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Score one for customer service

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Up 3.4 pounds this week, not necessarily unexpected, especially as I haven't gone the healthy route on food this week. That'll come, as I settle into the routine, I do believe. The unexpected part? That I was able to weigh in at all (on Wednesday, as per blc dictates). See, when I was heading over to the local bar for trivia night (we won again, which I suppose we had to do for pride's sake, after winning on a regional level last Sunday) (for the record, we got a $20 gift cert (no $1000 giant cardboard check, but exciting anyway, and enough to pay for all our drinks had I not unthinkingly paid for my beer up front) and a t-shirt, which the team decided to give away (that made me a bit sad, as you know how I feel about ugly t-shirts)(not that I protested at all)), I stopped at the front desk of the hotel to ask if they'd ever though about putting a scale in the fitness room, since after all, the people who use the fitness room might well be the ones most interested in knowing their weight. He agreed that it was a good idea, and then got a thoughtful look on his face, and told me to hold on, as he went in the back. And then he comes out holding a scale...apparently, they have a lot of goodies in their lost and found!

So I didn't have to get naked in Walmart to weigh myself after all. The number on the scale isn't necessarily happy making, but given that it was taken at the end of the day, after beer and a steak sandwich, and fast food in the afternoon, the true damage is probably in the 1-2 lb range. Not great, nothing I'm sweating. Of course, that depends on whether I believe the scale, a tiny twitchy analog thing that can change its mind by a pound or two if you breathe hard while standing on it. But hey, I can still play along with the BLC thing, so I'm glad for that. And now I have something to shoot for in the last 4 weeks of that challenge - reachieving the 174 lb mark I'd set as an original goal for the 12 weeks.

I think I'll turn the scale in tomorrow morning when I check out, and then claim it again from the lost and found when I return on Sunday. I was already planning to stay at this place again (straight ten minute shot to work, great location with a ton of different dining options and a movie theater I didn't make it to this week within super easy walking distance, and a very comfortable bed. Add to that the fantastic customer service I just described, and I think I've found a home base for the length of this contract.

(The above was also posted to my blc team message board, but I thought it made for a good blog post, so I used it twice. Actually, same goes for the stuff below, which I posted to the message board this morning. And just for funsies, me with the giant cardboard check mentioned above.

So far, the work thing is slow. The wheels haven't grinded along far enough for me to get access to the system, so that makes it a bit difficult to, you know, do actual work. So I'm going back to the future, re-visiting training manuals that I used back in 2007 (well, updated to a more current version of the software, of course!), trying to remember all the things I used to know. Short term, the biggest challenge is to get to sleep at a decent hour. I was wide awake at 10:30 ish, hadn't exercised yet, and went down to the fitness room for an hour. Didn't quite wear me out, unfortunately, and that 5:15 alarm came quickly.

New short term goal: Climb the 4 flights of stair to my 5th floor office (76 steps, constructed by a decidedly non-superstitious builder, since the staircase segments are 13 steps then 6 steps) without feeling (slightly) out of breath. Doing that twice a day so far, so at least 152 steps a day (304 if you count 'em again on the way down!). If I could figure out where the staircase in the hotel was, maybe I'd use that, too, but I swear it's like the staircases in the Harry Potter movies, appearing in different places every day. Oooh, I did do a 5th flight of stairs this morning because I went down to the snacketeria (yes, it's really labeled like that on the signs) in the basement to grab some caffeine, and then climbed that flight (oddly, 13 and 7 steps, rather than 13 and 6) and then the usual 4 up to the 5th floor. You'd think I could probably find a scale somewhere in this building, which used to be a old rehab facility (my office has a bathroom in it - this used to be a patient room). But I suspect it might be buried under the pile of old equipment (like, broken down Jacuzzi-like tubs, massage tables, etc ) in the room I accidentally stumbled into when searching for the then-mythical snacketeria on my first day).

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KING_SLAYER 3/14/2013 2:47PM

    Good find with the scale, you really didn't want to end up on some "walmart people" website, did you??

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PRIZM96 3/14/2013 12:29PM

    I've ALWAYS wanted to hold a big, giant cardboard check!

Totally jealous!!!!

Oh! And that's awesome about the scale though! You didn't even have to go looking for the Room of Requirement!

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STR458 3/14/2013 11:17AM

    ... I have seen people in pj & slippers (walmart) or at least I think they're wearing pajamas- don't give 'em any ideas- thanks for wardrobe decision


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LEXIE63 3/14/2013 7:04AM

    naked in Walmart could be fun! LOLOL May have disappointed a lot of shoppers by finding that scale in lost property.

Nice cheque, by the way! Congrats!

