully lose and be fit!

Way to go!!!!! emoticon

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PRIZM96 2/23/2013 3:48PM

    This is sooooooo exciting!!! I'm so happy for you!! :-) And what a whirlwind! But thrilling nonetheless!! It may be a little more difficult while you're on the road, but you got this!! Hey! Now you may be working out in a fitness center instead of on an exercise bike from the 80's, listening to Whitesnake in your Rents' basement!


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KMM1123 2/23/2013 12:17PM

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Please excuse the preemptive strike of congratulatory emoticons above. I swear I'm not trying to jinx you but I can't help it - I'm genuinely happy for you!

And I have no doubt you'll be able to navigate around the diet and exercise road blocks this job will come with. You're a smart guy - you'll figure it out.

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GARDENCHRIS 2/23/2013 10:29AM

    emoticon GOOD Deal! Bring a cooler with you and pack up good things to eat into it... they even have those little things you freeze so you won't have to contend with wet ice. You CAN do this! Eating lots of Salad in restaurants lean fish and protein...totally doable! emoticon

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NANCY-GIRL 2/23/2013 9:57AM

    Congrats Partha!
I actually envy your travelling. Sounds like an adventure.

I actually lost weight on the road. And we went to some fun places!! 10 days straight of hotels (7 hotels in 10 days) - southern California, Arizona, wonderful, warm, fun places. 10 days of airport and restaurant food. - and I lost weight!

You have to be really intentional about what you do and what you eat. Egg white omelets are actually pretty good after a while (and if not, there's always hot sauce & catsup!). Some quinoa burgers are better than others... That's for sure! I'm on a quest now to find the best and will order it if I see it on the menu (hard to beat the one in Aliso Viejo, Cal, tho!). Most hotels (I think all!) have at least a treadmill (of varying quality), so use 'em. There are Subways in almost every city, too. Walk as much as you can. Check out the local rec centers as part of your trip planning. Don't get lazy. That's about it.

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JEWELMAKER1 2/23/2013 9:50AM

    Yea! For YOU! I hope you enjoy your new job and give the "universe" the one finger salute right back!

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SARAALINE 2/23/2013 8:57AM

    Congratulations on the job! And, who knows? The stress from travels 4-5 days a week might actually cause you to lose more weight.

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ZENXB! 2/23/2013 8:49AM

    OH, I hear you! Living on the road is not always easy! But you can do it! When I did it I had to set rules for myself like make use of the hotel's treadmill and pool if they have one. Promise not to turn on TV until a certain time. You see where I am going with this. (I was not always successful, but trying hard is better than giving up in the very beginning.)

CONGRATS on the job! That is so exciting. You will be successful AND maintain your will to be healthy! You can do this!!! Keep us posted.

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ADARKARA 2/23/2013 8:09AM

    Congrats!!!! You can do this. Planning will be your best friend. Hopefully you will be in corporate style hotels where there are mini kitchens and gyms, then it will (almost) be like home. Just don't forget to visit us here on Spark!

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DAJAMOGU1 2/23/2013 6:24AM

    Congrats on the job! You CAN follow healthy eating on the road, but it isn't as easy as unhealthy eating----it's just . . . well, healthier! I used to be on the road and it about killed me. I finally started taking a small cooler of fresh fruit for snacks and I'd pack healthy wraps for meals. In every town I stayed I found a grocery store and went there instead of to restaurants.

Good luck! You can do it because being healthy is worth the work!

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Poisoning Pigeons in the Park

Friday, February 22, 2013

Before you call PETA on me, do take a look at this video:

Ok, maybe if birdy-cide makes you squeamish, maybe you better quit after the first 30 seconds, when life is still skittles and beer.

If you're a baseball fan, like myself, you might know why I'm posting a song that starts with the words, "Spring is here, spring is here" - today's the first game of spring training, and the Detroit Tigers start their quest to defend the American League crown, and maybe take that next step for the first time since 1984. Heck, even Cubs fans are probably feeling optimistic as the practice games begin, although I suspect theirs will be short lived..

I didn't get around to jumping on the bike last night, but I did do about 30 minutes of varied strength training, as per the blc's tnt dictates. Didn't fall off the exercise ball tonight, though 15 lb tricep pullups did threaten to pull me overboard. If the gym does happen tomorrow, I'll try to make it in the morning, see if anyone is around for pickleball. And if not, I run. And then when I'm done, Tigers baseball (not that I've checked whether that first game of preseason is even being televised. But hey, I'm in over the air radio broadcast range!).

The unemployment thing is certainly a drag. But I suspect there might be a thing or two, as GIRLALLIN commented on my previous post, that I might miss about the free time, whenever it does come to an end.

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BEATLETOT 2/23/2013 5:53PM

    LOVED this song....still hum it to myself sometimes. =)

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CLPURNELL 2/23/2013 4:34PM

    Hey don't knock the Cubs!!!

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MSPATOOTY 2/22/2013 10:36AM

    The blog title made me laugh! I actually OWN the original Tom Lehrer album that that song first appeared on!

How about this song, too ... http://youtu.be/4BVVm2IL1oE emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 2/22/2013 8:48AM

    Wishing you luck in the job search.

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