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CLPURNELL 3/14/2013 3:43AM

    Glad u didn't get arrested in walmart. Lol

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STILLWATERSSB 3/13/2013 11:33PM

    So glad you didn't have to get naked in WalMart.........not sure I will ever be able to visit the scale aisle again without sending scouts in first!

Love your informative posts!

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a wee bit of the old inertia

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

wanna move, do some semblance of exercise, but crashed in the ole hotel room and unlikely to move. wondring where my resistance band's at, pretty sure i brung one with, but ain't seen it since I got here. of course, I'm realizing that I overpacked, and so it might still be under the t shirts and stuff I didn't bother taking out. Problem is, need too much stuff for carry on size bag (what with necessary work clotches, and wanting to have gym shoes available). Hate paying the 25 bucks for a bad i mean bag (tonight's affectation: not using the backspace key at all, totally seeing how horribly i type.), but it lets me take a couple of neeeded items with me.

It doesn't hep the inertia that the tv in this hotel (which i didn't ever turn on on Sudnay night or any time Monday) has VH1 classic, and it was showig Beyond the Lighted Stage (Rush documentary) when I got here after dinner (5 cheese grilled cheese with bacon) and now i see a evolution of metal spisode on glam metal, hair metal, that stuff that was on the radio when I was starting to listen to music. I like the stuff, no gult or shame whatsoever. Interesting to see the doc maker follow up with some of the glam members and ask how their lives were in the 90s, after their star faded.

Now that I think of it, I'm almost at that point of Dave Mustaine's autobiography where Megadeth in entering the 90s, a relatively fallow time after Countdown to Extinction amd the Youthanasia album. Curious what he had to say about that. Maybe I'll take that book downstairs and mindlessly pedal on the exercise bike. I think I just convinced myself to freaking move.

A couple of faves from that era (even if Saigon Kick gets unfairly lumped in with the hair metal thing, if you ask me),

Skid Row: "Youth Gone Wild"

Saigon Kick: "All I want"

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CLPURNELL 3/14/2013 4:11AM

    I think the vote is in grilled cheese and bacon rules.

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KING_SLAYER 3/13/2013 7:31PM

    Grilled cheese with bacon... the level of awesomeness in a sandwich like that would, for me, be completely predicated on the amount of bacon in said sandwich. If there was enough bacon in there to force me to use the hand press technique to make the sandwich thin enough to fit into my mouth, that would be at the top of the awesome scale.

Also, you should go pedal that bike for a while.Take the book with you to keep your mind off of the fact that you're riding a stationary bike to nowhere!

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ATTACKFATCAT 3/13/2013 11:41AM

    Grilled cheese with bacon? WHY have I not thought of this before? Darn you! emoticon

Keep in mind this is your first official week. I think as long as you manage to work out some this week, it's a great start. You're going to be learning what works and what doesn't (like with overpacking) and you'll be able to tweak your schedule in the next few weeks to come up with a routine that works well for you. For me, I have to get a workout in and get all my stuff done before my butt hits that couch, because then it has me in its clutches and refuses to let me go until past my bedtime.

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PRIZM96 3/13/2013 10:01AM

    I KNEW you would catch that Skid Row comment! LOVE it! :-)

I literally laughed out loud at the whole not using the backspace button. I do that to I mean too sometimes! (Ooops, although I jsut (crap) used it)! LOL Damn. That's exhausting! LOL

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EILEA73 3/13/2013 10:00AM

    It's hard for me to get into work out mode when traveling. What doesn't help is the hotel I have to stay at when I go for training has a workout room that borders the pool which means horrible humidity!! I usually end up dragging myself there anyway...even if for just 20 minutes!

That grilled cheese sounds absolutely delicious!! emoticon

PS: LOVE Skid Row!!! I am totally an 80s hair band junkie!!

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GARDENCHRIS 3/13/2013 7:35AM

    traveling is always a stresser ..... out of the comfort zone

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WHOVIANGIRL23 3/13/2013 12:04AM

    Mmmmm I love grilled cheese,

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The battle of wounded knee

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

1) Think I just lost my 3 month blog a day streak. Even though, literally, I am scribbling this at 11:22 pm where I sit, I changed my SP setting to eastern time zone when I moved to Michigan, and as such, I'm sure it thinks it's already Tuesday in my world. Given the fact that I've spun the wheel for Tuesday, I know it does. I'm curious how the site would react if I were to reset my personal setting to the central time zone, both in terms of whether it'd grant me credit for a 3/11 blog post, and whether I might get to spin again, and do better than the measly 2 points I was awarded. As for the streak, it was bound to end at some point. At least I have good excuses, like "Lousy central time zone!", or "Stupid hotel, not setting their fitness room clock forward, making me think I had another hour after using it to shower, relax, etc. Of course, not realizing the clock was wrong also means I'm getting an hour (or some portion thereof) less sleep than I was planning on tonight.

2) The title, of course, refers to the last major mass murder of native Americans by the United States, the decimation of the remnants of a Lakota tribe in South Dakota in the dying days of 1890. I'm using it in a far far more frivolous manner, to describe how I scraped my knee by failing to push the seat of stationary bike I used tonight far enough away from the console. I also did 20 minutes on a treadmill, which, as ever, I hated. I thought I'd give it a try, on the basis that the last time I used one, it was before I started jogging, and after all, I just did a sub 10 minute mile last week, so surely I could handle the treadmill now? In short, no. I got the speed up to 5 mph, a 12 minute mile pace, or 1 minute per lap in the rec center track, a pace I consider relaxed when on the track. I couldn't hack it at that pace for any more than a minute on the treadmill. I slowed it down, and wogged a mile and change for the remainder of 20 minutes, and it just felt weird. Felt dizzy, again, after I stepped off the machine.

3) I'm happy enough with the fitness room in this hotel, a couple of elliptical, a couple of bikes, a trio of treadmills, full dumbbell set, and a stability ball and medicine ball rack, that's better than I expected. 24 hour availability means I can wander down at 9 or 10, just before getting ready for bed (although, I'm really failing at that latter task, listening to my friends' metal show streaming. I really miss the community radio station we had in Madison, and am glad it's programming is available over the internet). One quibble, the placement of the TVs in the angle room makes it difficult to watch anything unless using the treadmill. That said, Duck Dynasty did make that 20 minutes on the treadmill pass by more amusingly.

4) off to sleep with me. Hope this bandaid I put on my knee does its intended job, and keep these sheets from getting bloody!

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KING_SLAYER 3/12/2013 3:51PM

    I say bleed all over the sheets and let the staff figure it out! It's not like it would be the first time they had to wash blood or other bodily fluids out of the bedding!!!!

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PRIZM96 3/12/2013 11:30AM

    Hey! You can always download some Skid Row to your Ipod to pass the time!! hehehe

However, you can't beat Duck Dynasty! I'd workout with Jase any day!! Did I just say that outloud? ooops!

Forgo that stupid treadmill anyway and focus on those FREE WEIGHTS! Go BIG, or Go Home, Baby! ;-)

Stupid seat on the stupid bike anyway..... :-(

Time change and time ZONE change..... I'd be freakin' confused! LOL

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EJRANVILLE 3/12/2013 11:17AM

    Glad to hear the fitness center is decent. Should make sticking with your goals easier.

I've been to Wounded Knee. Very moving.

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GARDENCHRIS 3/12/2013 6:52AM

    time zones do funny things to our bodies! LOL

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BLUE42DOWN 3/12/2013 1:19AM

    Well, I can tell you that the wheel became available to me at 11 pm and I'm on the west coast - so I think they may have adjusted early for some of us.

And at least if the sheet gets bloody, you don't have to deal with washing it out.

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still streaking

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Wasn't a good day food wise, and it remains to be seen how much sleep I'll manage, but I've arrived in Chicagoland, and am ready for work to begin. Oh, and I got a picture with a giant cardboard check for a thousand bucks. Seems like my buddy who works here has been playing trivia at the bar down the street from the hotel we stay at, his team did well enough to get to some regional final thing in Rockford (about an hour away), some other people who play couldn't make it, and did I want to play in this thing? The answer was, ummm, ok? And so we went through the fog and rain (I wasn't driving, so I pretty much chilled out), and we won. On a tiebreaker. The question was "How many games were lost to the player strike in baseball in 1981?" We guessed 700, the answer was 713, and hey, I've earned some money before I even started work. And now to see if I can sleep quickly after that bit of excitement.

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CLPURNELL 3/11/2013 8:29PM

    Wow awesome job!! Good luck at work!

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KING_SLAYER 3/11/2013 3:12PM

    Always nice to make some cash from completely useless information!!! Good for you man!!

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ADARKARA 3/11/2013 9:13AM

    Awesome!!! Congrats!!

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DANI05 3/11/2013 12:06AM

    Hey great job, Partha!! That is a good sign!! Good luck tomorrow! Now, get some much needed rest. YOu will do great!!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 3/11/2013 12:04AM

    Woohoo streaker alert! Congrats on your win.

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Rambling on (now with moving pictures!)

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Started rambling, and 12 minutes later, I shut up. Watch only if you're extremely bored, or need a cure for your insomnia.

As mentioned during the ramble:
Rush, "The Pass": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbBf0c-NaN4
Rush, "The Camera Eye": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LmIOg33oPo

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CLPURNELL 3/11/2013 8:04PM


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STR458 3/10/2013 11:00AM

    emoticon I hope you video again.

I hear you about pre-job jitters, have a safe timely flight! of course I want to see follow up videos!!

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